Celebrate every little thing

every chance you get


6/12/20243 min read

Would you like to experiment 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 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.

Border: 5.3/8 x 4 ⅛ *

Card Face: die cut to approx. 5.258 x 4

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

Card Face:

This is a 3 x 6 stencil, featuring one umbrella. Not only was the stencil moved for each umbrella on the card face, but it was also wiped clean each time to ensure the colours didn’t become muddy.

  • I laid the card face on the grip mat, positioned the stencil in the center, and masked the edges with Mint Tape to prevent stray ink from creeping across the card face.

  • I applied blue ink across the exposed area.

  • I moved the stencil first to the left and then to the right, masking each time and changing colours as well.

  • I moved the stencil up, positioned it between two in the row below, and added ink after masking necessary areas. I moved the stencil sideways, positioning it again between two images in the row below, masked where necessary and added ink.

  • I repeated this to create one more row above, and then moved the stencil down and created rows under the first row until the card face was filled. Each time the stencil was moved I added masking and switched colours as shown in the image.

  • I allowed the ink to dry and then dusted the entire card face with anti-static powder.

  • I put it into my stamp positioner and stamped the image of the woman using Versafine Onyx *. I stamped twice to get a good intense image.

  • I immediately removed the card face from the positioner and sprinkled clear embossing powder on the just-stamped image, setting it with my heat gun.

  • I repeated the last two steps to add the sentiment.

*Versafine Onyx is a pigment ink and stays wet long enough to add embossing powder. and set it. Any pigment ink can be used in this way.


  • I used a deckled-edge rectangular die to cut the card face down to the final size.

  • I ran an embossing pen along the edges, sprinkled silver embossing powder over them and set it with the heat gun.


  • I glued the black border layer to the card base and added the card face on top of both.

  • I scattered blue and yellow Bling randomly on the card face.

Final Thoughts:

I quite like the umbrella used in this way to create a background. I’ve always liked the stamped image and accompanying sentiment: this was a good opportunity to get both on a card.

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: Sunshade, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Beautiful You, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Dies: Deckled Ege Rectangles, Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Bling: A Colorful Life Designs

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Clear Embossing Powder, Wow, Simon Says Stamp

Embossing Pen: Wow, Simon Says Stamp

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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