Friends Don't Let Friends



8/3/20233 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.)

It's been so terribly HOT this summer .... everyone is staying cool in every way they can think of.

Looks like these wee creatures have the same idea!

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 X 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face: 5.5 x 4.25

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape,grabbed some ink and my brushes, and got to work.

  • Using post it notes to mask areas I wanted to protect, I used one orange, one intense pink and one green ink to create the floral background. I worked on one flower or stem at a time, and varied intensity as I worked, to provide more visual interest.

  • I used a soft blue ink and a light hand to to suggest a sky in the background, and also to soften the harsh white contrast of the uninked white paper.


I had already stamped and coloured the mice and the lollipop - they were waiting in the ready - to - go binder.** (For information on this binder check the Techniques tab in the header.) I just had to get them out.


  • I gued the card face to the card base.

  • I glued the mice and the lollipop onto the card face as shown. I

  • When I began this process I had the thought that the lollipop was being shared between the mice, but as I worked I thought it would be fun to create an opportunity for shade on a hot summer day.

  • That had to be taken into consideration with the placement of the lollipop.

  • I added glue to the (lollipop) stick and the right hand side of the actual lollipop, and put them in place. I added a bit of dimensional foam behind the left side of the lollipop to it would remain elevated and could provide shade without obsuring the mouse on the left.

  • I used soft grey alcohol markers to create shade in the scene.

Final thoughts:

This is a cute little scene: the card will be sent to a special little girl and I hope it will bring a smile.

There was some "adjusting" required to this card as I went along ...

First, despite the use of post it notes, I managed to get pink ink onto a flower stem. I ended up placing the sentiment over top to hide it. (never give up - there's always a way to save it!)

I showed the card to my daughter and asked if she could tell that the lollipop was to provide shade - I had not added the grey marker at this point. She wasn't getting that from the scene as created, and actually suggested the addition of the marker. It makes it much better in the end.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil:Flower Garden, A Colorful Life Designs


Sweet Storybook, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Bon Bon Set, Frog's Whiskers, Ecstasy Crafts

Sentiment: Shades of Summer, Taylored Expressions

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Alcohol Markers

Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up!

Copics, DeSerres

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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