252 posts categorized "Embossing"

Celebrating Summer with Nordic Butterflies
by Lisa Elton

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With summer just around the corner, butterflies were calling my name. And my goodness, what pretty butterflies the Nordic variety are! I'm sharing two of them today.  First up is the Nordic Floral Butterfly.

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This one has a wonderful whimsical look to it. The sweet flower cut-outs let you change up the look in numerous ways.  My butterfly was created using our fabulous Black Glossy Paper.  I can not rave enough about this paper! The gloss is incredible, it's a nice heavy weight and it cuts like a butter! Lovely lilac glitter paper from the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad was the perfect companion for this whimsical little lady! She's perched atop a panel embossed with the Cheerful Floral folder that's available from our parent company, Memory Box. I couldn't decide on a sentiment for this one. I'll add it when I need the card.

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My second card features the Nordic Spectacular Butterfly. And I must say, it's just that... spectacular!

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Using the same Black Glossy Paper, there's also a pretty pink layer and a black sparkly layer. I added a small strip of thin white paper behind the circle cut outs for just a bit more pizazz! The sentiment was stamped with black ink, then again with Versa Mark ink and clear embossed. This little lady is also perched on a Cheerful Floral embossed panel. This time I flipped the panel upside down.

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Thank so much for dropping by to visit the blog. I hope I've inspired you to create something summery today!

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Happy Easter! "Mixed Media Mash-Up" Challenge Reminder
by Rachel Duong



Hi It's Rachel here with a Happy Easter card in Mixed Media Mash-Up style! I used the Poppystamps "Thoughtful Bunny Duo" die. I hope you will join the Poppystamps Challenge. Just scroll down to the Challenge on the blog and click for all the details. 


To create this card, I die cut the "Thoughtful Bunny Duo" using the "Delicate Glitter" and "Glitzy Glitter" pads. Next I die cut the "Proper Happy Easter" sentiment die from the "Rainbow Reflections Mirror" pad and the "Vibrant Violet" paper pad. (These paper pads by Memory Box are listed below.) I glued the pieces together and set them aside. 


For the background, I used Open Studio Watercolor Paper, delicate finish. I layered distress inks mixed with generous amounts of water. Next I stamped "Banner Greetings" stamps over the lower portion of the cardfront. I used "Salty Ocean" distress ink and misted the sentiments with water to create a subtle, worn look. Then I ran embossing ink over the border and heat embossed silver powder to create a beautiful metallic frame. I roughed up the edges and wrapped teal jute string around the lower portion. 


 I adhered the bunnies and sentiment to the cardfront and cardbase. Finally, I chose Open Studio "Fairy Jewels" to embellish the card in similar colors present on the background! 

I hope you love this card, especially the layers of color. So much goodness!


Thanks for stopping by and please join the challenge, it will be lots of fun!

I would also like to thank my talented friend, Alison Heikkila, for being my guest designer this month. She made the most stunning card in true Mixed Media form. Please check out her awesome card featured on the Challenge post!

Have a wonderful day!

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A Floral Monster-Book-of-Monsters?
by Sphoorti





Hello Poppy Peeps!


Sphoorti again!


Did the title of this post throw you off? It's weird, when I made this card, I had no plan, but in the end I started thinking it looks very similar to the Monster Book of Monsters from Harry Potter. Here's how it looks in case you don't remember: 




What do you think? Am I completely off? Well, anyway, let's get into how I ended up with this card.


Do you all remember my post from September where I color blended over a hot-foiled panel? During that hot-foiling frenzy, I didn't quite use the right settings for one of the runs using the PSF809 Leaf and Tendril Hot Foil Plate and ended up with a panel that didn't entirely foil properly. It was patchy. I couldn't get myself to throw it away, so I color blended over it to see if that would make it any better. It helped a little, but it still looked as if something was wrong with it. Check out these close ups of the strips. See what I mean?



So I tried out this super cool technique that my awesome friend Rachel (@colourandsparkle) showed off in her reels—it’s all about getting creative with card stock, but like, in a fun way, not just shredding it to pieces! It’s similar to what Laura Bassen calls the "Stripping it up" technique. Rachel is all about that eco-friendly life, always finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. She took Laura's technique one step further and strips up random bits of card stock, old gift wrap, and pretty much any cute paper she can find, and turns them into these amazing cards. Seriously, you should see what she can do with just scraps—it’s so gorgeous! Check them out here: https://www.instagram.com/colourandsparkle/?hl=en


I thought I'd give it a shot and shredded the panel into very thin strips. I took some clear packaging tape and adhered it to my table with the sticky side facing up so that I could lay out the strips in order. If you look closely at the photo below, you'll see the packaging tape on the table.




I wanted a random assortment of shapes and sizes and colors so I put them together willy-nilly. Then I cut out the bottom side of the strips. I ended up with tiny pieces that were left over, so I just kept continuing along the sides, decreasing in height as I went so it tapered off on both ends.


Originally, I thought I'd make a two fold card with the strips mounted up on foam tape, but somehow I decided to go with a tri-fold card using this panel as one of the three sides. I couldn't bring myself to throw away the leftover skinny strip that I cut out, so I adhered to the second panel on the inside like so:




Then I adhered the main strip panel to the first flap of the card (I trimmed it slightly so that the strips look like they're floating and don't have any of the front panel / flap showing behind them). Oh, I also adhered an extra layer of card stock behind the skinny floating strips to give them some extra sturdiness.




