52 posts categorized "Vellum"

2 Easy, CAS Happy Mail cards
by Sphoorti





Hello Poppystampers!


I'm back with 2 very easy, very clean and simple (CAS) cards for you today! I actually had 4, but one of the products I used on 2 of the cards was discontinued (my bad, I didn't realize it), so I'm just going to talk about the 2 other cards, which surprisingly were off-shoots of the original cards. By that, I mean - I planned the other two cards, I had a vision and implemented it. And I had some extras remaining with which I made the two you see here. Funny, huh?


So, let's get into it!


I fell in love with this little Stitched Envelope die and cut up a number of envelopes with various types of card stock (like Neenah Solar White / Vellum / Glitter / Foil) etc. Just a tip, though - choose thin card stock for this because it'll be easier to score it and get it to stick. (Don't do what I did and use Neenah Solar White 110 pound)




I scored and sealed the envelopes with glue (and where they refused to stick due to thickness of the Neenah card stock, I ended up using superglue and it worked like a charm). I put little puffy heart stickers where the top and bottom flaps meet and set them aside.




My original idea was to have the envelopes floating in the clouds (I'll post a picture of this on Instagram eventually), but for these two cards, I happened to see a spare frame from the Double Scalloped Stitched Frame Die on my desk and played around with the envelopes on the frame like so:




I liked how the frame looked with the little envelopes on it, so I moved forward with the idea, and adhered the frame with the envelopes on a top folding portrait card base.




I cut up a bunch of layers of the Playful Hugs sentiment die and stacked them up to make a chipboard like die-cut. I applied it to the bottom of the frame horizontally. After I glued it down, I didn't like it very much (I felt that the envelopes were clouding the sentiment and it felt cramped down there), so I decided to make another one with a vertical orientation of the same sentiment. That's how I ended up with card # 2. Which one do you like better?




I absolutely adore these puffy heart stickers, so I couldn't help but put them on the frame too. I did that for both, but with different orientations.




Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which card did you like better? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this post!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy




Wishing You Happiness
by Tiffany Pryce


Hey friends! Tiffany here with some Mother's Day inspiration for you. I combined several Poppystamps products to create this card so let's dive into the details.

First, I trimmed patterned paper from the Garden Folly paper pack to 4 x 5.25 in. Before adhering the panel to an A2 card base, I ink blended yellow dye ink on one corner for a little pop of color.

Next, I die cut several pieces from white cardstock. I die cut the Flower Field Tall Curve Border 4 times - to stack two on each side on of the panel. I die cut the Grand Madison Window die twice. Before adhering the window with foam tape for even more dimension, I backed the window with vellum and adhered the window on top of the border dies. Next, I die cut the Flower Field Corner die twice and adhered to opposite corners of the window.


Next, I die cut several yellow flowers using the Potpourri Flower Set and the Sunny Orange paper pack. I embellished each flower with Christmas Fairy Crystals in green.


For the sentiment, I die cut the word 'mom' twice - once from white cardstock and once from dark teal cardstock from the Fresh Aqua paper pack - with the Marzipan Alphabet dies.


Finally, I stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card to finish the card. The sentiment is from the Colorful Life clear stamps set. I hope you enjoyed the card and are inspired to pull out a bunch of your Poppystamps supplies to create a special card for your mom, mother figure, or any other special woman in your life. Happy crafting!



Tiffany Floral Signature copy





Smile with Diamonds
by Janet Katz

"Covered in diamonds" is not how I describe anything in my house....except this card. I started by choosing cardstock in six different shades of blue-green. I used repositionable Post-it tape to tape three shades together and using the new Penelope Pinpoint Frame, I die cut each set of three colors in order to get 7-10 of the diamond cutouts that the die produces.
Smile blue diamonds1
Next I cut out the same Pinpoint frame from white cardstock, along with my cardbase. Then using foam adhesive as well as my favorite tweezers, I randomly placed the diamonds from darkest to lightest in the negative spaces of the Penelope Pinpoint Frame. I considered not using the foam adhesive or only using it on a few diamonds, but ultimately I loved the whole "popped up" look. (Do I ever get tired of using foam adhesive? That would be a big No.)
Smile blue diamonds2
Next, I wanted a "thread nest" behind my sentiment. However, whenever I've used super fine silver thread, it is so fine that no matter how much I use, it often doesn't show up like I want it to. This time I used a silver twine that is about 1mm thick that I bought at the hobby store and wound it up in a loose circle like a lasso. Then, I was a bit puzzled as to how I was going to glue it down. I started by using a small piece of my super skinny thread to tie it together on the left side. I knew where my sentiment and shadow were going to go, so I used some quick-drying glue to glue the twine down in places where the glue wouldn't show.
Smile blue diamonds3
I just love the Freestyle Script word dies. They seem timeless and ideal on any theme of card. I cut Smile out of white cardstock. Next, I was delighted to find a piece of turquoise vellum in my stash. I cut the shadow out of that when I saw how well it matched my diamonds. Using a combination of glue and foam dots hidden behind the Smile, I adhered the word on top of the twine circle.
Finally, I computer printed my "You're beautiful" sentiment and used foam adhesive (told you I don't get tired of using it) to pop it up to the right height off the twine circle.
Smile blue diamonds4
I really loved how this turned out and plan to make more with different colors of diamonds. What's your favorite way to use the negative space in a die cut?

