greeting cards

Orange poppy

Birthday card with an orange poppy on a teal rose window background.

This is the first card I’ve made this year. I should have done another early in January but I had neither the energy nor the inspiration — I shall have to make her a random “just because” card at some point to make up for missing her birthday.

I still have quite a stack of printed digi stamps so, rather than add to it by printing out more (I can never just print one digi as that would feel like a waste of card, even though the spare card could be used for regular stamps) I picked one from the stack to colour. And yes, it’s another Power Poppy flower.

Once I’d coloured it, I had to decide what to do for the background. I was tempted to try and create a version of a design I’d seen on Instagram and I tried it out, drawing on tracing paper over the flower, but it wasn’t working for me. I’m sure that with more time and patience it would have been fine. So then I thought of using a stencil, originally thinking of picking something with similar curved lines but ending up choosing a stained glass style rose window design instead.

The trickiest part of this whole project was deciding how tho colour the lines on the background. I started out by doing them in a light stone colour which looked fine until I coloured the panels. So I picked a darker colour, but that looked a bit too pink-toned. Finally I added a layer of grey over the top to neutralise it.

A bit of coloured pencil — to add some definition around the poppy and on its centre, as well as around the inner edge of the first ring of background lines — and the colouring was done. I die-cut the panel with a stitched rectangle, mounted it on a card base, and finished the card off by adding the heat-embossed sentiment popped up on some thin foam tape.

Close-up of the orange poppy.

Copic markers:

petals- B32, R27, YR09, YR02
centre – W5, W9, 100
leaves – B97, YG97, YG93
background lines – T5 glazed over E71
background – BG11, BG32, BG34, BG23

Polychromos pencils:

199 black, 173 olive green yellowish, 177 walnut brown


  • digital stamps:
    Power Poppy – perfect poppies
  • stamps:
    Tim Holtz – crazy talk
  • dies:
    Create A Smile – double stitched rectangles
  • stencils:
    Crafter’s Workshop – mini rose window
  • inks:
  • embossing powder:
    Ranger – liquid platinum
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable matt-tastic white
    black card
The birthday card displayed on a small wooden easel.

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