71 posts categorized "Distress Ink"

Glitzy and Pastelly Rainbows
by Sphoorti


Hello Poppy Peeps!

Sphoorti again! I feel like it's been a while since I posted. Is it just me or have the first few weeks of this year seemed like a month?

Anyway, I'm here with 2 cards I made with a brand new product that was just released. It's called the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit craft die, and it's magical! It comes with dies that cut out 18 pieces. I used the dies provided for the rainbows and the individual clouds for these cards, but there's so much more! Be sure to check it out.


So, who said rainbows can't be glitzy?! For my first card - I used the Whittle Cloud Border craft die to cut out 2 cloud borders. For one of them - I used double sided adhesive on top so that I could sprinkle the Diamond Dust on it, and the other one - I left clean. I glued them to a top folding 4.25 x 5.5" card base (one with foam tape to make it look elevated).


Then, I broke out my Glitzy Glitter Pad and cut out rainbows in different colors. I randomly assembled them back on a piece of double sided adhesive and slipped it behind the cloud border with the Diamond Dust and adhered it to the card base directly.


Next, I cut out a bunch of the individual clouds from the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit with white cardstock, some with double sided adhesive on top. I removed the adhesive backers and poured (you guessed it!) the Diamond Dust on it and burnished them into the adhesive. I double / triple layered the other clouds for some dimension and adhered them to the card base.

Finally, the sentiment. I adore this Playful Hugs die as you may remember from my previous posts, so I cut out a number of them with regular cardstock and stacked them on top of each other, and topped it off with a cut from the same die, but in silver foil. My phone and the lighting make it look black, but it's actually silver foiled cardstock. What do you think?


For my second card, I decided to face my fears of achieving a pastel-colored look for my rainbow. I know, I couldn't believe it either! I'm very bad with pastels, and usually gravitate towards more vibrant colors. Plus, I have a heavy hand when I ink blend, so making a pastel rainbow seemed like a pipe dream. But I figured that if I messed up, I'd still have another card to post, so I took the chance.


I don't think it turned out too bad. What do you think? Does this look pastel-like to you? Or do I still have no idea what I'm doing? Please do tell!


Anyway, going back to how I made this one - the only difference is that I cut out the rainbow with plain white cardstock, and then used Distress Inks to color them in. The ones I used were: Twisted Citron, Spun Sugar, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Blueprint Sketch, and Shaded Lilac. I think it helps when you start with pastelly Distress Inks (doy, Sphoorti!)


I made this card a top folding landscape style and ended up with this:


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






Cabin Snowglobe
by Sue McRae


Hello everyone, Sue here with a card using the Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel Die Set. This is such a wonderful set for creating charming Christmas, winter, or anytime of the year cards. It’s perfect for making masculine cards, which I know can be difficult to create.


I went with a frosty look in blues, pinks and purples for my design. For the background I inked up the circle die cut with Distress Inks and sprayed it heavily with Perfect Pearls for lots of shimmer.


To create a swirly, windy sky I embossed this piece with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder. Love how it turned out!


I die cut all my different scene pieces with a variety of Memory Box coloured and glitter cardstock.

For the snowglobe base I used the White Woodgrain Paper and ink blended some gray on top.


You can really play around with all the layers and add foam adhesive to create depth and dimension. I added foam dots between the house and yellow window background for some nice shadows.


The great thing about this popup card, is that it fits into an A2 envelope, even with all the layers and added dimension.


I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside of the card so that there’s lots of room for adding a personal message.


Just think how different this card would look for spring with grass instead of snow, some added flowers and blooming trees and a bright sky inked in yellow and orange.

Thanks for visiting with me on the blog today!

Sue Floral Signature copy





Challenge Reminder: PSC#87 - Happy Holly Days!
by Sphoorti




Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's (and my first!) challenge - Happy Holly Days (PSC#87)! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and this theme has to do with all things associated with it, so transitive property dictates - this is the most wonderful challenge of the year!


Any card themed Winter / Christmas / Holidays works! Easy-peasy, and great because you probably have a bunch of cards already that you've just made to send out this Holiday season that you can enter into the challenge! Just make sure that you use at least one Poppystamps product, and enter your project on the challenge post blog for a chance to win! For more details about how this works, please see the original Challenge Post here.

First thing that comes to mind when I think of winter / December is snow (even though I live in a place where there's no precipitation - thanks, Southern California), and a warm fire in a cabin in the woods, hot chocolate in hand, cuddling with boyfriend and kitty.

The Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Die Set that was released by Poppystamps in the 2021 Holiday Release totally gave me those vibes, so that's what I used for the challenge.

I made 2 versions and I think I'll make a lot more when I get the opportunity because these looked amazing and were easy to put together! The first one I made was a monochromatic version where I only used white and silver cardstock for all the die cuts. I made a mistake on this one, actually - and it was because I couldn't see one of the dies (it was right in front of me!) It forms the circle part of the snow globe. So, I improvised and made it without it. (So, if you observe, you'll see there's no demarcation between the actual snow globe and the back of the card). I made sure I used it on the second one. Lesson learned! I cut out the base line (not sure what it's called, but it's the little silver sliver with the tiny lines), multiple times and used it on the inside of the card so that the easel feature of the card can work off of it. Here's a picture of it:


For the one which has the red cabin - I actually cut out the word "merry" multiple times from the Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die with white and silver cardstock and layered them to make it thick like a chipboard. Then, I adhered it to the inside of the card so that the easel can work off of that as a stopper. Here's a picture of that:


Here are some more pictures of the cards for you!





