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French Quarter Note Card

By: Mel at Mel Designs

The French Quarter Note Card is a versatile stationery design for all francophiles.  The examples below show a thank you card, but you can use Melony Bradley's technique to create any kind of note card covered in elegant fleur de lis designs.

French Quarter Note Card


  • Cardstock
  • Watermark Ink
  • Fleur de Lis Stamp
  • White or Clear Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Heat Tool
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Tomato Red
  • Paintbrush or Foam Brush
  • Dixie Cup
  • Black Ink
  • Black Thread
  • Sentiment Stamp (e.g. "with Gratitude" stamp shown)
  • Jeweled Embellishment

 French Quarter Note Card Materials


  1. Ink the fleur de lis stamp with watermark ink and stamp it across the card front to create a repeating pattern.

    French Quarter Note Card Step 1

    French Quarter Note Card Watermarked

  2. Sprinkle the whole card front with white or clear embossing powder.

  3. Pour excess powder back into the container for later use, and emboss the card front with a heat tool.

    French Quarter Note Card Embossing
  4. Create a color wash with DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Tomato Red by mixing a small amount with water in a 1:1 ratio. Use a paintbrush or a foam brush to apply color wash to front of card, being careful not to saturate card with wash.

    French Quarter Note Card Colorwash
  5. Buff your images with a paper towel to completely remove any paint and make them "pop."

    French Quarter Note Card Buffing
  6. Ink the rim of a dixie cup with black ink and then stamp several times on the card front.

    French Quarter Note Card Inking Cup

    French Quarter Note Card Inked Cup Rim

    French Quarter Note Card Stamping Cup Rim

    French Quarter Note Card Stamped Circle
  7. Stamp the fleur de lis in black ink inside in the center of the stamped circles.

    French Quarter Note Card Stamped Fleur de Lis
  8. Stitch a border around the card front in black thread with a straight stitch.
  9. Stamp your sentiment in black ink below the black fleur de lis.
  10. Add a pretty jeweled embellishment to the fleur de lis to finish your card.

    French Quarter Note Card Embellishments


Instead of using acrylic paint, you can use ink for the background for a more subtle effect:

French Quarter Note Card Inked Background Alternative


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