A magical substance

a cup of coffee, a great stencil, (time to craft!) what more could you need?


4/10/20233 min read

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

Blue Border: 5.25 x 4

Card Face: 5 1/8 x 3 7.8

Card Face:

  • I used the Joyous Cup stencil for this card. I masked off the splash with Mint Tape ( a very low tack tape that is safe for your cardstock) to avoid mixing the colours, and brought in my blending brush to add blue ink to the cup. I varied pressure - lighter or heavier - on some parts of the image, to give a sense of dimension.

  • I moved the Mint Tape so that it was covering the cup and exposing the splash, then used a blending brush to add a medium brown ink. I removed the stencil and had a look: I decided that I wanted to add clear embossing powder to the splash, but first I would have to allow the ink to dry. This took a while, as the paper was quite saturated.

Technique: there are several ways to mask off an image, or a portion of an image to protect it from another colour of stamping. In this instance I was only concerned about the edges where the two colours would meet, so I used Mint Tape. I simply covered the edge that was closest to the other colour. The tape I have is 1" wide, which gave me tthe space I needed to keep the colours separate.

  • When it was completely dry I dusted the entire image with anti static powder and then put the stencil back in place (it is very easy to line up this bold image). I once again masked off the cup and pressed my Versamark embossing ink pad firmly onto the splash through the stencil, being careful to cover all of the different splash "bits". (This embossing ink is too thick to use a blending brush with, so I used firm pressure to press it through the stencil onto the surface.)

  • I added clear embossing powder and used a pre-heated heat gun to melt this .

  • I moved quickly to sprinkle some fine glitter onto it, so that became embedded as the embossing cooled and hardened.

  • I got out my stamp platform , and added the word "coffee" , stamping a couple of times to get the intensity I wanted.

  • I positioned the sentiment stamp above the cup and picked it up with the door of the Stamparatus. I curved it to follow the curve of the splash as closely as possible, and then stamped in blue. Again, I stamped a couple of times to get a good intensity.


The curved sentiment was created with a regular, straight photopolymer stamp. Photopolymer has a lot of flex, which allowed me to curve it into the shape you see in the image. It's not perfect, but I was asking for a dramatic curve on this piece. I laid the stamp on the card face where I wanted it and then I picked it up with the door of the Stamparatus and manipulated it into the shape it was meant to be. ** when curving a stamp like this, allow it to return to the shape it's meant to be in as quickly as possible to avoid stretching the photopolymer.

  • I used a corner punch to round the upper left hand corner of the card face.


  • I used the same punch to round the upper left corner of the blue cardstock, and then adhered it to the card face. Instead of centering the cardface onto the blue layer, I placed it so that it was lined up along the right hand side and the bottom. This created a border along the left and top that provided a highlight for the curve .

  • I glued this new layer down to the card base.

Final thoughts: The fun sentiment and the unique layout work well with the stencilled image. I used the glitter in the csplash as a nod to the word "magical" in the sentiment: it sparkles nicely in real life.


Stencil: Joyous Cup, A Colorful Life Designs

ink: Stampin' Up!

blending brushes: Stampin' Up!

Anti Static Powder: Embossing Buddy, Stampin' Up!

Versamark clear: Amazon, Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

clear embossing powder: Wow, Simon Says Stamp, or Amazon

Sentiments: Coffee Sentiments, Your Next Stamp

Corner Rounder Punch: Fiskars, Amazon

Stamping Platform: Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Amazon or Simon Says Stamp

Blue Card Stock: Pacific Point, Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 Lb, Amazon

Card Face: Accent, 80 lb., Amazon

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