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 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store!

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






A Very Rainbowy Christmas
by Sphoorti


Hello Poppystars! (Is it okay if I call you that? Sounds like Pop Stars!)

Anyway, Sphoorti here with a completely non-traditional Christmas card. I saw a number of posts earlier this year where everyone was doing a rainbow style Christmas card. I didn't get a chance to try it at the time, though I really wanted to! They're just so beautiful! The other day, I was on the phone, and there were a bunch of these tree die cuts laying on my desk and I absentmindedly started to arrange them in different patterns. I ended up liked the layout so decided to make a card with it, and incorporate the rainbow theme into it! What do you think?

I used the four tree dies provided in the Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel craft die set and cut out several trees. Then, I used distress inks to ink them all up. I used Fired Brick, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Blueprint Sketch (my favorite!), and Wilted Violet. I used a blend of 2 - 3 colors in each family and ended up with this assortment:


I decided to save the lighter ones (the pastelly colored ones) which I made with just some leftover inks on the blending brushes for a future project. For this one, I used all the deep / vibrant ones.

I mixed some Perfect Pearls in with some water, and used a paint brush to splatter the trees with the specks. I love that effect!

Anyway, after that, I arranged them (no glue yet) on a 4.25" x 5.5" panel like so:


And then, the disaster happened. I couldn't find my masking paper. And my press-and-seal doesn't seem to have enough stick to it. So, I decided to use Washi Tape. And this works well, too! That is, if you remember to remove some of the adhesiveness of the washi before sticking it down to your panel. I, unfortunately, did not. So, after using Washi to pick all these up, I used a basic rectangle die to cut out a square in the middle of the panel for a place where I can put the sentiment. The strong washi + a run through my die cutting machine ensure that the Christmas trees got almost embedded into the washi and I had a heck of a time peeling all of them off. At one point I considered just making fresh trees, but I was lazy. So, I decided to just keep at it and peel off the trees without tearing them. A herculean task, but I did it! I did lose some trees in the process, but I had some from the area I cut out for the sentiment so I just repurposed it.

Anyway, after peeling off all the trees, I took a card panel (same size) and put a layer of sticky adhesive on it. I rearranged the trees by using the picture as a guide, and once I was done arranging all the trees, I took my favorite embellishment - Diamond Dust - (I swear, I can't get enough of this stuff!) and poured it all over the panel. The portions that still had adhesive that wasn't covered by the trees held onto the dust et voila!

I cut out the word "merry" from the Small Freestyle Merry Christmas die from the 2021 Holiday Release (another favorite) multiple times and stacked them up, and used silver cardstock for the top layer and put it in the sentiment area. And that was it! What do you think? I hope you liked it! I honestly love it so much, I can't help but glance at it whenever I walk by, in spite of the flaws! Here are some more pictures of it.






Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know in the comments below! We love to hear from you all! Have a great weekend!

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy



Bird House Card
Candice Crawford

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Well Hello there Crafty friends, and to all the viewers in the United States, "Happy Thanksgiving."  The winter season is now among us here in Michigan and what better way to bring on the the season than a festive winter themed card. The Bird House Pop-Up Easel set paird with the new Wintertime Sentiments stamps make a great combo. 


For the card base I am using a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of plaid pattern paper from the new Woodsy Plaid 6x6 Paper Pad from Memory Box that I adhered to a white cardbase. This patterned paper goes well with any woodsy themed project and is perfect for masculine themed cards. 

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Although this die set is meant to make pop-up easel cards the focal image of the birdhouse and bird are great die cut imges for regular A2 size or A7 size cards. The birdhouse was die cut from the new woodgrain cardstock from Memory Box and the snow and accents, cardinal, greenery and bird house accents were all die cut from colored cardstock scraps from my stash. 

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This die set is a must have for your collection as it can be used for various seasons, and perfect for masculine card desings. The sentiment was stamped in Versa Fine Onxy Black ink. While the birdhouse was sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink to provide more dimension and depth to the the focal image of the card.  The whole image was popped up on 3M foam tape. 

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I sincerely hope you have enjoyed today's card share and found inspiration. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time Happy Crafting! 

Candice Floral Signature copy





Crystal Lingo
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday crafters! I have two colourful cards today using the Crystal Lingo stamp set.

I started by heat embossing the cool geometric slim line rectangle shape twice in clear embossing powder on watercolour paper.


To ink the designs I took my Distress Inks and just swiped and smooshed them onto the panels. One panel was done in rainbow colours, the other in green, aqua and blue. I then liberally sprayed each piece with water and let it dry on its own.


For the rainbow card I die cut the Marzipan Alphabet from black cardstock to create the word because. I like the fun shapes of these letters and the added cut lines the dies create for each letter. It’s a great detail and adds texture to the letters. It is kind of hard to see this on the black cardstock.


To finish off this card I stamped the sentiment and added a bunch of Fairy Jewels that match the Distress Inks perfectly.


For the birthday card I stamped the sentiment in black ink on white cardstock and coloured the letters with two shades of yellow Copics. There are matching dies for the sentiments making it quick to get a close cut for the words. To finish off this card I added clear Fairy Drops.


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

Sue Floral Signature copy