52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Thursday 27 April 2023

Sweet Poppy "Dragonfly Blooms" with in a circle card

Having made a few cards with "white space" lately, I've covered every surface of this card!  One extreme to the other! Sadly the lovely sparkle and shimmer doesn't really show up in this still photograph, so I've made a short video clip so you can see it.

I started by using the Sweet Poppy Stencils (SPS) "Twisted Vines Aperture Stencil" with two shades of Archival Inks:  Peat Moss and Garden Patina through the decorative edge of the stencil to create a border.  I used the same colours for the central area using a light covering of the "Peat Moss", then lay the SPS "Faux Dragon Leather Stencil" over the top and applied the "Garden Patina" Archival Ink.

I stamped the dragonfly, which is part of the SPS "Dragonfly Blooms" stamp set, using Versafine Clair "Medieval Blue" ink.

I then painted the dragonfly using Cosmic Shimmer "Iridescent shimmering watercolour paints" and a silver glitter Signo Pen.

Around the edge of the circle, I painted a purple colour, suing "Dusty Concord" Distress Oxide Ink.  Once dry, I then edged the card with Versafine Clair "Blue Belle" ink, fading the colour out towards the circle so just a halo of the original paint colour showed.

Using a glue pen, I outlined the dragonfly and the foliage detail in the ring adding Lavinia Stamps "Moon Dust".  I then added touches of Ranger "Enamel Accents" in white and dots of Liquid Pearls in "Blackberry" and "Mermaid".


  1. Stunning layout stamping and colours,the shimmer/shine is beautiful.I'll not be around for a few days,surgery scheduled for tomorrow.

    1. Thanks so much. I hope by the time you read this, the surgery is over and done with and that you are making a good recovery xxx

  2. This is terrific card Sam, and love all the wonderful shimmer and sparkle and the circular shape using the Sweet Poppy Stencils and then the beautiful stamped and embossed dragonfly and prettily coloured using the iridescent watercolours. x