Contemporary meets Traditional

Contemporary meets traditional in an unexpected design.... and I love it! Your imagination is the only limit in all forms of art, and a hand made card is no exception. Mixing things up can have delightful results.


2/28/20233 min read

Would you like to create this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils 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.)

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

Note: almost everything used on this card is retired product except for the stencils. However, there are a couple of techniques explained here that you might like to try, and you can always just grab something that will work from your stash.

Card Face: 4 x 5.25

Card Face: This is created with two stencils from A Colorful Life Design - Diagonal Weave and Outline Grid. The latter is used here as an inverse image. with white spray ink. The Diamond Weave stencil was applied over top of it, using an ink that matched the card stock and the result was a pretty, contemporary card face. I ran it through the Big Shot with a die that produced the pattern you see running down the right hand side of the panel (including the awesome leaf cut- outs), which provided an extra detail for the eye, and a bit of texture.

I diecut an assortment of die cut leaves and flowers as well as a bow, to create the bouquet on the card front.

And of course I needed a sentiment. I stamped and heat embossed both the word and the inner circle in silver. I also wanted to add a silver border to the sentiment to make it pop a bit more. To do this I simply stood it up like a wheel, and rotated it over the versamark pad picking up ink as it went. Then I dipped it in the silver embossing powder, shook off the excess and melted the powder with the heat gun. A pair of tweezers kept my fingers out of the way.

note on technique: to use an inverse stencil image, you simply apply your colour medium (ink, paint, etc) to the top of the stencil and then turn it upside down and press it on your paper. Normally you are creating a pattern using the openings in the stencil, but this way it is created with the solid spaces. If you are using ink you may need a very light spritzing of water to transfer well, and if you are using paint use a very thin coat.

Card Assembly:

  • I glued the card face to the card base, carefully lining up the die cut to fit back together correctly.

  • I played around a bit with the diecuts and glued them in place once I had a bouquet I liked. All of these were pure white for contrast with the blue.

  • I brushed the bow very lightly with the same colour that I had used on the cardface to help it stand out a bit from the bouquet, and then glued it place.

  • I added a gem into the middle of the bow.

  • I put a bit of dimensional foam on the back of the sentiment and placed it on the card front.

Final thoughts:

This card was an experiment, a mash up of styles, a "cross my fingers and hope it works".... but in the end, it's one I really like!


Stencils: Diagonal Weave, Outline Grid both from A Colorful Life Designs

stamps and dies: all retired, substitute from your stash

Big Shot: Sizzix, Amazon

Gems: Dollarama

Dimensional Foam: Dollarama

White Spray Ink: Avery Elle, Amazon

Blue Ink: Stampin' Up!

Versamark, Stampin' Up!

Silver Embossing Powder: Wow, Simon Says Stamp

Card Base: Accent 100 lb. , Amazon

Card Face and Die Cuts: Accent 80 lb, Amazon

Blue Cardstock, Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Amazon

Thanks for popping by!


Questions? Comments?