Saturday, May 25, 2013

OWH Memorial Day Bloghop Card: Faux Verdigris


Here is my Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop card featuring a faux verdigris technique and OWH sketch #68.  Get more details about the faux verdigris technique and sketch.

After many comments about the Memorial Day Poppy, I wanted to share some history.  During World War I, a battle zone was described by an American pilot as a “brown belt, a strip of murdered Nature.”  In April and May of 1815, poppies began to appear in clusters around these battered fields. Their bright, vivid color was a sign of life in an otherwise barren area. 

In 1918, an American woman, Moina Belle Michael, vowed that the poppy would become an emblem for “keeping the faith with all who died.”  

While I remember getting Memorial Day cards with red poppies as a child, I didn’t fully understand the meaning of the red poppies.  The many comments about the flower on my card inspired me to share this story about Memorial Day Poppies. 

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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199 comments:

roseofs said...

Beautiful poppy-like flower - reminds me of the Memorial Day poppy! The verdigris technique gives a very subtle shading - good color combo.

Penny Ward said...

Gorgeous card...love the flower and the background technique is stunning.

Sherry Butcher said...

thanks for the faux verdigris technique instructions, your background is wonderful. Love the colors. TFS.

Marsha said...

Very pretty. Nice use of this technique.

sherry varga said...

Really pretty colors and I love your orange flower. Nice technique too!

Janet said...

Love the colors on this card and overall design! ~God bless~

Laurie said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the instructions for the faux verdigris. I can't wait to try it.

Nancy M said...

Very nice-the colors are pretty and this technique is interesting, too! TFS! I entered all 3 ways; thanks for the chance to win!!

Ginny said...

Thanks for including a link to the instructions! That is my favorite part of your beautiful card!

Misty said...

I Love the flower!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
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rlovew said...

I love the technique you used with the inks and embossing folder- it turned out fabulously. I did join your facebook page and added getting your newsletter.

Laura Turcotte said...

Beautiful card!!

Ann said...

Beautiful card!!your flower focal point is great and the background is awesome! Thanks for the link to the tutorial, I can't wait to try it!

Ruth G said...

I love the colors you used as well as the wonderful texture that the embossing and the flower add! The background is amazing! I'll have to be sure to bookmark the technique so I can try it out when I have time to play! Thanks again for sharing and for creating for OWH!

Jen said...

This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing the instructions; I'm going to have to give it a try!

Linda R. said...

HI Sharon! Great card. Love the big flower and the colors you used. I liked you on FB and already receive your newsletter!

Mary Ellen Driggs said...

Lovely card. I'm definitely going to have to stop back by to learn that technique.

Hugs,
M.E.

Jean S said...

Love the colors. The flower really pops. Thanks for the tutorial.

Sue Kinman said...

Wonderful card. I haven't heard of the faux verdigris technique before. I will be back to learn more.

garnett said...

Thanks for sharing the instructions ! love the colors you used.

Stacy B said...

Wow, the faux verdigris background is gorgeous...I will have to try that out. I love all the great ideas I get from blog hops! Thanks for sharing.

Amelia Andrade said...

I really like the faux verdigris technique, so unique. Tfs.

Marilyn Young said...

Hi Sharon! Stunning card, but then all your cards are stunning. Love getting to learn a new technique.

Kathy Ashworth said...

I like the simplicity of the layout as so many cards today seem to be "gee just how many patterns of DP can I use?"

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Hi Sharon!
I really love the COLORS YOU USED! Such a beautiful card!
Blessings,
Antoinette

JoAnn Ross said...

What a great card and wonderful technique! Thanks for sharing it! The colors are lovely and as another commenter mentioned, the flower reminds me of the Memorial Day Flanders field poppy! I couldn't "like" your page, because I only have a fan page, not a personal one, but I do really like it! :)

Andrea T said...

Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I loved the result.

Cyn Bell-Moores said...

That flower is perfect, size- and placement- wise. It looks flat enough for an OWH card, too.

Kelly said...

I like the Moroccan feel to this card, great layers!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I have never heard of faux verdigris before. Love this! Love the poppy and all the detail.

