A bit rustic

a lot fun!


3/21/20243 min read


Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils I used from A Colorful Life Designs.  Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Let’s get Started:

Card Base:  5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Blue Border: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face: 5.25 x4

Focal Strip with Hearts:  5.25 x 2

Card Face:

I put the card face into an embossing folder that features buttons,  and ran it through the Big Shot.

I added a piece of self adhesive foam to the back of the card face which had been cut to 5 x 3.75.

The Essential Heart stencil also includes a mask, allowing so much creativity:  I’ve made use of both in this design.

Focal Strip:

  • I laid the focal strip onto my Grip Mat.

  • I put the Essential Heart mask onto the strip, centering it vertically.  I applied blue ink to the center portion of the strip, around the mask.

  • I moved the mask to the top of the strip and repeated the process,  and then did the same thing at the bottom of the strip.

  • I varied the angle of the heart each time.

  • I decided that the final result wasn’t quite “enough”,  so I laid the Essential Strip stencil directly over the middle heart (created by the mask),  and then laid the Bitty Love stencil over top of this.  I applied the same blue ink through both layers of stencil, being careful to keep the ink inside the larger heart. This created a hearts-inside-the-heart look that I liked,  and I repeated the process with the hearts on the top and bottom of the strip.

  • I tore the left-hand edge of the strip resulting in a textured edge.


  • I stamped and die-cut the sentiment.

  • I wrapped silver metallic thread around the embossed card face on the left-hand side,  securing it on the back with scotch tape.

  • I tied a small piece of the metallic thread around the strands, pulling them in tightly and creating a shape with the threads.  I trimmed the ends of the thread very close to the knot, and then used a dot of liquid glue on the knot to be certain that it wouldn’t let go.


  • I glued the blue border layer to the card base.

  •  I added the embossed card face on top of this centering on all sides.  

  • I glued the focal layer onto the card face, aligning to the right-hand edge.

  • I glued a small blue button in the middle of each heart.

  • I added foam tape to the back of the sentiment and put it in place as shown.

Final Thoughts:

This card has an appealing rustic vibe that I really like.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

   I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances, there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.


    Essential Heart, A Colorful Life Designs

    Bitty Love:  A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Perfectly Framed, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Die:  Ornate Frames, Stampin’ Up!  (retired)

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5, Scrapbook.com

Button Embossing Folder,  Stampin’Up!  (retired)

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Blue Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! 

Metallic Thread:  Stampin’ Up!  (retired)

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

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