Irresistibly Floral Blended Background

Irresistibly Floral Blended Background

This card may look fancy and difficult to create, but it is actually really simple. Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper makes creating an embossed and blended background take only a few minutes most of which is trying to decide which colors to use! 

This paper comes already embossed with white designs, so all you have to do is add ink.

Challenge Inspired

This card was inspired by two different challenges. The first is TGIF Challenge #71. I cheated just a little bit by using Melon Mambo instead of Sweet Sugarplum, but once everything is blended together, it’s hard to tell which specific pinks and purples I used!

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The second challenge is Pals Paper Arts #316!


This card design, by Natalie Lapakko, combines the Elegant Butterfly punch with Irresistibly Floral DSP and a sentiment from Butterfly Basics.

Card Directions

  1. Cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut a Basic Black panel 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a piece of Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper 5/8″ (1.5 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Add ink to the Irresistibly Floral panel, blending gradually from Blushing Bride to Melon Mambo to Rich Razzleberry. I use a sponge and circular rubbing motions to add ink to the paper. Start the sponge off the edge of the paper, or you may get a dark splotch where you first set it down.
  5. Adhere the panel layers together.
  6. Punch 3 butterflies out of Basic Black paper with the Elegant Butterfly Punch. Crease these on either side of the body shape. Use glue dots along the length of the butterfly body to adhere to the left edge of the Irresistibly Floral paper.
  7. Add one rhinestone to each butterfly wing.
  8. Cut a 1-1/4″ strip of Whisper White paper. Cut one end into a banner shape.
  9. With black ink, stamp the sentiment from Butterfly Basics onto the banner.
  10. Adhere the banner to the card using dimensionals. Trim any excess off of the right side.

Designed by Natalie Lapakko, this card features the Elegant Butterfly Punch, Irresistibly Floral DSP, and a sentiment from Butterfly Basics.

Analogous Color Scheme

When blending colors together, it is easiest to blend colors that are analogous, meaning next to each other on the color wheel or in a rainbow. Colors that are close together blend into a nice gradient and it is easy to create a smooth transition. The farther apart colors are, the more difficult they become to blend smoothly, because there are more colors between them that start to form. Colors that are complete opposites will look muddy when they are blended, mixing to make various hues of brown.

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Happy Labor Day, happy stamping, and thanks for visiting!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Butterfly Basics (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Elegant Butterfly Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: rhinestones

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  1. I love the way you’ve blended these beautiful tones together! They work so well like that. Thanks so much for playing along at TGIF challenges this week. I do hope we will see you back again soon!

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