Saturday, 12 November 2016

Blazing Poppies Veteran's Day Card

Autumn here with you today to share a very personal card I made for my husband to celebrate Veteran's Day.  I absolutely adore the Poppycock stamp set!  It was one of my first IndigoBlu purchases and stamping it never disappoints!  However, I wanted to use it in a more personal way so my husband would know I was truly thinking of HIM and not just making pretty cards to blog about.  Ha!  I know some of you can relate...  I looked up the specifics of my husband's service and printed them in a very small font to create my background.

I dipped my panel in a watery mix of Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to age it.  This tiny corner of text refers to his company and our home during his tour.  Before I go on, let me say thank you to our service men and women who so bravely keep our lands safe.  Thank you for your service!

Now, our theme this month is burning bonfire.  What could be more blazing than a red poppy?!  I have been experimenting with this technique some and have had beautiful results.  I scraped a bit of Postbox Red acrylic paint onto my craft sheet and sprayed with water, then dipped my paper panel into the mixture.  Why use paint instead of ink?  Because of the coverage!  If I had done the same technique in Distress Ink, I would have had pink poppies.  But with IndigoBlu paints the pigment does not dilute.  The water only adds transparency and does not change the color.  I made a large sheet and then stamped my poppies strategically so I could get the highlights and color variation.

I dipped the dried red panel into a mix of Walnut Stain and water to give it a vintage look to match my text background.  Yes, you can layer paints and inks.  :)

You won't believe what I did next, but I actually used the same process to color my seam binding so I could add a coordinating bow.  It worked wonderfully!  There's no end to the possibilities with this line of paints.  Now look at the gorgeous tones on the poppies!  I do hope you will try this technique, perhaps for a Veteran's Day card for someone you love?

Pick up you Poppycock stamp set today!


  1. What a wonderful way to celebrate Veteran's Day. The card has a real vintage to it which works so well with the theme of the card. Sue xx

  2. Stunning and fabulous poppies. I love the background and such a wonderful way to celebrate Veterans day too.
    Linda xxx

  3. These poppies are beautiful Autumn and the background gives it meaning and personality. The red paint is a real true red and perfect for these poppies and the seam binding bow. A wonderful card with a great vintage feel too. x

  4. Oh, Autumn! First of all, thank you and your DH for your service to our country. Reading just a portion of the bottom you've shown, he surely saw his share of service (above and beyond) for us. Thank him...and thank you as his wife who also endure. Truly, this is a card made with great love and honor for him, and I love it! How touching to see the text you made and how you've made the background for your poppies...I love it, and this is a gorgeous stamp set. Thank you for sharing your truly is a gorgeous and touching card! Hugs!

  5. Such a beautiful and thoughtful card to give to your husband Autumn! The poppies look stunning on your card and the background really does have a wonderfully aged look to it. I am sure your husband will appreciate all the effort you went to! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Absolutely stunning Autumn and such a beautiful tribute! xx

  7. Wow you have thought of every single detail to make this piece. Love poppies. Such a lot of effort and well worth it. Love it. Hugs xx

  8. Stunning art work crafting hugs xxx