Follow your Path

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4/11/20243 min read


Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils 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: 4.25 x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

Border: 3 â…ž x 5.5   *

Card Face: 3 â…› x 5.5

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

Card Face:

  • I laid the card face on my Grip Mat and positioned the first stencil (the houses).

  • Masking off each house separately to prevent smudging,  I inked them in a variety of colours as shown.  I removed this stencil and put it to the side.

  • I traced each of the houses on the card face onto copy paper and then cut them out.  I used loops of Mint Tape to secure them over their inked partners and protect them, Then I laid the second stencil in place  (the trees).

  • I inked up the trees using a couple of greens and varying the pressure to provide visual interest.  I removed that stencil.

  • Now it was time to ink up the sky -  and luckily the tree stencil also had a mask.  I was able to lay this over the trees to protect them and add the clouds. 

  • Rather than securing this stencil, I turned it this way and that to get different shapes in different areas,  repeating until I was satisfied.  I removed the mask for the trees,  and those on the houses.

  • I placed the card face into my stamp positioner and stamped the sentiment with black ink a few times until I was satisfied with the intensity.


  • I looked through my Ready to Go binder  *,  and found the little mouse with the kite, previously stamped and coloured.  It was the perfect addition to the scene.

  • I fussy cut the bunny,  not worrying about the string he is holding onto or the tail of the kite.   I also fussy cut each of the ties on the tail individually.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and stamped the bunny where I wanted it … I stamped it a couple of times so that I got a good, clear image.

  • I glued on the cutout bunny, lining it up exactly with the stamped version,  and I did the same thing with each of the dies for the tail.   By doing it this way the strings reappeared exactly where they were needed in the image. 

  • (Credit to Jennifer McGuire for this great hack!)

See Ready to Go binder under Techniques in the header to learn how I used this to save time and money.


  • I glued the blue layer onto the card base,  centering vertically.

  • I glued the card face on top of this,  again centering vertically.

  • I added the birds by hand, using a microliner.

Final Thoughts:

A whimsical, fun little scene!   I was stumped on sentiment until I found this one….  I think it’s quite perfect!

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.

Stencils:  All A Colorful Life Designs

     Row of Houses

     Tree Line Edger 3

      Cloud Edger


     Hoppy Moments, Stampendous, Amazon

     Soar Confidently, Stampin’ Up! (retired))

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

 Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Alcohol Markers:

     Stampin’ Blends: Stampin’ Up!

     Copics:  Wallacks

Blue Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!  


Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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