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elegant poppy cards
by Gail Smith, OSCI

By Gail Smith,OSCI
-White or Cream Color Plain Cards and Envelopes, Available at Office Depot or Staples Office Supply Stores
FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-924 Thicket
-432 Sunflower
-436 Engine Red
-938 Licorice
FolkArt Artists’ Pigment Color
-686 Burnt Carmine
-918 Yellow Light
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-12 Flat
-¾” Flat
-½” Scruffy
-Script Liner
Additional Supplies
-Pretty Ribbon
-868 Floating Medium
-Telephone Book
-Tracing Paper
-Stylus or Pencil
On the front of your card, trace design or you can paint freehand. Make sure to stay ½” from the bottom.
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Double load #12 flat brush with Thicket and Sunflower, keeping the brush on its chisel edge and leading with the Sunflower, paint the leaves. Make sure to stay at least ½” away from the bottom.
Painting Leaves:
On the chisel edge, leading with Sunflower pull up strokes from the center of the card. On chisel edge, paint off shoots from the center of each leaf. Paint short strokes off of each offshoot. Touch, lean, and pull up strokes from central stems of leaves.
Wipe off your brush well, add a touch of Floating Medium and repeat all the above steps to create a furry shadow effect. Let dry.
Double load ¾” flat brush with Engine Red and Burnt Carmine (lots of paint). Start painting the poppy from the outside in. With the Engine Red on the outside edge, stand, lean down to spread bristles out then wiggle up and down to create a loopy petal. Repeat overlapping petals to create outer skirt. Approx. 5-6 petals. Let dry completely.
Paint inner skirt adding 3 or 4 petals flipping over.
To flip over petal: stand, lean, lay bristles down, wiggle up and down 3-4 times then slide the brush up onto the chisel edge and lean the brush over to the opposite side and pull towards the center and lift. Let dry.
*Tip: Add an extra touch of Engine Red to the opposite side of your brush, so that when you lean over to paint the flip you can deposit more red.
Load ½” scruffy brush with 2/3 Yellow Light and 1/3 Burnt Carmine. Pounce the center with Burnt Carmine to the outside edge from the outside in, make sure to leave Yellow Light unblended in the very centre. Let dry.
Center Lashes:
Load #2 script liner with inky Burnt Carmine. Pull strokes from the outside in, changing the direction from one side to the other.
Load #2 script liner with inky Licorice. Pull strokes from the outside in. Changing directions every now, painting right over Burnt Carmine lashes. Make sure to pull Licorice lashes a touch further into the centre. This will create the depth in your poppy. Let Dry.
The Card:
Cut out the bottom half of your card around the leaves. The more detailed your cut out is, the better it looks in your finished project.
Close your card.
Mark your highest and lowest cut points on the underside of your card. This will give you a starting point to know where to place your leaves on the inside.
Paint your leaves the same way as on the front of your card. Let dry.
*Tip: Sometimes the card stock will curl up on the edges when it dries. Place face down under a telephone book for at least an hour that usually does the trick.
Place finished cards and envelopes together with a nice ribbon.
Six years ago, my eldest daughter was 2 months old and I found myself staring at the glass patio doors off of my den. I noticed in the afternoon sun, the glass became almost invisible. A few years earlier when my son was young, he had run into the same type of door. Hoping to avoid this kind of experience in the future, I began to search out a solution. A couple of days later, I came across Carol Smith on the Home Shopping Channel (Canadian version of QVC). She was showing Gallery Glass. Ask and you shall receive. Was it true, or was it too good to be true? $25.00 later, I was a Gallery Glass believer. So, 6 months later when Carol Smith introduced Donna Dewberry and her ONE Stroke™ Technique into Canada, I had to try it. Twenty kits later... I became certified in 2002 in Toronto.
I have been selling painted products and doing demos at craft shows to help promote the classes that I teach.
I am opening a new Studio in my home and am looking forward to many more wonderful adventures to come.
Special thanks for her wonderful photographs,
Sarah Hartt Snowbell
Gail Smith,OSCI, can be reached at: