79 posts categorized "Distress Ink"

Challenge Reminder - You're the Best
by Jeanne Jachna

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Did you know we have a monthly challenge?  It's a great way to play along with fellow crafters, show off  your style and get ideas for different ways to use  your Poppystamps craft dies and stamps.

2022-06This month's challenge is all about the boys!  We're looking for projects made for the special guy in your life.  Maybe it's your hubby, son or best friend!  You can make whatever you like.. a card, page layout or even a tag.  Just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps craft die or stamp.   Linking to your design automatically enters you into our drawing for a $20 gift card to Poppystamps.com.   You can always find the latest challenge by clicking on the badge on the top right of the blog .

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My card starts with a Distress Ink Panel.  It's got Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron blended left to right.   Next I cut the Soaring Tree Frame from two shades of blue cardstock, and the Tall Skyline Tree Frame from two shades of green cardstock. 

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I stacked the tree frames so each has a green and a blue panel, and alternated which die went on top.  I love how they both have a pretty pierced border so they both are beautiful cover dies.   Assembling the two frames together makes a perfect background for an A2 size card. 

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I love the depth the stacked trees create giving you the feeling of being in a forest.   I took the "You" from the Thank You Poe Script to create a sentiment.  Paired with a gold foil Modest Greetings 2 sentiment strip  the message is clear.   

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You have until the end of the month to join us!  I can't wait to see what you make! 


Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"



Stained Glass Butterflies
by Candice Crawford


Hi there crafty friends. Candice here on the blog with a colorful and creative card share. Today's card features the new Stained Glass Butterfly collage die from the latest Poppystamps release.


I created the card by first die cutting the butteflies from a slimline piece of black cardstock. The die cuts one cluster of butterflies. So once I die cut the first cluster from the top of the card front, I die cut the butterflies again at the bottom of the card front panel. 


Next, I took the same size slimline panel in white cardstock and blended some distress inks onto the panel in rainbow order. I did not bother to blend the colors completely for a smooth look.


Then I adhered the black die cut panel of butterflied onto the rainbow blended cardstock with liquid glue. The rainbow butterflies immediately come to life once the black cardstock is adhered. 


Next I foiled the sentiment Thinking of you with some silver foil paper and my Go Press and Foil machine. The sentiment comes from the new You Are Amazing Poe Script Grettings Foil and Cut die set. I also die cut a few butterflies from the Fern and Daisy Pop Up Easel Set from Gold Mirror cardstock and adhered the butterflies to the card with some liquid adhesive. The sentiment was popped up on 3M foam tape.  

Lastly,  I used my white craft paint  and a pain brust to add splatters to the card panel for added interest. I think today's card came out absolutely stunning. I hope you have enjoyed today's card share and found inspiration. Until next time happy crafting! 

Candice Floral Signature copy





Butterflies Galore
by Janet Katz

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I'm a sucker for butterflies on cards and this card is the evidence. I started work using a premade watercolor background. It was just an abstract painting using a few colors of bright pink ink on watercolor paper.

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Next, I used the new Stained Glass Butterfly Collage die, which is a single large die, to cut out the butterfly "windows" from a piece of 110lb white cardstock. You can see the watercolor beneath. 

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I was really taken with the three tiny butterflies towards the bottom of the die. I had a premade ink-blended background of three yellow Distress Oxides. I cut only the lower half of the die so I could pop out the tiny yellow butterflies. Next I wanted a bright pink butterfly outline. I was working on the card away from home and didn't have bright pink cardstock with me. No problem. I sponged Picked Raspberry Distress Ink onto a square of thick white cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine with the Large Stained Glass Butterfly.

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I cut out the coordinating background of this die from the white pearl paper inside the Poppystamps Vintage Pastel 6x6 Mirror paper pad. Finally, I cut the body of the butterfly from brown cardstock. I adhered these three together down the center only so the outline could lift off the pearl background.

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I saw a card online with flowers added to butterfly wings, so I decided to do the same. I cut the smallest flowers from the same yellow ink-blended background using the Potpourri Flower Set and the Petite Blooms Flower Set. The green leaves are from the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel die set. I stacked two flowers for each bloom and glued a brown enamel dot in the center of each.
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I adhered these to the butterfly and then used foam adhesive to glue the flowers to the butterfly. I adhered the white panel to a bright pink card base. Finally, I added a premade sentiment strip along with the 3 tiny yellow butterflies to the card.
Have you used a butterfly on a card lately? 
Janet Floral Signature copy




by Tiffany Pryce


I love mixing geometrics and flowers so I thought I would combine the new Penelope Pinpoint Frame die with some previously released products for a fun, congratulations card. It is a pretty easy card to make so let's dive into the details.

