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248 posts categorized "Background Dies"

Big Shiny Bulbs
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends!

When I was a kid, I LOVED decorating the Christmas tree! We'd pull out a giant, tattered box full of big shiny bulbs in red and silver. I loved the way the bulbs reflected the light and color from the twinkling lights. T this day, the big red shiny red ornament remains the symbol of all things holly and jolly.

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I made TWO bright, shiny cards with the new Ornament Background die, alcohol inks, and YUPO paper, to start feeling fine and festive. As an added bonus, all the YUPO paper pieces were all cut from my scrap stash too! Those YUPO paper bits are just too pretty to toss!

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I started with my two background panels. The first is YUPO paper and shades of green alcohol inks squirted around with a big rubber blower. The second background is light blue. I then cut the Ornament Background in white, and adhered it to my green card.

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The second card was cut from a large green YUPO sheet I made a few weeks earlier. I adhered it on to the light blue panel, and then I cut the leaves from other green scraps that I had. Some even have little touches of metallic gold and copper in them. This allows the leaves to stand out a little bit from the vine. Use tweezers and tiny dabs of glue to inlay all the leaf cuts to their proper place on the vine.

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I then cut the big bulbs from the scraps that I had saved from previous projects. The technique worked great on both cards. I'm not sure which one I prefer.

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I do a lot of inlay cards, so for me the technique is easy. I've had a lot of practice. However, the tinier the inlay pieces, or the more complicated the design, the more challenging inlay cards can be. The Ornament Background is a great die to try a little inlay card technique for yourself. Enjoy a big shiny bulb flashback!

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Now it's time to add a little jolly to your holly with these colorful cards!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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Stained Glass Technique with the Ornament Background Die
by Sphoorti

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Hello there!

It's Sphoorti again. Back with a technique I covered in my first Design Team post for Poppystamps, but incorporating some of the suggestions I had in that post (for you guys and myself!) So, if you haven't seen that post yet, please do check it out, because I used the same technique, just a different card base.

The last time I tried this technique, I used Neenah Solar White cardstock in 80 pound. I may have had less warping with 110 pound, but I was in the middle of a move and couldn't find the ream of 110 pound. So, here, I tried with acetate, which I know won't warp at all with Glossy Accents, and this was the result!

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As hard as it is working with Acetate because your fingerprints show up all over it, and it's staticky, it's nothing compared to trying to get a proper picture of it. Especially if you're a photography noob like me. But I took a bunch of pictures to give you the full effect. The card actually looks much better in person, so I hope you try out the technique.

When I do send out this card, though - I plan to use one of those lint-free cloth things that they give you to clean your glasses and wipe down the fingerprints, lint and any other junk that's taking the beauty away from the acetate before putting it in the mail. Hope it helps!

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Oh, also, here's a picture of the back side of the front panel of the card. I used a die cut of the background die to cover up the glue that you could see on the back.

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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We'd love to hear from you! Hope you enjoyed this post and/or found it helpful / inspiring!

Thank you so much!

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Joy
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hey Poppy peeps!  Tiffany here. Did you catch the amazing IG hop the design team participated in yesterday? So many inspiring cards using the new Poppystamps release! If you haven't seen it yet, please head over to the Poppystamps IG account to start at the beginning. Don't forget that you have a chance to win a prize at every stop of the hop. What an incredible opportunity!

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Today, I'm sharing how I made my sample from yesterday's hop. I featured a mash up of products from the whole Birch Press Designs family, including the new Poppystamps Ornament Background die. To start, I embossed a panel of white cardstock with the new Ringadings 3D Embossing Folder from Memory Box. I matted it with a piece of red cardstock.

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Next, I die cut white cardstock with the Ornament Background die twice for added dimension. I adhered the background die cuts together with spray adhesive. I also die cut pieces of an alcohol ink panel that I had in my stash from just the ornament portion of the die. I did not have a large alcohol ink panel, so cutting it into pieces to fit what I wanted to die cut helped save paper. To create the alcohol ink panel, I just blended a variety of green alcohol inks together with a lot of isopropyl alcohol and ink splatters for texture. I inlayed the ornaments in place with liquid glue. To finish the ornaments, I shaded the tops with copic markers - C1, C3, and C5. 

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Lastly, I embellished the card with holiday foliage, berries and a sentiment. I die cut several leaves from various green cardstock with the Memory Box Pine Needle Trio die and the Poppystamps Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel. I die cut the berries from an alcohol ink panel that I created with red and pink inks. The sentiment is one I use frequently. It is the Joy Honey Script die from Birch Press. I die cut it from two layers of white cardstock and once from red foil from the Polished Foil Paper pad. I attached the completed card front to a side-folding, A2 card base.

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Hope you enjoyed my card! And don't forget to hop along with the team for more inspiration. Until next time, happy crafting!

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Art Deco Birthday Greetings
by Kim Singdahlsen

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All of the Deco products in the recent Summer Theater release are absolutely spectacular and there are many beautiful cards on this blog using them but I hadn't used any of them yet. I definitely wanted to so for inspiration I googled Art Deco Images and saw many basic black/white or black/gold images. I was thrilled to see that because I've been struggling with ideas for a birthday card for my SIL and it all came together because she decorates everything with black and white photography. 

I did the black and white background with the Geometric Deco Plate and a gorgeous sentiment from Art Deco Birthday Greetings. The flowers are the Village Rose and Background with a few leaves from Orchard Leaves.

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I love the curves of the flowers against the geometric lines of the background. It's a beautiful contrast.  Then I used glitter paper for the background of the flowers to give them some birthday sparkle!

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I don't post any cards that I don't like - and I have more than my fair share of those - but some cards I truly love and this is one of them.  The bright flowers against the black and white, the curves against the straight lines, the cheerful colors and the beautiful sentiment - it just all worked for me!

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I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I did.  It's a beautiful background. By the way, there's also a separate frame that goes inside the square so it can also be used with smaller sentiments.  And if you browse the blog, you'll see many, many other gorgeous uses for this die!Kim Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Challenge Reminder :Wonderful Washi
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hello, Marybeth Lopez  here today to give a little reminder about the Poppy Challenge.  All you need to do is use Washi and at least one Poppystamps product.

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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!

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I chose to use one of my favorite Poppystamps dies called Intricate Leaf Square Frame along with the Poppystamps ,Pinpoint Half Ring Plate.

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I used this Beautiful Washi tape: Sunset Blush and put across the panel then place the die on top and cut the die. I love the detailed results .

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Hope to see you play along and join the fun. Time to get that Washi tape out and play.

God bless you all.

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Gilded Plate Thank You
by Jeanne Jachna

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I'm loving the new cover plates you'll find in the Summer Theatre section of the Poppystamps on line store.  The deco look is elegant and artsy!  

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The cover panels are sized to cover an entire A2 card.  For this card I used the Gilded Plate Cover Panel.   I cut it from white card stock and layered it over a panel I inked with Distress Oxide ink in Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean,  Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron.  The creamy pigment inks blend beautifully and when used with cosmetic brushes look flawless.  And if you do have a few hard lines, don't worry!  A splash of water and some watered down ink cover any imperfections.

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I topped the assembled panel with a the large Brilliant Ring from the three die set.  The solid die creates a focal point, breaking up the busy intricate background, for an image or simple sentiment .

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To add a little more interest I inked the Thank You Poe Sentiment with Distress Oxide ink to coordinate with the inky background.    A few gold glitter enamel dots add some sparkle and shine. 

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I hope you'll try experimenting with different shades of distress ink to slide behind your pretty cover panels.   It just doesn't get better than this! 

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Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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