28 posts categorized "Mixed Media"

Using a Die Cut as a Stencil
by Sphoorti



Hello Poppy Peeps!


The 2574 Scandinavian Snowflake Plate craft die has quickly become my favorite from the Poppystamps 2023 Christmas release — I just can't get enough of it! I've featured it in posts where I've used it as originally intended, such as for the Cool Yule Challenge. Additionally, there have been posts where I've taken a more unconventional approach, like using it for the Sparkling New Year Challenge. Now, I'm excited to share a post where I demonstrate a completely different use for this stunning die – as a stencil!




I started by adhering some washi tape to some thick card stock. Then, I cut a few die cuts from the 2574 Scandinavian Snowflake Plate craft die. The reason I used the washi tape was to get a slick surface off of which I could easily wipe off any ink or texture paste. 



I used the washied-diecut to stencil some backgrounds using my favorite Distress Inks. Subsequently, I applied clear texture paste from Ranger, coating the stenciled area with it. Another stenciled area received the same treatment with glitter paste, though I've yet to finalize it into a card. I'll be sure to share it with you when I finish them up.




Upon discovering a section with accidental ink, I opted for a square card instead of the standard A2 size.




Considering I lacked a tag for a gift intended for our thoughtful neighbors, I decided to repurpose it into a tag-card. I punched a hole through the card and threaded some elastic gold thread.




To finish, I cut out multiple joy sentiments, layering them for a chipboard-like texture, topped it off with one using some silver foiled card stock from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad and affixed it to the card. The joy sentiment isn't available anymore, so I've provided a link to a similar sentiment in the supplies list. 


And that was it!





Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Would you want to remake this card? Would you do anything differently? Let us know in the comments below! We love to hear from you!

Thank you for visiting!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




A Whimsical Rainbow Hello!
by Rachel Duong


Hello friends!  It's Rachel and I have a card using the Poppystamps "Rainbow Arch" die in a unconventional way. My rainbow comprised of shimmery, shiny pieces are freely floating against a fluid background. A super fun way to use leftover pieces from past card projects.



Steps to create this card.

1. Die cut the "Rainbow Arch" die using the metallic purple and gold from the Memory Box Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.
2. Die cut the "Rainbow Arch" again using the blue, green and gold from the Memory Box Festive and Glitzy Glitter Pads.



3. Die cut the "Heart Jumble" die in gold glitter and metallic papers.
4. Die cut the "Hearts Shining Arch" in metallic gold paper.
5. Die cut the "Hello Moonlight Script" in Purple metallic paper.


Supplies I used


6. Cut a medium weight piece of vellum measuring 4" x 5.25".
7. Scribble blue, green and yellow Sharpie markers over the paper.
8. Drop rubbing alcohol over the vellum, the colors will run.
9.  After dry, adhere the vellum to a white card base.
10. Arrange the pieces to suit your style and glue the pieces down.


This fantastical, whimsical card was quite engaging as I experimented moving shapes and pieces around the card to find a composition that felt just right. Truthfully anything goes!  This card most definitely has a life of its own. I love the way the colors dance when light hits the paper. 

Have an extraordinary day today!


Rachel Floral Signature






Vintage Spring Mini Junk Journal Card
by Rachel Duong


Hi there, it's Rachel. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see the latest Poppystamps release and the "Basic Junk Journal Set" --so many ideas swirled in my mind! A junk journal is definitely a must, for now I created a unique "thank you" card with a delightful vintage vibe.


Before we get started, these are the fantastic Poppystamps dies and embellishments I used to create this card.

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I began by collecting scraps of cream and off-white card stock. To create the cover, I die cut the file-shaped die. Next I blended distress and oxide inks in teals, pinks and browns. I misted the inks with a light spray of water. Then I stamped "You Make the World Bettter" sentiment from the "Say It Big" set. What a great sentiment! I misted it again and then added lots of fun Poppystamps embellishments, a torn strip on the left, embroidery thread and a Fairy Jewel. 

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The mini envelope and fan shaped shell are cut using the "Basic Junk Journal Set".  The heart is from the "Heart Jumble" die, sprinkled with silver foil from a hot foil scrap. The butterfly and teardrop embellishments are from the "Teardrop Butterflies".

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When you open the card, there is a pocket. I cut a card die from the set and it fits perfectly in the pocket. Perhaps the best part is that most gift cards do too! Also, the pocket can be folded to be used on either side of the file. 

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To decorate the card,  I tore the surface creating a tattered, old appearance.  I ink blended same colors over it to accentuate the torn areas. 


The sentiment "Thanks for being kind" is from the Poppystamps "Modest Banner Greetings Hot Foil Plate"...another great sentiment. The foil adds a special touch to go with the silver hearts throughout the project.


Behind the card, I added subtle interest with ink splatters, running a brush lightly down the surface. 


More pieces on the pocket included in the "Basic Junk Journal Set". Wow, so much goodness is packed in this set! The Fairy Jewels are pretty too.


So now the card gets tucked back in the pocket, but before that, don't forget to write a sweet message in it! 


On to the next side...These beautiful tulips are from the Poppystamps "Layered Tulips" dies. Ink blended with same colors, they are the focal point of the card. I just love them!  Using leftover hot foil leftover pieces, I die cut the stems. The pocket holding the flowers are from the "Basic Junk Journal Set."  I adhered the tulips to a card die cut for added thickness and reinforcement. 


