126 posts categorized "Distress Ink"

Floral Frame Cards
by Sphoorti




Hello Poppy Peeps!


It's Sphoorti again!


I'm excited to share two beautiful cards with you today, and while they were both crafted in a similar manner, I'd love to delve into the details of my favorite one – the silver creation!




To kick things off, I used the 2552 Floral Vase Pop Up Easel Set craft die and the 2469 Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die to cut out an array of leaves and stems. These pieces were then inked up with my usual favorite Distress Inks, including Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon. For an extra touch of shine, I added a splattering of perfect pearls. And because the shine wasn't enough, I coated some of the leaves with some some Wink of Stella.




Next, I used the 2474 Double Scalloped Stitched Frames craft die craft die to fashion two frames - one large, and one small - from some silver mirror cardstock. I nestled the intricately inked leaves within the space between these two frames.




To add a touch of dimension, I cut out multiple layers of white cardstock using the Playful Hugs die, creating a chipboard-like feel. Finally, I topped off this layered stack of hugs diecuts with the word one cut from the same exquisite silver mirror cardstock I used for the frames, and centered it on the card. And that was it!


I made the other card in a similar fashion, just swapped out the silver frames for black mirrored ones, and used a hotfoiled Hello sentiment instead of the Playful hugs.





Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Would you want to remake these cards? Would you do anything differently? Let us know in the comments below! Also - heads up! The Poppystamps Winter 2023 Release is out and it's absolutely amazing. Be sure to check it out!


Thank you for visiting!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




Mixing it up with Hot-foiling and Distress-Inking!
by Sphoorti



Hello Poppy Peeps!


It's Sphoorti again!


A while back, I busted out my hot foiling gear and went all in on a creative binge. While in the zone, I whipped up this absolute beauty using the PSF809 Leaf and Tendril Hot Foil Plate, and some stunning Opal foil on a white card panel. Now, if you haven't dipped your toes in the magic that is Opal foil, prepare to be mind-blown – it's like the holographic unicorn of foils! When the light hits it just right, it possesses this ethereal quality. But, and here's the catch, when it's not vibing with the lighting, it practically disappears into the background.


In a moment of doubt, I came this close to ditching this beauty, thinking it was a total bust because the foil's wow factor on plain white card stock just disappeared. I wished there was a way to induce some serious color into that panel.


Then it hit me! Distress inks! Duh!


I reached for my beloved distress inks, including Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, and Candied Apple, and went to town with some serious inking. I gotta say, the panel turned out absolutely gorgeous!


For the next step, I used the 2530 Large Stitched Envelope and Postage craft die to cut an envelope from vellum. Additionally, I utilized the 2464 Marzipan Alphabet craft die set to create a set of letters.


I stuck the vellum envelope onto the opal-foiled, distress-inked panel, and creatively arranged the alphabet letters both inside and outside the envelope, and bam - I ended up with this!





I shared it with a friend and she asked about the intention behind the letters. I clarified that I had intended for only the silver X and O to be prominent, The other letters were picked randomly to give it a cool, abstract vibe without any particular meaning. To lessen confusion for the recipient, I carefully mixed in different letters, letting them overlap so that it made it hard for anyone to try and figure out secret messages. That seems to have done the trick!




I had these cute puffy heart stickers leftover from a previous project, and I decided to scatter a bunch of white hearts to make it look like they were spilling out from the envelope.




After that, I just used foam to give the X and the O a bit of dimension, and I was good to go!


Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Would you want to remake this card? Would you do anything differently? Let us know in the comments below! Also - heads up! The Poppystamps Winter 2023 Release is out and it's absolutely amazing. Be sure to check it out!


Thank you for visiting!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




Snowman's Warmest Wishes
by Rachel Duong

Hi It's Rachel here with a sparkly Poppystamps "Sweet Nordic Snowman" sending the warmest of wishes to you. This glittery cutie is just a sampling from the abundant, amazing Christmas release at Poppystamps --- available now!

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To create this card I die cut the snowman's hat, scarf and top from the gorgeous Memory Box "Poinsettia Garland" double sided floral papers. Next comes glitter paper for the base of the "Arched Gothic Cathedral Window".  (The paper packs are listed below.) 


I die cut the top piece of the arch in pearl paper and glued the pieces together. A thin layer of vellum over icy blue paper is the backdrop for the window. I added the layer of vellum to give it a softer effect.


The "Christmas Banners" stamp and die set is full of festive greetings and I chose "Warmest Wishes" because I thought it was a play on words, being that this snowman is inside a house, not outside! 


This brings us to the background. I decided to use patterned paper for the background. It actually becomes pretty wallpaper adorning the room. So how does the snowman stop from melting inside?! I will leave that to your imagination! Then I adhered the card front to a white card base leaving a fine border. Finally I embellished the window with "Autumn Fairy Jewels" .


Thank you for taking time to stop in. I hope you love this wintery card as much as I do! It's light and airy, floral vibe says snow might be just around the corner. The Poppystamps Christmas release is absolutely wonderful. I can't say enough about it! Until next time, have a fantastic day!

