Be Yourself

whether that means a ball cap or chapeau


4/22/20242 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:

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

Cream Card Face:  4 x 5.5

Card Face:

  • I laid the card face onto my Grip Mat, positioned the first stencil and used medium brown ink to create a soft image.  

  • I allowed the ink to fade in certain areas,  and built up the intensity in others,  to create contrast and shading for this image.

  • After the ink was completely dry I dusted the surface liberally with anti-static powder.

  • I removed this stencil and placed the second one, positioning it on the brim of the hat.

  • I pressed versamark ink through the stencil, using firm pressure to ensure good coverage.

  • After removing the stencil I added gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

  • I used an embossing pen to coat the lips with embossing ink,  added gold embossing powder and again set it with my heat gun.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and added the sentiment with brown ink,  stamping twice to make the sentiment stand out against the background.


  • I glued the card face to the card base,  aligning to the left-hand side.

  • I created a gold line beside the right-hand edge, using a gold gel pen.

Final Thoughts:

I love this stencil so much,  and I was so happy with this image when I created it using cream and brown…. It had a soft elegance that I loved.  And then I put it aside because I just couldn’t decide how to finish it.

I eventually found this sentiment and decided how to finish it off.  

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.


#1:  Side Hat, A Colorful Life Designs

#2  Meteorites, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps:  Be Yourself, Frantic Stamper, Ecstasy Crafts

Metallic Gel Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll, Amazon

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Embossing Pen: Ranger, Amazon

Versamark Embossing Ink: Simon Says Stamp

Gold Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up!

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Cream Card Base & Card Face: Michaels

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