Friday, 29 April 2016

Especially for Sali...

Happy Friday,

Today's card is wasn't made especially for my Friend Sali however as I was making it I just thought wow this is so up Sali's street I hope I'm right!

I stared this one by using a background that I grabbed form my Demo bits box.  I made this one at the NEC using metal tape over the card and embossing it with the Rose Blooms embossing folder.  I then ran over the top with a permanent ink and, after drying,m I gently rubbed with a dry wet wipe to give this antique silver look to the background.  This was such a dramatic look I needed something strong to balance it.  I thought red and black and the brand new Exquisite Poppies die from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions would be perfect for this.

Therefore the next thing I made up was a spray of the poppies, I cut these with Ruby foundation card and rubbed jet black archival ink, using a mini smoothie, over the edges of the petals to give some depth.  I added centres in black, again cut with fries in the set, and a pearl in the centre. All in all I made up 5 poppies of various sizes using three as the main element and another 2 to the top.  I cut the new Olive Branch foliage in black and arranged the poppies, along with a double sided red satin bow, on top.

I then cut the layers of the Geneva die in red and vintage silver and offset these with a silver frame.  I then cut a panel form the background using the centre outline die from the set and from mounted this above.  I then arranged the poppies and bow etc over this.

I then stamped the sentiment, from my pierced flags clear stamp set onto ruby card and cut it with the matching pierced flags die.  I added layers of the silver and black and positioned this behind the flower spry.

A very dramatic card that I ma sure will split opinion but it doesn't do to have them all looking the same lol!



  1. Hi John
    what a stunning card love the poppy flowers thank you tracyw

  2. Hi John.
    Thank you so much a brilliant card.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  3. Hi John,
    What more can be said about this card.
    Love it!!!!!!!!
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  4. Hi John,
    Fabulous! Wow what a stunning card. Off to find this metal tape?
    Love it!
    Anne M xxx

  5. Lovely card. Sometimes something a bit different helps clear the cobwebs. I think this is stunning and love those flowers. Now just waiting for the weekend to do some crafting in between helping dd revise for her GCSEs.
    Have a great day


  6. Hello John, this card is just stunning, always a striking colour combo. Love the background, and must try it, so I guess it is time to find where I put that roll of metal tape. have a great day. Bx

  7. Oh my word John..... this is nothing but STUNNINGLY beautiful.
    Wow !
    Have a good day xx

  8. Morning John,
    I love this card, you showed us it on Sunday and it looks even more stunning in real life.
    I need to get some metal tape to give this technique a try.
    Have a great day

  9. WOW-stunning card, such dramatic colours. Really gorgeous.


  10. Fantastic John, must try that metal tape , never seen it before.
    Beautiful card!

  11. Good morning John this is a stunning card it is just so dramatic. I love the poppies I have used mine once but I will be using them again. Your friend will love this card. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  12. Morning John, a very dramatic card as you say but I like it, especially the poppies, I will have a play with my dies when I feel a bit better.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  13. I love this, John - it's so dramatic.

    Anne (Northampton)

  14. Fabulous card John. The background is stunning. G. xx

  15. Morning John

    I love this card, as you say it's very dramatic. The colours are divine and also..... a hint of a Christmas look about it too!



  16. Hi John
    A gorgeous card, stunning colours.
    B xx

  17. It's gorgeous John. Would love to receive it.

  18. WOW this is just up my street, amazing, where do you get metal tape? Love Rosemarie x

  19. Good morning John very dramatic and striking. Great background and flowers. Love from Jackie xx

  20. Hi John
    Gorgeous, gorgeous card. I just love this card. So dramatic. Best wishes, Anne O

  21. Think this is stunning it

    Ann x

  22. Love metal effect on cards and the colours are just perfect. Really beautiful card.
    Thank you,
    Sue Mac

  23. Hi John, a beautiful dramatic card love the Poppies.
    Nancyd xx

  24. So amazing I just love it, its very dramatic and the poppies finish it off. Luv jxxx

  25. Wow what a dramatic card! At first glance it looked like a Christmas card, but it's very beautiful.

  26. A stunning card indeed with the drama enhanced by the colour combination snd this metal tape you have referred to. Like the idea of adding depth to the poppies. This jury of one is out when it it comes to the number of embellishments you have added as, to me, they tend to overwhelm the lovely background.


  27. Morning John, Poppies are my absolute favourites, and the metal effect is stunning, this card is an absolute favourite of mine, I love it !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  28. Just stunning John I was so lucky to win sues poppy die and seeing this is just beautiful thank you
    Love June Horrocks xxx

  29. Wow, what a striking card. Love the Rose Blooms background. SueL x

  30. Morning John,
    A very dramatic card, I love the poppies, I have been making them in vellum.

  31. Hi John,
    "Truly Tremendous" I Love This Card And The Embossing Folder, Also The Tremendous Dies You've Used The Colours Are Exquisite And Rich....
    Hugs From Sam xxx

  32. Morning John, oh wow!! It's absolutely stunning xx

  33. The poppies are really life-like, love this card

  34. Wow what a stunning card John. I love looking at your blog each day as you always come up with something different. Am assuming we could get the same background effect by using silver mirror card instead of metal tape? Love all your poppies too.

  35. Morning John, wow this is fantastic. What a great card, very dramatic, Love it.

  36. Hi John,

    WOW! Stunning, such a dramatic card but it works and looks great!

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  37. Hi John,
    More drama please. This is a stunner.
    Hugs, Rose

  38. Oh John this is so good!!! Fabulous design and great colours. Must get the poppies x

  39. Hi John
    What a striking card!! Love the background and the colours.
    Love Angela x

  40. Hi John your card is absolutely stunning, what a wonderful design and the burnished silver and red are fabulous, gorgeous blooms too, Kate x

  41. Stunning John, just love those flowers.
    Love Val x

  42. Good afternoon John,
    WOW John, now normally i would not be into this kind of a card but this one is a stunner with no mistake. You are right about the red and black of the poppies setting it off to a treat. I love how you have put red behind the filigree center and off set it as it just makes that middle with the black background to it. Thank you flower for showing us a wonderful, spectacular card that really pushes the boundries,
    crafty hugs
    Norah (GLenochil VIllage)

  43. Fabulous! Love the background and gorgeous pop of red.
    Linda xxx

  44. Very dramatic John - absolutely stunning. Pat x

  45. Hi John. It's true, this really is a stunning card. If you would have asked me, I would have said you had made the background using gilding wax until I read your commentary. The poppies in this striking colour really make the card.


  46. no split with me John ,this is a stunning card gorgeous love the poppies ,Laura O

  47. Stunning John, could even pass for a Christmas card.
    Love Nancy xx

  48. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! Do you think I like it ? No! I love it! I love the drama it creates I will need to investigate this metal tape and permanent ink technique I have used engraving board in the past I think I like your version better

  49. Eh up John
    Yikes! I actually bought some metallic tape when I saw someone do this on C&C eons ago but never used it and haven't a clue where I put it hahaha!
    I think the design is fantastic but I'm not 100% about the colours but that's just me!
    Have a great weekend.
    Ang x

  50. Lovely card John. Must look for this metallic tape.

  51. John this is gorgeous and although not a card I would have thought of making
    I really love it. Can you please do a video demo of this one or have I missed one lol.

  52. Absolutely Stunning Card! Love , Love it! Please can you do a demo of this one ?
    Anne xoxo

  53. Love the metal tape effect. Were do you get the tape? Hardware type store?

  54. WOWSA! This card is dramatic!!!

  55. Fabulous card in the most perfect colours
    together, love it ! Take care,
    Maria x