Happy Anniversary

a day for looking back - and looking ahead


7/17/20232 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.)

We're celebrating our 47th anniversary! He was my high school sweet heart, and has always been my one and only. In all honesty, I feel far too young to have been married this long! LOL.

Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Brown card stock: 4 x 3

Two small pieces of copper coloured foil

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Focal Piece:

Delicate Leaves is a 3 x 6 stencil, which is a perfect size for this design.

I secured the stencil to a piece of mid-tone brown cardstock using Mint Tape.

I grabbed the blending brush I use for beige and brown tones, and applied ink in the same colour as the cardstock. I used enough ink to get a clear result from this tone on tone application

I used a couple of dies to cut the negative leaf patterns through the stencilled image.


I ran the scrap of brown cardstock through my Big Shot with a die that both trims it down and cuts a negative word into the paper at the same time.


I glued a piece of copper foil cardstock to the back of the focal image, allowing the copper to show through the die cut leaves.

I glued the second piece of copper cardstock behind the sentiment: as shown in the picture this is just a bit wider than the brown sentiment strip.

I glued the focal image to the card face, leaving a 1/4" border on the top, left and bottom edges.

I glued the sentiment strip approximately 1 1/4" up from the bottom. When this had dried, I trimmed the edges to be flush with the card.

I added little diamond shaped metallic embellishments. I normally use odd numbers on my cards - but this design seemed to work best with four, as shown.

Final thoughts:

I started out making a masculine card; then it turned into an anniversary card. By the time I had it completed I was really happy with the design and the look, so much so that I saved it to use for our own anniversary.

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: Delicate Leaves, A Colorful Life Designs

Dies:Leaves: Tim Holtz, Amazon

Sentiment: Essential Sentiments, Altenew

Ink: Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Cream Card Base: Michaels

Card Face: Soft Suede, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Copper Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (retired)

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