A Bloomin' Great Day!

a beautiful wish for a beautiful friend


6/23/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil 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.)

Letโ€™s Get Started:

Card Base:4.25 x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

Coral Border: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8

**Card Face: approx 3 .75 x 5 ,

**Coral Frame: approx 3.25 x 4.5

** White Focal Piece: 3 x 4.25

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

*** these pieces were all cut with a deckle edge die

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape, got out my blending brushes and set to work.

  • I selected an ink that matched the coloured cardstock and quickly brushed it through the stencil. As usual I deliberately allowed a variation in intensity to provide depth and visual interest.


  • I created a narrow coral frame: I took two deckled edge dies that were close in size and taped them together, ensuring equal spacing all the way around, and then ran them through my Big Shot.

  • I stamped and coloured the focal image and then cut it out with a smaller deckled edge die.

  • I stamped the sentiment in black pigment ink, and then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder: I used a stitched edge die to cut this out, which provided a nice contrast to all the ragged edges on the other pieces.


  • I centered and glued the coral border to the card base, and then added the stencilled card face on top of that.

  • I glued the focal image next, centering carefully, and then adding the coral frame around it.

  • I added the sentiment on a diagonal slant as shown.

Technique: when you want a bit more colour/texture on your card, a frame is a good alternative to adding another layer. It's visually interesting without being distracting. (it also allows you to save the inside portion for another project!)

Final thoughts:

This image has lots of layers, colour and visual interest. It feels fresh and crisp. I like the frame around the focal image, as it feels lighter than a solid rectangle would have, and also allows the stencilling to peek through.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

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

Stencil: Wave Cloud , A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Cute Blooms, Your Next Stamp


Deckle Edged Dies: Stampin' Up!

Stitched Rectangle Die: Stampin' Up! (retired)


Dye Based Ink Stampin' Up!

Versamark: Stampin' Up!

Memento :Stampin' Up!

Clear Embossing Powder: Wow., Simon Says Stamp

Alcohol Markers: Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Amazon

Coral Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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