Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday, my friends!  Today, I’m excited to introduce you to the glorious Blazing Poppies Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  I have a Blazing Poppies Layout tutorial to share with you, too.  But first, get acquainted with this inspiring new collection.

Has the humdrum of the daily grind sapped your energy and stunted your creative mojo? Rejuvenate your creativity with the saturated colors and resplendent artwork of the Blazing Poppies Collection of stamps, dies and designer papers from Heartfelt Creations. Escape to verdant fields where dancing poppies sway like ballerinas wearing dramatic hues of blush, coral, peach, scarlet and ebony. Let this glorious canvas of flowing script, heirloom lace, ornate flourishes, flower laden arbors, bold stripes and soft neutral backgrounds enliven your senses and awaken your inner Van Gogh. The Blazing Poppy stamp and die allows you to fashion bold, life-like poppies in every size and color. You’ll design museum worthy backgrounds, card focals, layouts and home décor with the sumptuous stamps and paper collection. Create your own masterpiece, and spark your imagination with the amazing artistry and uncommon brilliance of Blazing Poppies.

Kathy by Design/Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 01a

See?  I told you it was glorious!  This is our precious grand girl, Julia Claire.  I found this photo of her on my desk recently, and knew I had to use it in a mixed media layout. You can find a complete supply list and step by step directions below, but for now, let’s take a look at the details.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 03aBefore I layered my papers together, I created a pocket where I could insert the photo, then lined it with the decorative lace border die.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 04aI used various hues of pink to keep the composition unified, then added pops of green and black for contrast.

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The poppies were stamped, embossed, die cut, sponged, painted, and coated with crackle medium.  Then the centers were filled with beads to resemble poppy seeds.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 06I painted my wooden embellishments and then tapped them with Picket Fence Distress Stain.  I love how this softens them and helps them blend into the composition.  The paper collection, as always, is loaded to the gills with wonderful artwork like this sentiment ticket.

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My chipboard letters were painted, then embossed with clear powder, then tapped with Picket Fence.  It’s always good to add a touch of black to a layout like this.  I think it helps to anchor the piece.

Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout 02aI added lots of distressing, inking, stenciling, sponging, stamping and painting to the background.  And I chose the title, because this sweet little munchkin really does make me happy!

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations BLOG for even more inspiration and links to the rest of the design team.  You’ll find my Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial below.

I’m sharing this with my friends over at the Word Art Wednesday Challenge page.

Thanks for stopping by!



Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC
HCDP1- 255 Blazing Poppy Paper Collection
HCD 764 Blazing Poppy Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl Die
HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die
HCPC 3674 Blazing Poppy Petals Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3675 Poppy Corner and Border
HCPC 3323 Elegant Word Background
Deluxe Tool Kit
Stamp Pad
Crackle Paint
Viva Décor Moss Green Metallic 3-D Stamp Paint
Art Institute Dries Clear Glue

Other Products: white, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Rose Red SU Cardstock; Memento London Fog Ink, SU Strawberry Slush, Rose Red Ink; Pumice Stone, Black Soot Distress Ink; Clear Embossing Powder; Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick Distress Stain; Black Soot, Picket Fence Distress Paint; Picket Fence Crackle Paint; Tattered Angels “Silk” Glimmer Mist; Lilac Mix, Gun Metal Czech Beads; Petaloo Beaded Hat Pins; Kaiser Craft Wood Flourishes: Twigs and Berries, Bird Cages; Tim Holtz Flourish Mask; Adorn It: Happy; Texture Paste; Honeycomb Stencil; Ruler and Craft Knife

Measure down 4.5″ from the top center of the designer paper. Make a small pencil mark. Measure 3″ to both the left and the right of this mark. Use a ruler and a craft knife to cut a 6″ long slit in the paper. Measure 4.5″ down from the center of this slit and make a small pencil mark. Use a ruler and a craft knife to cut a straight slit along this line. Use your pencil to roll the left and right hand sides of this slit back like a scroll. Die cut the Decorative Lace Border die from white cardstock. Cut in half from top to bottom. Glue each half onto the back side of the slit opening and glue to the designer paper as seen in the photo. Cut 2 of the largest Layered Elegant Swirls from white cardstock and glue onto the horizontal slit, as shown in the photo. Cut the black 6″ x 6″ square from the designer paper. Randomly add texture paste with the honeycomb stencil. Let it dry, paint with Picket Fence Crackle Paint and then when dry, sponge with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Glue behind the cut opening so that it shows through, as seen in the photo.

