Happy Thoughts

A fun and fresh card, just in time for summer


6/29/20232 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.)

Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Border: 5.25 x 4

Card Face: 4.75 x 3.25

Small Scraps of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • This stencil has some fine detail, combined with longer strands running through the stencil: to be certain that the everything stayed put I sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray. I put the stencil in place after about 30 seconds and used a small brayer to ensure good contact between the stencil and paper.

  • I used my blending brushes to apply soft orange and pink inks, allowing a variation in tonalities.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner, and stamped the images using black Memento ink.


  • I used a curved die to cut into the card face vertically.

  • I stamped the sentiments onto scrap cardstock, and cut them out with small dies.


  • I glued the black border layer to the card base, and then put the card face in place on top of that. I adjusted the edges of the card face to allow a narrow 1/8" vertical black border to show on either side. This left a gap in the middle, forming the strong black curved line that is a design element on this card.

  • I put dimensional foam on the back of each sentiment, and put them in place on the card front.

  • I used small sequins on the card front - the pastel pink worked really well with the soft colours on the card face.

  • I used clear Nuvo drops on the circle details of the floral image as a final added detail.

Final thoughts:

I love the strong contrast between soft pastel patterns and black imagery on this card.

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: Bubbly Waves, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Bitty Botanicals and Whimsical Motif, both by Altenew

sentiment: Happy Thoughts by A Colorful Life Designs

Ink: Stampin' Up!

Pixie Spray: Scrapshotz.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Stamping Platform: Misti, Spellbinders

I use a product that has recently retired, however the Misti is very similar.

Adhesive: tombo aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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