Janet Floral Signature copy



Challenge Reminder: PSC#90 - Pretty Papers!
by Sphoorti





Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's challenge - PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. This was my take on the challenge. Hope you like them!


Card 1:




This one was my favorite of the two cards I made. Took a little bit of time, but was totally worth it!


First, I used the Flower Field Tall Curve Border craft die and cut some white card stock with it a couple of times, and then glued it to my card panel.




Then I cut out a bunch of flowers using the Potpourri Flower Set Craft die with the blue / green foiled card stock varieties from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad. I still can't get over pastel foiled card stock! How amazing is that, right?! I glued all the flowers diagonally on the card panel. I glued some of them down directly, and others I mounted on some foam tape.




I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used the Black Glossy Paper to cut the hugs sentiment again (to use as a black offset) and then, I cut it one last time with some silver foiled card stock as the top layer. (Note: I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment).




I used some random embellishments for the flower centers and also scattered them around the flowers. I think I got a bit carried away. You can tell me if you think I used too many. I won't mind!


Final result was a top folding card that looks like so:




Card # 2


The second card I made is very similar. I used the exact same supplies. However, I cut some flowers out of the coral colored foiled card stock in the Vintage Pastel paper pack.




This card was a lot more involved because I have flowers on the top of the card (applied to the vellum) as well as hidden behind the vellum on the inner card base.




I wanted the Vellum panel as an overlay because I didn't want to adhere it down, so I used some silver string and tied the vellum card base and the regular Neenah Solar White Cardstock card base together.




The end result for this one was also a top folding card with a vellum overlay and an inner card base. I thought it was kinda cool!




Now it's your turn to take on the Pretty Papers challenge! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store! Visit the original post here for more details / instructions!


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




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy





St. Patrick's Day Card with Heart
by Janet Katz

PS St. Patrick's Day card

This St. Patrick's Day card uses five different types of specialty paper and cardstock to fit with our challenge theme of Pretty Papers. I started by creating a shamrock. I used the Whittle Hearts die set to cut three large hearts from a sheet of Memory Box Lush Green 6x6 paper pad. Then I used the smaller heart in that set to cut three hearts from the Memory Box Festive 6x6 glitter pad.
Shamrock cardA
I needed a stem, next. I could have hand cut this, but I thought of a way to get a nice curved stem. I nested two dies from the Basic Ovals die set and taped them as shown. I ran it through my machine and I had a funky oval which I cut to get the stem.

Shamrock cardC
Shamrock cardC
Next, I started on my background. I used the largest scalloped die in the Double Scalloped Stitched Frames die set to cut a pale blue pearly piece from the Memory Box Vintage Pastel Mirror 6x6 pad. Then I cut a piece of black and white striped paper, a piece of vellum, and a piece of pale blue-and-white, polka dotted paper. I layered these one on top of another inside the pearly blue frame. I realized I needed another piece of the striped paper to sit further down behind my shamrock so I cut that too, and hid the cut behind the vertical pieces of black and white that I used to frame my sentiment strip.
St. Patrick's cardF
Following a card layout I saw on Pinterest, I put the computer-generated sentiment strip on the right side of the black-and-white matted frame. I glued everything in place on my cardfront. For the final touch, I added a threaded green button in the middle of the shamrock.
Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? If so, how do you celebrate?
Janet Floral Signature copy




PSC#90 Pretty Papers

Challenge Badge copy

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 #89 Heart-Felt is  Karen Ladd


The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Lagene!

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com 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#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. Making a masculine card? How about some cork, wood veneer or glossy papers? This time we want you to add some pretty papers to your design. 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 March Guest - Rachel Duffy - who was selected by Sphoorti from our design team! Sphoorti says she's in awe of Rachel, who creates and sells beautiful cards and alcohol art - all for a good cause. All of Rachel's proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation. On top of that, Rachel uses 100% recycled products for her card bases, and tries to use other recycled materials as much as she can when she makes cards. Generous and kind - not just to people but the environment, too! 



Rachel Duffy
Instagram: @colourandsparkle
Etsy: ArtByRD Store

I got into cardmaking in early 2020, accidentally, as a result of trying to find ways to use up off-cuts of my alcohol ink paintings. I still love painting, but have also fallen in love with cardmaking as it enables me to more quickly create small pieces of artwork that I can easily mail to friends and family. I love creating cards with lots of color and sparkle (as my Insta handle implies!) to brighten up people's days.
Grand Whittle Pig-Poppystamps-Jeanne Jachna

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 March 29 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on April 1!!    

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