Thanks so much for joining us for our Spring release! We really enjoyed sharing projects showing the new dies and can't thank you enough for your kind comments throughout the event. Your comments mean so much to us and it's a treat for us to give you a little something back!
We had 13 posts during the blitz - one for each of the design team, and a special tutorial post from Dave! Congratulations to the winners listed below - they've all been contacted by email.
To create the background, I started with a 12" x 12" piece of watercolor paper. I applied a coat of clear gesso, allowed to dry then to create lots of texture, I used texture paste along with the memory box Texture Chicken Wire Stencil:
Once dry, I applied a thin coat of white gesso:
After the gesso was dry, I randomly applied various colors of paint:
While the paints were drying, I created the embellishments. I applied Distress crackle paint to the die cut Garden Lantern. Once dry, I applied Distress Ink:
To create the flowers, I die cut several Stitched Bloom Trio flowers using watercolor paper then colorized with spray as shown below and paint (not shown):
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my project today as much as I enjoyed creating it!
There's a fine little trend popping up all over the place, Tiny Feathers! Lined up in rows, scattered, thrown, or blown, colorful little feathers are the season's MUST HAVE new dies!
I used the Tiny Feathers die set and a sentiment from Into the Words to create this colorful row of feathers. I began with some watercolor paper scraps and painted a rainbow hued panel, then die cut all the feathers.
Once the feathers were cut, I curled up both ends of each feather a little just by using my fingers, then lined them up on my card in a design I liked. They look so pretty against a crisp, white background.
The sky's the limit with the latest fine feather trend!
Hi everyone, Sue here with an Easter card I created with a few of the new dies.
I started with a light blue card base and then die cut an oval from a darker blue card stock using the Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers. This way I could place my die cuts as I went along to see how they fit into the scene.
I die cut the Swaying Birch from white wood grain card stock that I inked along the edges with grey ink and a finger dauber, this helps to add some depth to the tree.
For the Easter eggs I die cut the Easter Egg Party from aqua, yellow and pink card stock and mixed up the paper piecing for some colour variation.
I adhered the eggs beneath the tree and added grass using the Easter Excitement die set.
Next I added the sentiment by curving it along the oval shape. To finish off this spring scene I die cut a couple of butterflies and a bird.
I started this card by stamping the floral images, from the Watercolor Wildflowers stamp set, in layers of Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Dusty Concord Distress Inks, as well as Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, on watercolor paper. Their stems were stamped in Peeled Paint Distress Ink, before everything was spritzed with a little water to blend and soften the colors. Once it was dry, I splattered some of the same ink colors used above, along with Pure Black acrylic paint, across the background. Everything was then sprayed with a Pearl mist, which I know isn't showing up in these photos, just for a little shimmer and shine.
The bottom center of the prepped piece was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "share the love" sentiment, from our Be Mine Penguins stamp set, before framing it with both Elegant Eggplant cardstock and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.
It was then popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape. The Stitched Butterfly Trio was die-cut from vellum. The larger two butterflies were layered one on top of the other; and all three were adhered, within the scene, just at their centers, in order to give their wings lift and studded with black pearls to complete the look.
Thanks so much for visiting! Have a terrific Tuesday, Poppystamps friends!
Welcome everybody! I am happy to share a special video with you today featuring all of the faerie dies from Poppystamps. I will apologize in advance - when I sat down to play with the dies my intention was to create two projects using a single technique. But, before I knew it I realized I had two very different techniques in mind and I ended up creating 5 different projects.
OK, maybe 6 different projects. So please forgive me, this video is long.
As in, I may be able to submit it as a documentary at a film festival. (smile) But I think you will understand! If you are like me, once you start on a card project, the wheels start turning and you begin to think of other things - and then one thing leads to another and you realize you have over 2 hours of video footage.
I did manage to condense it down - to a more manageable 47 minutes...
So what is the video about? Well, it incorporates our faeries into some very special projects.
I wanted to create backgrounds that would really compliment the faeries - lots of color, layers of splattery techniques, bright white spots against an inked background and some watercolor that captured the look of light reflecting in a pool.
The Dancing Faerie and the Posing Faerie were designed with the Dandelion Stem in mind. When I drew the artwork for the Dandelion Stem I wanted to make sure that it was a good size to use on its own but I also liked the idea of faeries holding it. So I scaled the faeries and drew the hands "just so" - in order so that one of the faeries could hold onto the stem! I wanted to make them as versatile as possible for all sorts of scenes. The backgrounds are created using a simple watercolor technique that I share in the video using Peerless watercolors - they are so intense and blend beautifully.
I had to try things out in different color schemes too - if you keep the faeries as black silhouettes, then this card works with any color combination!
And do you see that leftover stem that is cut out of the watercolor background? You can use it to create a second card with a dramatically different look...
The contemporary style cards make good use of the leftover stem! The sentiment in the Corner is from the CL405 Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set - it is full of all sorts of messages that you can mix and match to create a variety of cards! I created the frames using two different Memory Box Open Studio Die Sets - the Circle Basics set and the Square Basics set. There are so many different sizes in here - and you just mix and match to make the size frame that you want - and then nest the different colors together.
I used the same faeries again for the next project - this time incorporating a different background technique with our super popular Birch Collage die. I wanted to achieve the look of fireflies - some brilliant white dots against a blended background, as well as some darker areas for visual interest. I show this technique in the video too - you will love it. I kept trying different combinations of color - and applying ink before the splatter drops were dry, to achieve all sorts of looks.
After this project - I had so many creative juices flowing that I just kept going. I have only designed 4 faerie dies but there were so many interesting things to do with them!
I wanted to create a "Butterfly Faerie" card - so I composed a scene with the Hampstead Butterfly Stem and surrounded her with "Faerie Drops" and lots of intense inked color. There was something so mesmerizing about the splash of white against the colorful background - which led me to a little more experimentation with this technique. Adding layers of color, and layers of drops...
I hope you can see how I got carried away. My short craft video somehow changed into an artistic journey!
Oh - but then I thought of all the scenes I could make! I really love the idea of craft dies that can work together to create a special scene - and I had this in mind when I designed these forest dies. The Memory Box 99713 Timberland Collage, the 99720 Grove Collage, the 99726 Thicket Collage and the 99732 Wildwood Collage can all be used together (or mixed and matched) to create a tunnel effect on cards or in paper craft projects.
So next - another scene. I had actually been thinking of this one months ago. When I designed the faeries - I knew I wanted to create a shaker card at some point, and making a Garden Lantern die seemed like a good shape to hold the faerie.
My idea was that the Dainty Faerie would be glowing - and light would be spilling out of the lantern and onto the card. I added the droplets against the background color and decided that a few Memory Box 99751 Little Dragonflies would be perfect flying around the scene.
And that lantern? In the video I show you an easy way to achieve a weathered metal look using alcohol inks - it almost looks like bronze when you are finished!
Once you've finished your background techniques, it's a breeze to put together the shaker card - I just added a pinch of tiny sequins and sealed up the window and it was ready to go.
Please enjoy the video - you may find yourself getting carried away too!