Monday, May 30, 2011

Poppy Dreams

Today I'm sharing a collage-y piece that I have fallen in love with.  First you should know that I love poppies and I love this piece will have a permanent place in my living room (with my red sofa and other poppy artwork).  It all came about because I wanted to highlight the versatility of Creative Pointe's Princess Border SVG file set.  I cut the border in red with a black shadow and then found the poppy and dreamer images already printed in my stash and the rest fell into place.  Don't you love when a piece just comes together?
(I'm bummed that the photography washed out the poppy a's actually a much deeper red, more like the lady's cloak.)

The Details
  • The base is a heavy piece of scrap cardboard covered in wood grain paper.  I believe it came off the back of a paper pad.  Waste not, want not!  The project is approx. 5"x7".
  • I cut the Princess Border from scrap red and black card stock, then shaded with Barn Red and Crushed Olive (just a dash) DI.  For a more glitzy border, I added dots of gold with a Zig metallic marker, large red rhinestones, and Xmas Red stickle "gems".  Remember, Cindy's wonderful SVG file sets are available at Diecut Designer.  Make sure you check out The Creative Pointe blog too, she often posts free SVG files!

  • I printed the poppy image twice, adhering the first (full) image over the wood grain paper, then gluing the second image on a piece of heavy card stock.  I cut out just the large poppy blossom from the second image and layered it on top of the first with foam tape.  This is a great way to add dimension.
  • To add even more dimension to the poppy's center, I added dots of Walnut Stain Distress Stickles. 
  • "Dream" was stamped in StazOn Jet Black and colored in with Barn Red and Crushed Olive DI and Zig metallic gold marker.  TH filmstrip ribbon was then layered over the top (positioning so you can still read "dream") using Glossy Accents.
  • To temper all the red (I realized I was getting a bit crazy with it), I added the big green bow and K&Co button brad.

: Provocraft; SU! card stock ‘Basic Black’, ‘Ruby Red’
Image: Image Compilation & Enhancement ‘The Lady’s Closet’; poppy - unknown (sorry!)
SVG:  Princess Border set by The Creative Pointe at Diecut Designer
Stamps: Inque ‘Ornaments’; Scrappy Cat ‘Designer Flourishes’
Inks: StazOn ‘Jet Black’; Distress Ink ‘Crushed Olive’; ‘Old Paper’; ‘Barn Red’; Encore Ultimate Metallic ‘Gold’; Zig Writer ‘Metallic Gold’
Embellishments: red rhinestones; Stickles ‘Xmas Red’; Distress Stickles ‘Walnut Stain’; K&Co button brad ‘Wild Saffron’; TH film strip ribbon

Tools: foam ink blending tool; TH paper distresser; emery board; glue dots; 3M Super77 spray adhesive; foam tape; water pen; Glossy Accents; Cricut Expressions electronic cutting machine; SCAL
Misc: cardboard


  1. Most definitely deserves a pride of place.

  2. Very cool piece and the border at the bottom is AWESOME! hee hee

  3. much to see and explore.
    Magnificent piece!


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