As if you didn’t already know, I am smitten with the poppies. Initially, I wanted to try the whitewash technique for this card. However, it didn’t work and I obviously need to go back and rewatch the tutorial.

Here’s my card for The Paper Players 483 challenge:

Here’s the challenge banner:

It’s All About the Poppies

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to emboss the poppies. I did remember to use my embossing buddy before I started stamping. Thankfully! After randomly stamping the poppies on the Crumb Cake cardstock, I used the white embossing powder and my heat tool to set the powder.

Since my original whitewashing idea turned out so badly, I decided to use the Poppy Parade ink refill, some water drops, and an aqua painter. Just for reference, I used 5 Poppy Parade ink drops and five drops of water to watercolor. That combination created enough ink to cover this card. I thoroughly enjoyed my watercoloring time, especially with all this craziness surrounding us now.

The more poppies I watercolored, the more I liked the results. However, I found, by trial and error (mosty error) that the blends just made a mess. Using just the Poppy Parade marker did not create the same kind of deep color that the watercoloring created. I did try to create a darker shadowing in the center of the poppies, and that didn’t work either.

Here’s a look at my mistakes:

Now What?

Once I finished coloring, I decided that I did not want to cover up the poppies at all. However, I knew that I couldn’t just float the sentiment in the middle of the card. That’s when I thought of using vellum, which I cropped using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I also cropped some Crumb Cake cardstock, onto which I stamped the sentiment, using the same die set. Of course, adhering vellum is a challenge. In this case, I used the multipurpose glue under the inside ribbon, and under the sentiment. Since I wound up with a tiny smudge at the end of the sentiment, I decided to use a basic pearl to cover the smudge. Happy accident. That gave me a way to put drops of adhesive in the corners of the vellum under the pearls.

While I could have used the Poppy Parade ribbon, I chose the linen ribbon from the Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack. I really like the neutrality of this ribbon against the bright poppies. The resulting card doesn’t look like the picture I had in my head at the beginning, but I love the result.

Finishing Touches

The layers on the front of the card are Crumb Cake, Basic Black, vellum, Crumb Cake, and Basic Black. I kept the pattern going and used a Crumb Cake card base.

That just left the envelope I could’ve used some Poppy Parade 6 x 6 DSP, but there is already quite a bit of bulk in the card. Therefore, I masked off the envelope flap and randomly stamped poppies on the flap. I also stamped a poppy on the lower, left-hand corner of the front of the envelope.

With that completed, this set was completed as well.

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