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Stenciled Baby Kittens! - 3 Cards, 1 Die Set
by Sphoorti







Hello Poppy Peeps!

I'm back with more kitty cards! For the last three posts that I had (Hello Kitties, Kittens All Around, and Baby Kittens), I cut out SO. MANY. KITTENS. For the most part, I kept using little scraps of paper I had to die cut the kittens because I wanted to use up the scraps (and feel like I'm doing my best to protect the planet). But when I ran out of scraps, I used a piece of card stock and I realized I could use that piece as a stencil! And let me tell ya, once I had that now-a-stencil piece, it got the creative juices flowing and I made three cards total with it.


Card # 1:




The first card I made was pretty straightforward - I just ink-blended through the stencil with some distress oxide inks (Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet). Then, I used the stencil again to cover it with some Versamark ink and heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder. This was so that the color-blended kitties were "protected" against further inking that was upcoming.




Then, I took a Black Soot distress ink pad and ran it all over the card panel - direct to paper. I wanted everything to be stark black so that the kitties stand out. Since the kitties have a coat of clear embossing, they resist the black ink and we end up with the really cool glow-in-the-dark effect like so:




I hot foiled the "You are amazing" sentiment from the PSF804 You Are Amazing Poe Script Greetings Hot Foil Plate and Dies and adhered it to the middle of the card.




I felt like something was missing, so I asked my friend, Judy, what else I could do. She suggested putting gems as collars for the kitties. I didn't have tiny gems, so I used a glue pen and drew in some dots and then used deco foil for that shiny effect. It was hard because the glue kept coming off of the glossy kittens, but I kept at it. I was much happier after the collars were dotted in. What do you think? I loved it! This woman is brilliant, I tell ya! Funnily, at first glance, she thought the dots were eyes! I guess I could have gone that way too, I would have just needed to use fewer dots. Not sure how I feel about four-eyed mutant kittens.


Card # 2


This one was my favorite of these three! I used the same stencil I used on the previous card with the Baby Kittens cut out of it, but instead of distress ink blending, I used some Transfer Gel Duo paste and applied it through the stencil to a plain piece of card stock. After it dried (I gave it four days because I did not want the paste to smear while going through heat and pressure), I used some deco-foil and ran the panel through my laminator.




It was absolutely magical! I couldn't stop staring at it! It also has a bit of 3-D effect because I used a thick layer of the Duo Gel so, if you run your fingers over the kitties, you get some major ASMR! I recorded a video of the card to show how gorgeous the shine is. Check it out here: https://youtube.com/shorts/0Mht6LO0PeU




I used the PSF807 Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies to hot foil the "Hello" sentiment and applied it to the middle of the card panel that had the foiled kitties.




I still felt like something was missing, so I pulled out my favorite tool in the craft room which makes everything better - Diamond Dust! I took some dry adhesive and applied it to the card base and sprinkled the diamond dust all over it and burnished it in. 




I really liked how this card turned out and sent it to someone who is a kitty lover, and follows the PoppyStamps blog and posts really sweet comments on all of our posts. (Shout out to Patricia Howarth! Thank you SO much for all your engagement and encouragement!)






Card # 3:




I'll be honest, this was my least favorite of these three cards. I had the leftover stencil with texture paste from the previous card I made and I didn't want it to go to waste. So, I foiled it using some deco foil and ran it through my laminator.




I decided to make it a shaker card, so I used the frame from the 2474 Double Scalloped Stitched Frames craft die with some foam tape and filled the shaker well with some confetti and seed beads.




I used the PSF807 Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies to hot foil the "Hello" sentiment and applied it to the middle of the card panel and mounted the panel to the card base and called it done.


Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which card did you like best? Please do let me know! I love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this very long post! Be back soon!




