Friday, October 22, 2021


I wanted to try a more unique color for today’s Poinsettias.  

If you saw Monday’s post you know that I did a bit of Google research on the history and symbolism of Poinsettias.  One of the posts I found said there are over 100 varieties of poinsettias, blooming in shades of red, pink, white, yellow, purple, and multicolored.  I also saw a different post that said blue poinsettias are "real," but they are blue because they have been dyed.  

After my research, I decided I could use my designer liberties and make my flowers whatever color I wanted.  So today, I’ve decided to have Fresh Freesia and Gorgeous Grape flowers.  If you believe this isn't a "real" Poinsettia, just think of it as dyed!  It's real paper!  

To make today's flowers, I inked up my Poinsettia Petals stamps again with VersaMark and then heat embossed them with silver embossing powder.  After embossing, but before die cutting, I used my blending brushes to color them with Fresh Freesia and Gorgeous Grape ink.

Once coloring was completed to my satisfaction I die cut them with the coordinating Poinsettia Dies.

I layered the two flowers on a Brick & Motor 3D embossed Basic White background panel.  The leaves are die cut from the darkest of the three foil colors from the Silver Foil Specialty Pack in the Fall Mini Catalog.  This is a beautiful purply-silver brushed foil and was the inspiration for my flower color choice.  The sprigs are die cut from the lightest silver foil from the same specialty paper pack.

A Merry Christmas sentiment from Poinsettia Petals was heat embossed with Silver Embossing powder on a Basic White Strip.  After adding a Pastel Pearl to the center of each flower and in the corner of the sentiment, the card front was complete.

The only remaining question was how to complete the inside.  I like to have the inside complement the front of the card, but not outshine it.

So, I kept it simple and just added a Fresh Freesia mat and decorated the Basic White panel with another strip of Fresh Freesia and silver foil.  The sentiment is heat embossed with silver.

What do you think?  Would you like a "purple" poinsettia for Christmas?  Or would you prefer to stick with the traditional red, pink, or white?

Will you let me know in the comments below?

Before we set aside the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and coordinating Poinsettia Dies, I have one last piece of trivia to share with you about Poinsettias.  Are they poisonous?  There has been a lot of rumors and myths out there surrounding this question.  What I learned is that the family of plants to which Poinsettias belong does contain some highly toxic plants, but the popular Poinsettia itself is not toxic.  MedicineNet says that ingestion of Poinsettia leaves will not damage your body or kill you, but in some cases it may lead to nausea and vomiting.  My recommendation...  STICK WITH THE CHRISTMAS COOKIES!

If you would like to make this card, there is a free tutorial available that includes all the cutting dimensions and step-by-step instructions.  So how about grabbing some cookies and making a card!

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