Introducing Floral Sketches & Calligraphy Classics

Today's post is all about the lovely look of things hand-drawn…..everything from gorgeous calligraphy to florals with a hand-sketched flair.  You'll love how easy these new products will make it, for you to create these same creative looks for yourself!


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Get the look of perfectly sketched flowers every time with this fun new floral stamp set!  Use the two-step images to add gorgeous color combos to your projects and create stunning clusters of florals in any arrangement you can dream up!  The thoughtful sentiments are sure to brighten anyone’s day, when you pair them with these sweet flowers….perfect for letting someone special know they’re in your thoughts today!

The Details: 

  • Floral Sketches will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Floral Sketches contains a total of 33 images. The largest flower image measures 2” x 2”.  The star flower cluster measures 2-1/8” x 1-1/8”.  The sentiments all measure 2” wide and range in height from 1/4” to 7/8”.
  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $11.  This collection includes a set of 10 wired dies.  largest flower (2-1/8” x 2-1/8”), medium flower (1-1/2” x 1-3/8”), two small flowers (1” x 7/8”), two mini flowers (3/8” x 3/8”), mini flower cluster (5/8” x 5/8”), star flower cluster (1-5/8” x 1-1/4”), large leaf (1-1/8” x 1-3/8”), small leaf (3/4” x 1”)


To go along with her stamp set and dies, Dawn has designed a paper collection that draws from the images found in the stamp set.

The Details: 

  • Floral Sketches paper collection will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $10.
  • Floral Sketches paper collection contains 36 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") sheets, 4 sheets each of 9 designs.
  • Printed on our signature white linen paper.
  • Coordinates with the following colors - Tropical Teal, Ripe Avocado, Green Parakeet, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, Scarlett Jewel, Smokey Shadow



Dawn has also designed a coordinating paper collection, which can be colored much like the adult coloring books that have become so popular lately!  Color these pages in, add a stamped sentiment and you've got a card front just waiting to be added to a card base!  Have fun coloring these images in, and when you're finished, you have something beautiful that can be given away!

The Details: 

  • Floral Sketches paper collection will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • There will be two styles offered, Watercolor Sheets printed on high quality watercolor paper, and Coloring Sheets printed on Stamper's Select White.
  • Floral Sketches Watercolor Sheets will retail for $9, and the Coloring Sheets for $8.
  • Floral Sketches paper collection contains 18 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") sheets, 3 sheets each of 6 designs.



A set you will turn to again an again, this collection provides you with several large scale sentiments featuring calligraph styling. A few floral and leaf accents are also included for embellishing the lettering if desired. 

The Details: 

  • Calligraphy Classics will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Calligraphy Classics contains a total of 12 images. "Celebrate" measures 3-1/2" x 1-1/8". "Just Because" measures 3" x 1-3/4". "For You" measures 2-5/8" x 1-5/8". "Hooray" measures 3" x 1". "Smile" measures 2-1/8" x 3/4". 




This new birthday sentiment is a nice large size, perfect for filling a card front. The nice script font makes this versatile for all sorts of recipients!

The Details: 

  • Big Basics: Birthday die/collection will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $6.
  • Big Basics: Birthday is a single die.  4" x 2"


Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!

Birthday Wishes Card

My first card is a very simple card, a traditional recipe of a beautiful floral set for the background and a large sentiment die to communicate the message.


I started with one of my new favorite color schemes and built my project them from there.


I die-cut the phrase three times and adhered the layers together. I like to use a two-way glue pen for this type of detail work.

TIP: This particular die-cut sentiment has two dotted "i" details. I like to make sure I retrieved the dots first after die-cutting and set them in a small pile together. After I have the main sentiment stacked and glued in place, I add the dot layers one at a time directly to the card front. Adhering those layers together on the card makes things a little bit easier. Tweezers also come in handy.


For the background, I started with the largest florals first, and then built everything around that. The large solid florals and the solid leaves were inked in the lighter color and were blended around the outside edge with a slightly darker color, adding a bit more depth to the colors. 


You could easily swap out the color scheme and make several of these to have on hand for upcoming birthdays!

