8 posts categorized "Rachel Duong"

Christmas Tree Wishes
by Rachel Duong


Hi, it's Rachel here in one of my favorite places to be -- the forest. Can you smell the sweet fragrance of pine? I can, even as I write this!  The Poppystamps "Iced Pine Trees" craft dies are beautiful. Let's make a card with a grove of snow-covered trees.


Following are the steps to create this card.
1. Using the Poppystamps "Leaf and Tendril" foil plate, hot foil the background on white cardstock with silver foil. 
2. Blend red distress ink over the entire background.
3. Cut out an oval from heavy vellum.


4. Using white cardstock, blend two green distress inks unevenly over an area large enough to die cut three sets of the "Iced Pine Trees" craft die.
5. Next die cut the "Iced Pine Trees" three times from this paper. 
6. Repeat die cutting the "Iced Pine Trees" three times on white cardstock for the layered snow pieces.


7. Adhere the snow to the trees. Some of the layers can be left without the snow. This gives the trees some variation.

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8. On black card stock, stamp the sentiment from the Poppystamps "Christmas Sparkle" clear stamp set with embossing ink.
9. Heat emboss with white powder. 


10. Trim the background to fit an A2 card leaving room for a thin border around the card base. 
11. Arrange the card--lay the vellum down, but do not glue yet. Group the trees in a desired arrangement. (Tape on the back of the trees help)
12. Take a photo of the display to refer back to. Glue trees and sentiment on the vellum. 
13. Turn the vellum over and add glue only on the areas covered by the trees and sentiment. The glue will be not be visible.
14. Adhere card front on the card base. 


The silver foil is gorgeous. One more step might be to add glitter to the snow pieces.


How about white and silver acrylic paint splatters?!

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I hope you enjoyed the adventure in the forest! Thanks for joining me and please take a look at the "Iced Pine Trees" craft die, the "Leaf and Tendril" foil plate and the "Christmas Sparkle" stamp set. Creating holiday/winter scenes with these Poppystamps are so much fun, have a wonderful day!

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Whipped Cocoa
by Rachel Duong

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Joy in the morning is a hot cup of coffee! Add a little bit of "Whittle Cocoa with Whip" Poppystamps dies and the day is off to a great start. Hello, this is Rachel, I am an avid coffee drinker who cannot go a day without a few cups. I am super excited to share this fun, dimensional card created with real coffee!


Step by step instructions.
1. Begin with a watercolor card front measuring approximately 4x5.25
2. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and spill a small bit on your crafting space. No cream or sugar, thanks!
3. Set your mug on the coffee spill and then place it on your card front. Repeat as many times as you like. 
4. Using a paintbrush, splatter coffee on the card front.

5. Die cut the Poppystamps "Whittle Cocoa with Whip" mug using a sheet from the Memory Box "Jolly Christmas" plaid paper stack.
6. Die cut two whip cream pieces with creamy white colored paper.
7. Die cut the Poppystamps "Flowing Curves" using a light gray sheet from the Memory Box "Earth Neutral Collection" paper stack.
8. Die cut the "Joy Freestyle Script" using the darkest shade from the "Berry Red Collection" paper stack.
9. Die cut the outline with the same watercolor paper to be used for the background.


10. Cut the swirls to fit the look you desire. Adhere the pieces to the card front. 
11. Paint the whip with coffee.
12. Glue the card front to a light gray card base.
13. Adhere an Open Studio "Autumn Fairy Crystal" in red to the card front for an extra touch.
Finished? Not necessarily, scroll down for a fun addition to the card!

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How about giving the whip some texture?!
1. Apply texture paste on the die cut with a toothpick.
2. Paint coffee on the lower portions of the swirls for depth.
3. Allow to dry and adhere to the card.


A close-up view of the finished cup of coziness!


Options for this card might be to ink blend around the edges to give it a distressed look. A sentiment strip could fill in the empty space below the "joy" script. Perhaps more splatters too.
This time I chose to keep it just like it is, I love it!

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These Poppystamps dies are incredible and will be used all year round at my home. I hope you enjoyed this card. 
May the joy of the season surround you ~ see you again very soon!

