164 posts categorized "Watercolor"


Thu 26

Blog Blitz Spring Giveaway
by Nancy Penir

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Hello, my Poppy friends! How are you all doing? Staying well and safe I pray! Nancy here, and bringing some joy your way with our Spring Blog Blitz and giveaway! I'm showcasing a new die called, Adriana Tall Curved Border. Let's take a look...


This lovely border die is as long as your A2 card, and can be used as an edge, but I'm going to show you something a bit different. I die cut it twice, and turned the pieces toward each other. You'll notice I cut the bottom leaves off the two die cuts. Read on to see why.


I gave my card the look of an arbor above a fence. Keeping with the spring theme, I kept the colors soft and pastel. And the bottom leaves just reach the bottom of the fence. The sentiment in the center is smoky blue rather than black, adding to the softness.


The leaves are first wet with my paintbrush before adding color. I love how deeply impressed the leaves are, allowing the color to puddle a bit in the crevices. 


Detailing my card with a few more sprigs, some twine and some of the new glitter glue, and my cheery spring card is ready to send! 

Now for the fun part... comment to win!

The Spring release blog blitz runs from March 20 - March 31 . We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time. To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY the posts that you wish to enter. To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE. One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use a random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST April 1 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on April 3.

For a SECOND chance to win this die .....
1.)   Visit our Instagram account and FOLLOW US!
2.)   Like each post, you want to enter
3.)   LEAVE A COMMENT and TAG A FRIEND on each post you wish to enter.   Comments open through April 1. 

One comment per post will be selected by a random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on April 3.   Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.

So PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT!   (You have to comment to win!!!) I love hearing what you think of this die!

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Wed 18

March Challenge Reminder: Floral Fantasy
By Nancy Penir


It's a Floral Fantasy this month for the Poppystamps Challenge! Hi! Are you playing along this month with our challenge? Did someone say, 'floral?' I love a card with flowers. It just says happy. Here's my inspiration card for you.



I used a Sidekick Frame as my starting point, cutting it from a deep green shimmer card stock.


Don't know if you're aware, but MemoryBox has washi tape! and wow! Look at that Spring pattern goodness.

This spool is 4 1/2" wide, and covers the entire face of your A2 card, and then some.


Another new product in the store is watercolor paper, generously sized at 4.5 x 5.75. I was anxious to give this product a try. LOVE it! It moves the paint around with ease, and cuts perfect images.


I added a floral corner from the painted pieces, staying with the colors in the washi. 


I'll add a greeting when I want to use the card for an occasion. One last note, I added drops of the new glitter fairy sugar to some of the flower centers. Hope you're playing along. We love seeing you're creations. Poppystamps has so many gorgeous florals to choose from. Happy Crafting!

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Wed 11

Split Birthday Wishes
by Marybeth Lopez



Hi there! Marybeth Lopez here, with a Flower Challenge Reminder! All you need to do is make a card with a flower , one random winner will win a $20 certificate to the Poppystamps store. I used this beautiful Peony Bouquet clear stamp from Poppystamps .



I could have stamped my flower then split it, I think next time that's what I will do so I don't lose any of the flower. I did it the way its pictured above then removed the tape . I forgot to take the picture, so this one is stamped already.



I split the stamped image and added foam tape to the back .


I heat embossed my image and watercolored it in with Zig pens. After stamping the Birthday wish I then adhered the two cut panels to my card base.


Because the panels are raised you can add embellishments  without causing a bump to you card . Easy mailing with the bump flush within the card.



Hope to see you play along for a chance to win!  Had a hard time with pictures due to the very cloudy day when I took these, sorry!

Hope you have a great week!







Mon 09

Stencil techniques
by Tina Wilstrup


Hello everyone! Spring is getting closer by the minute and I'm loving the new stencils from the spring release, so once I got started I just couldn't stop myself. I absolutely LOVE stencils, they can be used in so many different ways and today I'm sharing a couple of different techniques. 

Let's start easy, however a bit untraditionally. Here I'm using the Chrysanthemum stencil with just one ink on patterned paper. 

The Whittle cutie rabbit is also cut from patterned paper, and to add a little sparkle I also cut it from glitter paper and offset it behind the patterned paper.


For the next card I switched to white cardstock and 5 colors of ink with the Romantic Blooms stencil.

I first masked off the leaves. Then, starting from the centre of the flower, using a soft yellow, light and dark pink to create depth. I did the same for the leaves while masking off the flowers. I'm not fancy so I simply use Post It's that I tear to fit the needed area.

I just love the soft blended look of this, so all I did was add a sentiment courtesy of Birch Press Designs. And I love the tiny cuts in these label sets that allow for a small ribbon to go through. So romantic. I backed the panel and label with pink glitter paper. Just look at all that sparkle. LOVE! 


This card features my favorite stencil technique. It's really easy to do and if you use a glitter embossing powder, like I did here, all you really need to add is a sentiment. I cut the Friend folksy script die from black cardstock 3 times and layered it. The white heat embossed sentiment is from Birch Press Designs.

I'm using the Bright Blossoms stencil. I go over the stencil with a nice thick coat of texture paste. Once the stencil is removed (and cleaned) I add my embossing powder. You then want to set it aside and let it dry completely before heat setting it. Depending on the amount of glitter in your powder you may want to let it dry before removing any excess powder as well. You'll be left with a beautiful textured, and in my case very glittery, impression of your stencil. 


On this card I'm using the gorgeous Birch Press Designs Midnight Mandala stencil with texture paste and watercolor powders.


I recommend spraying your stencil with temporary adhesive. And even then I still get a little bleeding. But I love the shiny textured look.
I die cut the border and hugs heart from white cardstock and the heart from glitter paper as well. The white heart was used to back the glitter paper and then I popped it up with craft foam for dimension.

For my final card I'm using the Memory Box Leafy Jumble stencil for partial stenciling with gold glimmer paste on patterned paper.

I wanted to use a dark paper and white cardstock for die cutting, and I felt this whimsical glittery textured surface would just break the pattern.

I cut out the wheelbarrow 3 times and layered them for sturdiness before popping it up with craft foam. I cut 2 branches of the floral cluster and placed them on the patterned paper. I also cut out the tiny flowers from soft pink and orange glitter paper and added them to the branches. I finished off the flowers with a drop of Fairy Sugar in matching colors. Sentiment label is also popped up.


So there you have them. Thank you for sticking around 'til the end, I really hope I've inspired you. Let me know which technique is your favorite and if there's a technique you'd like me to give more details to in the future. Have a great day, and happy crafting!

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Wed 26

Thinking of You
by Nancy Penir


Are you feeling a bit of Spring in the air? We had our first 70 degrees, and it was off with the sweater and on with flip flops! ~for the day...


Hi there! Nancy here, and I have a card that I hope will bring you some spring. If you look closely at my bg,

I used one of the new embossing folders from Memory Box. I just adore how it gives my card elegance and

allows me to 'dress up' my layers.


After running my card stock through the machine, I inked it with Distress Oxide. Heavy on the bottom, fading to light on the top. I reversed the process with my frames.


Poppystamps is now carrying watercolor card stock, which I was excited to try. Let me tell you, you're going to love the quality and paint-a-bility of this new product! It's the perfect thickness and texture. I die cut the flowers from watercolor paper and then cut a few more branches, both to paint and leave white.


The indentations of the die cut allow paint to settle in the crevices, which is just what I wanted.

A touch of embossing for the sentiment with Poppy's Valentine Fun flourish, and a bit of sparkle with another new product, Fairy Sugar, for the flower centers. 


Fairy Sugar... perfect name for the new glitter glue... in so many bright happy colors! I used Lemon Meringue for the centers of my blossoms. You're going to love the dimension and sparkle it gives.

Hope you have a great week of crafting! It definitely brings out the sunshine!

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Sun 15

Penguin shaker
by Tina Wilstrup

Hello everyone! We are closing in on that one holy and so very special night and I'm here to share a cute shaker card with you.

I first die cut the background and snowy hills of the snowglobe kit. I ink blended the background and the top of the hills using distress oxide inks. I flicked some diluted white acrylic paint over the background for a snowy look.

I cut a panel and sprayed it with watercolors sprays. I'll admit this was my first time using them and the intencity of the color kind of surprised me. But I felt the look worked fine for a night time scene. Before the panel dried I also sprayed with a shimmer spray for a clear, frosty and sparkly look.

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I die cut the sentiment die and the snowflake tile from silver glitter cardstock. I cut off the frame so I had parts of the snowflakes. Making sure all the elements would fit I glued the sentiment and snowflakes in place. I also added a couple of stars with a white gelly roll pen.

I placed the base and frame of the globe as well as the snowy hills. I then added the 2 darling penguins, colored with Copics, and lots of sequins, gems and chunky glitter.

The frame of the globe I cut 6-7 times and layered them ending with a layer of acetate and one cut from silver glitter cardstock and placed over the globe. So pretty! I then added the stand of the globe, also Copic colored, popped up with craft foam.


So there you have my holiday shaker. I appreciate you stopping by and would love if you would leave me a comment.

