Believe . Dream . Prosper

a card to celebrate courage and determination..


4/4/20232 min read

Would you like to play around with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link below 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.)

Getting Started:

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

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

strip of gold cardstock: 5.5 x .5

Card Face:

  • I applied the Faded Lines stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, using green and blue ink.

  • I added some metallic watercolour spatter in a soft blue. Of course when the watercolour touched the water based ink, they reacted and the ink dissolved and spread where they touched.

  • So - I decided to roll with it, and I gave the entire panel a light spritz of water to carry that softer look across the entire card face.

  • I allowed this to dry, and then I used my anti static powder on the entire card face.

  • I stamped the bird in black pigment ink and applied clear embossing powder to really make it pop against the background.

  • I cut the panel down with a stitched rectangle die.

  • I cut the bird out of the center using a circle die. I used another slightly larger die on the card face to create a border around the bird.

  • I used these same two dies together, stablized with mint tape, and cut a gold circle. would fit between the bird and the rest of the card face.

  • I tore the right hand edge of the card, and distressed it lightly.

  • I heat embossed tiny gold hearts here and there .

  • I stamped the sentiment in black pigment ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I trimmed it down to size using my shears.


To tear an edge I put the paper into my score buddy and add a score line where I want the tear to be. I bend this back and forth several times to break down the fibers in the paper, and then I tear it off carefully. I will further distress this by running my scissors down the tear if the design calls for it.


  • I glued the strip of gold card stock in behind the torn edge, allowing it to peek out and be seen.

  • Then I glued the card face to the card base.

  • I inserted both the gold circle and the bird image into the card face and glued them securely.


stencil: Faded Lines, A Colorful Life Designs

Bird stamp: Inkadinkado, Amazon

ink: Stampin' Up

anti static powder: embossing buddy, Stampin' Up!

pigment ink:the ink I use has been discontinued, but any black pigment ink will work

clear embossing powder: Wow, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Stitched Rectangular Dies: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Tombo, Aqua, Amazon or Simon Says Stamp

versamark clear: Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

metallic watercolour for spatter: Aoutle, Amazon

gold card stock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent, 100 lb, Amazon

Card Face: Accent, 80 lb., Amazon

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