82 posts categorized "Alcohol Inks"

A Card Made with Leftovers
by Sphoorti



Hello there, Poppy Peeps!

I'm not sure if you had a chance to look at my post from the other day, but it was about making Cake shaped Easel cards. In case you missed it - you can find it here. When I was putting those cards together, I had some leftovers and I randomly pieced the leftovers together and made this quick and easy, clean and simple card.  Since I already had the pieces, this card took about 10 minutes to make (maybe it'd have taken 20 if I didn't have all the pieces) but I thought it turned out great (if I do say so myself) in spite of it being a leftovers-card.



Since I had my Stunning Mandala 3D Embossing Folder out already, I ran a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of card stock through it and used that as a background. Look at that gorgeous detail!!!




Since I had my Gemini FoilPress out, I decided to hot foil a bunch of sentiments using the Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies and I took the one that said Hello, which was small and didn't cover up too much of the gorgeous mandala background and foam mounted it.



I had some leftover alcohol ink card stock from years ago and I ran it through with the Leafy Garden Border craft die die to get the leafy border and stuck it to the bottom of the card. I took some jewels in green and gold colors to go with the card stock and scattered them around the border and that was it! Very quick, but still pretty! What do you think?


Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy



Bring on the Cake (Cards)!
by Sphoorti




Greetings, Poppy Peeps!

I have two cards for you today! My cousin is getting married in June and a bestie is getting married in September, so I thought the timing of the May 2022 Release was just MEANT TO BE for me! And this was the release in which Poppystamps introduced hot foil plates, so it was a dream come true for this girl who's been foiling all the things lately! Let's get right into it!


Card # 1 (and my favorite of the two!):




This card combines 2 of my favorite things: Cakes and Flowers/Leaves. I used the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die which was the highlight of this release for me (outside of the Hot Foil plates, of course), and MY! What an awesome product! It comes with a ridiculous number of dies (which cut out 40 designs)! Isn't that wonderful?! And those florals can be used anytime, anywhere! I went crazy and ended up with a plethora of die cuts (not just for these cards but for future ones), so you'll see these resurface multiple times. I hope you don't get bored of me using the same stuff over and over. They're just so cute!



I started off by die-cutting the various parts of the cake. For the two cake layers, after I cut them out, I ran them through the die cutting machine using the Stunning Mandala 3D Embossing Folder for that dry embossed effect. Don't you just love it? I've been meaning to use this for a while now, and thought it'd be perfect for the cake, and wow, I was not disappointed one bit. It was more beautiful than I imagined! (My pictures don't do it justice)




Another product in this release was the Layer Cake Drip Icing craft die and I used it to cut out silver glitter card stock with it to form the icing on the cake.




For the bouquet / florals - I had a few scraps of alcohol ink backgrounds I created the last time I had those supplies out (which was more than 2 years ago) and I found these green ones that I thought would go perfectly with the idea I had in mind. So, I cut up multiple leaves with these. I needed some leaves that were wider and took up more space to fill the bouquet, as well as some longer sprigs, so I decided to pull out some of the older dies that Poppystamps had (like the Leafy Garden Border craft die and the Maple Symphony craft die) and some leftovers from the last time I used the Slim Leafy Collage craft die. I arranged the leaves and decided to top them off with some flowers. I used the same glitter card stock for the flowers as I did for the icing, and put some pearls at the centers.




I hot foiled in gold the Congratulations sentiment from the Modest Greetings 1 Hot Foil Plate and Die set (I absolutely love this font!) and cut it out and positioned it on the bottom layer of the cake.




Do y'all remember the Cabin Snow Globe Pop Up Easel craft die from the 2021 Holiday release? It had a thin base bottom die that I used to help the card stand upright. I pulled it out to see if it would fit around the cake and it totally did! I cut up multiples and layered them on top of each other to form a chipboard like piece and placed it inside to use it as a stopper.




And that was it! What do you think? I'm absolutely in love with this card, so much so that I want to keep it for myself (shame on me, feel free to judge!), but I'll be a good girl and share the love. I hope my cousin and his wife love it too!


Card # 2 (The wedding-turned-birthday card):




I envisioned this as a wedding card and started with those intentions, but it ended up becoming a birthday card. Here's what happened. 


Do y'all remember the Penelope Pinpoint Frame craft die? I thought it would be perfect for the cake layers (with the quilted look), so I cut up a layer with the frame. Then, I cut that piece up with the cake layers dies and assembled the layers together. I couldn't help but use icing, and I was going for a pure, clean, simple, monochromatic card, so I pulled out the diamond dust and applied it to the icing layers. I put pearls at the intersections, and I JUST realized as I'm typing this that one of the pearls moved! I'm going to have to retake the pictures before uploading them to Instagram because it's killing me (stay calm, my OCD). I guess I was so focused on taking the pictures that I didn't notice that the pearl moved. I don't remember where I got these pearls, but they had adhesive on the back already. I should have used liquid adhesive anyway for security. Lesson learned! For now, pretend I didn't bring this up and all is right with the card and the world. (Note: I just fixed it on the actual card, so I can sleep tonight).