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Your Inner Unicorn
by Janet Katz

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The latest releases are here and they are magical! I used both the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit and the Whittle Happy Unicorn die set to make this card. I used one heart and four wings from the Unicorn Kit, and the smaller  heart is from Whittle Hearts. The happy unicorn is large, measuring 4" x 4" when put together. Of course, this big guy can be cut from brown and/or black paper and turned into a horse. The wings and horn are separate dies in this set and can be left off if you like.
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I started by using a homemade cloud stencil in the background and inking around the edges with alternating colors of Distress ink -- pink and purple. Then I cut out the big unicorn from white cardstock and lightly inked the edge of the unicorn with purple ink and added a little cheek blush with pink ink. I die cut the nose and legs of the big unicorn so I could end up with hooves and a nose from glitter cardstock. I layered these little parts onto the white unicorn. I wanted a selection of pinkish purple papers for the mane so I cut this die out of four different colors of cardstock. I hand cut along the perforated lines in the mane for all four colors, and assembled the 3 bottom colors onto the pink base color. I used this same trick for the tail. I'm glad the perforated look remained when I reassembled the parts.
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Next, I cut the wings and the horn from white glitter cardstock. Next I reached for the Whittle Hearts dies and cut 2 small hearts. Then I used the Unicorn Kit heart die and cut out 1 larger heart. I cut out small wings from the Unicorn kit and added them to the hearts. I layered everything onto my pink and purple cloud background, using foam adhesive for the flying hearts. I finished up by adding a few rhinestones and trimming the edges of my scene so I could mount it to a piece of purple cardstock. I added a few gemstones to the hearts. I finished up by adding a stamped sentiment from the Unicorn Kit. This could easily be a birthday card or a Valentine's card. Your choice. (I'm sending it for a March birthday.)
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I'll bet there is someone in your life that would like a sweet little (or big) unicorn card, or a stable of horses. You can make all that with these dies. Time to unleash your inner unicorn!
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Using the Slim Leafy Collage die as a Stencil
by Sphoorti


Hello again, Poppy Peeps!

I'm back today with 2 cards! I planned just one of these, but the second one just happened to happen. I'll explain.

Card # 1:

Let's start with the one that I actually planned, which was this:


You know all the glimmer pastes / Nuvo drops / Pops of color / Stickles / Fairysugar etc. we have in our craft rooms? I saw a fellow crafter (Carly Tee Miner) use her Nuvo Jewel Drops to create a mixed media background card and thought of doing something similar with my Pops of Color. And I envisioned overlaying the Slim Leafy Collage die cut on top so the Pops of Color peek through.

So, I took a card base and squirted a bunch of the paste and took a spreader thing (not sure what they're called, but I think they're used for spreading frosting on cake or something like that - it's the transparent thing I'm holding in the picture below) to spread out the paste. We have an equivalent in the crafting industry, but I didn't use that one, because I wasn't sure if the paste would wash off. So, I used these disposable ones. Anyway, here's what I ended up with. Yummy, no?


I let this dry overnight (I'd be lying if I said I didn't try touching it in between to see if it was dry yet. Let me tell ya - it wasn't, and you'll see my fingerprints if you get close enough.)

So, here's where I messed up. The cardstock I used was 110 pound Neenah Solar White. Pretty sturdy, but warps with mixed media. I should have remembered this from when I made my stained glass cards last fall. But no. So, the cardstock got warped by the time it fully dried. I wanted to flatten it out, but definitely did not have the patience to put a bunch of heavy books on it and wait for a few days. So, I decided to run it through my die cutting machine. This would have been okay IF I didn't use a metal shim and 2 card stock shims on top of the warped card base. The beautiful streaks / smooth / glossy texture from the pops of color went out the window after I ran it through the die cutting machine. See what I mean?


I went ahead and finished this card anyway because I didn't totally hate this look. So, I used the Slim Leafy Collage Die on a piece of card stock the same length as the card base, and foam mounted it on the card base, and stamped a sentiment from the Whittle Everyday Clear Stamp Set and the result was this:


If I were to make this card again, I wouldn't foam mount it - that way we'd see more of the medium underneath. And I'd DEFINITELY not run it through a die cutting machine to flatten it. I'd use a piece of acetate as a base to spread the texture paste on instead of Neenah too! No warping!


