Fresh Blooms

Combine your floristry and papercraft skills to make Tracy Rowbottom's stunning Living Greetings Card. It make an unusual gift for any occasion. Have fun!


Living Greetings Card

by Tracy Rowbottom & Country Baskets

Shopping List

1 x Anethum spray green (270307)

2 x Anthurium leaf spray pink (834158)

3 x Snap dragon pink (891731)

1 x  Pittosporum bush (308789)

3 x Medolina pink (816765)

1 x purple butterfly (C3949)

1 x Living card pale green (885068)

1 x Square-based bowl (0081200087)

1/3 block dry foam

Glue gun

From Country Baskets


How To…Make a Living Card

1. Glue the dry foam into the dish, then glue the dish to the living card base using a glue gun.

2. Starting with your tallest flower and insert the stems into the foam approx 5cm depth for security.

3. Create a focal or centre point by using one of the large impactful roses.

. Measure each flower against the last flower placement to judge the length, then insert into the foam. Remember that the arrangement will be viewed from the front and the open side, so therefore will require some depth. Use individual leaves and pittosporum sprays to cover the foam.

5. Finish with medolina sticks. Take one end and insert it into the foam on one side of the window, curve it over the border and insert the other end into the foam on the other side of the card. Repeat three times to form a simple cage effect.

6. Add a purple butterfly, as shown, to finish.

Top tip

You can personalise your living card for any occasion simply by adding a sentiment or two to the base, embossing the card for added texture, or decorating the base with coordinating ribbon, embellishments and more. For a really extravagant finish, why not present your living card in a pretty handcrafted box? It’s sure to impress!


Meet the designer

Award-winning florist, Tracey Rowbottom, loves sharing her expert floristry skills and demonstrating different techniques on shows such as Create and Craft TV. Her unique approach to floristry has won her five consecutive medals, including Gold at the highly prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show between 2004 & 2009.

Country Baskets

Country Baskets is the UK’s largest wholesaler of floristry supplies & artificial flowers and is home to huge ranges of wedding products, pottery, glassware, home accessories, craft products and baskets. They also specialise in seasonal products for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. To find out more or to place an order visit or call 0113 218 9090


Happy crafting everyone!

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