Don't grow up!

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6/18/20242 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 4.25

Card Face: 5.5 x 4 (once cut to size)

Card Face:

  • I laid the card face onto the Grip Mat and put the stencil in place.

  • I applied blue ink to one end and green to the other, blending in the middle.

  • I used Mint Tape to secure three small dies to the card face and ran it through the Big Shot to cut the holes.

  • I put the card face into the stamp positioner and added the sentiment with black ink.


  • I stamped the three little boys and die-cut them after colouring them with alcohol markers.

  • I cut two ⅛” strips off the side of the card face.

  • I placed the card face on the card base where it would be. once glued, and drew a faint pencil line around the holes.

  • I removed the card face and used a blending brush and yellow ink to add colour to each hole.

  • Once the yellow was the desired intensity I erased the lines.

  • I used a fine liner to add dots and dashes around the little boys.


  • I glued the card face to the base, aligning it on the right-hand edge.

  • I glued one of the ⅛” strips to the left-hand edge. This left a ⅛” strip between the two pieces of the card face.

  • I put dimensional foam on the back of the little boys, and set each one in place as shown.

Final Thoughts:

The little boys are adorable, and the sentiment works so perfectly with them!

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: Wild Rings A Colorful Life Designs


Pink Ink Elegance, PI074 - Pink Ink Designs Stamp - Frames - Elegance

Mama Elephant, Mini Boy, Amazon

Dies: Your Next Stamp (no longer in business)

Waffle Flower Grip Mat,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Versafine Black Onyx Ink: Simon Says Stamp

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Alcohol Markers:

Stampin’ Blends: Stampin’ Up!

Copics: Wallacks

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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Handmade cards with a delightful dash of whimsy