Dreaming of Dragonflies

Dreaming of Dragonflies and warm summer days .... a handmade card that is certain to bring a smile in the of the cold, dreary winter months.


2/25/20232 min read

Would you like to create 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.)

Card base 4.25x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

Teal layer 4 1/8 x 5 3/8

white card stock, 3 5/8 x 4 7/8

Card face 3.5 x 4.75

  • I ran the larger piece of teal cardstock through the Big Shot with an embossing folder (this particular folder is retired, but I have it in my stash and decided to get it out for a play).

  • I used the Dragonfly Flight stencil and a metallic copper ink to create a pattern on the card face. This didn't show up on the teal as much as I had hoped, so I used an embossing buddy liberally across the surface, put the stencil back in place and applied versamark with an embossing pen. I added some clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat gun. The pattern immediately became much more defined, and I accidentally created an outline in some areas with the pen - but that just enhanced the background. Gotta love an error that works in your favour.

  • I used a geometric cover die and ran it through my big shot, carefully keeping track of all of the small pieces when I removed the cardstock as I planned to inlay them.

  • This left me with a frame and a geometric pattern which I glued onto the white card stock layer , centering to create a narrow border.

  • I added a small amount of liquid glue into each of the openings, and set the pieces back into the appropriate spots.

  • I realized that I wanted the lines cut by the die to be more apparent, so I used a light hand to brush on some white pigment ink , and also added some white spatter.

  • I die cut the word 'smile' three times and glued them together. I also cut out a small dragonfly. Then I took some Metallic Wax Paste and lightly brushed it across the top of the word, being careful to still allow some of the teal to peek through. I repeated the process with the dragonfly,

Assembling the card:

I glued the embossed teal cardstock to the white card base, and then glued the white cardstock - which had already been glued to the cardface - in place, ensuring it was centered appropriately.

The "smile" and the dragonfly were glued in place.

To finish it off, I added tiny copper coloured sequins .

Final thoughts: this card took a couple of unexpected turns as I worked with it, but I persevered and was happy with the end result.


stencil: Dragonfly Flight, A Colorful Life Designs

Big Shot: Sizzix, Amazon

embossing folder of your choice, as the one I used is retired

Rectangle Diamond Frame die, Amazon.

focal point die cuts - sadly both the dragonfly and the word are retired dies. Substitute something in your stash!

Delicata copper ink, Amazon

white ink spatter, Avery Elle, Amazon

clear embossing powder, Wow , Simon Says Stamp

embossing pen, Versamark, Simon Says Stamp

Momenta Art-C wax paste, Amazon

copper sequins, Studio Katia