Hi guys! 😊 Waffle Flower has a new tool coming soon, Grip Mats, and I was happy to use one while making this card along with their Layered Poinsettia dies. The grip mats should be available soon, so stay tuned! I also used Waffle Flowers Faith Script Combo for the sentiment, which I loved and thought would make for some great Christmas (or anytime) cards. I originally planned on “Keep the Faith in These Difficult Times” for my sentiment because, let’s face it, things are looking pretty chaotic out there in the world, but I didn’t plan well enough and ran out of room! 🙄 There are some beautiful sentiments on that stamp set.
Now, about those poinsettias… How pretty are they! 💞 I especially adore those dots that cut out along the petal edge. So pretty!
I used the three poinsettia dies in the Layered Poinsettia die set to cut out several flowers from Simon Says Stamp’s ivory cardstock and used all of Pinkfresh Studio’s pink inks as well as Coral Reef and a tiny bit of Passion Fruit for the blooms. I used Papertry Inks, Simply Chartreuse, and Ripe Avocado for the leaves, which were just the flower petals that I separated with my scissors. I used some Simply Chartreuse on some of the flower petals as well.
Then it was time to color the die cuts with Waffle Flowers’s new grip mats. I peeled off one of the protective transparent sheets, left one on the back of it, and pressed the die cuts to the mat, and they stayed there while I colored them. The mat is made of photopolymer and does an excellent job of holding cardstock in place. I kept one of the transparent sheets on the backside because I like to move it around a lot while I color. It worked great for me, and I can’t wait to use it for a stenciling project! Because it’s made of photopolymer, this would also be excellent for “mirror” stamping! When I was done coloring all my flowers, I rinsed off the mat, re-applied the protective sheet, and stored it away.
I used Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, and a little of Papertrey Inks Pinefeather to color the topping panel on SSS’s cream-colored cardstock. After it was colored in, I cut it down and rounded the edges (because the world feels sharp and pointy right now! 😟) And popped it up over an olive-green cardstock base… also with rounded corners.
I used the rounded end and barrel of a paintbrush and two layers of fun foam to curl the petals/leaves, then adhered them down to the topping panel. I used Waffle Flowers Faith Script Combo for the stamp and die of my sentiment, applied some bling, and was done with my card.
I hope some of these design choices have inspired you to make something new today. I answer all comments, so don’t hesitate to ask if you have a question. Thanks so much for coming by!