Falling Flowers on Fancy Frost

Homemade card with Falling Flowers stamps and Fancy Frost DSP from Stampin Up. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Falling Flowers Stamps on Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper

I had no idea what I was going to make when I started this card. Sometimes creating without a plan can be exhilarating and freeing. I knew I wanted to create something with Falling Flowers, but I didn’t know what, so I made pieces: lots and lots of pieces. I stamped and die cut ten different colors of flowers and leaves, and only then started to think about what I was going to do with them all.

One of the benefits to creating without a plan is that I now have pieces ready to make half a dozen other cards, quick as a wink, because I already did some of the time consuming work!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Pals Paper Arts Challenge #322!


I had to rely on washi tape to determine the thickness of my stripes, because I was masking the background. Since the washi tape was a little wide, I cut down from four stripes to three. I also went a little overboard with my interpretation of that there circle shape and ended up with a whole bouquet!

Card by Natalie Lapakko with Falling Flowers and Fancy Frost DSP from Stampin Up.

How to Make a Fancy Frost Masked Background Card

  1. Cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper at 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Use washi tape to mask three stripes. Stick them to your pants to pick up some lint before sticking the tape to the paper!
  4. Use Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks to add color to the background. I use a sponge with circular rubbing motions. You could try a brayer or sponge daubers, too!
  5. Carefully remove the washi tape. Adhere the background to the card base.
  6. Stamp several flower and leaf shapes from the Falling Flowers stamp set onto Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, and Pool Party cardstock. Die cut these out with the May Flower Framelits.
  7. Optional: Add a little sponged Bermuda Bay ink to the edges of the Pool Party flowers. I found this added a little depth and more unity with the background.
  8. Die cut a couple of circles out of vellum.
  9. Arrange a bouquet of flowers, leaves, and vellum circles. Add rhinestones to the flowers before trying to adhere them to the card.
  10. Adhere the flowers and leaves using dimensionals to add depth.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Falling Flowers stamp set and Fancy Frost DSP by Stampin Up

Cardmaking Tips

  • When masking an embossed Designer Series Paper with washi tape, stick it to your pants first. It will pick up a bit of lint and become slightly less sticky. This will help prevent tearing your paper when you peel the tape off again. Also, peel slowly!
  • I just learned this week that the adhesive on rhinestones is not as sticky if they get oil from your fingers on them! Take care to not touch the sticky parts, lest all your sparkle fall off in the envelope!
  • When die cutting stamped flower shapes, use the guides to help you figure out how to easily position the die. In the image below, you can see a bunch of dark smudges (green arrow): these are from the little tab added to the stamp . When you go to line up your die, it also has a little tab (red arrow), which you can line up right on top of a smudge guide and the die will perfectly match the flower you are cutting out. This is really important for shapes like flowers that are very nearly radially symmetrical, but not quite perfect. It saves so much time trying to guess if your die is lined up.

How to use smudge guides to die cut flowers perfectly every time.

This is only one of the many sheets I stamped and die cut today! You can imagine I’ve got quite the pile of flowers waiting to be turned into cards now!

A Complimentary Color Combination

I love complimentary color schemes for all the bright contrasts the offer. This one happens to include a couple of my favorite colors, too. Since the Calypso Coral leaves are the opposite of every other color on the card, they draw your attention, then focus it down toward the focal point in the center of the bouquet. They are basically the equivalent of two giant red arrows saying, “Look here!”


Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Falling Flowers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: circle punches, May Flowers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, dimensionals, washi tape

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