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Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy Hop

Welcome!! If you reached this post from the lovely Svitlana Shayevich’s blog then you’re right on track. A full list of hop participants is below along with giveaway details.

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy Blog Hop + Giveaway

I just love poppies so I was so excited to join this hop! Aside from poppies being beautiful and our California state flower, a poppy was the first thing I drew that made me think I might have some artistic talent. So it seemed fitting to add my own artistic flair to this gorgeous layering set from Altenew. Video tutorials, products, & bonus card below.

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy

For the first card, I added hand drawn lines to accentuate the curves and details of the flowers. I started by stamping both flowers on yellow cardstock with alcohol safe ink. I stamped the second layer with clear embossing ink. while this is not readily visible on the light cardstock, it did help to guide my hand drawn pen strokes.

Zentangle® and Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy

Hand drawn pen accents were done with a Sakura Micron PN pen in black ink. Be sure to follow the contour of the petal and shadow when adding your lines.

After pen strokes were complete I die cut the images and added splatter to an A2 sized white piece of cardstock with Altenew Jet Black and White Ink Spray. I used Altenew Watercolor Pan set in Citrus Burst. I cut 3 black cardstock strips and white heat embossed the sentiment onto one.

The card was assembled by popping up the strips and flowers on an A2 sized kraft panel. Next up I opted for white ink on red and kraft paper.

Zentangle® and Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy

The process for this card was similar, however, I used a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen and kept the strokes further apart. I added 2 of the smaller stamped elements and Copic colored the small flower.

Next up, I decided to go simple and shifted to tone on tone with clear embossing ink for the next 2 cards.

Tone on Tone Stamping with Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy

These 2 cards are super simple yet striking. Stamp the largest flower outline and detail layer with clear embossing ink on kraft and red cardstock.

Tone on Tone Stamping with Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy

Tip: For best results use a dark cardstock when watermarking with clear ink and be sure to stamp off the edge of the paper to create the look of design paper. 

Tone on Tone Stamping with Altenew Build-A-Flower: Poppy

Once the backgrounds are complete, stamp and emboss desired sentiments on black strips of cardstock and pop up with foam tape.

And here’s a bonus card for the road in a completely different color palette.

Zentangle® with Altenew Build-a-Flower: Poppy

This variation on the first set of cards starts by die cutting 2 flowers out of a light grey panel. I then stamped and embossed flowers as before and added white accents to one.

Zentangle® with Altenew Build-a-Flower: Poppy

The 2 dark gray flowers are inlaid into the negative spaces while the front white accent flower is popped up. The card front was spattered with Jet Black and White Altenew Ink Spray. Well, that’s a wrap.


To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog for a chance to win. Five winners will be announced on the Card Blog on 12/9/2018.

Altenew is also sponsoring a $20 gift certificate on my blog. Simply comment below to enter. The winner will be announced here on my blog by 12/6/2018.

Winner Update – 12/5/19

A winner has been chosen. Congratulations Cheryl Rigney!!! You have won the Altenew $20 gift certificate!

Cheryl, please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 12/15/2018 with the subject line BAF: Poppy Release Blog Hop Winner from Amber Rain Davis’ Blog.

I hope you enjoyed these cards today and feel inspired to try out these techniques. As always, products are listed below. Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to Breathe · Ink · Inspire.

Next on the hop is, the wonderful Sveta Fotinia. Full hop list can be found below the product list.


Altenew Card Blog

Enza Gudor

Erum Tasneem

Zinia Redo

Laurie Willison

Virginia Lu

Norine Borys

Laura Jane

Jung AhSang

Therese Calvird

Michelle Murray

Svitlana Shayevich

Amber Rain Davis <- YOU ARE HERE

Sveta Fotinia

Laurel Beard

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  1. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous creations with these beautiful poppy designs!

  2. Gwen Burns says:

    Loving the tone on tone. And the white heat embossed is powerful.

  3. Amy Peyton says:

    Oh I love the added detailed lines you put on the flowers on the first two cards! That really adds a different look to this poppy set.