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Sat 12

Christmas Bells
by Nancy Penir


Hi Poppy Friends! Nancy here, and I have a card for you using a few of Poppy's new dies. A list of what I used is at the end of the post.


Beautiful dies are really a wow factor when composing a card. And really are very easy and quick.


After I die cut the bells, I colored them with Metallic paints. Leaving the centers of the bells unpainted is a way to give the images  round depth and perspective. 


A few sequins and a gold embossed sentiment and this card is done!

Hope your holiday cards are moving along. This time of year seems to sneak up and any tips for simplifying is helpful, don't you think? And die cuts really are a fabulous way to create beautiful cards!

Have a great crafty weekend!

Nancy Floral Signature copy





Thu 03

Fall Cottage Window
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello and happy fall to you all! I enjoyed creating this card in the very wee hours of the morning. 

I used Poppystamps Dies :Cottage Window, Maple Trio, Autumn Leaf Set and Doodle Happy Birthday.


I die cut and colored many leaves with the Peerless watercolor sheets and water pen. I just wipe the water pen  off in between colors on a baby wipe.


I am letting you see the not so nice side of my card. For this one I just added some score tape to the back of the window ,when turned over I could see my leaf placement as I went along.


 Sharing some more not so pretty side of the card showing you how I added my fun / craft foam. Once turned over I added a few more leaves here and there and added the window frame back in the opening and then added the shutters.


I added the main watercolored panel to the front of my card base . I first added the birthday die using soft stone cardstock I decided I wanted it to be in white , so it wouldn't  take away from the window .


Here is a close up of the layered leaves, under the frame.

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I am pleasantly pleased with how this card ended up, hope you like it too.

Take care.






Wed 25

Challenge Reminder
by Marybeth Lopez





Hi there, Marybeth here today. You still have time to play in the : Anything Goes Challenge for  a chance to win a prize!

 I have a card using the new Holiday dies and stamps !  For this card I took the: Poppystamps , Warm Wishes Gift Card Cup and used it to hold the watercolored Maple Trio Dies .



I cut out lots of leaves then used my water-pen and Peerless Watercolor sheets to color all my leaves and cup.


I made two cups one was watercolored (on the upper right) and the other ink blended (left) : I ended up using the watercolored cup and saved the other for another time.


I adhered the leaves with score tape and when I wanted a little lift I just bunched up the tape and that was enough for random pops of leaves. Some leaves are adhered flat. I ended up adding another layer of the cup to the back side for more stability,I also added shimmer with a shimmer pen to the cup.


I layered the watercolor cardstock on the card base and stamped the sentiment using : Pumpkin Patch clear stamp set from Poppystamps .

I hope you have a wonderful day! God bless.






Mon 23

Blog Blitz: Christmas/Holiday
by Nancy Penir


Hi there Poppy fans! The Blog Blitz continues with Christmas/Holiday dies. I'd like to present Mistletoe Side Strips and Stencil.


Noel says it all on the front of a card, doesn't it? And the drama of shimmer black Cardstock and metallic watercolors dress up a card front fit for the holidays! The beauty of Poppy's Side strip die lets you put the mistletoe anywhere your creative juices take you.


Some time back I purchased a set of Metallic watercolors by Prima. They're a mixture of color and mica and shine when added to any color cardstock.

Mine is black. You can see how vibrant the leaves get when color is applied. And this die imprints the leaves' veins when cut. 


I added spots of the blue to my leaves, and when dry, the veins of the embossed leaves pop! My sentiment, Festive Noel die was cut from shimmer cardstock too. First, in  black, and watercolored with copper metallic. Then cut with yellow/gold, and finally in red shimmer. This photo show how I added double sided tape to the back of my diecut before inserting the letters and berries.


Here's a closeup of the die cuts painted, and Nuvo Crystal Drops added. The background insert is loosely watercolored with gold and lavender metallic paint, and I did pop up both sides of the black cardstock with foam.

I masked my letters before splattering white metallic paint. The whole card really shimmers irl!


The Blog Blitz continues with many more holiday dies! Watch every day for more inspiration, and don't forget to leave a comment! And here's all the details of the event....

The Holiday / Winter blog blitz runs from September 19-30. We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time. To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY the posts that you wish to enter. To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE. One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use a random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST October 2 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on October 4.

For a SECOND chance to win this die AND ONE FOR A FRIEND...
1.)   Visit our Instagram account and FOLLOW US!
2.)   Like each post you want to enter
3.)   LEAVE A COMMENT and TAG A FRIEND on each post you wish to enter.   Comments open through October 2. 

One comment per post will be selected by random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on October 4.  The COMMENTER and the FRIEND THEY TAGGED on the post will BOTH receive the prize for that post!  Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.

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