I started by coloring a panel of white cardstock with distress ink sprays. I used prize ribbon, salvaged patina, and twisted citron. I sprayed the ink randomly and focused the darker color on one side. Here is a picture of a second panel I sprayed but did not end up using. I ended up spraying the panel I used for my card even more to deepen the color a little bit, but this gives you an idea of what the final panel looked like.


While the panel dried, I die cut an A2 panel of white cardstock with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame die. I trimmed the frame in half to give a different look. Chopping up a die cut is a great way to get a different look and stretch your supplies. I knew my card would have a lot of elements on the right side, so I ink blended some yellow and blue ink on the corner to balance out the card design. I adhered the white frame to the inked background.


Next, I die cut all of my floral elements. I die cut the Leafy Garden Border from vellum and adhered it to the frame edge.

I die cut the Potpourri Flower Set from two colors of foil cardstock from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad. I adhered the flowers with liquid glue in and around the Leafy Garden Border and added clear Fairy Jewels to the flower centers.


Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the Art Deco Birthday Greetings in prize ribbon distress oxide ink in the top corner. Before you stamp a new clear stamp, make sure that you condition your stamp by rubbing it with your fingers or with a microfiber cloth to ensure the ink sticks to the stamp. The goal is to remove any film left over from the manufacturing process. Without conditioning, ink tends to bead up on the stamp causing issues with getting a clear impression. I adhered the completed card front to a top folding A2 card base. Hope I inspired you to pull out your ink sprays to make a colorful background. Enjoy the rest of your day!


Tiffany Floral Signature copy




More ways to use the Flower Field Frame craft die
by Sphoorti






Hello Poppy Peeps!


Sphoorti again! I have two other cards that I made with the Flower Field Frame Craft Die and I wanted to share them with you guys.


Card # 1:




This one was the easier version. I started by taking a 5.5 x 4.25" panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and ink blended using some distress inks - Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet.I took the Perfect Pearl powders in silver and gold and splattered drops all over it for some sparkle and sheen.


Next, I took a top folding landscape card that measures 5.5" x 4.25". I scored it along the x-axis (horizontally) halfway down from the top of the card. I took 2 sentiment stamps, one that says "You're amazing" from the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit, and another that says "Thank you for every-fin" from the Whittle Sealife Sentiments clear stamp set. I did what I liked to call a "stamputation". I cut the sentiment so that I'd have a piece just with the "Thank you" portion. I could have masked it off, but I don't think I'll use this full sentiment that often anyway. This way I can reuse the "Thank you" part without having to mask it in the future.


Then, I took the Flower Field Frame Craft Die and cut out a layer of Neenah Solar White 110 pound cardstock. I took my big mama roll of 3M Foam Tape and cut up tiny pieces of it and put them on the back of the frame. I must be out of my dimension loving mind because I ended up with this:




And I still feel bad because I missed a few spots! Anyway, you might be wondering why I chose to take the time to cut up so many slivers of foam tape instead of just taking multiple die cuts and stacking them together. Well, I did that too! And I used that version for Card # 2. But for this card, I chose the foam tape option because you'll see that when you use foam tape versus stacking them on top of each other, the shadow effect is more prominent. Don't get me wrong, I like both effects it's just what effect I'm going for at the time.


Please do compare the two pictures of the completed cards and let me know if you see it, or if it's just me. Here's a picture of the two versions before I assembled the cards.




Now for the best part - assembly! I removed foam take backers off and stuck the frame down over the blended rainbow of colors with the sentiment at the center. I then took a number of pearls in various sizes and adhered them to the centers of the flowers. I foam mounted this card panel on a top folding 4.25 x 5.5" card base et viola!








Card # 2




This one was even more time consuming than the first, if you can believe it! Die-cutting 6 - 7 layers of the Flower Field Frame and gluing them together is no easy feat! But totally worth it!




I ink blended the background the same way I did for the first car, and used the same perfect pearl mixture to splatter some shine all over the card. 


Then, I stacked the die cuts and glued them together with liquid glue. The inner perimeter doesn't have any gaps, so I figured - why not make it a shaker? So, I took a piece of acetate roughly the same size as the outer perimeter and cut it up. Once I layered the acetate on top of the stacked set of die cuts, I used another die cut to cover it up the outline of the acetate. I used the same stamps that I used for Card # 1 on this card too. I just made the mistake of forgetting to stamp the acetate before layering it. Lesson learned. I stamped it anyway and where I couldn't get a good impression, I used a permanent marker to fill in the gaps. Can you tell?




