Yesterday I made my thank you gifts for my December online customers. As always I used a selection of different Designer Series Paper (DSP). Once the gifts had been made, I needed to decorate them. I chose to colour some stamped images of the large poppy in the Painted Poppies Stamp Set. I separated which gifts I would be adding a red poppy and decided Lovely Lipstick would suit the next batch of gifts.
The second batch of gifts had been made using the Sale-a-bration (SAB) Designer Series Paper (DSP), called Lily Impressions. Although the flowers on the DSP were obviously lilies, the poppies blended in very well! Today’s card has been an opportunity for me to experiment with the three ideas I had. The first idea was to see what the poppy, or any flower, would look like if I curled it backwards (under), rather than curling upwards which is what I normally do.
I used the body of one of my Stampin’ Blends to gently curl the poppy backwards. Then I adhered two regular-sized Dimensionals, one on top of the other, in the centre on the back, and then I added five single height Mini Dimensionals around the outer edge. I knew that adding extra height in the centre of the poppy would put some strain on the Mini Dimensionals. To counteract this, after I had removed the Dimensional backings I added Tombow to the Dimensionals.
It worked but I don’t think it makes the poppy look any better than if I had kept it single height, but I’m glad I’ve tried it! Something else I experimented with is the gem in the centre of the poppy. I chose to use one of our Clear Faceted Gem and paint it black. I started using the brush end of my Dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blend. It was working beautifully but I stopped after two or three strokes because the gems were far too rough for the brush.
I changed over to a Black Sharpie Pen, which gave a different result because the pen tip couldn’t get in-between the facets so only the top flat surfaces were black whereas the Blends brush was able to get right inside. If I could find a permanent pen/brush that would get in-between the facets, I would feel I’d have a choice, but as it is, I’m not prepared to spoil one of my Blends! When I’m out and about, I’ll keep my eyes open for something cheap and cheerful that would do the job!
The white lattice strip across the lower part of the card front was punched out using the new Braided Border Punch (151294) which is on page 29 in the Mini Catalogue. I chose to use the LIVE WITH PASSION, LAUGH OUT LOUD, LOVE DEEPLY sentiment from the Beautiful You Stamp Set. The lattice has been glued to the card front using Tombow and the sentiment – die-cut with oval die no 3 from the Stitched Shapes Die – is popped up on Dimensionals.
I adhered a layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) inside the card and adhered an identical poppy in the bottom right-hand corner. My third experiment was on this poppy! When I was making my customer thank you gifts, I had to make so many of the poppies, and occasionally I didn’t stamp the centre of the poppies as dark and solid as they should have been. I wondered if I could use my Dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blend to colour it in.
The answer is a resounding Yes! I used the brush tip, although it may have been better to use the pen tip end; I’ll try that next time! I coloured the centre circle in first, and then “drew” in all the individual black lines and dots. The result was excellent; I don’t think you would have known that I’d painted over it if I hadn’t told you. Check out the close-up photograph and see what you think.
My finishing touch, inside and out, was painting both poppies with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I do like finishing off with a sparkle! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
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