Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Crystal Poppies

Hello there, today I am sharing my second project for the Chocolate Baroque GDT.  I wanted to feature Poppies in a card for November, but I also wanted to design a card that could be used for various occasions - birthdays, retirement, congratulations and so on.  I have used stamps from CB's Gothic Fragments and Poppy Meadow sets; Distress Inks, alcohol pens; masking fluid; Textures embossing folder; gilding wax; Versafine Ink - Onyx Black and Smokey Grey, and clear liquid floor polish.

I started by stamping a window image onto white card using grey ink, then masked it.  

Then I blended DI's onto the card with a blending tool.  I used Hickory Smoke, Weathered Wood and Broken china.  I blended Hickory Smoke around the edges of the panel.

I used one of my die cuts as a stencil, and applied Hickory Smoke DI through it.  I then flicked some water over the background and faux bleached.

I have always been a fan of the caught in crystal technique, and I thought it would be lovely for the Poppies.  I stamped onto acetate in black and heat embossed the image in black too.  I turned the acetate over and coloured the image with alcohol pens.  I added a little floor polish on top and sprinkled some glitter into it, then placed scrumpled tissue over that and left it to dry.  When it was I cut closely around the image.

I cut a piece of black card a little bigger than the background panel and embossed it in the folder, then added gilding wax.  I removed the masking fluid from the window image and coloured it with alcohol pens.  I stamped some foliage images in first and second generation ink along the bottom of the background panel, a sentiment along the top, then added a ribbon and bow.  I matted the panel onto the embossed card, then layered them onto a base card.   To complete the card I decoupaged the Poppies onto the card tucking the base under the bow.  The Poppies and the ribbon add a splash of bright colour to this lovely card, and I think it all ties together really well.  
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  1. Beautiful card with lots of techniques, love it xxx

    1. Hi Alison, thank you very much :) xxx

  2. This is yet another stunner! I love the whole look of it and I have Ave Maria going through my head right now. It speaks to all the people who endured war and it speaks of peace to me.

    1. Hi Birgit, sorry but somehow I missed this when you posted it :( Thank you so much for your lovely comments, you really get the whole meaning of the card :) xx