Stamp several sets of the Blazing Poppy Petals onto the various shades of pink cardstock using both Strawberry Slush and Rose Red SU Ink. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. Die cut with the Blazing Poppy Die. Lightly sponge the centers with Black Soot Distress Ink. Shape with the Deluxe Tool Kit. Spray with TA Silk Glimmer Mist. Glue layers together to form large, medium and small flowers. I used a total of 7 flowers for this layout. Fill the centers with beads, brush with Picket Fence Crackle Paint and set aside to dry. When dry, brush again with Clear Crackle Paint. Let dry.

Use London Fog ink to stamp the Poppy Corner into the lower right hand corner of the page. Ink the edges of the paper with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. Distress the edges heavily. Glue onto a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Rose Red Cardstock. Use the flourish mask and Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add details to the designer paper. Randomly add texture paste with the honeycomb stencil. Let dry, Paint with Picket Fence Crackle Paint. Let dry. Stamp the page randomly with the Elegant Word Background and London Fog Ink. Spritz and spatter the entire page with Silk Glimmer Mist.

Wad up some scrap paper and glue to the back of your photo, then glue the photo into the slit you created earlier, as shown. Glue the prepared flowers around the opening, as shown. Paint the bird cage with Picked Raspberries Distress Stain and Clear Crackle Paint. When dry, glue in place. Paint the words “HAPPY” with the Black Soot Distress Paint. When dry, paint with Clear Crackle Paint and glue onto the layout, as shown. Paint the berries with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and sponge the leaves with Moss Green Metallic Paint. Tap very lightly with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Add Dries Clear Glue randomly to the berries and dip into the mixed lilac Czech beads. Add to layout as shown. Use the Luggage and Tags Die to cut the ticket and tab from the paper collection. Add to layout as shown.

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22 thoughts on “Blazing Poppies Mixed Media Layout Tutorial

  1. Castlepark Designs

    Absolutely amazing layout my friend. Just when I think you’ve topped it, you once again hit it out of the park! Julia’s picture was the icing on the cake :). Big hugs!

  2. Carole

    The tutorial was a bonus after this viewing this absolutely gorgeous work of art. The poppies are outstanding the way you have them. I can’t tell you how much I like every bit of crackle, black beads, lace and that adorable picture. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us this week at Word Art Wednesday on our 187th Challenge.
    Blessings, Carole

  3. Carol

    Julia Claire is beautiful and you have really done her picture proud. Such a beautiful collection from Heartfelt, the poppies are wonderful. You have really made them stand out on the page, so much work in this stunning page. Thank you for all your instructions too.x

  4. Tracey F.

    Kathy, what an awesome layout! Oh my goodness…all the creativity that went into designing around such a cutie patootie of a doll. She is so precious! Your poppies are stunning and I love the shimmer. The wooden sentiment sums it up best…this layout makes one feel happy!
    Big Hugs,

  5. Shirley Qu-wannabecre8tive

    Your page is beautiful. I love how you made the pocket and used the border die to enhance it.
    Julia Claire is just adorable.

  6. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, a beautiful granddaughter to make Grandma proud. she’s a doll.
    I love these poppies, they are truly blazing with beauty. So bright , yet so soft as well.
    I love your creation, a real keeper.

  7. Pam Bray

    Stunning layout of Julia Claire…proud grandma to say the least because you can see all of the love that is captured in each beautiful detail. Gorgeous Kathy, just gorgeous!!!!

  8. soozyb2013

    Julia Claire is as cute as a wee button! LOVE POPPIES. I have a few in my garden. I had to transplant and most didn’t make it 🙁 But I still have one salmon colour and one red 🙂 There will be more next year I’m sure.
    Beautiful layout Kathy and your grandbaby is adorable.

  9. Sara Emily Barker

    Wow, WOW, W O W !!!! Kathy, this is one stunning layout! And at the center of it all, Julia Claire! She’s such a cutie! I just want to tickle her to hear her giggle! I bet you have so much fun being her gran! (Wow! I STILL can’t believe you are a grandmother!). Oh, I digress…Your layout is nothing short of amazing! I love the papers, the way you have added texture to them to make them extra special, and those poppies! They are just lovely and so realistic. Genius to use the beads for the centers! The birdcage and “happy” really are just the perfect embellishments to this beautiful page. And the pocket with the lace spilling out is just a fabulous idea! I am so stealing your great ideas, and I’ve pinned this beauty for future inspiration! LOVE! Big hugs!

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