greeting cards

Poinsettia inlay

CR00490 square

This is probably my favourite of the batches of cards I’ve made so far this year. When I saw the poinsettia edger die I just couldn’t resist picking it up and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. It’s a simple design, though inlaying the poinsettia flower was a bit fiddly and time-consuming.

I started by creating the background panels by sprinkling Brusho pigment powder onto watercolour card and spritzing with water. It’s a fun and unpredictable technique, but you can always dry it off and repeat the process if you don’t have enough coverage.

To make sure that I got the edger die lined up the same way each time, I created a simple guide for myself. I drew an A6 rectangle (the size of my card) on a sheet of paper and marked the points on the top and bottom edges where the die should cross. That way I could lay my pearlised card down, position the die and then tape it in place.

I glued the die-cut over the background panel and then die-cut just the flower part out of red card, being careful to keep all the pieces in the same order when I took them out of the die. Then I just had to work my way along the five cards, inlaying eleven “petals” in each of them.

For the finishing touch, I added tiny dots of glitter to the centre of each poinsettia.

CR00490 detail


  • dies:
    Creative Expressions – poinsettia edger
  • colour:
    Brusho – emerald green
  • embellishments:
    Imagination Crafts – detail sparkle – gold gilt
  • paper and card:
    Canson Montval watercolour paper
    Papermill Direct – pearlised – ultra white
    Papermill Direct – plain – Christmas red

CR00490 display

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