If Dragonflies Bring Luck

I wish you a MILLION


2/10/20242 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:-

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

Black Card Face:  5.5 x 3.75

Small piece of silver card stock for dragonfly

A narrow strip of white cardstock for the sentiment.

Card Face:

  • I started by dusting my card face with anti-static powder very well.  

  • I put the card face onto my Grip Mat and laid the stencil over that.

  • I firmly pressed my Versamark embossing ink pad through the stencil,  going over the entire surface a couple of times to be certain I hadn’t missed any spots.

  • I removed the stencil, sprinkled the card face with embossing powder, and set it with my heat gun.  When melted, this powder is a  striking mix of black and pewter.

  • I positioned a zig-zag die about ¾” in from the right-hand side and ran it through my Big shot.


  • I die-cut the dragonfly out of silver card stock.

  • I stamped the sentiment towards the left-hand side of the narrow strip of cardstock using embossing ink.  I sprinkled it with silver embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.


  • I glued both pieces of the card face to the card base,  lining them up carefully on the top and bottom.

  • I added the sentiment at an angle as shown, trimming to fit.

  • I glued down the dragonfly, allowing the tail to land on the sentiment strip.

I added three iridescent gems in graduated sizes as shown. 

Final Thoughts

The strong contrast between black and white, coupled with the mottled effect of the embossing powder makes this card really stand out.

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:  Double Honeycomb, a Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin’ Up~ (retired)

Die: Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin’ Up~ (retired)

Die:  Basic Border Dies, Stampin’ Up!

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5, Scrapbook.com

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Versamark embossing ink:

Embossing Powder:  Black Magic, Wow, Amazon

Silver embossing Powder: Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

Black Cardstock: Dollarama  see Supplies under Stretch your Pennies in the header

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