7 posts categorized "Texture Paste"

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!



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Challenge Reminder ~ Cute Critters Seas the Day
by Rachel Duong


Hi, it's Rachel here bringing you a bright and happy seaside card for the Poppystamps April Challenge - Cute Critters. White capped waves and the "Whittle Sunshine" die makes the most perfect setting for a "Whittle Shark" and "Whittle Dolphin" playdate.  I hope you get a chance to create a project, tag, or card featuring one of your favorite Poppystamps cute critters. 


Steps to create this card.
1. Swoosh teal distress ink unevenly over the lower portion of a piece of white cardstock measuring 4.5" x 3.25".
2. Add very small amounts of grey or black ink to distress paste and roughly apply to tops of the teal swooshes.

3. Die cut the Poppystamps "Whittle Sunshine", "Whittle Shark", "Whittle Dolphin", "Double Scalloped Stitched Frames"(largest frame) and "Birthday Wishes Moonlight Script" in white cardstock.

4. Blend yellow and orange distress ink over the sun, blue ink over the shark, and grey over the dolphin. 
5. Blend varying colors of blue and grey over the sentiment.
6. Arrange the ocean scene and glue the sentiment onto the cardfront.
7. Using grey ink, stamp a sentiment of your choice from the "Whittle Sealife Sentiments". There are so many good ones, it was hard to decide which to use!


8. Glue the cardfront on a white A2 cardbase. 
9. Glue the frame over the cardfront scene.
10. Glue the sun, shark and dolphin onto the card overlapping the frame.
11. Add "Clear Fairy Drops" to mimick bubbles to finish the card!


Come aboard and join the challenge with your Poppystamps cute critters creation. Don't forget to link it up in the challenge section. Also, please take a look at this month's guest designer, Traci Jenkins. Traci is a very talented cardmaker and shared an awesome critter card! I won't give it away, but it is so adorable!
Until next time, keep on crafting and "Seas" the day!

Rachel Floral Signature



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!

Rachel Floral Signature



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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PSC#91 Add Texture

Challenge Badge

Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge! We're so happy you've stopped by, and we sure hope you'll join us! On the first of the month, we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge with a central theme. The design team will provide samples for inspiration, and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for the Poppystamps Challenge #90 Pretty Papers is Donna Phelan


The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is S. Schmitt.

Please contact me (Jeanne) at [email protected] to claim your prize.

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here. The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge. You are welcome to link your design to other challenges. Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!


PSC#91 Add Texture!  Looking for an easy way to take your cards from ordinary to EXTRA-ordinary?  Just add a little contrasting texture!  We want you to go beyond smooth cardstock - add some dimension with contrasting textures like paste, embossing powders, embossing folders,  or with the addition of fabric or ribbon to make a big impression.       What a great opportunity to use something you already have or to try something new. like foundry wax or  glitz gels and glazes.  The challenge is not limited to cards - we'd love to see your page layouts, home decor, tags, and mixed media.   It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month, so you can see how each project was created.

Meet our April Guest Cindy Chiu Who was selected by Sue from our Design Team!    Cindy is a fellow Canadian crafter who loves making floral cards that have a clean design. She isn't afraid to try new techniques and likes to incorporate ink, paint and other media into her cards! Love that! Stop by and see her thoughtful and pretty projects!


Cindy Chiu

Blog:  Escape To Stamping

Instagram: @esctostampin

Hello, I am a transplanter from Hong Kong, have been living in Canada for over 40 years. I am retired from being programmer analyst and spend most of my time paper crafting. I am addicted, I know!! LOL I also like making travel album and lately venturing into mix-media projects. I find my inspirations from challenge blogs, and Pinterest. But sometimes, when I am really stumped, I picked a product and start from there.


Cindy Chiu

Wishful Bunny-Poppystamps-Jeanne Jachna


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Candice Crawford


Nancy Penir  

Now it's your turn! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on April 27 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on May 1!!    

Thanks for joining us! We can't wait to see what you make!


Valentine Tag Cards
by Nancy Penir


Valentine Poppy Greetings friends! I have a post full of Love today, using some of the latest Poppystamps release. Better have a cuppa with you, I just couldn't stop once I got started! Come take a look.


First, created my pattern Cardstock with Memory Box's new Drifting Hearts Stencil. A few with Distress Ink,

and a few with embossing paste.


To add color, I mixed a few drops of re-inker to my Mat Gel Medium. Also I lightly sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray. It's slightly sticky and holds the stencil in place and prevents the gel from spreading beyond the holes.


When the mat gel was dry, I cut out my tags. The Stitched Tunnel Tags has several sizes to choose from. I used the largest and also the 3rd largest. This is a photo of all the pieces I used on my 4 tags. 


The 3 layers of tags aren't glued together, just free to move. this one has some Valentine Washi on the bottom.


All tags have a 3rd piece of white card stock cut from the largest tag die, so I can write my message as I would

inside a card. 


The red tag on this one is stamped with one of the images from Valentine's Fun, one of Poppy's new stamp sets.


This tag was stamped with Poppy's Picnic Plaid. 


All have matching envelopes and glitter heart seals. To create the address label, I die cut smaller tag, turned it, and cut the bottom again for a mask, then stenciled on the hearts. Also added a bit of red shadow around the mask. I ran the die cut heart through my Xyron sticker maker, creating a seal for the back flap.

The tag/card measures 3 x 5 1/4" and fits perfectly in an A2 envelope.

Hope you're inspired to try a tag/card. It's the perfect Valentine for those special people in your life!

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