Been Thinking Card

For my next project I thought it would be fun to experiment with the absence of color. It all began with a Sweet Blush card base. I stamped the solid portion of the florals in Fresh Snow, then added the details on top of that with Smokey Shadow. The texture of Fresh Snow pigment ink softens the Smokey Shadow color a bit in a really interesting way. Using a T1 Copic marker, I added a little drop shadow under all of the elements.

TIP: When doing this, it can be a little difficult to see the Fresh Snow layers when you are trying to add the Smokey Shadow details. Add the T1 Copic shadows after stamping the white solid portion. This will help you to see what you are doing a bit better as you move onto the next step.


This great sentiment from the Floral Sketches set was added underneath the bouquet in Smokey Shadow as well.


You definitely don't need to limit yourself to pink if you wanted to recreate this project at home! Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria and other soft pastels would all be great colors to experiment with!

Smile Card

This is literally one of the easiest cards ever, and that is because Dawn has put all of the work for you! Her new Floral Sketches paper pad has a fun bright color scheme that's easy to use.


I trimmed a little from this A2 sheet so there was a white border left at the bottom of my card front. In that spot I added "Smile" from the new Calligraphy Classics in Raspberry Fizz. I added a drop shadow in Lovely Lady.

TIP: With large sentiments like this it can be fun to add a drop shadow. Just ink up your stamp in a second lighter color, offset slightly lower than your original impression and stamp. It's quick and easy and adds a nice little special detail to your card. This works especially well with the new Calligraphy Classics.


I trimmed out a small floral cluster from another sheet of the same paper and adhered that over the edge of the patterned paper layer to help frame the sentiment a bit better. Just a few easy steps and this project was complete!

Just Because Card

I have another fairly simple project to share with you, this one only using images from Calligraphy Classics. The small floral details included in the set are great for embellishing around the large stamped phrases.


The sentiment is stamped in Tropical Teal, while the elements around it are added in Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise. I used a small tip black pen to add some dots to the centers of the flowers.


As an extra little element I adhered three layers of cardstock together to form the card front. Using a Copic marker, I added the frame around the top then carried that color around the sides. It gives the project a nice boutique feel, not to mention some sturdiness and structure.

TIP: When adding a frame like this, the chisel tip end of a Copic marker works beautifully and no need for a ruler. I did the frame in two layers so that the overlap of my strokes at the corners virtually disappeared.


You could use nearly any sentiment from Calligraphy Classics for this project, and of course you could swap out the color schemes too!

Monogram Notecards

I decided to pull out the Monogram Stencils from the Make It Market: Don't Forget to Write Kit to create some little A1 notecards for myself. I had been excited to try another color combo using the new Americana color, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.


Step by step

I wanted to illustrate here how amazing Dawn's new Floral Sketches set is. On the left you will see just the solid images stamped around my monogram. On the right I have added the "second" layer of images using just Dark Chocolate ink (Ocean Tides on the tiny flowers). The details she incorporated are just gorgeous, totally smitten over here!

Monogram closeup

For the monogram itself, I wanted something really clean with a slight ombré feel so I ended up using a fine tip black pen to trace the stencils onto my card. I then used Copic markers to color them in.

TIP: I like to use a Pigma Micron pen from Sakura with a .01 tip for things like this. The tiny tip gets into all the little corners of the stencil beautifully and the ink tends to not bleed or puddle when you pause in the middl of your tracing or at corners.


These little A1 notecards are a perfect fit for the Gold Seams Envelope Refills we are selling in the store as a companion item for the Don't Forget to Write Kit. Can hardly wait to sit down and write a few overdue notes of gratitude!


Now that you have seen a few of my creations, here are some of the amazing things that the team has created!



Amy says, "April showers bring May flowers, and Dawn really delivers with her new Floral Sketches set. Beautiful and timeless, this is a stamp set I know I'll be reaching for time and again. I especially love the fresh "just because"-themed sentiments in this one! And Calligraphy Classics? Be still my lettering-loving heart! Just wait until you see the wow-factor these big, bold sentiments add to your projects! I've taken on some unusual color combinations for today's projects and am in love with the results! Stop by for a closer look!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Amy Sheffer.



