In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! It seems like forever since I’ve seen those of you who are local. Like many of you, we are sheltering in place and hoping that better (and sunnier) days will be here soon. Especially since our kitchen roof sprung a leak this morning in the midst of all this rain.

Sheltering in place is a lot like retirement, except that I have more toilet paper. And like retirement, I thought my house would be a lot cleaner now that I don’t get diverted by running errands or visiting friends. And I have even more time to craft….

However, the past few days it seems like nothing I’ve colored has turned out the way I wanted. I’ve torn up a lot of failed colored images. Some days are like that although I’ll admit that I’ve had several in a row now. So I decided to ditch my Copics for a few days (GASP!) and play with some other mediums.

As some of you know, I’m a frustrated watercolorist, but this seems like the wrong time to give that another shot. But I do understand Distress Inks — how they react with water and how the colors blend. So I pulled out a Power Poppy stamp set that I recently purchased and decided to see what happens.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

I stamped the image on Distress Ink Watercolor Paper using Versafine Clare ink. I immediately covered the ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the image. From there, I pulled out a water brush and a variety of Distress Inks and got to work. Since the image was embossed, I had little trouble staying within the lines so I could apply the color rather loosely. I smushed some ink onto my glass mat (a silicone mat works just as well) and picked up the color with the water brush. I had to play with the colors a bit because using the water brush diluted the ink. By using a combination of layers of color and varying the ratio of ink to water, I was able to get a variety of shades.

I also tried not to overthink the coloring. This was just meant to be a no pressure, easy going, and fun craft project.

Rowhouse Greetings | In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy

It’s a rainy, gloomy day here so hopefully this project brought some sunshine your way! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

PAPER: Neenah Solar White 110#; Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger; Eat Cake from the
Party Animal Collection by PhotoPlay; Heavyweight Cardstock in Natural by My Favorite Things
STAMP: In Praise of Sunflowers by Power Poppy
INK: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, Stormy Sky, and Brushed Corduroy
DIE: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
EMBELLISHMENTS: Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Clear by Tonic Studios

Power Poppy Big Sale

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! So I’m back today with some big news – Power Poppy is having a massive sale on clear stamps starting today (March 20th) at noon CDT. Select stamps are 30-50% off so it’s a great time to grab your favorites!

In case you need any encouragement, I’ve got got a new card featuring the Folk Art Stamp Set, which is one of the clear sets on sale today. I decided that I wanted to color the image in bright colors so I selected Copic marker combinations in red, blue, yellow and green (see supply list below).

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

To create the card base, I cut two pieces of white card stock using the largest of the Spellbinders Fleur-de-Lis Rectangle dies. I joined them together using a folded card adhered to the back of the rectangle centers.

It seems like no matter how much paper I buy, I never seem to have the exact color that I need. In this case, I didn’t have a blue card stock that matched my color palette so I cut a piece of white card stock and colored a 1/4″ border using my B26 marker. Voila! Exact match!

Rowhouse Greetings | Folk Heart by Power Poppy

Time to take a look at some eye candy from the rest of the team! And as always, be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog.

Allison Cope
Barbara Campbell
Barb Walker
Broni Holcombe
Christine Okken
Broni Holcombe
Gloria Stengel
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Lisa Johansen
Stacy Morgan

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#
Stamp: Folk Heart (*) by Power Poppy
Ink: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs
Die: Fleur-de-Lis Rectangles by Spellbinders [RETIRED]
Adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Advanced Craft Glue; 3D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives
Copics: R20, R22, R24, R46 (reds); B12, B24, B26 (blues); YG03, YG09 (greens); Y02, Y15, Y19 (yellows)

Zinnia Parade by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card and a new coloring video featuring the Zinnia Parade Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to Power Poppy to see the video.

Full supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; Sno Cone and Blu Raspberry Cardstock by My Favorite Things
Stamp: Zinnia Parade Digital Stamp Set (*) by Power Poppy; Potted Primroses Clear Stamp Set by Power Poppy (sentiment)
Ink: Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko;
Dies: Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Stencil: Flourishes Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous / Tim Holtz
Embellishment: Texture Paste by Ranger
Adhesive: Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Copics: R24, YR04, Y15 (petals); G20, G24, G46 (stem); BV31, BV34, BG11, BG23, BG15, E41, E42 (vase); BV34, E41, E42 (shadow)

Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card featuring the Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy.

