11 posts categorized "Inlay"

Joyful Moments
by Marybeth Lopez



Hello , Marybeth Lopez  here with you today.  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying each day. I created this card using the Poppystamps : Pinpoint Half Ring Plate for the background panel of this card. 



Next I used the Poppystamps : Scalloped Stitch Frames, to frame my sentiment  used from memory box stamp set called: Joyful Moments. I may use this as a Mother's Day card with a Mother's Day sentiment on the inside.


I took the Poppystamps Flower Field Corner and turned it up , using it in the middle. You could also add it on the top turned upside down the same way. I almost used it corner to corner and like that too. This is just a different way to use it.


Not sure why the center of my card is showing up a bit yellowish , its white like the panel .


A sampling of the Poppystamps  products I used, all linked below.


Thank you for visiting the Poppystamps blog today.

I have had the pot in the picture for many years, from Pottery Barn, don't you love the simple garden snail on it. Poppystamps has a big snail die at the store, fyi :)

I pray each day brings you joy. God bless and peace be with you all.







Smile with Diamonds
by Janet Katz

"Covered in diamonds" is not how I describe anything in my house....except this card. I started by choosing cardstock in six different shades of blue-green. I used repositionable Post-it tape to tape three shades together and using the new Penelope Pinpoint Frame, I die cut each set of three colors in order to get 7-10 of the diamond cutouts that the die produces.
Smile blue diamonds1
Next I cut out the same Pinpoint frame from white cardstock, along with my cardbase. Then using foam adhesive as well as my favorite tweezers, I randomly placed the diamonds from darkest to lightest in the negative spaces of the Penelope Pinpoint Frame. I considered not using the foam adhesive or only using it on a few diamonds, but ultimately I loved the whole "popped up" look. (Do I ever get tired of using foam adhesive? That would be a big No.)
Smile blue diamonds2
Next, I wanted a "thread nest" behind my sentiment. However, whenever I've used super fine silver thread, it is so fine that no matter how much I use, it often doesn't show up like I want it to. This time I used a silver twine that is about 1mm thick that I bought at the hobby store and wound it up in a loose circle like a lasso. Then, I was a bit puzzled as to how I was going to glue it down. I started by using a small piece of my super skinny thread to tie it together on the left side. I knew where my sentiment and shadow were going to go, so I used some quick-drying glue to glue the twine down in places where the glue wouldn't show.
Smile blue diamonds3
I just love the Freestyle Script word dies. They seem timeless and ideal on any theme of card. I cut Smile out of white cardstock. Next, I was delighted to find a piece of turquoise vellum in my stash. I cut the shadow out of that when I saw how well it matched my diamonds. Using a combination of glue and foam dots hidden behind the Smile, I adhered the word on top of the twine circle.
Finally, I computer printed my "You're beautiful" sentiment and used foam adhesive (told you I don't get tired of using it) to pop it up to the right height off the twine circle.
Smile blue diamonds4
I really loved how this turned out and plan to make more with different colors of diamonds. What's your favorite way to use the negative space in a die cut?

Janet Floral Signature copy



Happiness Blooms
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello, Poppystamps friends.  Happy April to you all.  Marybeth Lopez  here with you today sharing a card with some pretty blooms. I used the newest Poppystamps dies : Flower Field Corner and cut it twice so that I could cut the second one apart. ( darker color) I also used the larger Potpourri Flower Set ad used the smaller blooms, also cut out twice for extra blooms in the patterned paper .


I simply layered some of the blooms on top of the darker color and also snipped the Corner die so that I could add a few more of the larger leaves around the circle . The Pinpoint Circle Frame from memory box is an older die but always one of my favorites. You could also use any of the circle dies if you don't have this one, or a square.


I cut the top panel and to raise it up I also cut some fun foam and the another piece of paper to stamp my sentiment one. I used Poppystamps , newest set called Colorful Life, all listed and linked below.


In the center and around the blooms I used Open Studio Fairy Jewels ( Christmas) for the color. The Fairy Jewels are also self adhesive and so easy to use.


