Mondays with Melissa: Flat Shaped Cards


Hello, friends!  I’m back and it feels wonderful.  Today for my Mondays with Melissa, I’ve created a shaped card, without a fold…definitely non-traditional, but effective nonetheless.

I am enjoying all-things flowers right now, and have selected the 2018 Anniversary Set:  Mixed Bouquet stamp set and coordinating dies for this card.

And the Pen & Ink stamp set was used for my sentiment.  Have you tried creating cards with double sentiments?  I challenge you to give it a try :).


To begin, I started with the Lucky Scratch Die.  I like the shape of the jumbo ticket and really love the rounded corner square shape that can be embossed onto the ticket.  It created a perfect focal point for my florals.

To create a soft pattern for my card, I used Aqua Mist ink and the Stencil Basics:  Hexagon collection.  I didn’t create a solid background, but left it varied and random, with spots that were darker than others.  I purposefully avoided stenciling over the embossed square portion of my card, leaving it untouched so my florals would stand out.

Next came my florals, stamping them inside the embossed square.  All of my flowers are from the 2018 Anniversary Set:  Mixed Bouquet set.  This particular flower was stamped in Bright Buttercup and Summer Sunrise, with my stem stamped in Spring Moss and Prairie Grass.

I added a second bloom to my flower before moving on to my sentiment.

Olive Twist is currently my go-to color for sentiments.  I love that it’s dark and crisp, but a bit softer than True Black.  The Pen & Ink stamp set is full of delightful sentiments in a variety of sizes and themes, but all with the gorgeous font seen here.


Next came the second sentiment, stamped on a die cut XO Skinny Mini Tag.  I used a bit of baker’s twine and a button to embellish the edge of my tag.

Lastly, I added a couple more flowers from the 2018 Anniversary Set:  Mixed Bouquet, this time stamping in Sweet Blush and Pale Peony.  I adhered them using dimensional adhesive to create a bit of depth.

This was such a fun card to create.  As I mentioned earlier, it doesn’t have a fold, so it is similar to a post card, but I love this look and feel.  Think outside the box!  The recipient will be sure to love what you’ve created just for them.


  • STAMPS:  2018 Anniversary Set:  Mixed Bouquet, Pen & Ink
  • INK:  Aqua Mist, Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Prairie Grass, Olive Twist
  • CARDSTOCK:  Stamper’s Select White
  • DIES:  Lucky Scratch, XO Skinny Mini Tags, 2018 Anniversary Set:  Mixed Bouquet
  • OTHER:  Stencil Basics:  Hexagon, sequins, button, baker’s twine


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Join the discussion 21 Comments

  • 1
    Luanne says:

    Ooo! This is so pretty! I love the
    layered flowers and your soft stenciling. Neat idea to try a non folded card too!

  • 2
    Melissa S. says:


  • 3
    christal mclean says:

    I love “Mondays with Melissa” and today is another reason to fall in love. I agree that the layered flowers are so pretty and interesting with dimension added. Thanks for brightening our Mondays!

  • 4
    Catherine Milne says:

    Step by step to a beautiful card. Thanks Melissa!

  • 5
    Connie says:

    Just lovely! So lovely!!

  • 6
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Melissa is not only an exceptional artist but a an amazing teacher. Her visuals are beautiful. I love Monday’s with Melissa!

  • 7
    Hope Gall says:

    So different, I really like it and so does my husband. I love the look of a stenciled background. More things to add to my wish list. Also like the look of a stamped flower on the card and a die cut flower on top. Can not wait to have time to try it.
    Thanks for your idea.

  • 8
    Pat Ackley says:

    I love your step-by-step instructions! Beautiful card Melissa!

  • 9
    merryf says:

    This kind of step-by-step post is so detailed and must take so long to put together. I’m sure it’s a tremendous amount of work — so thank you, Melissa! I love all of your lessons! This is beautiful!

  • 10
    Sharon says:

    What an inspiration. One of my all time favorites

  • 11
    Lynda White says:

    So pretty! I especially like how you stamped the sentiment in a color other than black. Black can sometimes be too stark for a pastel card like this. I’m going to try that in the future!

  • 12
    Francie M says:

    SO cute Melissa, and LOVE the “postcard” idea. Who wouldn’t love to receive that card!

  • 13
    BarbaraMae says:

    Really pretty! The Lucky Scratch die is a fun shape! I like your instructions; makes the process so seem so much simpler.

  • 14
    Becky Green says:

    SO PRETTY!!! I haven’t tried a “double sentiment,” but I should after seeing your card, Melissa! 😉

  • 15
    Mary Lou Kemp says:

    I just love the soft romantic look of this card. Using the stencil to create interest was so lovely and then all the rest was just icing on a beautiful cake. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  • 16
    Donna K says:

    Melissa’s style is so unique. It’s so wonderful to be able to “deconstruct” it and see how she puts her cards together. I agree it must take a lot of time to take photos step by step but it is sure appreciated. thanks Melissa!

  • 17
    Helen F. says:

    What a lovely card, Melissa! I will definitely try the double sentiment~ it just adds more sweetness. Love the mini bouquet with those
    layered flowers and the pretty stenciling which adds yet another stunning detail to your flat shaped card 🙂

  • 18
    Cindy Beach says:

    I love seeing this set used again, and so beautifully! Love the soft background and the way you layered the flowers. Exquisite! Thanks, Melissa!

  • 19
    Sadie H says:

    What a beautiful card!! I just love your work every time! These colors and sentiments are so perfect with the lovely spring colors.

  • 20
    Laurie L says:

    Your card is beautiful-all your cards are beautiful. I love the step by step instructions-I have been in creative drought, and your steps have helped me dig out. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • 21
    Kathy V H says:

    Is this a DONE DEAL??

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