59 posts categorized "Vellum"

One Background Die, Two Completely Different Cards - Part 1
by Sphoorti



Hello Poppy Peeps!


It's Sphoorti again and I have one card for you today, but it's one of two! Today you'll see one of two ways of how I used the 2483 Ornament Background craft die from the 2021 Holiday Release, and completely differently than intended.




I started off by taking a slimline panel of gray card stock and ink blending Black Soot Distress Ink along the perimeter, and then splattering the entire background with Perfect Pearls. I thought I'd push myself to move out of my comfort zone (i.e. making a clean and simple card with a white background) and I'm so glad I did because I loved how this turned out!




Then, I did a lot of die cutting, starting with the 2537 Layered Holly Branch craft die and the 2535 Pine Needle Shoots craft die from the 2022 Christmas release. I ink blended the white die cuts with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Lucky Clover Distress Inks. I also cut some pine needles using vellum.

I moved onto the star of the show, i.e. the 2483 Ornament Background craft die, and die cut a bunch using regular white card stock (for dimension) and a top layer with silver mirror card stock. I separated the ornaments in the background die cuts from the leaves (this did take some time, so I wouldn't opt to mass produce these!) and I set the leaves aside. (Hint, hint: You're going to need the leaves for Part 2, so don't throw them away!). I backed the ornaments with some vellum so that they stand out more on the dark background.




Once I had all my die cuts layered, colored, backed with foam tape for dimension, I arranged the holly branches and then adhered the ornaments as if they were hanging from the branches. I tied a silver string to the ornaments so that they didn't look like they were floating.


I took the pine needle shoots and adhered them randomly to the branches. I wanted some additional shine / sparkle, so I applied some glue to the holly leaves and sprinkled Diamond Dust on them.




I used a hot foiled Happy Birthday sentiment that I made using the PSF808 Modest Greetings 2 Hot Foil Plate and Die because I plan to send this to a friend who has a December birthday. Finally, I scattered some clear jewels all around and that was it!




Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? I typically stop after I add a few elements to a card, but for this one, I just kept adding things on top of other things, and I honestly am very happy with it. I'd love to know your thoughts! Stay tuned to see what I did with the remaining components of the 2483 Ornament Background craft die! Here's a sneak peek:






Sphoorti Floral Signature copy





Christmas Gnomes
by Nancy Penir


Christmas Greetings, Poppy Peeps! Are you a fan of gnomes? Jolly 'ol bearded folk that bring. a smile every time. I've brought you a couple of cards using the new Poppystamps Whittle Gnome.


For the background oval I used a die to create a stencil. 


I die cut Snowflake Flurry Collage with a heavy piece of cardstock, this one is vellum. Then lightly sprayed the back with Pixie adhesive. The die cut can be used successfully twice. Then if you need more, cut another stencil.The image creates a great textured background.

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This card was stenciled with Ranger Stickles Glitter Gel. My gnome has a felt cap with red felt brim and pom. His beard is the fun part! I applied Fun Flock (Stampendous) onto wet glue, added more glue and sprinkled on glitter and mica flakes. It's a 'snow' I've had for a long time and use for background photos at Christmastime. Gnomes' nose is cut from pink shimmer.

See his sprig on his cap brim? That's the top piece of Poppystamps Pine Needle Shoots. 


Card 2 has my gnome with a red felt cap and white felt brim and pom. This time the background stencil is with opaque paste with the Stickles mixed in.


Don't you love his fuzzy blingy beard? See the snowflake on hat brim? It's a piece of the die cut with Fairy Sugar. If you like the Oval Frame, it's created with Poppy's Basic Oval Set. Peeps I've use that die set so many times! One of those 'must haves!'


2 Christmas cards with the new Whittle Gnome. Such a fun die to dress up for any season!

Nancy Floral Signature copy





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?!

Rachel Floral Signature

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!