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Penny L. said...

oh my, that background paper is amazing! I don't have time now, but need to come back to find out about that verdigris technique! I just "liked" you on facebook so I can find my way back here....thanks!

Kathy S said...

You've done a great job with your background. It looks very rich. TFS

Kathryn said...

Thanks for sharing the faux verdigris technique. I love that it seems more complicated than it really is!

cissymurphy.com said...

What lovely colors and even more lovely card! Thank you for sharing the instructions, as I will be trying this technique soon!

Bert B said...

Simple look but also very elegant. the backgroud is great with the shading you gave it

Carolyn said...

great idea!! a really good sketch too - I am going to have to try it out!!

Stephenie said...

What a beautiful card! I am on my way to check out the tutorial!

msalmon said...

Excellent card, Happy Memorial Day

Papermoon Dreams said...

Love the technique very pretty.

Debbie Caldwell said...

The orange gives the contrast and really makes the panel stand out...I am going to try that technique...a very beautiful card..thank you for sharing, oh and the hello sunshine card on your tutorial page is stunning.

Cherie said...

What a great technique! I really like how well you blended those 4 SU colors for the background. At first glance, I thought it was done with air brushing.

Jeanette said...

I love the technique you used. I will be checking out the tutorial for that one.

Brittany Snoke said...

Very pretty! Love the technique & colors!

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

gorgeous flower, I love the color & the layers

Susan C said...

Thank you for the new technique, I love the look.

Rufus said...

Love the color combo! Will check out your link to the technique...think I know how you did it, but we'll see. The poppy is a good choice for today's Memorial hop.
R/

April Story said...

Love that inking technique. I am going to have to try that.
April

madamewong said...

Love the verdigris look. Beautiful card!

sarahstone said...

What a pretty card! I'm heading over to view your tutorial now.

Linda Anderson said...

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! Love your verdigris technique. Such a unique and beautiful result.

Linda

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card-- love that stunning flower--great choice of colors to really make it pop!

MaryS said...

Beautiful card, simple but elegant - nice verdigris technique thanks for the instructions

Karen Wyngaard said...

What a great technique...it really "makes" this card. TFS!

RoseofGold said...

So Pretty. Love the 'poppy' of color :)

Melanie Rozwood said...

This is so pretty. I like how you did the background.

grandmax2 said...

Like the technique.

JoAnn P said...

I'll need to try that background technique, it's pretty.

Donna Nuce said...

Your color combination is gorgeous! I love how the orange pops against the blue and green. Thanks for the link on how to do faux verdigris. I will have to try it. Thanks also for supporting OWH.

ann said...

Lovely card. Really like the technique. Ann O.

Jules said...

Love your card - it reminds me of the Memorial Day poppy flower.

Renee said...

Beautiful!

Maude said...

The color combinations in this card are wonderful. The choice of a poppy for Memorial Day is very appropriate. I really like the faux verdigris technique -- thanks for sharing.

scrappingnana said...

Love your card and the colors you used. That technique looks like fun. Very pretty flower.

Marilyn's Cricut Crafts said...

Beautiful background stamp. Love the flower with the pop of color. TFS! ~ Marilyn

Joanne Travis said...

Gorgeous! Love the layered flower and the mosaic pattern background.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Sharon, your card is so beautiful. I love the background technique. Thanks for inspiring.

Jen R said...

I hadn't thought of the poppy connection until I read the other comments.....I like that coloring on the paper behind the flower.

Bonita said...

Great background technique. Flower color adds some pop. Thanks

Diana said...

Like your colors - and always love punched flowers.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your whole card is amazingly wonderful but I really like that background for the beautiful flower. Love the colors too.

Dana D. said...

Very pretty card. Great details and colors.

Beth F. said...

Your card is so pretty. I love the big flower! I am a new like on your FB and signed up for your newsletter as well.

Cynde P said...

Love the flower - really makes the card pop!

Pat Y said...

Love the technique. I will have to try this one.

Darcy Keener said...

I just love the color combination and the poppy! It just "pops" off the page. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card, Sharon, beautiful technique! Love your colors as well, TFS! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! I am south of you in the Austin area, I enjoyed our rain yesterday.

reflections:0) said...

So in love with the color combo the back ground is super cool!

reflections:0)

Rhonda Miller said...

What a pretty card.

Courtney said...

Very pretty card. Love the flower that you used!

WickedPixie said...

What a beautiful background you have created! It is so striking with the contrasting flower! :)Traci

Becca Whitham said...

That faux verdigris technique is beautiful. I love how you higlighted it by mounting it against a complimentary color. Thanks for your participation in the OWH Blog Hop! I'm looking forward to using the verdigris technique myself!

Kelley said...

It's only the 3rd stop and I'm already getting sidetracked with tutorials! Today is going to be a lot of sitting and reading. :) Thank you for the instructions. BTW, great card. Wouldn't have bothered with the tutorial if I didn't like it. :)

Studio Diva said...

I love the colors you used. Very pretty!

Daria Z. said...

Such wonderful colors - truly a beautiful card!

hana jones said...

great color combo ...love the flower you made it just pops :)

Pat Kinkaid said...

I like everything about your card.

FLstampaddict said...

Beautiful card! I especially love the way you enhanced the embossed background!

Lori said...

Love the backround technique!

barbara macaskill said...

Love the faux verdigris technique! Your flower really pops on the background! I liked you on FB and signed up for your newsletter! Glad I found you & TFS!

Barbara Greenberg said...

I love using flowers on the cards I make and your orange flower is great.

Pam said...

I love the card and the use of the verdigins technique. The flower reminds me of the poppies you always see with this holiday. Great going!

Jean M said...

fabulous color and technique. THANKS

Dolores said...

Thanks for sharing your technique with this lovely card. Simple yet beautiful with the floral touch.

MichelleZ said...

Cute card! The background technique is great. Thanks for supporting OWL.

Sandy said...

Love the verdigris background. Thanks for sharing the technique.

Mare said...

Love the poppy and the colors. Thanks for the tute! I love learning new techniques.

stampursocksoff.com said...

Love the technique coupled with the embossing folder. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Strawser said...

Nice colors - the textured part in the middle - really like that.

Cindy Sartain said...

Love the technique you used with the embossed paper. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for going into detail about how you did the faux verdigris technique--I will have to try that! Thanks for your offer of blog candy too--I love winning free stuff! Blog candy giveaway on my blog too! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
:) Marie (OWH #119)

Maggie said...

Love how you made the background accent piece. Thank you for showing us the step-by-step instructions.

Sybrina K said...

What a pretty card! Great job on the faux technique! And the flower just pops off the card. TFS!

luvmy2girls said...

Such a nice card and I really like the flower! =)

Gina said...

Love your card, the inking technique you used is so pretty. I am going to have to check out your directions, thanks for sharing!!!!

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

Thank you for participating in this wonderful cause. I love how the orange color pops against your blue background.

Sharon Russo said...

I'm really like the orange poppy and the font on the sentiment.

BrendaB said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing your faux verdigris technique!

Tami B. said...

Thanks for the directions on the faux verdigris. Your card is really pretty & your color choice was great.

Joanie said...

Love this technique!! It is on my list of things to try! I have a feeling after this hop I'm going to have a long to do list!

Margaret said...

Gorgeous! The flower is so pretty and you did a fabulous job with the technique!

Colleen said...

Love the verdigris technique,so soft and adds so much depth.

Annie Wills said...

Bright beautiful flower...and I am loving that verdigris effect. I'm def going to try that!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Beautiful colors. Love that orange flower.

Barb said...

great card-loved the faux verdigris tutorial

Robin Clendenning said...

nice color, love the card!

Jessie said...

Love the elegant look of this card! I really like your technique, it really gives the card some dimension.

Lee Owens said...

Beautiful card , i love the layered flower and you for introducing me to a new backgroung technique

Operation Write Home said...

I just love that technique...it makes your flower and sentiment POP!
Sandy, OWH Exec. Dir.

Carol said...

I love that pop of bright color from your flower on the blue and greens. I definitely have to check out that technique - it looks really neat and different to do!

postalorphan said...

Gorgeous card - thanks for the tutorial on that verdigris technique! Love it!

Robin B. said...

I love the mix of blue and coral and thanks for the details on how to do the verdigris technique!

Dodge3670 said...

Wow...gorgeous color. I love Stampin' Up. Love how the new mosaic folder looks. I can't wait until May 31 to order. Your technique is awesome also. Thank you for sharing!

jennifer mitten said...

Great card, love this technique!

Heather Grow said...

Love the texture and the technique. Pretty card.

Camille Short said...

Your card is grand!

Patti J said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Shana said...

I Love the distressing, have to work more on mine. shanasewing@yahoo.com

Miriam Prantner said...

Really cool technique! I haven't seen that before and I love how it makes that red flower pop.

CynthiaM said...

Love SU! and all their products. thanks for another technique I haven't tried! can't wait to try it.

suzvit said...

This is elegant and fun - I want to try it soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

Canadaindy said...

I like the card. Did you distress the paper?

Cheryl Fricker said...

Your card is very pretty using the faux verdigris technique. I've never heard of it until now. Thank you for the tutorial. I followed your instructions (Facebook and Newsletter). Thank you for giving us a chance to win : )

Sammantha said...

I've never heard of faux verdigris. I'm going to have to give it a try now.

byAnnette said...

Love your Card!
The colors and patterns are great!

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Michele from MS said...

I love this technique and can't wait to try it! The coral mat and flower are just perfect for this beautiful card. Thanks for the verdigris tutorial. I see so many possibilities with this. TFS ~

Paula S. said...

The verdigris effect is awesome on this. Thanks for sharing the link (which I've book mark for a revisit). The bold orange flower and teal look just wonderful with it too. Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home!

Paula S.
OWH Blog Team

Crafting Adventures said...

Love the flower and the colors!

Nancy Boyd said...

I love the verdigris effect. Thank you for the tutorial and for the history of the poppy flowers. I always associate the poppy to Memorial Day but never knew why.

Angela Restad said...

I love the orange and blue combo but the flow is what did it for me just stunning!!

SHartl said...

What a beautiful card, loving the poppy and I had never heard of this story. I already love poppies, but now I will think of our fallen heroes every time I see one. I signed up for your newsletter and am a FB fan

StampinPenguin said...

Thanks for the tutorial link!

Mary Mac said...

The poppy is the perfect flower to add to your card.

Jean Bullock said...

The symbolism as you explained it is very cool. The colors are gorgeous as is the poppy. I love your coloring of the central panel and your color choices are terrific.

Ruby Craft said...

Beautiful card, The background colors make your Red Poppy Pop!

Lynn said...

Love the color of the poppy and the background color....beautiful job!
I liked your facebook page and signed up for your newsletter....Thank you!

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful flower and love the background panel to make it pop.

Karin R said...

One of my favorite things about making cards is trying new techniques. The faux verdigris background on your card is stunning! Beautiful card, striking color combination - my favorite so far :-)

rscholz said...

Enjoyed your card...the flower...and bankground. Thanks for sharing the history of the poppy and for sharing your card.

ajsdigishoppe said...

Beautiful card! I love the flower.
Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

Amanda :)
www.ajsdigishoppe.com

Cindy's Card Co said...

What an awesome card, the colors are so pretty, that embossing folder is very classy.

Marilyn in Michigan said...

How pretty! Love the "poppy". I remember my dad got a little box of poppies every year from his VFW post to sell.

Janice said...

This is such a vibrant card, very cheerful. I like the way you used the solid blue and just a touch of pattern paper so the poppy stands out nicely.

Kathy & Moe said...

Thanks for the technique, I'm going to try it on my next card. Love your poppy flower.

Leslie Hanna said...

Love the verdigris technique. Great colors!

Rosie said...

The verdigris look is gorgeous. And the poppy is so nice. Your color choices just pop on this card.TFS.

Tammy said...

Beautiful card Sharon, I love that poppy!

Paula Zduncyk said...

Sharon your use of the Poppy makes this such a meaningful card....

Shaughn Woodruff said...

