Choose Happy

I mean, who wouldn't?!


3/19/20242 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the 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 4.25

Border:  5.5 x 4.25  *

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

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

Card Face:

  • I laid my card face on the Grip mat,  positioned the stencil and then applied a soft brown ink across the surface.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner.

  • I inked up the Choose Happy stamp with a variegated ink pad and stamped it on a diagonal as shown.  I inked it two or three times to get the desired saturation in the colours.

  • I allowed the ink on the sentiment to dry completely,  and then dusted the card face liberally with an anti-static powder.

  • I stamped the heart using Versafine embossing ink,  added copper embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

  • I used an embossing pen to add dots randomly on the card face, added copper embossing powder and used my heat gun to set the powder.

  • I used the same embossing pen to draw a thin border around the entire card.  I added copper embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.  


I added dimensional foam to the back of the card face.


I glued the brown border layer to the card base,  and then centered the card face on top of both.

Final Thoughts:

I wanted the border to be informal rather than precise so in some areas, I took a small pick tool and a brush and removed embossing powder here and there to create an irregular line.

All of the elements on this card came together in a way that suggests boho to me, and I like it!

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:  Heart Flowers, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Artful Expression,  Unity Stamps

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Variegated Ink Pad: Stampin’ Up!  (retired)

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Copper Embossing Powder:  Stampin’ Up!

Versamark Embossing Ink: Simon Says Stamp

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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