  4. Teresa Godines #6857 says:

    Love your color choices. Stunning cards. TFS

  5. Annalisa Young says:

    Wow, these are fabulous. I love all your added penwork. Because I don’t consider myself particularly artistic, I never think to add to stamp sets, but I might need to try this. And your use of monochrome (or duochrome) is amazing. I’m definitely going to have to try the outline and detail in versamark, because that is so elegant. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas with us!

  6. Dana Marsolek says:

    Oh what rich and elegant cards! Fantastic designs!

  7. Karthikha Balasubramanian says:

    Wonderful set of cards! Each one is unique and beautiful 🙂

  8. BrendaLea Abbott says:

    Your cards are beautiful. I love how you added the hand drawn lines to the petals.

  9. these are all so beautiful-but I love the striking simplicity of the red and kraft cards especially!

  10. LOVE the kraft card. It reminds me of a beautiful print used for curtains or a couch or something!

  11. Nandini Karmarkar says:

    Wow! That is a whole lot of fantastic inspiration! I really love the unusual colours you have used.

  12. I love all your variations of use of this stamp set. I would have never thought to do the line drawning. Beautiful cards.

  13. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Beautiful card, love the tone on tone look, simply stunning!

  14. Cheryl Rigney says:

    Wow!! Your cards are absolutely stunning!! I love the addition of the lines. I enjoyed watching your videos. Thank you for sharing your creative process.

  15. Kathy Ferguson says:

    I absolutely loved all of your cards. You are very creative and I appreciate all the work you did to add lines to your poppy cards. Your cards are gorgeous and anyone would love to receive one of them. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  16. Ericka Strange says:

    Beautiful cards and I love all the ways you used these poppies. Love the tone on tone look so a beautiful look!

  17. Kirsty Vittetoe says:

    Thanks for the inspiration during this release blog hop!

  18. mmk.junior says:

    i m in love with your style! these cards are simple yet stunning! thanks for sharing and i am going to try these techniques!

  19. Susan Bunt says:

    Golly. These cards are so very different and so beautiful. I love your style. TFS.

  20. elsmith2005 says:

    Such beautiful designs! I especially love the kraft card <3

  21. Lovely cards and the detailing is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  22. Michele K Henderson says:

    You have a very unique coloring and stamping technique, and it looks just beautiful! Love your color combinations too!

  23. The colors, the details, the design just STUNNING

  24. Renate Harrison says:

    Wow!! The cards stamped as a background on dark cardstock are beautiful. You are definately an artist! Thanks to you and Altenew.

  25. Cynthia Cole says:

    Lovely set of poppy cards!

  26. Jan Castle says:

    Absolutely STUNNERS!!!! Each is a work of art and Beautifully done! TFS!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  27. Kandice Johnson says:

    I love the backgrounds you used in the cards. Beautiful!

  28. jeanmarmo says:

    I love what you did with this! Simply lovely!

  29. Very unique design … you tease 🤪 .

  30. Beautiful projects from the cards to the staging. The craft card is my favorite, love the subtle outlines of the images. You rocked this set, Amber!!

  31. Carol Rossouw says:

    Altenew’s floral stamps are out of this world – and this new BAF set is stunning! Oh dear! My wish list just got longer. Love what you’ve done with these cards. Amazing technique!

  32. Dee Earnshaw says:

    wow these cards and designs are so creative – thanks for sharing:)

  33. Kelsey Thomas says:

    Love the cards you created! So pretty. 🙂

  34. Debbie Selby says:

    A very distinct style approach. Amazing results.

  35. Debra Rumpza says:

    I love poppies too! And your cards are just amazing. I love the different looks. The last one is stunning!

  36. Rnata Rush says:

    I love your vision for the new Bulid a flower from Altenew. Your cards are bold and delicate at same time and you used unusual colors which make them pieces of art. I’m enchanted

  37. Your cards are just so amazing.The hand drawn details you have added to the stamped images really makes it stand out.Love learning a new technique>thanks for sharing !