Oh, I did add some Pops of Color as dots between the leaves for a little extra something. And I'm not sure why I'm so obsessed with this foiled silver cardstock, but I had a piece lying there so I ran it through with the same die, and stuck a silver leaf spring next to the sentiment. Totally random. Just like me!


Card # 2:

So, the second card I made kind of came to me as kind of an afterthought. I saw the die cut from the Slim Leafy Collage Die and thought - why not use it as a stencil? So, that's basically what I did. I used the die on a spare piece of cardstock, and taped it to another piece of cardstock with some washi.


Then I squirted out some Pops of Color like so:


I used the spreader to spread a thick layer of the Pops of Color across the faux-stencil. I wanted the stenciled portions to really pop off the page, so I used a large amount and spread it on pretty thick. I was a bit hasty when I peeled off the stencil and ended up smudging some of the leaves, which was a bit of a bummer, but it didn't look too bad. So, I went ahead and made it a card anyway (the next day, after it fully dried, that is).


See the portion of the faux-stencil with the Pops of Color smeared above it? I liked that and didn't want it to go to waste, so I cut out a strip from it and used it at the bottom of my card. And here's the final product:


Oh, this time, I used some of the Christmas Fairy Jewels in matching colors to fill in the gaps between the leaves. Aren't they pretty?!


The sentiment is from the same stamp set - Whittle Everyday Sentiments.


Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which of the cards do you like better? Did you like the first one after the smooth texture went away? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you.

Thank you for sticking with me through the end of the post! Hope you have a lovely weekend!



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Poinsettia Joy
by Tiffany Pryce


Hey Poppy peeps! I can't believe it's November already. I am in holiday card making mode as I don't want to scramble to get them all done at the last minute. I saw the new Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil craft die from Memory Box and thought it would be fun to combine it with some Poppystamps products to make a clean and simple holiday card. 

First, I stenciled several poinsettia flowers onto an A2 panel of white cardstock. I used jewel-toned dye ink in blues and purples. After stenciling, I die cut the panel using the Scalloped Stitch Frames. I centered the largest and second to largest frames and die cut both at the same time. For a little dimension and variety, I popped up various frames with foam tape and adhered them back into place.


I used the Contempo Poinsettia die to die cut two floral outlines. The outline has to be cut from the larger die cut, but it is easy to do in two simple snips. I die cut two frames - one from silver glitter cardstock from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad and one from white cardstock that I lightly ink blended with the same dye ink. For the center, I die cut a circle from the Stitched Circle Layers die set. The sentiment was die cut from silver glitter cardstock using the Marzipan Alphabet craft die. Finally, I added clear Fairy Crystals to the flower centers. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!




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by Patty Tanúz

Hola Amigas!!!!

Today i share this beautiful layout!!!! 

I think it is a bit simple but with very nice elements!


Did you know that in Poppy we also have stencils? I use Distress Oxide with them and I love the result!!!!


I like to work on white background!!!!


I also love the colors that I used!


This is a layout that contains a lot of love!


Our Marzipan Alphabet is so beautiful in all the presentations!!!!


What you think? Do you like it? Leave me a nice message!



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Welcome September!
by Nancy Penir


A very grateful welcome to the month of September! And to all of you Poppy Peeps! Nancy here, and I have a very fall-ish card to start off the season of falling leaves, cooler weather, and our children returning to school! (Yay!)


So Very Thankful began it's life with Poppystamps' Autumn Leaves Sidekick Frame, one of my all time favs!


Yep! You're seeing right, I started with white cardstock. Also die cut my image from colored foam.


The sidekick frame comes with a stencil which allows careful and selective coloring. I used my sponge daubers and oxide inks.


The foam die cut really gives the image a lift. I added Nuvo Glimmer paste over the top colored die cut. Also you can see a few shadow leaves stamped in the sentiment frame. 


Poppystamps has so many wonderful autumn dies and stamps in the shop. Hope you check out this sidekick frame and several others! Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

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