Watercolor with the look of Calligraphy

Hi readers! Happy Wednesday to you! It’s always a pleasure to welcome special guest Jennifer Rzasa to our blog! Please read on and enjoy!
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Good morning!  This is Jennifer Rzasa and I am so excited to share a project featuring some of the newest products from Altenew!  This card and envelope set has trendy artistic flair, and it was SO easy to create.  I started with a sheet of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock, and stamped two roses from Painted Rose using Blush, Rouge, and Crimson inks.  I find it’s easiest to layer when I stamp the lightest base image first, but I also know people who like to start with the darkest color.

It’s up to you!  The flowers were then masked so I could stamp the leaves in Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen.  I used a MISTI stamp positioner for perfect alignment, but honestly, the painted brush strokes of this set look great even when slightly misaligned!

Did you know that this set is based on an actual watercolor painting I did?  If you are uncomfortable with watercolor or if you don’t have the time to paint yourself, this is a great shortcut for a gorgeous effect every time.

The sentiment, from Painted Greetings, was stamped in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I wanted to bring a little of that gold color to the rest of the card, so I also embossed along the bottom edge of my card base, which was made from 110 lb Neenah Solar White. Then, I used some foam adhesive to adhere the flower panel to the card base, allowing the gold edge to peek out the bottom.


My cousin just recently got engaged, and I’ll be going to their engagement party in a few weeks.  I wanted to make this card special for them, so I decided to include a custom envelope!  I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and SSS Green Leaf Cardstock to create my envelope.  Before folding it, I masked off the edge with a Post-It and stamped the top layer of the rose with VersaMark ink.

I find it’s easiest to stamp while the cardstock is flat.  I then stamped “special delivery for” (from our From the Desk Of stamp set) with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  To create the look of hand-written calligraphy, I used our Calligraphy Alpha set, stamped one letter at a time with black ink.  For an extra little surprise, I included a small heart and “xoxo” (from Painted Greetings) on the flap.

You don’t have to be an artist to create a watercolor card with the look of calligraphy – you just need the right supplies! :)  I want to thank you for stopping by today to check out my project, and a HUGE thank you to Simon Says Stamp for inviting me here!


Thanks for reading today and thanks to Jen for being our guest!!


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  1. So pretty! I LOVE those gorgeous flowers. Those stamps are amazing! They definitely create a beautiful handpainted looking image. I’m not very artistic but even I could create something elegant and lovely with these. The calligraphy stamps are wonderful too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS on having your STUNNING flowers transformed into stamps!!!
    DELIGHTFUL card!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION :)

  3. Super pretty card! And love the envelope too – I always forget to give the envelope the same attention :( and it really finishes it off beautifully

  4. I just love those flowers!! I have some Altnew flower stamps that I haven’t tried yet……….I need to break them out and start designing with them! Love your card :)

  5. I am in love with the pink roses, but then saw the monochromatic green card, and oh but that is a weakness of mine…hmmmguess I love them both!

  6. Love the gold, Jennifer, but the roses are beautiful also! Your personalized envelope really adds that extra special touch to the gorgeous card. Perfect engagement card!

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