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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Poppies for Valentine's Day ... creating a focal point with a background stamp

Updated: Jan 12

Hello, everyone! I am always looking for ways to extend the use my stamps and dies. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I have a card that focuses on masking to create a focal point with our background stamps. So why shouldn't these stamps that serve to highlight other products take centre stage now and then?!!


I began by trimming down Simon Says Stamp's masking paper to an A2 size ... 4 1/4" by 5 1/2". A heart die from Hero Arts was used to die cut the mask. To position the heart mask on a Bristol Smooth card panel, the negative background mask was laid on it and the heart mask

positioned through the die cut opening. With the heart mask in place, the background was ink blended with Distress Oxide Inks; Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple and Black Soot. When the panel was dry, the heart mask was removed and the negative background mask was put in place to cover the ink blended area.

The Focal Point

An area of Simon Says Stamp's Poppies Background stamp was selected to be highlighted in the heart and inked with Versamark. The flowers were embossed with Ink On 3's Gold Rush embossing powder. Zig markers were used to colour the image. Midgreen (046) was used for the stems, Purple (082) and Wine Red (024) for the flower petals and Black (010) for the background. A heart was die cut from heavy card stock to trace the outline of the heart on the panel with the bullet nose end of a Versamarker. The outline was embossed in gold. The embossed frame was inked again with the Versamarker and embossed with Ranger's Holographic embossing powder ... so sparkly when it catches the light!

Putting It All Together

The heart die cut used for tracing does double duty! It protected the image when the background was spattered with Distress Spray Stain, Tarnished Brass. The spatter was applied with a small paint brush. When dry, the panel, matte gold card stock and black foam were cut with a scalloped frame die from Simon Says Stamp's Frames. The panel was adhered to the foam and centred on an A2 sized card base. The gold scalloped frame was positioned around the panel. The sentiment, Simon Says Stamp's Hey Love, was die cut from matte gold card stock and black foam. The stacked sentiment and confetti adorned with Nuvo Crystal Drops, Morning Dew, were adhered to the card.

Video Tutorial, click HERE.

Supplies Used

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