Feathers and Wings

and other lovely things


6/23/20241 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

Card Face:5.25 x 4

Black cardstock for feather

Card Face:

  • I put the card face onto the grip mat and positioned the stencil.

  • I used a firm hand to press Versamark embossing ink through the openings, added clear embossing powder and used my heat gun to set it.

  • I laid the card face on a large piece of plastic, positioned in the center.

  • I sprinkled small amounts of yellow and red Brusho pigment crystals around the card face, and then spritzed on water.

  • The water activated the crystals, causing an explosion of intense colour.

  • I put the panel aside overnight to allow it to thoroughly dry.

  • Once dry, I rubbed the card face vigorously with a microfiber cloth to remove the pigment from the embossing.

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


  • I die cut the feather out of black cardstock.

  • I pulled the sentiment out of my Ready to Go Binder.*

*See Ready to Go Binder under Techniques in the header.


  • I glued the card face to the card base.

  • I glued the black feather in place.

  • I added 3 iridescent pearls to the feather.

  • I added the sentiment to complete the card.

Final Thoughts:

I love the intense colour created by pigment crystals - I should use mine more often!

One fact is omitted from the tutorial - this card face was created several months before it was used! I knew I liked it - but couldn’t quite finish it off as I wanted. Finally, inspiration struck - hallelujah 😁

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: Dragonfly Flight, A Colorful Life Designs

Dies: Feather, Unbranded, Amazon

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

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Versafine Black Onyx Ink: Simon Says Stamp

Brusho Crystals: Amazon

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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