If we get caught.....

so many adventures have begun with those words!


7/21/20232 min read

a bird stares off into the distance as if pondering his actions. Caption"just remember if we get cau
a bird stares off into the distance as if pondering his actions. Caption"just remember if we get cau

This card actually features just half of a stencil: I positioned it horizontally so that half of it was on the card and the rest was hanging off. I love the random, whimsical feel in this design.

Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Card Face:5.25 x 4

Small Scrap of Cardstock for bird

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape, grabbed my blending brushes and set to work.

  • I added a soft green ink to the top of the card face, creating the stencilled pattern and fading the colour as it moved down the page.

  • I added pink ink to the bottom of the page, fading as it moved up towards the center.

  • Initially I left the center white, but after looking at itI felt that the contrast was too harsh, so I went back and added pink with a very light hand.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and added the sentiment in Memento black ink, stamping a couple of times to get the intensity I wanted.

  • I added metallic watercolour spatter in green and pink.


  • I stamped the bird in black Memento ink and coloured it with alcohol markers.

  • I don't have dies for this set of stamps, so he had to be fussy cut.


  • I glued the bird to the card face above to the right of the sentiment. He looked like he was suspended in mid air, hanging there like that. So I took a very fine black microliner and added a bit of shadow around his feet to ground him.

  • I added dimensional foam to the back of the card face, and adhered it to the card base, centering carefully.

  • I added 5 black Nuvo drops.

Final thoughts:

I love the combination of the fun Tim Holtz bird with that stencil: they work so well together!

I didn't start out with this colour combination in mind - although I was super happy with it in the end. The story behind this card - I got the stencil out and and decided to make two cards, each featuring a different half of the stencil. I had already done the first one; I wiped the stencil down , repositioned it on a fresh piece of cardstock and started . Apparently I managed to transfer some of the ink to the side I used for this card, as I suddenly had pink show up in the midst of my green. I decided to turn an error into a design element and added pink to the bottom edge of the card. I also intensified it a bit on the top so that it was impossible to overlook. And it worked!

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: Scalloped Border Small Mask, Stencil Girl


Mini Bird Crazy, Tim Holtz, Amazon

Sentiment, Kraftgali (no longer in business)


Die Based:Stampin' Up

Memento Black: Stampin' Up!

Alcohol Markers: Stampin' Blends - Stampin' Up!

Metallic Watercolour: Aoutle, Amazon

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes:Stampin' Up!

Stamping Platform::Misti, Spellbinders

The platform I use has retired, but the Misti is very similar.

Foam tape: Dollarama

Fineliner: Amazon

Black Nuvo Drops: Tonic, Ecstasy Crafts

Adhesive:Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base:Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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