210 posts categorized "Watercolor"

Vintage Spring Mini Junk Journal Card
by Rachel Duong


Hi there, it's Rachel. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see the latest Poppystamps release and the "Basic Junk Journal Set" --so many ideas swirled in my mind! A junk journal is definitely a must, for now I created a unique "thank you" card with a delightful vintage vibe.


Before we get started, these are the fantastic Poppystamps dies and embellishments I used to create this card.

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I began by collecting scraps of cream and off-white card stock. To create the cover, I die cut the file-shaped die. Next I blended distress and oxide inks in teals, pinks and browns. I misted the inks with a light spray of water. Then I stamped "You Make the World Bettter" sentiment from the "Say It Big" set. What a great sentiment! I misted it again and then added lots of fun Poppystamps embellishments, a torn strip on the left, embroidery thread and a Fairy Jewel. 

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The mini envelope and fan shaped shell are cut using the "Basic Junk Journal Set".  The heart is from the "Heart Jumble" die, sprinkled with silver foil from a hot foil scrap. The butterfly and teardrop embellishments are from the "Teardrop Butterflies".

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When you open the card, there is a pocket. I cut a card die from the set and it fits perfectly in the pocket. Perhaps the best part is that most gift cards do too! Also, the pocket can be folded to be used on either side of the file. 

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To decorate the card,  I tore the surface creating a tattered, old appearance.  I ink blended same colors over it to accentuate the torn areas. 


The sentiment "Thanks for being kind" is from the Poppystamps "Modest Banner Greetings Hot Foil Plate"...another great sentiment. The foil adds a special touch to go with the silver hearts throughout the project.


Behind the card, I added subtle interest with ink splatters, running a brush lightly down the surface. 


More pieces on the pocket included in the "Basic Junk Journal Set". Wow, so much goodness is packed in this set! The Fairy Jewels are pretty too.


So now the card gets tucked back in the pocket, but before that, don't forget to write a sweet message in it! 


On to the next side...These beautiful tulips are from the Poppystamps "Layered Tulips" dies. Ink blended with same colors, they are the focal point of the card. I just love them!  Using leftover hot foil leftover pieces, I die cut the stems. The pocket holding the flowers are from the "Basic Junk Journal Set."  I adhered the tulips to a card die cut for added thickness and reinforcement. 


And now for the back.... it gets decorated too! Ink blending, splatters, mists of water, embellishments and so much fun!

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I am intrigued and obsessed with the notion of junk journals. Next time I am going to create pages so I can decorate even more.  I hope you love this unique card as much as I do. Please take a look at the Poppystamps latest release. It does not disappoint!

Until next post, one person's junk is another person's treasure. Have a great day!

Rachel Floral Signature



Challenge Reminder ~ Me & You Conversation Hearts
by Rachel Duong


Hello and welcome! Inspired by conversation candy hearts, I made this card for the February Poppystamps Challenge ~ Me & You.  Soft, pearlescent hearts surround the Poppystamps "Sending Love Poe Script" craft die over a dreamy watercolor background. Please join us with a project, valentine or card showcasing something you love doing together like munching on candy hearts with a childhood friend.

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Steps to create this card.
1. Beginning with a beautiful textured Open Studio watercolor paper (listed below), I loosely washed patches of distress inks over the entire panel. Allow colors to flow into one another and dry.


2. Die cut the Poppystamps "Sending Love Poe Script" craft die in the warm, pearlescent, platinum color from the Memory Box "Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad"

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3. Die cut the hearts in assorted colors using the "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame" die and the Memory Box "Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad".


These are the supplies I used.


4. Adhere the card front to a white A2 card base.
5. Using scrap paper, die cut the "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame". 
6. Lay the above die cut over the card front and place the hearts in the open areas to assure they are spaced evenly.
7. Adhere the sentiment and the hearts to the card front. Tip--Vary the colors of the hearts around the card, especially the white hearts to create balance.


I just love the gorgeous luster of the pearlescent shine when the light hits the platinum sentiment. I love the texture of the watercolor paper and the pastel colors are light yet vivid and lucid.


Please let me know if you have any questions about this card or the Poppystamps challenge. It would be great to have you join in the fun. Have an awesome day!

Rachel Floral Signature





A Kind Heart
by Rachel Duong


Hi! I am here with a rustic, weathered Poppystamps Valentine! A wash of watercolor, a flurry of hearts, embellishments and a great sentiment makes this card energetic and engaging. I used the "Say It Big" clear stamp set and hearts from the "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame". So much fun to create this card!


Steps to create this card.
1. Using a smooth piece of watercolor paper, paint a wash of distress inks in shades of brown and red.

2. Die cut hearts in red, brown, white and coral using the Poppystamps "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame".
 a. The white and coral hearts have a beautiful pearl finish. I used card stock from the Memory box "Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad".
 b. The brown hearts are embossed with gold powder.
 c. The red hearts are splattered with watered-down white acrylic paint.


Supplies I used


3. When the paint is dry, stamp the sentiment in red ink (middle) and brown ink (top and bottom)

4. Using the blade of a scissor, rough up the left edge of the card front. Lightly rough up the other three sides.
5. Adhere washi tape and hearts
6. Tie 1mm burlap string around the lower third of the card allowing the sides to tear.
7. Splatter white paint over the card.
8. Blend brown distress ink around the edges of a kraft card base.
9. Adhere card front to the base.


This Valentine card is fun to make, I hope you get a chance to try creating something inspired by it. Have an awesome day with a kind heart!