I had so much fun layering these blooms and making them my own. (you can too). I hope I have inspired you to head to the craft room and or do some fun shopping. Or using what you have and make a few changes to you bloom dies.


I will be making more of these in different colors in the future. Have a wonderful peaceful week.

Let not, your hearts, be troubled.






Warm and Cozy
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

It's a chilly one out there tonight, but lucky for us, we've got a warm and cozy home from Poppystamps to snuggle up in! Tiny little bricks and trees make The Proper Brick House feel just like home. Take a look!


I started with a dark blue background and added a little snowy yard. Then I cut Proper Brick House out of crisp white cardstock.


I placed a brick red panel on the back, then cut the roof out of a dark slate grey, and the window panels in yellow. I carefully glued all the tiny windows in place, and then glued the door frame, steps, and window tops in white.


I cut green Evergreen Trio trees, and a black tree from Snowman and Trees, and glued them in the yard. Then I cut the house again in a reddish brownish piece I found in my scrap box, and carefully added a few select brown bricks here and there. It's the proper place for a cozy fire and a good book on a chilly Winter's night.


Thanks so much for joining us today!








Patterned Poinsettias
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday everyone! Sue here today with an inlay Christmas card using patterned paper. This is definitely out of my comfort zone as I’m not very good at incorporating patterned paper into my card designs unless it’s being used for a background piece and I’ve never been a big fan of the inlay technique. But I thought I would summon my inner Jeanne Jachna who is the queen of the inlay technique and give it a whirl.


I used the Poinsettia Background today. It’s a nice big die that covers a card front so all you need to do is add a sentiment. I die cut the Poinsettia from white card stock, from gold glitter paper and then again from a variety of papers from the Garland Paper Pad. Since the colours in this patterned paper pack all go together it’s easy to make paper choices.


I added double sided adhesive to the back of the white die cut panel and laid all my pieces into the opening. It goes pretty quickly as the pieces are all big except for the leaves. The sentiment was die cut three times from black and adhered together and added to the card front along with some Fairy Dewdrops and Fairy Crystals.


When I was getting ready to attach the panel to the grey card base I felt like something was missing. I walked away from my craft table and thought about it for a bit and ended up taking a black marker and drawing thin lines around the edge of the panel. It was the solution I needed! It makes the panel pop against the card base and ties in with the black sentiment.


I hope you try adding patterned paper to your holiday cards in unexpected ways. It’s a great way to use up scraps too!

Enjoy your week!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Hot Foiling Frenzy!
by Sphoorti


So, one of my birthday presents this year from my sweet boyfriend was a Gemini Foilpress. While I don't have a collection of hot foil plates, I saw videos on YouTube that showed how you can use Foilpress with regular dies too! And I went nuts. I foiled all the things! I may have to think about changing my Instagram handle (@StampAllTheThings)

Before I get into how I made the card, I wanted to tell y'all about some things I learned during this whole process, and think they may help you if you're in the same situation as me i.e. I had a Gemini (regular), not Junior. (Also a gift from sweet boyfriend) And I assumed that the Foilpress (which is meant for the junior machines) would work with the regular one. And while it's true that it does, we need a special adapter plate for it because otherwise, the machine doesn't detect the Foilpress plates being fed into it. So, I purchased it on Amazon (with a lot of anxiety because I read a number of reviews that said that the adapter didn't work well for them). I bought it anyway, because I figured it's cheaper than buying a whole new Gemini Junior for it. (And gosh, during this whole process, I was kicking myself because I put the Foilpress in my wishlist and my boyfriend bought it for me, and if he found out that I couldn't use it, he'd have bought me a Gemini Junior just so I could use the foil press, and I'd hate for him to spend more money on me. I mean, that money would be better spent elsewhere (like on something that starts with an "r" and ends with an "ing".) But really, I was feeling so guilty thinking that I shouldn't have made the assumption that the two would automatically work together, and done my research before putting it on the wishlist. Anyway, as a last resort, I ordered the plate in spite of the bad reviews, and I tried it and I swear, every single foiling I've done (including the first one ever) has turned out great. I followed the instructions that were in the package and it worked beautifully. I didn't experience any over or under-foiling most of the times, and the rare times when I did, I used workarounds to help so it wasn't a big deal. Also, that satisfaction each time I pulled off the foil... #priceless.