The unfinished card was sitting on my desk for weeks like this. I just did not know how to finish it up or what else to do. I felt like something was missing. Unexpectedly, I received the package of latest release products from Poppystamps store owner, Dave. One of the goodies included the 2580 Nordic Flourishes craft die, and it looked so pretty, I just started die cutting away. I didn't plan to use it on this card or anything. I just went on a die-cutting spree with all the Nordic beauties from the Poppystamps Winter 2023 Release.


I had a bowl-full of the flourishes sitting on my desk and one day I just absentmindedly placed some on the second panel (opposite side of the one I adhered the skinny inner strips to). It looked lovely, so I went with it! I adhered them in the areas where we could see the second panel.



I had die cuts of 2453 Freestyle Hugs die set and decided to use that as the sentiment.


Then came the toughest part of all, and that was the sentiment placement. After days of contemplating and second guessing myself I asked my friends, Claire and Tracy, which of the below orientations they like most.



They told me which one they liked most and that's the one I went with! The end result?
















I never expected to end up with such a card, but I absolutely love it! It was totally worth the wait, I think! I'm so glad I didn't throw away the scraps! Special thanks to Rachel, Claire, and Tracy for their ideas and support! The only problem is - how will I ever be able to replicate the patchy reversed foiled look? I guess that's the problem with repurposing junk and making it beautiful - you may not have more of the same junk to replicate in the future! Sigh. First world problems, I know.


I couldn't help but take a ridiculous amount of pictures to show the full effect and colors, so here's a lengthy scroll-able gallery of them in case you'd like to flip through.





Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Doesn't this totally look like a pretty, pastelly version of the Monster Book of Monsters? Or is it just me?


Would you want to remake this card? Would you do anything differently? Let us know in the comments below! Thank you for visiting and sticking with me through the end of my very long post!


Lots of Love,


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Nordic Christmas
by Birgit Norton

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Have you been enjoying the new Christmas release?  I am so inspired by all the wonderful Nordic designs that Poppystamps recently released.  These beautiful designs allow me to create beautiful cards while honoring my Scandinavian roots.  

Let me show you how this card was created:

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I started with the Vintage Tray Embossing Folder & die, cutting it out of white card stock three times.  I glued the three frames together and used only one set of the embossed pieces that popped out of the frame after die cutting it.  I distressed the edges of each little embossed panel using Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink.  I then mounted the frame and negative pieces to the front of an A2 size card base.

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I then die cut the Nordic Bird, Nordic Flourishes, Nordic Whimsy Trees, Nordic Tree Toppers and Flock of Birds out o white card stock.  

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Coloring each of the designs using Copic Markers

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as shown in the photo's above.  

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Using the Lavish Merry Christmas Die, I cut the framed layer out of vellum and the detailed word die out of gold card stock and glued them together.

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I adhered each of the die cuts to the panels and finished a few of them off with a Bright Fairy Jewels.  

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Boo to You!
by Birgit Norton


Hello Poppystamps fans!  Birgit here with you today with a clean and simple Halloween card.

I started with an A2 size, top folding, white card base.  I cut a piece of black cardstock that measured slightly smaller than the card base, to allow a white framed border.  Using my scoreboard, I scored horizontal lines every half inch and mounted it to the card base.


Now for the fun part.  Let the die cutting begin!  I cut the Small Madison Window out of the same black card stock that I used for the front panel.   I used distress oxide inks and blending sponges to loosely create the night sky scene through the window, adding a few black and white ink splatters to finish it off.  I glued the window on top of the sky scene and trimmed it with my scissors.  I die cut the pumpkin from white card stock and colored it using copic markers, mounting the pumpkin inside the window.


The little ghosts were also cut out of white card stock with just the lightest amount of distress ink to add depth.


To finish the card off, I die cut the letters using Marzipan Alphabet, out of black cardstock and the piece of the sky scene that I had trimmed off earlier. I glued the letters together, offsetting them to allow the colored letter to act as a shadow to the black letter. 

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Merry Christmas Bird
by Rachel Duong


Hi crafty friends! It's me Rachel, here to share a sweet Christmas card with you. I know it's not quite time for the holidays but it's never too early for getting a head start on the makes! I used the Poppystamps "Nordic Bird" die from the latest Christmas release. If you haven't seen it yet, you have to check it out. I brought out all the shiny, glitter paper together for a festive display, yay!


To create this card, I die cut the bird using the Memory Box "Festive Glitter" shimmering green and "Rainbow Reflections Rainbow Pad" red foil cardstock. Next I die cut the "Snowglobe Bases" in gold foil. I die cut the second largest  "Simple Rings" die In glossy black for the outline and then the globe in silver glitter paper. The "Lavish Merry Christmas" sentiment die was cut in red foil cardstock. The confetti inside the globe is from the "Nordic Floral Plate". I originally die cut it out in four papers for another card idea and these were the pieces not used. I never throw away the unused pieces!


The background is the "Scandinavian Snowflake Plate" die cut out in black. I embossed gold over a piece of black paper to layer under the snowflake cuts. I embossed the gold instead of using a piece of cardstock to keep the card less bulky.


These are most of the supplies I used.


Finally I used the Open Studio "Fairy Jewels" for texture and dimension. 


I hope I captured the spectacular shine and glitter of this card in my pictures. I feel the spirit of Christmas when I look at this card.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Until next post, enjoy the weather as it changes and may you be inspired for holiday card creations!


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