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I was so blessed to be a guest designer for the Poppystamps Challenge for the month of May. This month’s theme is Floral/Garden and Butterfly. Once I received the fabulous Potpourri Flower Set of dies I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Do you have those backgrounds that you created with love but they still sit, gathering dust in your stash? Well, I do and that is immediately what I headed to. The background had golds, teals, purples, and blues in different shades but I was never able to use it for a card background. So I decided that I would use the Potpourri Flower Set to die-cut loads of little flowers to make my fields of flowers cards. I also received the Birthday Blowout Sentiments stamp set. These sentiments are the perfect font and size, I love them. I had an absolute blast playing with these products and am pretty happy with the two cards.
For card 1, I have a top-folding A2 card base. I also have a panel measuring 3.25″ x 4.5″ and a piece of vellum that is 1/8″ smaller on all sides. I added a sheet of double-sided adhesive to the vellum. I also cut a circle with a 2.5″ circle die.
Next, I took two panels from my stash and cut the florals out. I think I used the whole die 4 times. Two times cut from the mixed media panel and 2 times from solid card scraps in similar colors. I glued the solid color die-cuts to the 3.25″ x 4.5″ panel. I started in the middle and worked outward, alternating colors. Once I filled up the panel I trimmed off any access and set it aside.
On the vellum panel, I taped (low-tack tape) circle towards the top of the panel. Then I placed my mixed media florals all around. I allowed some to hang over but not beyond the main A2 card base. Once I was happy with the arrangement I glued them all down. Because the vellum has sheet adhesive on it adhere this on top of the 3.25″ x 4.5″ panel. You can use glue to adhere the vellum as well. The reason I used the vellum was to soften the harshness of the solid card stock. I think it worked. What do you think?
The sentiment was stamped in Versa Mark watermark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. This font from the Birthday Blowout stamp set is very ritzy it reminds me of the 1920s. After embossing, I added a few more flowers to the top of the circle. I put foam tape on the back and added it on top of the vellum. I finished this card with a few AB sparkly gems in the flower centers.
For card two, I used the panel that was leftover after die-cutting my flowers. Cut, score, and fold a landscape A2 card base. I cut another piece of white card to 4.25″ x 5.5″. I trimmed the focal panel to 3.25″ x 4.5″ (save any bits that may fall loose you will need them later). I also cut another 3.25″ x 4.5″ panel. This was glued to the back of the mixed media panel.
For the white card panel, I cut a bunch of white flowers. They don’t need to cover the entire panel. Take a peek at the picture below. Glue them all down and trim of any excess. I adhered this panel to the base with double-sided adhesive.
Now take the mixed media panel and with the leftover solid florals from card 1, find the matching cutout. You may need to cut a few more solid pieces. Now, add glue to the cutout area and add the floral die-cut. This technique is called inlaid die-cutting and I LOVE it. If any of the edges of the mixed media panel have come loose glue them into place as well.
Then I cut 2 circles, 2″ and 2.25″, I embossed the larger circle with gold embossing powder. I stamped my sentiment on the smaller circle and embossed it with the same gold powder. The two circles were glued together. I still had some mixed media flowers left so I stacked them up with strong glue.
The sentiment was popped up in the lower right on some foam tape. The multi-layered flower was also adhered with tiny bits of foam tape and glue for the section over the sentiment. Last, but not least, gems were added to the center of the florals. The entire panel was adhered to the white panel with foam tape.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being the guest designer for Poppystamps this month. Their products are fabulous and I enjoyed working with them. I hope you enjoy my cards. Please subscribe to my blog below and follow me on Instagram @expressivepaper. As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful month of May filled with flowers! Don’t forget to join in the challenge fun. Click here for all the details POPPYSTAMP CHALLENGE