Artfully Yours

creativity is so good for the soul!


2/1/20242 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

Black Border: 5.25 x 4  ***

Card Face:  5 ⅛ x  3 ⅞

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

Card Face:

  • I stamped the little mouse with Memento ink and coloured him with alcohol markers.

  • I added shading under his feet to ground him in the scene.

  • I put the card face and stencil onto my grip mat and used blending brushes to add green, blue, and yellow ink randomly on about 60% of the card face.  I  worked around the mouse and allowed the ink to fade at the edges.

  • I took a fine liner and traced some of the shapes,  to create the idea that there had been a pattern drawn which he had painted,  but that these were incomplete.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and added the sentiment in the upper left corner as shown,  stamping a couple of times to get the intensity I wanted.


I used the same colours on the edges of the front of the card base, adding them randomly:  there is only ¼” of this showing,  so I inked less than an inch at each edge.


I glued the black border layer to the card base,  and the card face on top of this.

Final Thoughts

I’m happy with this fun, whimsical card and I think it will bring a smile when it is received.

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.

Stencil:  Rocky Path,  A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps:Paint the Town,  Colorado Craft Company,  Scrap n’ Stamp

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

 Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Alcohol Markers:

     Stampin’ Blends: Stampin’ Up!

     Copics:  Wallacks

Fine Liners, Amazon

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

Handmade cards with a delicious dash of Whimsy