7 posts categorized "Inlay"

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



Big Shiny Bulbs
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

When I was a kid, I LOVED decorating the Christmas tree! We'd pull out a giant, tattered box full of big shiny bulbs in red and silver. I loved the way the bulbs reflected the light and color from the twinkling lights. T this day, the big red shiny red ornament remains the symbol of all things holly and jolly.



I made TWO bright, shiny cards with the new Ornament Background die, alcohol inks, and YUPO paper, to start feeling fine and festive. As an added bonus, all the YUPO paper pieces were all cut from my scrap stash too! Those YUPO paper bits are just too pretty to toss!


I started with my two background panels. The first is YUPO paper and shades of green alcohol inks squirted around with a big rubber blower. The second background is light blue. I then cut the Ornament Background in white, and adhered it to my green card.


The second card was cut from a large green YUPO sheet I made a few weeks earlier. I adhered it on to the light blue panel, and then I cut the leaves from other green scraps that I had. Some even have little touches of metallic gold and copper in them. This allows the leaves to stand out a little bit from the vine. Use tweezers and tiny dabs of glue to inlay all the leaf cuts to their proper place on the vine.


I then cut the big bulbs from the scraps that I had saved from previous projects. The technique worked great on both cards. I'm not sure which one I prefer.


I do a lot of inlay cards, so for me the technique is easy. I've had a lot of practice. However, the tinier the inlay pieces, or the more complicated the design, the more challenging inlay cards can be. The Ornament Background is a great die to try a little inlay card technique for yourself. Enjoy a big shiny bulb flashback!


Now it's time to add a little jolly to your holly with these colorful cards!

Thanks so much for joining us today!



by Tiffany Pryce


Hey Poppy peeps!  Tiffany here. Did you catch the amazing IG hop the design team participated in yesterday? So many inspiring cards using the new Poppystamps release! If you haven't seen it yet, please head over to the Poppystamps IG account to start at the beginning. Don't forget that you have a chance to win a prize at every stop of the hop. What an incredible opportunity!



Today, I'm sharing how I made my sample from yesterday's hop. I featured a mash up of products from the whole Birch Press Designs family, including the new Poppystamps Ornament Background die. To start, I embossed a panel of white cardstock with the new Ringadings 3D Embossing Folder from Memory Box. I matted it with a piece of red cardstock.


Next, I die cut white cardstock with the Ornament Background die twice for added dimension. I adhered the background die cuts together with spray adhesive. I also die cut pieces of an alcohol ink panel that I had in my stash from just the ornament portion of the die. I did not have a large alcohol ink panel, so cutting it into pieces to fit what I wanted to die cut helped save paper. To create the alcohol ink panel, I just blended a variety of green alcohol inks together with a lot of isopropyl alcohol and ink splatters for texture. I inlayed the ornaments in place with liquid glue. To finish the ornaments, I shaded the tops with copic markers - C1, C3, and C5. 


Lastly, I embellished the card with holiday foliage, berries and a sentiment. I die cut several leaves from various green cardstock with the Memory Box Pine Needle Trio die and the Poppystamps Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel. I die cut the berries from an alcohol ink panel that I created with red and pink inks. The sentiment is one I use frequently. It is the Joy Honey Script die from Birch Press. I die cut it from two layers of white cardstock and once from red foil from the Polished Foil Paper pad. I attached the completed card front to a side-folding, A2 card base.


Hope you enjoyed my card! And don't forget to hop along with the team for more inspiration. Until next time, happy crafting!

Tiffany Floral Signature copy




Challenge Reminder - Holiday Joy
by Tiffany Pryce


Hi friends! It's a new month so a new challenge and this month's theme is easy peasy - Anything Goes! The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up on the challenge blog post. The challenge is not limited to cards - we'd love to see your page layouts, home decor, tags, and mixed media.  The choice is all yours. 

To inspire you to play along, I've created a Christmas card. Out of all the themes in the world, the holidays is one of my favorites. Who said "Christmas in July" has to end? I learned the hard way last year that it is never too early to get started on your holiday cards. So using the supplies seen below, I combined alcohol ink with some previously released products to make this festive card.



I started with my alcohol ink panel. On a piece of yupo paper, I applied alcohol ink in a variety of blue hues mixed with silver, metallic ink. I moved the ink with blending solution, isopropyl alcohol, and the blower tool. After my panel was covered, I splattered clean isopropyl alcohol and diluted, blue alcohol ink all over the panel for a lot of texture and varying sizes of splatters. I love doing this because it brings so much interest to your inked piece. Once dry, I adhered the alcohol ink panel to an A2 card base that I layered with a piece of blue paper from the Stormy Blue paper pack.


Next, using the Stained Glass Snowflake Window die, I die cut it twice from heavyweight, white cardstock. I adhered the layers together with liquid glue. I also die cut the Snowflake die from a piece of glittery silver cardstock. To add a bit more sparkle, I inlaid several pieces from the silver die cut into the white die cut. I did not want to cover the entire design to ensure the background was still a strong focus. I added a single fairy jewel in the middle of the snowflake.


For the sentiment, I use the Joy Honey Script die from Birch Press Designs. I die cut it three times - from vellum, the same glittery silver cardstock as the snowflake, and dark blue cardstock. I adhered the layers together with liquid glue, offsetting each layer a little. And that's it! A simple, but pretty Christmas card. Hope this gave you some inspiration to get going on your holiday cards. Happy crafting!



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by Tiffany Pryce


Welcome back to the blog, crafty friends! Tiffany here with a a fun, Art Deco inspired card using products from the newest release, Summer Theater! If you haven't seen it yet, head over to the shop after reading this blog. It's so pretty and will add a little drama to your Poppystamps collection. My card is pretty straightforward so let's get into it!



The main elements of my card use the Geometric Deco Plate background die. First, I used this die to die cut two A2-sized panels - once from light gold cardstock from the Polished Foil Pad and once from dark yellow cardstock. I adhered the gold frame on top of the yellow frame with liquid glue, offsetting the frames the slightest bit so you can see the yellow peek out. I adhered the layered frame to an A2-sized piece of dark navy cardstock. 


You could leave it like this and add your sentiment, but I wanted to step it up a bit. After my frame was complete, I used the Geometric Deco Plate die to die cut two additional A2 panels - once from seafoam green and once from aqua cardstock from the Fresh Aqua Collection paper pack. I used the negative die cut pieces to inlay into my gold frame. I did not want to cover the whole thing as I loved the dark navy, so I strategically adhered various pieces of green and aqua pieces throughout my card. I love this technique because I enjoy puzzles. I think the final results are so pretty and dramatic. It reminds me of stained glass. Imagine all of the beautiful color combinations that are possible!



For the sentiment, I first created the frame around the sentiment. The frame is die cut from one of the pieces that comes with the Geometric Deco Plate die. I reversed the order for some interest and glued the dark yellow frame on top of the gold frame, again offsetting it a tiny bit. Inside the sentiment frame, I glued three layers of the interior section together for dimension and popped it up on foam tape. I heat embossed a sentiment from the Art Deco Birthday Greetings stamp set in white embossing powder on the light gold cardstock. 

I made a mistake while heat embossing the sentiment. I applied my anti-static powder bag all over the gold foil and when it was time to wipe it away, the anti-static powder was stuck to the foil. I tried to rub it off with a little water and it did not work. I tried to rub it away with a little isopropyl alcohol, and it worked! But, it worked too well because the alcohol rubbed off the gold coating too! I do not think it is very noticeable since the gold was so light initially, but I wanted to share what happened in case it prevents any of you from making the same mistake. Until next time, happy crafting!

Tiffany Floral Signature copy