Friday, 14 July 2017

Birthday Blossoms Poppy Cards to Celebrate August Birthdays

Hi Everyone, the birth flowers for August are poppies, such a beautiful distinctive flower, it is easy to make colorful attractive cards with them. As a well known flower it is not too difficult to find poppy related supplies, giving you a wealth of options for your poppy cards.

The first card uses a poppy clear stamp and the traditional black and red poppy colors.



I used a 15 x 15cm white card blank, cut red and white card into layers, then die cut circular apertures in the centre of the red and white card.

I stamped the poppies in the centre of the die cut apertures directly onto the card blank using black ink and colored the poppies with a red marker pen.

Again using black ink, I stamped parts of the poppies around the bottom of the white layer of card.

The greeting is a small black peel off Happy Birthday inside the circular aperture.

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For the second card I used a die cut card topper from the Hunkydory Pretty Poppies set. I mounted the circular topper on two larger circles of gold mirror card then trimmed off one side to give a straight edge. 


I layered dark red textured card and gold card onto an A6 white card blank and positioned the card topper at the right hand edge of the card. 

The card topper sheet comes with another printed sheet which you can fold to use as a card blank, however I decided to cut a strip from this instead to make the greeting co-ordinate perfectly with the background of the poppies. The message itself is a black peel off.

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For my third card I used the same Swirly Poppies stamp as for the first card but chose a different color combination this time. 


I cut a strip of white card and blended distress inks to create the background using Fired Brick and Scattered Straw. Then I stamped the poppies repeatedly across the panel in black ink. The panel is mounted on black card and then on a white A6 card blank with a black peel off message below. A simple but striking card.

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I hope you like these three poppy cards, I certainly enjoyed making them and am pleased with the way they turned out.
Thank you for visiting, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hand Made Card with Distress Oxide Stenciled Background and Stamped Flowers

Hi Everyone, found another new technique for this card but still using the fab Distress Oxide ink pads, the background color has been applied using the same method as described here, I won't repeat all that here as I want to explain how the stenciling was done and don't want to bore you with a massive post. The distress oxide ink colors for the background are Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.

Hand made friendship card with distress oxide stenciled background with stamped and heat embossed flowers

Having created the colored background I sprayed water all over a flourish stencil, then placed it wet side down on the inked background, I used a paper towel to quickly dry up excess water that was pushed out from under the stencil, then lifted the stencil off and used a paper towel to immediately dry off the stenciled area. The water from the stencil starts to lift the ink color from the background drying it prevents it from going too far and blurring the outline of the stenciled design.

Once the background piece was completely dry I trimmed it to size and  inked around the edges with Wilted Violet using a foam ink blending tool. I stamped the Agapanthus flowers in watermark ink and heat embossed with gold. I mounted the completed panel on gold card and then onto an A6 cream card blank using adhesive foam pads to lift it.

The greeting is also stamped with watermark ink and heat embossed with gold onto a piece of colored background that I had trimmed off the main panel. This in turn is mounted on gold card and attached with foam pads at one end and double sided tape at the other.

I really like the subtle stenciled image in the background and will be experimenting further with stencils and distress oxides. Hope you like it, would love to hear your thoughts.
Debbie x

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