Project | Spring Cards with Graphic 45 & Stampendous

[Some products used in this article were generously provided to me by Graphic 45, Stampendous, Ranger, and Buttons Galore. I am the social media manager for Buttons Galore. This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.]

Spring is well underway here in Florida (well, it’s really almost over). This gave me the urge to play with pretty flowers! And I had just the items in my stash to make some spring cards to satisfy my flower craving – stamps from Stampendous and the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection!

Graphic 45 and Stampendous products

This was also an opportunity to play with my Sakura Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box watercolors that I’m obsessed with!

I stamped the flower stamp with a Ranger Archival Ink by Wendy Vecchi called Tree Branch. It’s an orange-y shade of brown that looks almost gold. In an application like this, it adds an almost gilt edge to my flowers.

I did the dark areas of my flower first with my Koi watercolors and a water brush, and then filled in the lighter areas and did some blending with the water brush.

Stamped Stampendous Flower with watercolors

After the rose was colored, I used the leaves from the same stamp set with the Tree Branch ink to stamp on green patterned paper from the Botanical Tea collection. Using patterned papers for the leaves gave them a variegated appearance and created the feeling of texture and light on them. The matching dies for the stamps made it easy to cut these out on my Sizzix machine.

I stamped the sentiment on a journal card cut out. In the 12×12 collection, these cards are 4″ x 6″ sized. But in the 8″ x 8″ sized pad, they are 2 2/3″ x 4″ – the perfect size to put on a card front!

Graphic 45 spring cards


The card is all flat paper elements so I reached for my favorite new embellishment kits to add some dimension! Working with Buttons Galore to help launch May Flaum’s new 28 Lilac Lane collection has been so exciting. I just love playing with these products! I adhered a random selection of pieces to the several areas of the card with clear glue to “frame” the main elements.

28 Lilac Lane close-up

For my second card I started by coloring this adorable bird stamp. Can’t you just hear him singing?

Stampendous bird stamp watercolor

I stamped the tree branch and leaves on patterned paper, and then once again used the die cut machine to cut out my pieces. (The small leaves don’t have a matching die so I had to fussy cut those pieces.)

Stampendous Bird Card


The stamp strips on both cards are cut from a patterned paper sheet in the Botanical Tea collection.

Graphic 45 spring cards

I hope you enjoyed this dose of spring via my spring cards!

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27 Responses to Project | Spring Cards with Graphic 45 & Stampendous

  1. fran grillo March 17, 2016 at 5:16 am #


    • Nancy Nally March 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks so much Fran!

  2. Marilyn March 17, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    Very nice Nancy!

    • Nancy Nally March 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks Marilyn! 🙂

  3. Debbie Peysen March 17, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Awesome. This inspires me to look at my stash of Graphic 45 papers.Thanks

    • Nancy Nally March 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      Thanks Debbie! Glad you like it!

  4. Laura (@Bookworm) March 17, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    Nancy, these cards are absolutely gorgeous!

    • Nancy Nally March 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

      Thanks Laura!

  5. jean heming March 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    so very pretty … I’m trying to be a better water colorer,but keep buying pencils which I never seem happy with!!!

    • Nancy Nally March 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

      jean – I highly recommend using the Sakura Koi pan watercolors and a water brush (one comes with the set) like I use. Much easier and more forgiving than pencils, and a whole lot of fun! Using pans seems intimidating but it’s surprisingly easy with the water brush.

  6. Elizabeth March 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Did u use the pan watercolors to color the bird? It’s beautiful!

    • Nancy Nally March 17, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

      Thank you Elizabeth! Yes, the bird was done with the Sakura Koi watercolors. I love those things! I feel like a kid again using them, but the results they give are very grown-up. 🙂

      • Elizabeth March 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

        I definitely must get some of those! Thanks for your reply!

  7. vintageplaid March 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    I have the 8×8 Botanical Tea paper pad, so was thrilled to see some great inspiration! The papers are beautiful, but you put them together in a lovely way. I’m heading to my work table!

    • Nancy Nally March 18, 2016 at 12:39 am #

      Glad I could help you have fun! Enjoy your Botanical Tea collection! 🙂

  8. creativeunblock March 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

    These cards are beautiful, Nancy! And I love your water coloring! I’m ready for spring!

    • Nancy Nally March 18, 2016 at 12:38 am #

      Thanks so much!

  9. gabmcann March 18, 2016 at 3:15 am #

    So pretty Nancy. I have that watercolour set too and really like it

  10. Janet March 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    I like the idea of using a journal card. I certainly have enough of them.

    • Nancy Nally March 22, 2016 at 12:11 am #

      Don’t we all? I love using my extras as design shortcuts on layouts and cards!

  11. Lu March 18, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    Delightful! Now make sure that you mail them soon. They can’t spread joy unless you send them!! 😉

    • Nancy Nally March 22, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Great point Lu! I must do that ASAP!

  12. Michelle t March 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    Really pretty cards. I love the 28 Lilac Lane line, too. Beautiful. Michelle t

    • Nancy Nally March 22, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Thanks Michelle!! I adore 28 Lilac Lane too! So happy to work with Buttons Galore and May! ?

  13. c ransom March 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    More please!

  14. Jennie T. June 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    Ooh, these are lovely! Beautiful stamping and watercolor work.
    Really pretty mix of materials, too 🙂

    • Nancy Nally June 8, 2016 at 2:16 am #

      Thanks Jennie!

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