As soon as I got the Peaceful Poppies DSP I fell in love. The gorgeous colors include Blackberry Bliss. I’m sad that the DSP is retiring, especially since I loved it so much I ordered another pack. However, the stamp sets and dies are carrying over.

Tone on Tone

As part of the Make My Monday design team, I needed to create a tone on tone card for the current challenge. You can see that card here. I used a sponge brayer to create the Pool Party background. The shading is subtle, but it is darker on the left than on the right. Using the brayer was so much fun and I was so thrilled, I wanted to use it for another card.

Here’s that card:

The Magical Tool – The Sponge Brayer

First, I used a removable tape dispenser to temporarily adhere the white cardstock to my stamping grid paper. To use the sponge brayer, I simply rolled it on the ink pad. Then, I started at the bottom of the cardstock, making sure to start and end my rolls off the cardstock. This helps to keep the ink lines from being on the cardstock since they are on the grid paper. I just kept rolling and rolling until I was happy with the saturated color. The result looks like cardstock on the picture, but in person you can see a very light texture. I just love this! Best part – I can simply wash the sponges and use them again. Once washed, the staining will not transfer over to other ink pads.

In order to keep a tone on tone card, I used Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black, and Whisper White cardstock. I did run the white cardstock through the Big Shot in the Subtle 3D embossing folder. Using the Poppy Moments die set, I cropped the poppies and leaf stem from Blackberry Bliss. I used black for the centers of the poppies, and topped the large one with a white center.

Pulling It Together

I knew I needed to add definition and an anchor for the poppies and sentiment. Therefore, I added a strip of vellum cardstock behind the poppies. As always, adhering vellum is challenging. For this piece, I ran very, very, very light strokes from the fine tip glue pen, then adhered the vellum down. Now, I could say this resulted in a mistake or a happy accident. I choose happy accident when the fine tip glue pen created some texture for the vellum. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The Painted Labels die set provided the sentiment block, on which I stamped the sentiment. I really like these dies because they crop and emboss an outline at the same time.

Originally, I had small black rhinestones on the bottom left corner. My DH told me it needed something standing out down there. So, I changed the rhinestones out for the smallest pearls. My DH was correct, it is better.

Finally, I adhered the card front to a piece of white cardstock, and then on black. I stamped some Blackberry Bliss poppies on the back of the envelope and part of the poppy stems and flowers stamp, which is colored in Blackberry Bliss as well.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Please stay safe, healthy, during the reopenings going on around us all. Let’s keep the curve relatively flat.

Have a Peachy Day!


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