I filled the innards with a mixture of confetti, sequins and pearls. I glued some of the innards to the back of the card as well so that even when the card is upright, there are still some shaker bits scattered throughout the top. One thing I wish I did differently was flip the pearls right side up before sealing the shaker. The shaker well isn't deep enough to allow the pearls to flip back and forth, so the ones that were facing down when I sealed the shaker are going to remain that way forever.




Then, I adhered my favorite clear fairy drops at the centers of all the flowers. I mounted this panel on a top folding 5.5 x 4.25 card base and called it done.




Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which card did you like better? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this post!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy






Different ways to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame craft die - Part 1
by Sphoorti







So, I *may* have gone a little crazy with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die from the Poppystamps February 2022 Release. I absolutely love background dies like this, especially abstract ones that we can use in a multitude of ways, so I couldn't help but make a whole bunch of cards with it. Since I have SO many examples, I thought I'd split them up into 2 different posts. I'll post the second one next month, but in this post, I'll go over the first 4 cards I made with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die.


Cards 1 & 2:


The best part about dies like this is you can use the innards as well as the outards. Is that a word? Basically, the negative die cuts that you end up with when you die cut something - you can reuse to make another card! Not always possible because the negative die cuts may not really be pretty / useful. But in this case, they're absolutely usable and pretty too!

So, I started off by blending a panel of Neenah Solar White 110 pound cardstock with distress inks (Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, and Blueprint Sketch). I ran the panel through my Big Shot with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die, and hung on to every little piece.

I used the same die to cut out some plain white cardstock and kept all the little diamonds. And you're going to think this is crazy, but I stacked 3 of the diamonds together for dimension for each and every diamond, followed by the colored ones from the inked panel I cut originally. But as the crafting world knows (and Laura Bassen says) "Dimension is life".

Then, I took a card base, adhered a card panel to it with the positive die cut from the Penelope Frame Die, and I adhered the stacked diamonds in the same order.




Then, I took some clear jewels and adhered them to the intersections.



I topped off the card with the Freestyle Hugs Craft Die which I cutout with Neenah Solar white and stacked a bunch together, with the silver foiled cardstock one on top. I used vellum to cut the shadow and used it behind the Hugs sentiment. And that's it! That's Card # 1. I think this one was my favorite of these 4.





Card # 2 came together very quickly and easily. I basically took the positive die cut from the inked panel from step 1 and mounted it on a cardstock with double sided adhesive. Then, I poured my favorite Diamond Dust into the diamond holes and burnished them in.




Here's a picture where you can see the diamond dust a little better:




I figured that I have enough glitter / embellishments on this thing already, so I didn't add any jewels or rhinestones, but now I'm wondering if I should have. Thoughts? I mean, can there really ever be enough glitter in life?




I did the same thing with the sentiment here that I did in card # 1, and called it done.




Cards 3 & 4:


For my 3rd card, I actually followed the same process as Card # 1, where I ink blended with a bunch of distress inks (however, on this panel, I used Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet).




Everything else was pretty much the same, except:

  • Instead of stacking up die cuts of the diamonds, I cut out little slivers of foam tape and mounted the diamonds on that. Which do you think is crazier of me? Stacking tiny die cuts multiple times? or Foam mounting with micro pieces of foam tape? Do let me know!
  • Instead of silver glossy paper for the sentiment, I used Black Glossy Paper from MemoryBox.




Which one do you like better? I personally prefer Card # 1 because of the cool colors + silver sentiment. How about you?




Card # 4


So, when I made Card # 3, I was left with the positive die cut (the one with the frame). Instead of adhering it down to a card panel as a whole, I cut it up into some slices. I took one of those slices and put it at the bottom of an acetate card panel.




Then I took a sliver of silver mirror cardstock and used it as a border so that the card had a finished look.




I stacked a bunch of hugs sentiment dies cut out of white cardstock, and then topped it with some of the black glossy cardstock. I decided I wanted it to be silver, so I put a silver sentiment on top, but offset it just a bit so that it looks like it has a shadow.




Then I used white pearls instead of clear gems as embellishments.




I normally windex my acetate cards before I photograph them but this time, I forgot. So, please excuse the fingerprints / lint / God-knows-whatever-else is on there.

Now that I'm looking at a picture of it, I wonder if I should have used a sliver of silver cardstock at the bottom too. What do you think?

Anyway, that's all I have for now!

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! Stay tuned for Part 2! You won't be disappointed!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy