Anyhow, this is the card I sent, very simple and I felt, adding the leaf and the bud apart is what he must be feeling like at the moment. I stamped the flower and just added distress inks to the flower, bud and leaf, a few gems and the simple sentiment and all finished. I've been putting off using this lovely stamp as I thought it could be difficult, but actually I didn't even need to use all the layers for it to look effective, I hope so anyway.
image - Altenew Layered Poppy
freebie stamps - Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine issue - 194
watercolour card - Crafters Companion
inks - Distress inks
gems - stash