Ashley says, "Flowers and calligraphy are the best paired timeless designs. You can't go wrong with the combination. Floral Sketches is another beautiful flower product collection. From the stamps and dies to the papers, there's something for every crafter. There are a few things you can do with the images and I hope you get a chance to pop over my blog today to see my card set and another card using some fresh and new color trends."

CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.



Betsy says, "There really aren’t two things I like to stamp with more than florals and pretty sentiments.  If you’re like me, you’re in for a treat today with the two new sets we’re showcasing today!  Dawn’s new Floral Sketches set is so pretty and effortless, and these new Calligraphy Classics sentiments are so gorgeous, you simply can’t go wrong — especially when you put the two together!  I hope you’ll stop on over and check out my projects today."

CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.



Danielle says, "Calligraphy Classics and Floral Sketches are two amazing sets you'll most definitely want in your stamp collection! While trendy and modern, they offer such elegance to your projects! I've utilized a color scheme that I haven't tried before, inspired by Pinterest, and I love how these tags turned out! I hope you'll stop by to see what all I've created with these two gorgeous new stamp sets."

CLICK HERE to see more from Danielle Flanders.



Dawn says, "It's no secret that I have a great love of flowers, both the real and stamp varieties, so I have been having so much fun stamping up a big stack of cards to share with you today!  I hope you'll pop over to check them out….but get comfy first!  I've got lots to show you!  These stamps are all so easy to use that once you get started stamping with them, it's pretty hard to stop!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.



Heather says, "I had fun playing with color for the projects that I am sharing with the new Floral Sketches set. The flowers have a fun vintage fabric look and feel to them and they are beautiful to pair with the sentiments in the Calligraphy Classics set – and I know you will find more sentiments in your collection to pair them with as well!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.



Kay says, "I love the large size of the greetings in the new Classic Calligraphy set, and paired up with Dawn’s beautiful Floral Sketches stamp set, it was easy to create some really pretty watercolor look cards! I love the fact that you have the solid shapes to stamp separately from the outlines! There are so many different looks you can achieve with this one stamp set!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Kay Miller.



Laurie says, "I love the elegant feel of today's stamps. Between the florals and the gorgeous calligraphy, you have the makings for a beautiful card!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Willison.



Lizzie says, "Who doesn't love a wonderful floral? Especially when it pairs beautifully with a gorgeous script. These new sets from Dawn and Nichole are absolutely made for each other! I hope you'll stop by today to see how I've created to completely different styles using the same stamps. You're going to love it!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.



Melissa says, "If I were to pick two stamp sets that would always be kept on hand, right near my craft desk, they would be the Floral Sketches and Calligraphy Classics sets.  I honestly don’t want to stop using them.  They are contagiously playful and filled with so many creative possibilities just waiting to be explored.  Complete adoration!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Phillips.


I hope you have enjoyed all these amazing creations that both the team and I have shared with you today!  Are you a fan of the hand-sketched or handwritten look?  Are you excited to be able to stamp your way to perfect looking calligraphy?  And what about those florals with a sketched twist?  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!


$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am EST, May 13th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our May Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!




CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.



CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.




  • STAMPS: Floral Sketches (available May 15th)
  • INK: Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Bright Buttercup
  • OTHER: Big Basics: Birthday Wishes
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Floral Sketches (available May 15th)
  • INK: Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow
  • PAPER: Sweet Blush
  • OTHER: T1 Copic marker
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Calligraphy Classics (available May 15th)
  • INK: Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Floral Sketches paper pad
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Calligraphy Classics (available May 15th)
  • INK: Tropical Teal, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: R05 Copic Marker, fine tip black pen
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Floral Sketches (available May 15th)
  • INK: Americana, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Monogram Stencils (from Don't Forget to Write Kit), Copic markers (BG72, BG75), gold pen, A1 Gold Seam Envelopes
  • FINISHED SIZE: 3-1/2" x 5"
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