Actually, it’s relief that I have a card to show you today. I’ve been going through a bit of a dry spell – no card making mojo and I just wasn’t satisfied with anything I colored. So I went back to basics – I used X-Press It Blending Card instead of the Hammermill paper that I’ve been using of late. I stuck to a pared down color scheme (although it didn’t stop me from using a lot of markers!). Since I was using a digital stamp, I could enlarged the image instead of struggling with a tiny spaces to color.

Rowhouse Greetings | Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy

I printed the digital stamp on X-Press It Blending Card. Since I didn’t want black lines, I changed the image color to gray and set the transparency at 30%. This lightened the lines enough that I could still see them, but they fade into the coloring.

I colored the image with Copic markers, using a two different green combinations so that the leaves would not all look alike. I stuck to a single combination of RV markers for the tulips and warm grays for the pitcher for simplicity.

Rowhouse Greetings | Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy

I selected a sentiment from the Potted Primroses Clear Stamp Set by Power Poppy and stamped it with Versafine Clare ink. The image layer was cut using second largest die from the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set. I also used the largest die from the Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables set to cut a plain white piece of cardstock.

Rowhouse Greetings | Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy

From there, I started layering my papers. I’m often asked about the adhesives that I use for my cards. When I first started, I used a variety of tape runners but I found the layers separating on some of my cards. Then tried out various glues because I like being able to wiggle my layers a bit if they don’t go down straight on the first try. Most of the liquid glues I tried warped the paper or caused it to buckle. Tracy at Photo Scraps introduced me to Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue and I’ve been using it ever since.

Rowhouse Greetings | Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy
Power Poppy Bloom Brigade

Allison Cope
Broni Holcombe
Christine Okken
Leslie Miller
Lisa Johansen
Gloria Stengel
Stacy Morgan

Hope you found some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Party Patterns 6×6 Paper Pack by My Favorite Things; Tiny Check 6×6 Paper Pack by My Favorite Things
Stamps: Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher Digital Stamp Set by Power Poppy (image also available in the Loving Tulips Clear Stamp Set by Power Poppy); Potted Primroses by Power Poppy
Ink: Versafine Clare in Nocture by Tsukineko
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn (S | SP); Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn (S | SP)
Adhesive: Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Copics: RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69, BV20 (tulips); YG03, YG17, YG21, B34 (leaf combo 1); G20, G24, G46 (leaf combo 2); W0, W1, W3, W5, BV20 (pitcher); BV00, BV04 (shadow) [DB]

Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with a new card featuring the Potted Primrose Stamp Set by Power Poppy. I’ve colored this image before, but it’s fun sometimes to pull out a familiar stamp and give it a new interpretation.

Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy

For my card, I stamped the image with Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers (see colors below). I played with the background colors a bit to try to get the plants to pop forward visually. I used the Moroccan Circles embossing folder from Sunny Studios to emboss a strip down the left side and added a 1/4″ strip of design paper for some color. The embossing is more obvious in the photo below.

Rowhouse Greetings | Potted Primroses by Power Poppy
Power Poppy Bloom Brigade

Allison Cope
Barbara Walker
Christine Okken
Gloria Stengel
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Lisa Johansen
Stacy Morgan
Power Poppy Blog

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. In addition to the affiliates listed in my disclosure, Thanks so much! Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Digital Color Copy 100#; Sweet Stack 6×6 Paper Pad by My Favorite Things
Stamp: Potted Primroses Clear Stamp Set by Power Poppy. Also available in digital format as Aricula Theatre (*) by Power Poppy
Ink: Amalgam Ink in Obsidia by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Embossing Folder: Moroccan Circles by Sunny Studio
Copics: YG01, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); R83, RV66 (pink flowers); V12, V17 (violet flowers); BG000, BG02 (blue flowers); Y19 (flower centers); C3, BV0000, BV000, BV01 (flower pots); E40, E42, E43, E87 (background)