Hi Sharon! I love the poppy! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

L. Levy said...

What a lovely card. I like the technique too.

Diane said...

Your poppy is beautiful and the technique adds a lot to the card! TFS

Patti said...

Your card in inspiring -- I have those punches and am going to try the verdigris technique, thanks for sharing.

Cheri said...

What a beauty this is!!! Loved the technique...thank's for sharing.

Memories by Manda said...

Your card is lovely. The poppy symbol is used here in New Zealand also. I was driving through a small town yesterday and noticed they had several poppy art/memorials around the town. they were still there even though our ANZAC day (our equivalent to US Memorial day) is April 25th

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

Great seeing the SU products! Love the technique as well.

croppinmama said...

Great and appropriate red poppy for Memorial Day. As a wife of a retired Vet, I appreciate the meaning as I remember the many who have given their lives so I can have the freedoms we as Americans so often take for granted. TFS and supporting OWH.

croppinmama said...

Great and appropriate red poppy for Memorial Day. As a wife of a retired Vet, I appreciate the meaning as I remember the many who have given their lives so I can have the freedoms we as Americans so often take for granted. TFS and supporting OWH.

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Very pretty! TFS!

rstuck2003 said...

This card is gorgeous! I love the poppy! I am following you on FB and I signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for the chance to win.

Dotti Snell said...

I have done faux verdigris with acrylic paint but not like this.
TFS

Colleen Schaan said...

I love this card... great color combination! TFS

Ruza Rebel said...

Gorgeous card! The flower is beautiful! TFS for sharing the story about the Poppi!

Susan said...

I will always look differently at poppys now! and I love the verdigras technique! so fun!

Angelica Chambers said...

Thank u for sharing the story and such a lovely card! I love the red orange poppies!

joy said...

When I was a teenager and a cheerleader, (many moons ago), we sold paper poppies for the VFW to commemorate Memorial Day and our fallen heroes.

Love your card; the verdigris is so pretty and your poppy is a great reminder of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Judi Go said...

Love your cards. Also thank you for sharing techniques on your site.

Linda said...

Love the background but especially the poppy after your history lession. Nature can teach us a lot.

Jess said...

Stunning card! Love the depth and symbolism!

Amy S said...

Thank you for sharing the verdigris technique.

heather said...

I'm off to check out your faux verdigris tutorial. Wonderful card, thanks for sharing =)

Sue D said...

Thanks for the poppy story and great technique on your card.

Kigz said...

Your poppy is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the quick history of their significance! :)

cah said...
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cah said...

I love learning new techniques and will have to give it a try. Love the poppy too - perfect for the occasion.

Linda said...

Yummy card! Your flower reminded me of a poppy right away...perfect color! tfs!!!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Wonderful card. Love the pattern paper and the flower is so pretty. I love the bold color.

Ann Marie said...

Loved the card but was very intrigued to read about the Poppy's historical connection to Me,oriel Day"

Linda said...

I realy like the card. The flower really "pops" and the color combination is great.

PoJo said...

Love the faux verdigris technique. Can't wait to use it! Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

What a lovely card--and thanks for the tutorial! I love the technique you used!

Kris Hipwell said...

Love the verdigris technique with the orange flower - very eye catching!

lakeslady said...

Lovely card.
Very much like the poppy. Here in the UK we too celebrate our fallen war service people with the poppy.

"Like the ivy and the wall, together we stand, united we fall".

Sheila said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing!

Paper Blessings said...

Pretty card! another flower that almost looks like the poppy! :) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

paula said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the info on the verdigris technique!

Crystle Kunchick said...

Love the card, love the flower and the shadowing on both the card and the flower.

Marybeth said...

Sharon ,I am so glad I did the top of the hop last. It looks like you added you PS later. I loved learning about the red poppy ! I never knew anything about that! Thanks you so much for sharing that story with us. Your card is beautiful. But now has so much more meaning to me and many . Take care!

Kris in Alaska said...

I'm definitely going to have to try that technique sometime after seeing your fab take on it!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Julie said...

Really pretty card, Sharon! Thanks for sharing the technique you used!

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