For the Birds

(some days are like that!)


2/7/20242 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:

Cream Card Base:5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Border: Black strips  5.5 x .25 , and  5.5 x 1.5

Cream Card Face: 5.5 x 4

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape.

  • I used yellow ink across the entire surface, varying the pressure to allow for a variation in tone.

  • I added a bit of embossing paste to the belly of each bird.***

  • After allowing the paste to dry completely,  I dusted the entire surface with anti-static powder.

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

  • I removed the card face from the positioner and immediately added clear embossing powder, and set it with my heat gun.

  • I used a stitched edger die to remove approximately 1” from the right-hand side.

*** see Homemade Embossing Paste  under Stretch Your Pennies in the header


I used the same stitched edger die on the 5.5 x 1.5” piece of black cardstock. 


  • I glued the  5.5 x .25” of cardstock to the left-hand side of the card base.

  • I glued the die-cut piece of black card stock behind the right-hand edge of the card face, allowing it to peek out just a bit on the right.

  • I glued the card face to the card base, butting it up snugly against the black strip on the left.

  • I added three small black embellishments to the lower right, on the exposed cream portion.

Final Thoughts

A fun card, with an unexpected bit of glimmer from the embossing paste.  I applied this with the tip of a narrow palette knife,  and in trying to make sure that it stayed where I wanted it, it got a bit thin in places.  If I were to repeat this card I would find a way to fix that.

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: A Bunch of Birds, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Things to Do, Unity Stamps

Die: Basic Border Dies, Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Clear Embossing Powder, Wow, Simon Says Stamp


Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Cream Card Base & Card Face: Michaels

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