Ahhhh, spring!

when even mud puddles are a welcome sight!


2/21/20242 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

Yellow Border: 5.25 x 4 *

Card Face: 5 ⅛ x 3 ⅞

A scrap of white cardstock for the sentiment.

A narrow strip of gold foil cardstock.  (⅓” x 3 ¾)

*see Cheating on Layers and Borders under Stretch Your Pennies in the header

Card Face:

  • I put the card face onto the grip mat and positioned the raindrop stencil.

  • I applied a soft blue ink across the entire surface.

  • I removed that stencil and set it aside, replacing it with the umbrella stencil.

  • I used a soft green ink across the entire surface.

  • I spattered the card face with both yellow ink and metallic gold watercolour.


  • I used a die to cut out the boots.

  • I used three yellow inks ranging from quite soft to very dark to brush on various areas, trying to contour and give a sense of dimension to this flat piece of paper. I used a regular brush as well as a #0 and a #1 shading brush, depending on the area I was working on.

  • This die debosses the lines in the boots while cutting them out:  I used a fine yellow marker to trace along those lines and make them more visible.

  • To stamp the sentiment I lightly pressed the entire stamp into green ink,  and then carefully pressed blue ink over the top portion only.   I experimented with this a couple of times on scrap paper, then stamped it onto the cardstock.  I cut it out with a die, then put dimensional foam on the back.


  • I glued the yellow border layer onto the card base, and then added the card face on top of these, centering both layers.

  • I glued the boots onto the card face.

  • I glued the strip of gold foil across the card face as shown,  and then centered the sentiment overtop of that.

  • I glued 3 tiny rhinestones to the sentiment.

Final Thoughts:

I like this combination of elements:  it feels  like spring.  (and I am ready for spring!)

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.


    Big Fat Drops, A Colorful Life Designs

    Umbrellas, A Colorful Life Designs

Die: Oriental Lily and Wellies, Spellbinders

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

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

#0 Shading Brush, Waffle Flower, Simon Says Stamp

#1 Shading Brush, Waffle Flower, Simon Says Stamp

Yellow Marker:  Stampin’ Up!

Metallic Watercolours:

Gold Foil: Michaels

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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