Rachel Floral Signature


You're Purrfect
by Tiffany Pryce


Hey friends! Can you believe the year is almost over? I hope 2023 brings you lots of cheer and craft supplies :) Today, I'm sharing an easy Valentine's Day themed card design.

I started by applying red and orange pigment powder to a panel of Bristol smooth cardstock and sprayed it with water. I love how the pigment powders spread and change colors once water is added. I used analogous colors as I knew the colors would play together well when mixed. Once the panel was dry, I die cut it with the new Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame die. I trimmed the die cut panel down. I popped up the panel with foam tape on a slightly larger panel of white cardstock. Then I adhered the background to an A2 kraft card base.


Next, I die cut the heart from heavyweight vellum using the new Vintage Scalloped Heart die. I added glitter brush marker to the heart for a little sparkle.  I die cut a cat from the Whittle Adorable Kitty kit and copic colored it with warm grays. For the sentiment, I white heat embossed a sentiment from the included stamp set in the Kitty kit on a piece of red cardstock from the Berry Red paper pad. I split the sentiment apart and cut a fishtail end using scissors. I adhered all of the elements to the heart and then added glue behind the elements and adhered to the card background.


Lastly, I popped up a few of the negative die cut hearts with foam tape.


Hope you enjoyed the card. Happy New Year everyone!


Tiffany Floral Signature copy




Snowflake Lane
by Rachel Duong


Let's take a stroll down Snowflake Lane! Hi, it's Rachel here to share a few wintery cards I made using the Poppystamps "Snowflake Loop" die and the Poppystamps "Stacked Joy" die. Our first snowfall came last week and it's still here blanketing our neighborhoods. I love how bright and gorgeous the snow is as it glistens in the sunlight. Needless to say, I was inspired, so I cut out a few snow-themed shapes to play around with. The faintest of blue on white for my palette, I created these cards to share with you. 


It's the most wonderful time of the year! I love the natural look of the paint splatters covering the sentiment. Shimmering snowflakes are falling off the edge. Pale blue accents create a peaceful and calm mood. 


Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut the Poppystamps "Snowflake Loop" die out of an A2 size piece of heavy white cardstock. (Set aside the die cut for another card)
2. Die cut three snowflakes from the "Snowflake Loop" die using the platinum shimmering cardstock from the Memory Box Festive Glitter Pad. (Save the tiny diamonds on the ends of the snowflakes for a future card)


3. Lay down the card front from (step 1) for reference and stamp the sentiment from the Poppystamps "Christmas Sparkle" clear stamp set with charcoal gray ink.
4. Die cut a snowflake in heavy cardstock. Using the negative piece of the die as a stencil, place it around the sentiment and lightly blend ink over it.


5. Adhere the card front to the card base. 
6. Adhere the platinum snowflakes around the card to your liking and trim off the ends that run off the edges. 
7. Splatter ink and watered-down white acrylic paint around the card. Easy, fun and gorgeous!

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These are the supplies I used.


This card is quick and simple, yet beautiful and elegant.


Here are the steps.
1. Using watered down Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink, lightly and loosely paint brushstrokes over the middle area. 
2. Splatter ink.
3. Die cut the Poppystamps "Stacked Joy" two times and the snowflake from the Poppystamps "Snowflake Loop" dies three times. 
4. Adhere the pieces together and then to the card front.  That's it! 


This card is created using pieces from the first card. I love having almost zero waste!
Here are the steps.
1. Place the "Snowflake Loop" die cut from the first card on an A2 card base to measure where the sentiment will be stamped.  
2. Stamp the sentiment using charcoal gray ink.
3. Using the snowflake stencil created in the first card, blend Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Ink over the snowflake in three places surrounding the sentiment.
4. Lightly and loosely splatter the watered-down ink unevenly over the card.
5. Adhere the "Snowflake Loop" die on the card.


6. Using the platinum diamonds from the snowflake cut out in card 1, embellish the card for the finishing touch!


I hope you love these cards as much as I do. If you get a chance to make them, please let me know how they turned out. Fantastic, I'm sure!
Enjoy this time of year and I can't wait to be back with another Poppystamps card. Below are the links to supplies I used. Have a great day!

Rachel Floral Signature



A Polar Bear Slimline
by Janet Katz

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The Whittle Polar Bears die is another of the amazing Christmas releases for 2022. I wanted to create a night sky that had more "movement" than solid cardstock. I started with a piece of 140lb watercolor paper that was 3.5" x 8.5", the typical measurements for a slimline card. I used Distress Spray Stain in Uncharted Mariner on some watercolor paper, spritzing and drying between layers and using a little water to thin out color in a few places.
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After my background was finished (and my fingers were dark blue), I used both the polar bears die and the new Proper Merry Christmas die with 110lb white cardstock. I only used the outline portion of the Merry Christmas. I had some aqua-colored extra-fine glitter paper and hand cut an ice floe (different than an iceberg) for my bears to sit on. I lightly inked the bottom of the two bears with a pale aqua ink. I tried a variety of different papers to stand in for the ocean - navy with hand-drawn white caps, black glitter, white, light blue - and finally decided on a dusty navy blue.
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I cut a 1" x 8.5" piece and glued it to the bottom of my watercolor panel. I glued my ice floe on top and then adhered the bears with foam adhesive. I adhered the Merry Christmas outline directly to the watercolor piece, and finished the card with Poppystamps' Pastel Jewels.
Here's to enjoying a starry night with someone you love.
Janet Floral Signature copy