So, if you're thinking about investing in a Foilpress and you have a regular machine and not a junior, you're fine. Go for it. Black Friday sales are still going on. Consider yourself enabled!


Anyway, back to the card...

The Foilpress comes with a basic set of supplies including some gold foil but for my card, I envisioned silver / blue / white / wintery tones. So, I purchased some silver foil on Amazon, and used the Snowflake Background die from the Holiday 2021 release and foiled it twice on a 5" x 7" piece of cardstock (because when I tried to make this with a regular A2 panel, the Snowflake Corner Frame covered up a lot of it, and I really wanted that foiling to show).

I cut some blue foiled paper from my scrap drawer using the Snowflake Corner Frame craft die. I did the same thing with a piece of white cardstock that had some adhesive sheets applied to the top. I stuck the foiled frame to a piece of cardstock, and then inlaid the negative pieces with adhesive into the frame. I peeled off the adhesive and sprinkled my favorite crafty embellishment (Diamond Dust) on the pieces with adhesive so that it would be covered by the icy shards / crystals. I foam mounted the panel and stuck it in the middle of the 5" x 7" panel. I die cut out the word "hugs" using the Playful Hugs craft die multiple times with white cardstock, and once with some silver metallic cardstock and stacked them on top of each other. I mounted the sentiment on the panel (it was a little hard due to the texture, but I put my cell phone + iPad + whatever I could find on my desk that was heavy on top for a few minutes until I was sure that it would hold). I used some transparent gems I had from My Glitter Fix and scattered them in the foiled snowflakes area. I used the same silver cardstock to cut out a frame so that I could make it seem like the foiled panel was matted, and that was it!

Here are some more pictures. Note: Gorgeousness of the hot foil not pictured. It's impossible to capture its beauty on camera (and not just because I suck as a photographer)! I'm gonna record a video to see if that helps, stay tuned on Instagram!




As usual, I have a few dos and don'ts.

  1. When you're foiling, do ensure that your sandwich is even throughout. If you have a piece of washi tape holding the die to the cardstock, it acts as a shim and you get a greater indentation in that area when compared to the rest. Most people won't even notice, and if you're one of them, LUCKY YOU!!! I, unfortunately, noticed and it caused me a bit of grief, but I know how to work around that next time, and that's by foiling onto a larger piece of cardstock without using washi, and cutting it smaller as needed, instead of starting with the exact same size that you'll need, and trying to align it perfectly by using washi all over the place.
  2. Do try things out!!! Don't assume that something won't work. Try it before arriving at that conclusion. Had I done that, I'd have been foiling since my birthday in September versus just a few weeks ago. Imagine how much I could have foiled in that time!
  3. If you have over or under foiling, don't get disheartened. Over-foiling can be cleaned up with a sand eraser if not a regular one. And under-foiling can be fixed by just running the same sandwich again using a fresh piece of foil. According to the famous card makers in our crafting world, each person's die cutting machine is different, and the sandwich that works for you may not work for someone else. So, try different options to find the one that works best. The combo that seems to work best for me is:
    1. Foilpress base at the bottom
    2. Die facing upwards
    3. Layer of foil (pretty side facing the die)
    4. Cardstock (Neenah / Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock 110# is the one I used)
    5. Adapter Plate
    6. Medium Heat Setting
    7. Heat for 1 Minute

When I first saw hot foiling machines released into the market, I thought that it was a tedious process, and that knowing me, I'd not have enough patience to wait for things to heat up etc. Plus, I was definitely not looking forward to buying a whole new set of foiling plates. One run through the foiling machine pretty much blew my concerns and theories apart. It actually doesn't feel like a lot of effort or waste of time. It's fun, and totally worth it. Plus it works with your existing dies, so no need to buy any additional goods! (Not that that's gonna stop me)

I'd love to know of your experience with hot foiling. Please do share your hot foil stories, and/or thoughts, questions, or epiphanies in the comments below!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy