A Summer Day & a Good Book....

life is good!


6/19/20233 min read

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Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Border:4.25 x 5.5

Card Face: approx 4 x 5.25

Small Scraps of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I used a stencil on this card face, and also a home made mask.

  • I created the mask by centering an oval die on an A2 cardface (4.25 x 5.5) and running it through the Big Shot. I set the oval aside for use another time - I need the outline piece for this purpose.

  • I secured the Script stencil to the card face, and then put the oval mask in place over top of that, using Mint tape to keep everything stable.

  • I used a light grey ink through the Script stencil, with a very light hand. I didn't want it to be a distraction in the scene, but definitely "there".

  • I removed the mask and the stencil - immediately putting the mask back in place and securing it again.

  • This time I used light green and light blue inks as shown, blending carefully where they met.

  • I removed the mask, put the card face into my stamp positioner and very carefully positioned and stamped the girl under the tree. I wanted the girl in the scene, but the tree to extend out of the scene and off of the side of the card.

  • I added the butterflies and the clouds.

  • I wasn't quite satisfied with the visibility of the Script stencil - it was just a bit to soft with the other inks on top. I put the stencil back in place, (with the mask on top again, to protect the outside edges ) and added ink again. This time I was happy with the visibility of the script in the background.

  • I added a few birds by hand, with a very, very fine microliner.

  • I used an edging die on both top and bottom of the card face.

  • I glued the card face onto the blue cardstock, and then ran this newly created layer through the Big Shot with a texturizing embossing folder.


  • I created the sentiment using my computer and an online program called Canva (I use the free version). I printed this onto 80 lb., card stock and then used a circular die to cut it out.

** a more complete explanation of this process can be found in the Techniques section. See Headers.

  • I used a slightly larger die and a soft green cardstock to cut out a background layer for the sentiment.

  • I glued these together, and put dimensional tape on the back.


  • I glued the card face layer (complete with border at this point) to the card base.

  • I put the sentiment in place towards the upper right of the scene.

Final thoughts:

This soft, dreamy card captures the feeling of a perfect summer day: a few minutes of peace and quiet, a shady tree and a good book.

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 multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.


Stamps: Summer Days, Stampin' Up! retired

dies: Oval infinity dies, Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp

Edger Die: Sizzix, Amazon

Ink: Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Stamping Platform: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Blue Card Stock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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