Metallic Magic: Crafting a Dramatic Black Floral Card

Metallic Magic: Crafting a Dramatic Black Floral Card

Hi everyone


Here's to a fabulous new shiny week full of possibilities!



Today's card is a bit of a contrast to my cutesy card from last week. Aditi Majahan, one of my dear friends, was creating metallic florals on black cards for a workshop. Sadly, I missed it, but I thought I'd have a go at recreating something similar anyway.


Here's what I came up with. It's a very simple card, but the black makes it really pop.


  1. Stamp the larger floral from the Frilly Begonia stamp set with Versamark ink onto a black 6" x 4" card base. Emboss the image using Altenew's Rose Gold Embossing powder. Leave a blank space on the card front in the bottom corner for a sentiment.

  2. Next, stamp and emboss your focal floral in the same way.

  3. Choose 2 metallic watercolours for the floral and start painting. I chose Amethyst and Topaz from Altenew's Metallic Watercolour Set, but this little set would work well. Use one colour at the base and another at the tips, and blend the two paints in the middle. You don't need to be an artist for this.

  4. Choose 2 colours for the leaves; I used Enchanted Gold and Jade. Paint the leaves in the same way.

  5. Stamp and emboss the sentiment from Painted Inspiration by Altenew. I love this set, the sentiments are great for making little gifts for people. In fact, as I type this, I think I might make a matching picture to go with this card and gift it to one of my friends. It's a lovely way to tell someone you're thinking of them.

  6. Attach the black embossed card base to your card front.

  7. Next, die-cut the flower and pop it up on the embossed card base.

  8. Add gold splats with gold metallic paint and some sequins to finish.


Top Tips:

  1. Pick a stamp set with a few leaves. You want these to hang beneath the focal flower for added interest.

  2. Don't let watercolour scare you. I used to find it a bit daunting. It's easier than you think. The game-changer for me was buying these Altenew Watercolour Brushes. My colouring transformed overnight (in my opinion, lol). It's worth investing more money in your brushes than spending hours and hours on end making no progress.

  3. Spritz your palette and let it sit for a couple of minutes for the paint to absorb the water. You want Goldilocks paint - so not too thick, not too runny. Test on paper first to get the right consistency.

  4. Use good quality card. Mine isn't watercolour but a 240gsm so it holds the water nicely. If it's starting to bend, gently heat it from behind with your heat gun.

Ps. Check out Flashback Friday, too; there are liquid watercolours on sale that you could use. Remember, this card would also look lovely in white with coloured florals. Oooh, the Concord and 9th ones are an amazing price. If I 'needed' more .... lol.


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