Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Butterfly Challenge #33 : F is for Flowers, or P is for Poppies

Yes, the Butterfly Challenge for this time includes the criteria to add some flowers, so it was the perfect opportunity to try out my new Heartfelt Creations poppy stamp and die set. This set was only released last week, but I had pre-ordered it - I´m a sucker for anything poppy related - so mine came very quickly.
Like many of the HC flowers these stamps and dies each come as one plate, so if you stamp the whole plate, you can cut it all out in one go. To make all of these poppies I cut the entire plate twice. I stamped one in black ink and one in Memento rhubarb stalk ink, but because I chose to paint them, this doesn´t really show.
I had intended to use copic markers, my usual choice for colouring, but I remembered that once upon a time I liked H2O paints for poppies because they give the petals a lovely sheen which most poppies have naturally. It is literally years since I used them, but I dug out my paints and had a lovely messy time. I found that the die is not a perfect match for the stamps so I over-painted the edges quite generously as, for this project, I did not want any white frames around the petals.
There were no leaves with the poppy set so I used the leaves from a similar HC set called delightful daisies. These were also painted with two shades of H2Os and die cut.
While the paints were wet, I also did a quick wash of one shade on the underside of the cut flowers in case it showed, and covered both sides of a scrap of white paper ready for my butterfly.
I used some off-cuts of gold mirri-card and two dies from Spellbinders Respendent Rectangles set for the frame, Britannia dies for the greeting, and the Memory Box die Delaney Butterfly, for the lace butterfly. From my scrap of painted paper I cut the matching Memory Box die Cheviot Butterfly, and glued the gold lace one over it. 
I used an A4 embossing folder (sorry, make unknown), to give some definition to the backing paper, and then mounted it all up.
I am pleased with the end result. i love the sheen on the flowers and leaves.
So now I will link this up for the Butterfly Challenge #33, and thanks to Di´s posting, I now know there is a new challenge on the Memory Box blog and their first challenge is to use a Memory Box die and a Butterfly, and I have just a few hours left to enter.
I used up a few snippets of white and gold card card for this, so I can also go and play in Pixie´s Snippets Playground.


Kathy said...

Beautiful card! Love those poppies and the way you colored them makes them so real looking. Wonderful use of some very pretty dies.
ta ta for now, Kathy

Jean said...

Your poppies look really beautiful Kate, great card design too. I love the gold frame you made.
Jean x

Mrs A. said...

Oh no! Not another new die I simply must have. My purse has been sorely depleted this month. Lol. Your poppies are absolutely gorgeous.
What a fab colour and the leaf die works very well as a poppy leaf.
Thankyou for fluttering by #33. Hugs mrs A.

Maxine D said...

What a stunner Kate - love those poppies - and I too love painting them with H2O's for the fabulous sheen they give. Love your frame, and the background embossing is just right.

My Paper Cat said...

Really great work and your attention to detail is top notch. Thanks for joining us at Butterfly Challenge #33. Glenda

Shoshi said...

That's really pretty, Kate. I just love those shimmery poppies!


Pat said...

Such beautiful poppies Kate and a really pretty SB frame to show them off. I adore poppies too. x

SARN said...

This is a really lovely summery card Kate. xxx

Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Hello Kate .
Beautiful colouring for the poppies and I noticed the embossed layer does give lovely texture to the back ground while the leaves are a fabulous addition .
Many amazing creations from you that are eye candy as I browsed through your blog .
Hope that you and yours are keeping well and happy .
hugs Shirley-Anne