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Fanciful Fall
by Rachel Duong



Hi, this is Rachel here to bring you sparkle and glitter for the upcoming Holiday season! I used lots and lots of Poppystamps goodness to create layers of rich, warm Autumn decadence.


Capturing the beauty of this card I angled it toward the natural light. 


Here are the steps to create this card.
1. Die cut the Poppystamps "Evangeline Pinpoint Frame" from the Memory Box "Earth Neutral Collection".
2. Die cut the "Fanciful Fall Leaves" from the shimmering cardstock by Memory Box "Festive Glitter Pad" and the acorns with kraft cardstock.

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3. Color the top half of the acorns with the Distress embossing pen and heat emboss with Vintage Photo glaze. 
4. Color the lower portion of the acorn with the pen to give it a wet look.


5. Hot foil and die cut the "Hello" sentiment with the Poppystamps "Birthday Wishes Poe Script" set in Spellbinders Glimmer Rose Gold foil. Use cardstock from the Memory Box "Lush Green Collection".
6. Hot foil and die cut the "You are the Best" sentiment with the "Modest Greetings 2" set in Gold foil. Use a medium to heavy weight cardstock in white.


These are the dies and now it's almost time to start gluing the pieces together!


7. Cut a strip of kraft cardstock large enough to leave a fine border of kraft at the top and orange glitter at the bottom. Glue together as pictured.
8. Cut a strip of gold glitter cardstock and cut it at an angle on the left side for interest. Glue "Hello" on the gold strip.
9. Cut a 4.25 x 5.5 panel in green. Glue the panel on a kraft card base.
10. Arrange the pieces as you like. A few things before gluing together--The orange oak leaf on the gold strip has an extra piece where it is on the grey background to keep it level. The adjacent acorns are 3 layers thick for dimension.
11. Affix an orange jewel from the Open Studio "Autumn Fairy Jewels" on the sentiment to finish the card!


Make sure to wear sunglasses when viewing this card, it is a brilliant display of sparkle and glitter outside!


When I look at this card, I feel tons of energy and excitement anticipating the approaching festivities! I can't wait to create more projects with these amazing Poppystamps dies and glitter paper. They are so awesome!
Until next time, hope you have a day that sparkles and shines!




Old World Deer
by Rachel Duong


Hello, it's Rachel! Let's welcome Fall, the season of crisp air, leaves turning color and days getting shorter with an "Old World" card! What is "Old World"?! It's a style that is worn, slightly tattered, yet familiar and nostalgic. Finishings are distressed and faded. I love this look!
To create this card I am using the Poppystamps "Pondering Layered Deer" and the "Leafy Branch Oval". The dies are from the Fall and Christmas 2022 releases.  I hope you like it!


Here are the steps to create this card. 
1. Die cut the Poppystamps "Pondering Layered Deer" out of kraft cardstock. Die cut the scarf in burgundy.
2. Lightly blend brown ink on the deer to create shadow and interest.
3. Adhere the pieces together. 

4. Using a fine tipped black marker, dot in the eye.
5. Using a snow marker, add highlights and spots on the deer. It does not need to be exact or realistic. 

6. Die cut the Poppystamps "Leafy Branch Oval" in brown and yellow. Use small scraps for green, lime, yellow, orange and burgundy. They will be used for the leaves. 
7. Take the yellow die cut and trim off the branches of the oval frame. Distress the frame unevenly with brown ink.
8. Take the brown die cut and paint it in a wash of darker brown.
9. Trim green, lime, yellow, orange and burgundy leaves off the die cuts. Glue leaves onto the brown branches of the die cut. 

10. Using a neutral cardfront, blend brown and green distress oxide inks mimicking an oval shape. Spritz water on each color and dry between applications for this effect.
11. Glue the finished "Leafy Branch Oval" on the card front.
12. Blend distress oxides and inks around the corners and edges. Trim down the cardfront to slightly smaller than an A2 size. 
13. Glue the deer on the cardfront. Add a few leaves for embellishments and balance in the lower right corner. 
14. Tie 1 mm burlap twine on the fold to complete the card.