Rachel Floral Signature








Fun Little Ghost Town
by Marybeth Lopez



Hello Marybeth Lopez  here today, with a fun Halloween card. This middle ghost moves a bit , kinda springs up but it easy to mail.

Oh no where did the month of August go! It's been very warm here and the price of air conditioning here in Ca is reduclious ..... maybe everywhere. Well I can't wait for fall.

I jumped right ahead with a Halloween card made with Poppystamps brand new Fall Collection. I used Twisted Houses ,Halloween Assemblage, Modest Greetings and Glossy Black Paper.


The houses are layered twice and on the back I used a thin vellum paper to put behind the windows. I wanted them to show up a bit more so I very lightly dabbed some orange ink on the back , for a soft glow, in the windows.


For the hill I just cut a curve and added it to the card panel. I added two ghost made out of vellum.


I cut two piece's acetate and added score tape to front and back (strong hold) Oh.... before I added the tape I folded the paper with a bone folder.

I recut some of the dies with  the glossy black paper for the : eyes and doors. I wanted them to stand out from the black card stock.


I used Modest Greetings Hot Foil set from Poppystamps . I know this is a Halloween card but I also needed to send a big congratulations card as well.


This was another fun card to create with the new Poppystamps dies and papers.


I hope you have a great day and I will see you in September. As a card maker I love making, fall, Halloween and all holiday cards. Let the fun begin.

Take care and God bless you all.


Word Art Watercolor Card
by Janet Katz

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Using words and phrases as an integral part of a card design is something I love to do. I love text, fonts, big words, titles, you name it. If it involves the alphabet more than numbers, I'm there. I was in heaven when Poppystamps chose Word Art as this month's challenge topic. This card features the Freestyle Hello die and the matching shadow. To create the blurry, watercolor floral image, I took a background stamp of little flowers and colored the rubber with four Zig Clean Color Markers. Next, I spritzed the stamp a couple of times with water. Then, I stamped it on the flat side of watercolor paper. The sharp lines of the image blurred and moved and made it look amazing.

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I used the mid-size die from the Scalloped Stitch Frames die set and cut a white frame. I trimmed the top of the frame off and glued this to a kraft card front that was 4" x 5 1/4". Next, I trimmed the watercolor image to slightly larger than the frame opening and mounted it with foam adhesive to the card, just to where the scalloped frame peeks out from underneath. I matted the kraft onto a coral card. 

I cut the Freestyle Hello from 110lb white cardstock. Next, I cut the matching shadow from heavyweight vellum. I hid drops of clear glue behind the hello die cut and adhered it to the vellum shadow, and then to the watercolor piece. 

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I finished the card with tiny adhesive pearls on the watercolor paper. Now, what are you gonna make with a great big word for this month's challenge?

Janet Floral Signature copy





Butterfly Wishes
Rachel Duong



Hello! It's a beautiful day to share a whimsical butterfly card with you. I love the Poppystamps Stained Glass Butterfly collage and the Large and Small Stained Glass Butterfly and Background. They can be used together or individually. 


I chose a soft watercolor background of blue, green and purple swooshes to die cut the Stained Glass Butterfly collage from.  


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Next I die cut the Large and Small Stained Glass Butterfly and Background dies from heavy vellum. I glued the wings and antennae over the two butterflies with a glue dot adhering only the center. I also glued a small antenna on the butterfly without wings. 


A closeup view showing the dimension created with the wing layers. The vellum gives the butterflies a fluid, dreamy feel. 

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I chose the "Best Wishes" sentiment from the Modest Greetings 1 Hot Foil Plate and Die. I rolled the plate through the die machine for a letterpress look. Then I mounted the sentiment on a thin frame of the watercolor paper and mounted it again on white cardstock. 


 I glued two tiny butterflies from the Stained Glass Butterfly collage on the background. Finally I placed Autumn Fairy Jewels around the image for extra sparkle.

I love how this card turned out.  It can be used for many occasions. I can't wait to try more washes of color.  Until next post, have a fantastic day!


  Rachel Floral Signature