Just like coffee....

A card that says "I need you in my life", and celebrates coffee at the same time? Sweet!


4/7/20232 min read

Would you like to play around 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 below 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.)

Starting with a gel print background - I do love a good grungy gel print, paint scabs and all.

Getting Started

Card Base: 4.25 x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

brown layer: 4.25 x 5.5

Black Border: 4 x 5.25

Gel Print (Card Face): . 7/8 x 5 1/8

Card Face:

  • I started by positioning my Coffee Pot stencil on the card face, securing with mint tape.

  • I used a blending brush and black ink to stencil the outline of the coffee pot.

  • I repositioned the stencil to place the coffee insert, switched out brushes and used a dark brown ink to add the coffee inside of the pot.

  • I added steam (another option with this stencil) coming out of the pot, and then tiny hearts(using the Itty Bitty Love stencil) to the coffee pot using Versamark and Holographic embossing powder. I brought in the heat gun to set these.


    When using Versamark on a stencil I don't use a brush as the ink is actually too thick to transfer to the bristles: I actually press the pad firmly onto the stencil and twist it just a bit, pressing ink through into the paper.

  • I also added the tiny hearts here and there around the background, still using Versamark but switching to gold embossing powder.

  • I got my Stamparatus out and positioned the sentiments. Each of those was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.


I glued the brown card stock to the card base, and then glued the black border to this

And finally I glued the card face on top of all the layers.

Between the holographic and the gold embossing, this card didn't need any additional sparkle!

Final thoughts: I was happy with this one. Grunge may not be for everyone, but it's definitely on my list of favs. If it's not on your list, the design is easy to recreate using patterned paper from your stash in a style that you love.

Supplies: (and Links where possible)

Stencils: Coffee Pot and Itty Bitty Love, both from A Colorful Life Designs

Sentiment stamps: retired, but you could create these with your computer.

Ink: Stampin' Up!

Versamark: Stampin' Up! or Simon Says Stamp or Scrapbook.com

Wow clear embossing powder: Amazon or Simon Says Stamp

gold embossing powder:Stampin' Up!

Ranger Holographic embossing powder, Amazon or Simon Says Stamp

mint tape: Scrapbook.com

brown cardstock: Stampin' Up!

black cardstock: Stampin' Up!

card base: Accent 100 lb, Amazon

Thanks for popping by!

An angled shot so you can see the irridescent hearts in the pot more clearly, and the steam curling out of the top

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