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Poppies Inspiration

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I was getting my hair done yesterday and a brightly colored notebook there caught my eye! (see photo at the end of this post!) Inspiration for card designs are everywhere!!  I snapped a picture and couldn’t wait to recreate it!  I began by stamping these gorgeous poppies from Stampinback onto Strathmore watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I decided to color them with Zig markers, using my waterbrush to move and soften the color.  I used a Fine Point Sharpie to accent the centers.  Pressing each flower onto a Versamark embossing pad then heat-embossing with clear powder gave them a beautiful shine and really popped the color!  
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Once dry, I fussy-cut them out, and set them aside while I searched for some striped paper!  I found this design and trimmed it down to adhere to a panel of white card stock, then to a black base card.  I laid out the blossoms and used bits of foam tape to attach them in layers to the card front.  For the stems, I just snipped pieces of the same white card stock and glued them into place.  
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As a card maker, I find inspiration all around me, even from the most mundane things!  I haven’t decided if I’ll add a sentiment to this or not.  
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Can you  blame me for wanting to recreate this striking image into a card?!  I’m just sayin’!!  😀  
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Penny Black Poppy Pattern

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Poppies are my favorite flower and these in Penny Black’s Poppy Pattern background stamp are GORGEOUS!  I made this card today for a Faux Watercolor challenge in my Facebook stamping group!  To create this look, I pretty much just scribbled with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers markers onto the stamp itself, starting with my lightest shades (yellows) then adding the darker ones (orange and red).  I tried to color “strategically” by using darker colors where I thought the shady parts of the blossoms would be but really, I just ended up putting color everywhere!  😀
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After my stamp was colored in, I spritzed with a mist of water and stamped it onto a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  The water moves and blends the ink to mimic the look of “real” water-coloring!
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I’ve had this lovely verse sentiment for ten years or more, and thought it would be the perfect addition as I yearn for springtime and flowers and birds!  I don’t recall where I got the stamp or who makes it, unfortunately.  Lastly, I attached the vellum with two green brads, layered the watercolor panel onto a piece of light green card stock and then onto a white base card.  I hope you enjoy the bright colors and hopeful sentiment!  🙂
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Some of My Favorites!

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I pulled a number of cards from my photo files to share some of my all-time favorites!  I think you’ll like them too!  This card was copied from one I saw on Pinterest a couple years ago and LOVED!  I had to improvise a bit to create the gold frame behind the flowers; I used Altenew’s Beautiful Day set, heat-embossed in gold onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and fussy-cut them out.  I embossed the leaves onto vellum.  I didn’t have a frame die back then, so instead embossed the frame stamp and cut it out by hand.  I think the geometric black and white paper makes an interesting backing for the organic florals!  
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I’ve always loved the vintage feel of this card!  I used an old Stampin up set called Nature Walk and stamped the images onto a vintage book page, then cut it into panels.  I mounted them onto a layer of dark brown card stock, then onto a pretty yellow card base.  The flower is one I picked up at Michaels and after I scrunched up a length of silk binding tape and glued it to the strip of dark brown card stock, I glued the flower over it.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from another retired Stampin Up set called Warmest Regards and I stamped that onto a punched out label, sponged brown ink around the edges to soften and added a brass brad.  
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Here’s another favorite vintage/shabby chic styled card I made some years ago, using torn patterned paper, a bit of vintage book page and Stampin Up’s retired Toile Blossoms which I stamped in pink and brown ink onto a piece of card stock.  I smudged brown ink around the edges to soften, then roughed up the edges with my scissors.  A length of sheer ribbon, then velvet ribbon tied on completed this beautiful card!  
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I was really into vintage/shabby chic!!  Using patterned papers add interest to a card and I love the colors in this one!  Stampin Up’s retired Bloom With Hope blossom was colored with markers then clear embossed for shine.  I added a die-cut sprig of leaves, a length of crocheted lace and a twist of black string.  The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp and mounted using a Stampin Up punch.  Two little golden jewels added the final detail!  
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I have several Stampendous scenery stamps and I’ve always loved this one, as it reminds me of Vermont!  I colored this with Zig markers, fussy-cut it out, mounted it onto levels of patterned paper then onto a dark brown base card.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals set; I smudged brown ink all over it to “distress” it.  Copper brads add a little extra touch.  
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This Inkadinkado stamp was given to me by my step-daughter a number of years ago and I think it’s so beautiful!  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a piece of card stock then colored it using Zigs.  I cut the panel down and layered it over a piece of red card stock, then onto a base card which was layered with patterned papers.  I looped a length of narrow red ribbon and attached it along the edge to add a fun bit of texture!  
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Oooooo!!  More beautiful patterned paper!  I stamped, colored and then glazed with Glossy Accents the blossoms from Stampin Up’s Fabulous Florets set, die-cut the green leaves and layered them onto a strip of blue textured cardstock to which I’d added two little eyelets.   I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment over the patterned paper.  
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This is probably my favorite of ALL of these cards!  I made this for my daughter, Sara, a long time ago.  I embossed the base card with a folder then smudged a little gray ink onto it.  Layers of patterned paper, die-cut leaves, a store-bought paper rose and a length of ribbon held down with brads made for a very easy, but very beautiful card!  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set.  
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Watercolored Embossing Folder