Supplies I used. The dies are linked to Poppystamps below.


I hope my card finds you well. I love the heartwarming charm of this adorable deer. It has a timeless feel and I can see this deer in the forest, munching on leaves. 
Both dies are great for so many occasions and events throughout the year. Have a wonderful day!

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A Bride and Frankenstein
by Rachel Duong



Greetings! It's not an ordinary-kind-of-day card, it's Frankenstein and Corpse Bride celebrating their wedding anniversary. This is a mix of many fabulous Poppystamps dies, paper, and embellishments from the new Fall release. These "Whittles" characters have so many infinite possibilities!


Please keep reading for directions on how I made this card... if you dare!


1. Die cut the "Whittle Witch" and the "Whittle Creatures" die sets onto watercolor paper or heavy cardstock. Additionally you can die cut an extra forehead for Frankenstein if you want it to stick out!

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2. Die cut Frankenstein's clothes and hair with black shiny, metallic paper from the "Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad". Then die cut the Corpse Bride's dress and shoes with glitter paper from the "Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad". (Papers listed below)
3. Color the faces and foreheads of both figures and don't forget the legs and bangs of the bride. I used markers but watercolor would work just as well.
4. Cut sections from a pale blue organza ribbon for the Corpse Bride's dress and veil. Witchy tip: cut the dress' ribbon a little longer to leave room for glue.
5. Cut two shades of pale blue embroidery thread for the Corpse Bride's hair.


6. Hot foil and die cut the "Best Wishes" sentiment from "Modest Greetings 1" in gold and frame it with a slightly larger piece of cardstock.
7. Die cut the smaller piece of the two "Layer Cake Drip Icing" die set with glitter paper and the spiderweb from "Halloween Assemblage" in cardstock. 
8. Cut a gray rectangle of cardstock from the Earth Neutral Collection slightly smaller than an A2 card and adhere to a white base.
9. Glue the figures and the coordinating pieces down. 
10. Place a "Fairy Jewel" on the sentiment piece to finish the card.


This card was enchanting to craft. It will be perfect for the couple who welcomes a Halloween or Fall themed wedding. I love that it is clean and simple, yet silly and fun. Thank you for visiting and now I am off to another festivity!

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Toil and Trouble
by Rachel Duong


Today is going to be a hauntingly great day! Hi, it's Rachel and I am sharing a little scary, but mostly fun Halloween card. These dies are from the "Whittles" line by Poppystamps. I love them-- especially the "Whittle Witch!"


Here are the steps to create this card.

  1. Using watercolor paper, die cut 2 of each: "Whittle Witch", "Boo Poe Script", "Halloween Assemblage", and "Whittle Wood Picture Frames".
  2. Watercolor the images the colors of your choice.             


3. Paint the "Boo Poe Script" sentiment in black distress ink. After that, lay the sentiment in a splatter box and generously splatter watered-down white acrylic paint over the die.
4. Randomly place the spiderweb die cut from the "Halloween Assemblage" dies on a black cardfront measuring approximately 4" x 5.25". Then blend white ink over the web to create a background. Uneven spiderweb images give the card character!


5. Glue the witch and the "Whittle Wood Picture Frames" (large frame) on the cardfront.
6. Cut and unravel orange/red/yellow embroidery thread into small pieces. Then glue around the top of the witches head-- give her a haircut as needed. The messier the better!
7. Layer and glue a second die cut to the "Boo" and the broomstick for extra strength. Then adhere to the frame.
8. For the hat and the caldron, you can either glue a second die cut down as in the previous step, or cut off the area where the pieces overlap the witch. This will be the handle for the caldron and the brim for the hat.
9. Choose different sizes of the "Clear Fairy Drops" and glue for bubbles coming out of the caldron.
10. Glue gold Stickles onto the hat for extra sparkle.
11. Adhere the cardfront to a black card base.


The "Whittles" and the new Poppystamps Halloween release are to DIE for! I am over the moon about them! Have a BOO-tiful day, I will be back soon and until then, BEWARE of more creative posts!


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