Anyway, back to the making of the card - after assembling the cake, the top part looked a little empty, and I didn't want to use more florals on this card (the whole monochromatic thing was going well for me), but I needed some way to cover up the emptiness on top. I also wanted to use one of the foiled sentiments I made with the Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies (there weren't any that said congrats in either set). I put it on top of the cake layer (like in the forefront) and it was covering up the icing and too much of the top layer, so I asked one of my besties for help - Judy Thai. She usually breaks ties for me when I can't make up my mind about where to place a sentiment. She's very creative and she suggested that I use it as a cake topper! Isn't that brilliant? I did just that and I think it looks great! I just wish I had a sentiment that was more wedding related because this looks more like a wedding cake, in my opinion. Maybe in a future release there'll be another hot foil plate with wedding sentiments and I can replace the Happy Birthday with that? What do you think? Do you think this can pass off as a regular Birthday cake and not a fancy wedding cake?




Everything else was the same as Card #1 (i.e. I used the thin base bottom die from the Cabin Snow Globe Pop Up Easel craft die from the 2021 Holiday release as the stopper for the easel as well as the base) and called it done!



Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this very long post! Hope you liked the cards!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




Challenge Reminder #91: Add Texture
by Nancy Penir


Greetings Poppy Peeps! Hope your spring is full of sunshine and bright with color. Nancy here and I'm posting to remind you of our Challenge this month, 'Add Texture'. 


There are so many ways to add texture to your projects and cards, and I'm going to show you one of favorites. I'm sure you're all familiar with this, but just in case, here's a reminder. 


The Memory Box family has several deep pocket embossing folders, which add great impressions when run through your machines. I love to roll on further texture with a brayer and ink pads. It's a rather a reverse emboss, and the color is applied onto the standup portions of the folder.


Lots of depth as well as texture on the background. But I didn't stop there. Layers, glitter paper, lifting die cut petals, and rhinestones also add texture. 


A closeup of the flowers lets you see detailed copic shading, and the addition of glitter drops and rhinestones.


The unicorn's crown wreath is also added texture, built from tiny posies, and leaves.


What's your favorite texture to use? We'd love to see it!

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge. You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!

Have a wonderful week! 

Nancy Floral Signature copy






Spring Flower Basket
by Nancy Penir


Happy Spring to all of you! Nancy here and I have a spring card to share using some of the new dies from Poppystamps and some of the oldies too. 


Poppystamps' Woven Basket Pop Up die set can also be a focal point for a regular size A2 card. For my card I used a white die cut of the basket, and shaded it with pink distress ink. All the elements for this card can be found below and link directly to the shop for purchase.


I used lots of layers, but no foam tape. The sweet little posies are from the new Potpourri Flower Set.


The new flower dies are so versatile, and can be doubled or tripled for layered impact.


Look through you older sets and see for yourself how great combining sets can be!

Happy crafting!

Nancy Floral Signature copy




PSC#90 Pretty Papers

Challenge Badge copy

Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge! We're so happy you've stopped by, and we sure hope you'll join us! On the first of the month, we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge with a central theme. The design team will provide samples for inspiration, and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for the Poppystamps Challenge #89 Heart-Felt is  Karen Ladd


The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Lagene!

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge. You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!


PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. Making a masculine card? How about some cork, wood veneer or glossy papers? This time we want you to add some pretty papers to your design. The challenge is not limited to cards - we'd love to see your page layouts, home decor, tags, and mixed media. It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration? Here are some samples from our design team. Want a closer look? No worries. We'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month, so you can see how each project was created.

Meet our March Guest - Rachel Duffy - who was selected by Sphoorti from our design team! Sphoorti says she's in awe of Rachel, who creates and sells beautiful cards and alcohol art - all for a good cause. All of Rachel's proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation. On top of that, Rachel uses 100% recycled products for her card bases, and tries to use other recycled materials as much as she can when she makes cards. Generous and kind - not just to people but the environment, too! 



Rachel Duffy
Instagram: @colourandsparkle
Etsy: ArtByRD Store

I got into cardmaking in early 2020, accidentally, as a result of trying to find ways to use up off-cuts of my alcohol ink paintings. I still love painting, but have also fallen in love with cardmaking as it enables me to more quickly create small pieces of artwork that I can easily mail to friends and family. I love creating cards with lots of color and sparkle (as my Insta handle implies!) to brighten up people's days.
Grand Whittle Pig-Poppystamps-Jeanne Jachna

Now it's your turn! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on March 29 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on April 1!!    

Thanks for joining us! We can't wait to see what you make!

Rainbow Wishes
by Sue McRae


It’s a shiny new week at Poppystamps and I’m here with a fun unicorn card using the new Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit. I think this kit would be a perfect gift for a child or unicorn loving crafter as it contains stamps and dies!


All the colourful parts of my card (the rainbow, sentiment and unicorn mane) are die cut pieces of alcohol ink yupo paper that I had in my stash. I’m always looking for ways to use up my smaller paper pieces.


I die cut the unicorn from white woodgrain paper for a little texture and the clouds are covered with white flock for a nice soft fuzzy feel. Felt would be a great alternative to the flock.


For a little sparkle and shine I used gold glitter paper behind the sentiment and for the unicorn horn and wings.


To add some interest to the background I took a tracing wheel (it’s a tool used in sewing) to add wavy dotted lines on my panel. The rainbow sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock and cut out by hand.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today and have a great week!

Sue Floral Signature copy