Friday, October 10, 2014

Power Poppy Azalea

This week has been a bit of a challenge. Between projects for work and trying to clean and organize, I've found myself with virtually no time to get crafty. But I managed to steal a moment to do some Copic coloring in between errands, and I whipped up a quick card with it this morning.

This card features a stamp by a company that's new to me - Power Poppy stamps. The stamp set is a photo-polymer set called Azalea. One thing that drew me immediately to Power Poppy (and ended with a few sets in my cart) is the stamp style. The flowers look like botanical illustrations, which is a style I have adored ever since I was a little girl. So, you can imagine my absolute joy at finding several gorgeous stamp sets I could play with. I'm happy to report that the shipping was pretty quick, and the package arrived here safely. The stamps were lovingly wrapped with handmade paper, twine and there was a very sweet hand-lettered thank you note included. It's definitely put a smile on my face.

Now onto the card...

I started by stamping the Azalea branch onto some Copic marker paper with MFT's Black licorice hybrid ink. I colored the image in with my Copics. I chose to go for peachy pinks for the flowers, and colored the leaves a vibrant green. I didn't look up references for the colors, just coloring in as I felt like it should look. But if you're not sure how things should be colored, the stamp's sale page has several wonderful examples to inspire you.

After the image was colored, I cut it into an oval with my Sizzix Oval framelits. I wanted to have some kind of a border around the flowers, so I cut a larger scalloped oval from a dark gray cardstock with Sizzix scalloped oval framelits. I adhered the two together with my standard adhesive. While I had my Bigshot out, I used the larger frame from Mama Elephant's Femme Frames to cut a piece of striped patterned paper.

I wanted to continue with the peachy tones for embellishments, so I grabbed some light coral ribbon and tied it around the patterned paper. I decided I liked the clean look, so I didn't add any other embellishments.

For the card base, I used a piece of cream cardstock that was cut and folded into a standard A2 card (4 1/4 by 5 1/2"). I adhered the patterned paper to the card base with foam tape, then added the flower panel (also with foam tape).

I've added this card to the Power Poppy challenge! :)

Power Poppy Azalea clear stamp set
My Favorite Things Hybrid Inkpad in Black Licorice
Sizzix Framelits in Oval and Scalloped Oval
Mama Elephant Femme Frames
Heidi Swapp Mixed Company 6x6 patterned paper
Avery Elle Heavyweight Cardstock in Whipped Cream
3M Double-Sided foam tape
Tombow Craft Dot Adhesive runner (pink)
Copics (E35, E37, YG13, YG17, G29, YR21, YR15, R11, R42, R85, V96, BV01, BV04)


  1. This is stunning! your colouring is just perfect <3
    Kate xx

    1. Thanks so much, Kate! I'm so glad you like it. :D

  2. You would have loved PSX stamps back in the day. They had the most BEAUTIFUL botanical stamps. I am fortunate enough to have a few. You make me want to get them out. This card is so dang pretty! Coloured to perfection as always! I love how you used the oval too. I want to create outside the square (or rectangle) and this is perfect inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Kylie! I'll be on the lookout for some of those PSX stamps. I know I've seen a couple of the botanical illustration style stamps in my local craft store, but they were wood-mounted and I couldn't get a clear impression. Maybe I'll try again and use them upside-down with a roller or something.

      And you should totally get out your PSX stamps and make something! I bet it would look beautiful. :D

  3. Beautiful coloring of the azaleas, and I love your perky design with the diagonal stripes and pretty ribbon. I'm so in love with Marcella's botanicals, too. Power Poppy just opened its virtual doors in April, but the inventory is growing. You have really done this stamp justice and Marcella would be proud. I'm so happy to see it in our Peep of the Week Challenge!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Leslie! I'm really glad I came across Power Poppy, and I'm most definitely looking forward to making more pretty things with Marcella's lovely designs. :)