 

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It’s Monday morning and I’d like to share a card I made yesterday.  My friend, Janice and I attended our monthly book club and then stopped in to AC Moore on the way home and I found this pretty embossing folder (Corner Rose) for $1.99 and cute little die for four bucks!  I love a good deal like that!  Of course, I had to try them out as soon as I got home!  I ran a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper through the Cuttlebug with the folder and decided to paint in the blossoms with my Zig markers.  I used water to move the ink and really like how it came out!  
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When the ink was dry, I added Wink of Stella glitter marker to the flowers then spattered on a little black and white craft paint.  I LOVE the graceful font of the word die!  That was a quick cut in my Cuttlebug and I attached it with a little Glossy Accents glue.  
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I mounted the panel onto a black card base and voila!  Done!  I think I may try this technique with some of my other embossing folders!  Isn’t it pretty?!  
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Altenew Wild Hibiscus Take Two!

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I’m constantly inspired by other’s cards and Pinterest is my go-to source for cards to copy!  😀  Check out my Card Inspiration Gallery there!  I love the look of images stamped in black on a white background, so today I created this beautiful card!  Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set is perfect for this style!  I began by stamping out one of the blossoms with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a white card base, then set that aside. 
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 For my oval image, I heat-embossed some blossoms and the butterfly using white embossing powder on a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  I decided to use my Gansai Tambi watercolors and filled in the background first with a wash of black, then dark blue over it.  I dried it with my heat tool, then filled the blossoms with water so that when I dropped in color, it spread and “bloomed”!  I wasn’t sure about the butterfly, but I do like the pop of green against the other colors! 
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When the whole panel was dry, I spattered on some white and black paint, then added little jewels as an accent.  Using my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, I cut the watercolored panel, an oval of black fun foam and a larger oval for the frame.  I adhered the painted panel to the fun foam, then to the black frame oval.  
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Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut  was the perfect addition for my sentiment; I cut the word Happy from black fun foam and mounted it onto the panel then stamped the words “for you” below.  I’m so happy with this card!  I love how the colored portion really pops against the black and white!  
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Penny Black Sweet Perfume Take II

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The early morning sun was shining in as I photographed this card from last night’s midnight stamp-fest!!  Last week I received a beautiful card from a fellow Instagram-er (@myloveforpaper) which inspired me to create this!  After embossing Penny Black’s Sweet Perfume background stamp in gold onto Bristol Smooth paper, I selectively colored sections using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I began with the hot pink flowers, scribbled a little color onto them then spritzed with water.  I let them dry while I moved to another part of the panel, doing the same thing.  When the panel got too wet, I set it aside to air-dry, then returned to fill in more glorious color!  
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Feeling satisfied with the finished colors, I trimmed the panel down to mount onto a panel of gold metallic card stock, and that’s when the “fun” began!!  I knew I’d be using the green base card, and wanted a little contrast between the gold and green so I decided to add the white layer.  That meant I had to trim down my watercolored panel a little more.  It cut a little unevenly, perhaps because it was buckled from all my water!  So THEN I decided to use sticky fun foam to mount it onto, thinking that would flatten it out!  It did a bit, but a teeny bit of the green fun foam was showing along the sides so I cut it again!!  You don’t have to look too closely to note that all my layers are not even.  SIGH!!  
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Oh, and that “You”??!!  Sadly, I don’t think there are dies for Stampendous’ Big Word Thanks sets and after unsuccessfully fussy-cutting a gold-embossed YOU, instead I just embossed it onto my card front, hoping I wouldn’t ruin the whole thing!  I embossed the other sentiment onto a scrap and adhered it directly to the card.  You can see the layer of green fun foam in this photo, and I wish I’d used black or white, but…OH well!!  😀  All in all, this was a fun card to create and I love the overall look of it!