Rachel Floral Signature





Bold Thanks
by Tricia Barber


Hello all!  Tricia here with you today to share some old school techniques for the current Poppystamps Challenge.  I have two for you today: ink smooshing and using your dies to create backgrounds. It is so much fun to get out your inks and ink smooshing up a bunch of backgrounds.  I generally use three colors for an A2 panel and you want to use colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, otherwise you will have muddy brown!   I think dye inks give the best results and use a surface that will allow you to ink directly on like a glass mat.   I start by watering down an A2 watercolor panel.   Using three different areas on your surface, stamp the ink pad directly down and then add some water.   The ink and water will bead up and then you can start to pounce your cardstock thru the three inks.  I use my heat tool to dry in between pouncing.  This gives a great layering of the various colors on the panel. For my card today, I used Distress Inks in Lumberjack Plaid, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  Once satisfied with the color of the panel, then I used my heat tool to fully dry the panel. I die cut my panel with the Luscious Script Thanks and die cut the shadow from black cardstock.  I used liquid glue to adhere to each other.  



To make my background, I have used another old school technique, using die cuts!   I love finding creative ways to use my dies.  I die cut from white cardstock using the smallest and the middle die from Brilliant Rings to create my background.  With the smaller die, I die the center out of each of the middle die cut circles.  I then layered onto the card base with liquid adhesive.  




I stamped a sentiment from Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit and added some Fairy Drops to finish it off!   What are some of your favorite Old School techniques?  Share your card with us and link up your design on the Poppystamps post here.  A winner will be chosen at random of the Old School PSC#108 challenge, see the challenge post for more details.   You have until 12 am US EST on September 28 to play along!

Tricia Floral Signature[9]



The Very Haunted House
by Janet Katz

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Oh, how I love Halloween! While I don't have little ones to take trick-or-treating any longer, the spooky crafts are still a huge source of enjoyment. I used the new Poppystamps' Neighborhood Home Pop Up Easel Set to create this creaky, wooden house where a lot of eerie things live. The house itself is made from brown cardstock that I embossed with a wood-looking embossing folder. I swiped a little brown ink over the raised surface and then splattered with Distress Oxide Spray in Iced Spruce. The curtains were cut from cardstock dyed with Distress Spray Stain in Seedless Preserves and glued to the back of the brown house. Next, I cut the background from a curry-colored cardstock (to resemble light inside the house) and adhered the house with the curtains onto it. The two rooflines and all seven window frames were cut and embossed (remember, these are etched dies which really enhance all the details) from black cardstock. I swiped a gray Distress Crayon over the big roof and rubbed it in with my fingers just to allow the texture to show through more.


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I also used foam adhesive on the back of the big roof to make it stand out. I had a piece of olive green cardstock with a kraft core that I used to cut the door from and then sand the edges of it. I swiped a little brown Distress crayon over the door and glued it in place. I also glued the window frames in place. 

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I cut the broom from the Whittle Witch die set and used a brown marker to color the top of it. I glued it on to make it look like it was leaning against the front door. I cut the ghosts from the new Whittle Scary Guys set in white cardstock and adhered a tiny piece of black cardstock behind for the eyes. I mounted these on the house with foam adhesive. I used a sheet of 110lb purple glitter cardstock from the Glitzy Glitter Pad and cut the Boo Poe Script from it and mounted it to the roof. I used black cardstock to cut a spider web from the Halloween Assemblage die set. Finally, I cut the easel portion from kraft cardstock, adhered the entire house onto the proper tab, and then adhered the spider web, so the easel would hold it upright when opened. 

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This was lots of fun to create. There are so many ways to haunt a house! What's your favorite way?

Janet Floral Signature copy





Amazing You!
by Rachel Duong


Hi friends, it's Rachel! I'm here with a new Poppystamps challenge. The theme is "Old School". Create a project using at least one Poppystamps die. Link it up and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. Florals are timeless and classic, so I am sharing a themed card using the beautiful "Perfect Posies Bouquet" die.


To create this card I die cut the Poppystamps "Perfect Posies Bouquet" and the "Teardrop Butterflies" dies in a sturdy white cardstock. I die cut the butterflies again using the Memory Box "Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad". Next I blended blue, green and teal distress ink over the bouquet. For dimensional effects, I doubled up some of the blossoms. For sparkle, I applied glitter glue to the blossom centers and petals. I chose a deep blue card base from the Memory Box "Ocean Blue" collection. A hot foil sentiment from the "Modest Banner Greetings" set adds a fresh silver accent. White splatters fill in empty space. Finally, an "Old School" sheer, organza ribbon finishes the card.


These are some of the supplies I used. 


Do you use organza ribbon on your cards? I remember the first time I was introduced to cardmaking, organza ribbon was often used. It is so delicate, soft and pretty enhancing many styles of cards.


I hope you get a chance to take part in this challenge. And by the way, with the start of a new school year, why not give your "Old School" card to a favorite teacher to tell them how amazing they are?! Have fun and don't forget to link your card up.

Take card and happy crafting~


Rachel Floral Signature