And now for the back.... it gets decorated too! Ink blending, splatters, mists of water, embellishments and so much fun!

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I am intrigued and obsessed with the notion of junk journals. Next time I am going to create pages so I can decorate even more.  I hope you love this unique card as much as I do. Please take a look at the Poppystamps latest release. It does not disappoint!

Until next post, one person's junk is another person's treasure. Have a great day!

Rachel Floral Signature



Spotlight Technique with Hot-Foiled Card Panels - 3 cards!
by Sphoorti







Hello Poppy Peeps!


It's Sphoorti again with three cards for you today  (I know it seems like four from the pictures above but that's because one of the cards looks completely different when viewed at different angles. I'll tell you more about that later). I had this idea last year, but didn't get around to making it, so here you are stuck with me all the way in February with holiday cards! (Also because I absolutely love the holidays and can't help but make cards with that theme throughout the year!)


All of these cards worked off of the same materials. I had my hot foil machine out one day and I mass produced a number of hot foiled panels using the Leaf and Tendril Hot Foil Plate. The panel you see in the card below was made from Opal foil, and I can't say enough about how cool it is. It's seemingly colorless, but when you try to photograph it, it ends up looking completely different in each picture depending on the angle you take it. It's like getting ten cards in one, which is why you're seeing hundreds of pictures for the same card. <Can you blame me?>



And a few months later, I pulled out the 2548 Stacked Joy craft die and die cut the panels at the center. Then, it was pretty much mixing and switching the various positive and negative die cuts. I made sure to use any scraps I had left to make additional cards so that I wouldn't lose any of that foiled goodness.



In order to get that "spotlight look", I used the 2548 Stacked Joy craft die to cut multiple sentiments and stacked the alphabets to make them as thick as a chipboard. Then, I used the alphabet die cuts from the hot foiled card stock as the top layer and inlaid everything back and that was it!




Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which of the cards was your favorite? I'd love to hear your opinions! Thank you for visiting! See you soon!




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Mostly Sentiment-less Cards
by Sphoorti








Hello Poppy Peeps!


Happy Valentine's Day! It's Sphoorti again with four whoppin' cards for you today! You'd think they'd be Valentine cards, but I'm still stuck in the holiday-card mode, so here we are!


These are SO easy to mass produce and still pack a punch, so a sentiment isn't even needed! It's perfect for when (like me) you've missed the deadline of sending out Christmas / Holiday cards but still want to send something wintery to your friends and family, but have no idea on what to say the card is for!


The products I used for these cards are as follows. You can find the full list at the bottom of this post (including pictures).


  1. 2531 Adelaide Snowflakes craft die
  2. PSF808 Modest Greetings 2 Hot Foil Plate and Die
  3. 2539 Flowing Curves craft die
  4. FP1002 Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6 pack
  5. FP1003 Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6 pack




For the cards without the sentiment, I started with ink blending some card stock with Distress Inks in greens or reds. I splattered the ink blended panels with some Perfect Pearls mixed in water in the silver and gold shades.


I cut out some Adelaide Snowflakes using the gold and silver colored foil card stock from the Mirror Pads.



I took some panels of white card stock that I layered with my favorite Diamond Dust.


I cut up the inked card stock panels into smaller strips and laid them horizontally along the median of the card or on the edges. I used the Diamond Dust panels wherever there was blank white card stock.



Then, I took the Adelaide Snowflakes and foam mounted them at the center of the card or along the median.I'm not used to making cards without a sentiment, but I couldn't get myself to put anything else on these cards. What are your thoughts?






For this card, instead of using the Diamond Dust panels, I used the Flowing Curves die cuts and adhered them on a white card panel (white on white, so it looks dry embossed). I took a panel of vellum (you can't tell from the pictures, but it's actually vellum), and matted the green ink blended panel with it. I foam mounted this on the card panel with the Flowing Curves. I adhered the Adelaide Snowflakes directly to the inked panel and scattered some gems here and there, and at the centers of the little snowflakes. I used a reverse hot-foiled "You are the best" sentiment from the PSF808 Modest Greetings 2 Hot Foil Plate and Die and adhered it to large snowflake in the middle and that was it!





Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which of the cards was your favorite? Do you think that cards without sentiments are not cards at all? I'd love to hear your opinions! Thank you for visiting! See you soon!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy





Foil & Cut Sentiments
by Nancy Penir

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Good Sunday morning to you! I have a two-fer set of cards for you, showcasing the fabulous new Foil & Cut sentiments in the shop now.


Clearly the star of my card, the Big Bold sentiment, foiled and perfectly die cut, framed by posies and scallop frame.

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I foiled the sentiment in red foil onto pink cardstock, then positioned my die over the words and voila! Perfectly cut. I added foam to the back before adding it to my heart foiled background panel.

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Posies were sponge inked on the edges, and glued to vellum cuts. So many new layered flower dies out now, fun to add, and great to combine on cards.


The red, Big Hugs card is a valentine and already in the mail! 

Foiling is so hot right now, and clearly makes a bright happy statement on a card. Hope this gave you some ideas for your next foiled card! 

Be well, sweet friends!

Nancy Floral Signature copy