Friday, June 14, 2024

Wildflower Greeting Cards

Hello stencil friends! Nicole here with a fun tutorial. Today I'm to creating a handful of wildflower cards. I love how quick and simple it is to use a couple of stencils and some paint to make cards that definitely look like you spent a lot of time making them.

For my cards, I went with a grungier, earth tone palette. However, this design would look gorgeous in any colors. So, choose your favorites, and let’s get started!

I began by lightly gessoing some ledger paper. If you don’t have ledger paper, old book pages would be just as lovely. You could also find some ledger printables (Be careful about printer ink running; you might need to seal them.) or create your own background interest with stamps.

To lightly gesso, I simply plopped a few drops of gesso on the page, sprayed with water, and quickly spread it all around with a brush. This does a couple of things. First, it adds a little more integrity to the pages. And second, it seals them just a bit for all the layers I’m about to add. 

Once that gesso was dry, I added some sepia colored India ink. I concentrated the ink on the edges of the paper where I planned to cut the card fronts. This process is a lot of fun. Simply water down the ink, spread, spray with water, splatter, and add more as needed. (You can watch my process in the video below!)

It does take a bit for the ink to dry, but don’t rush that process too much with a hairdryer. The ink will pool and puddle to create nice effects on your papers as it dries.

Some of my papers weren’t dark enough, so once they dried I added a bit more ink in places and more splatters.

Next, I grabbed the floral waterfall stencil to add a bit more texture to the background. I had two ideas for this, so I tried them both!

For my first idea, I used an applicator and some titan green pale acrylic paint on a few papers.

For my second idea, I used some parchment spray paint.

For both applications, I mainly stenciled on the sepia ink areas. I wanted the stenciling to be on the edges of the card fronts as to not interfere too much with the wildflowers. Both ideas worked great, and honestly, I like them both! Spray painting might win out just because it was a little faster. I did miss some of the green color in the spray-painted ones, so I added some green splatters and even stenciled a couple green florals here and there on those as well.


After the stenciling and spray-painting were dry, I cut out my card fronts. Since my cards are 4.25 inches wide and 5.50 tall, I cut the card fronts .25 smaller (4 by 5.25). 

At this point, my pages were feeling a little chalky from the gesso, ink and spray paint. I decided to add a nice layer of matte medium on top to smooth out that feeling and seal the pages even more for my next step.

Once they dried, it was time to add the wildflowers! I grabbed the wildflowers and grasses stencil and my Payne’s gray paint to begin. For each card front, I positioned the stencil how I felt it looked best with the background layers. 

I gently used the applicator through the stencil to add the flowers. This is a simple process, but let me to share a couple helpful tips that might make it even easier. 

Don’t load too much paint on your applicator. Then, as you stencil, hold the stencil tightly to the back paper and use the applicator gently. I often work in small circles, and sometimes I pounce to get more paint in spaces. Most importantly, if the foam part of your applicator gets too messy or wet, get a new one!  I always throw my used ones in my paint water so they don't dry out, and I wash them with my brushes.

When you think you’re finished, lift the stencil partly and check! You can lay it back down and stencil more as needed.

Before the wildflowers completely dried, I added some watered-down Payne’s gray paint and messed up some of the stenciling. I like how this adds imperfection. It also helps disguise any problem areas!

The final step is to stick your card fronts to some colored cardstock, and you’re finished! I like to make several cards at once so I always have cards on hand. It’s easier to make 12 at one time, than one or two here and there.


To watch my process, check out this video.

I hope this inspires you to make some cards. I can’t to see what colors you choose.

Thanks for following along!


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  • Vintage paper (ledger, book or a printable)
  • Bombay India Ink (sepia)
  • Golden So Flat Acrylic Paint (Payne's gray, titan green pale)
  • Spray Paint (parchment)
  • Applicator
  • Gesso
  • Cardstock
  • Tape-runner adhesive
  • Matte Medium


  1. Nice project, Nicole, with very easy-to-follow instructions. Thank you!

    1. thank you - and you are so welcome!! -Nicole


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