Life is short

make the most of it!


3/21/20242 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:

Card Base   2.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face:  5 ⅛ x 3 7/8

Card Face:

  • I inked up a background stamp which has irregular vertical lines with a light green ink.  I turned it on an angle and stamped diagonally on the card face.

  • I inked it up again,  turned it in the opposite direction, and stamped again.   This resulted in a fun diamond background.

  • I dusted the entire card face liberally with anti-static powder.

  • Laying one of the stencils in place,  I pressed Versamark embossing ink through all openings.  I removed the stencil and added gold embossing powder,  setting it with my heat gun.

  • I laid down another stencil and again pressed Versamark embossing ink through the stencil.  I added silver embossing powder, setting it with my heat gun.

  • I laid down the third and final stencil and added a bright blue ink across the surface.


  • I  created the sentiment on my computer, using various fonts and sizes and printing multiple selections on a piece of copy paper. 

  • I chose the one I liked the best and printed it on 80lb cardstock. (this is the heaviest that my printer will accept.)

  • I added dimensional foam to the back of the card face.


  • I glued the card face to the card base, centering carefully.

  • I glued the long, narrow sentiment across the center of the card face, between the two words as shown.

  • I added small silver pearls between the words on the sentiment, as well as before and after.

Final Thoughts:

The use of the blue/green combo gives this card a very masculine feeling, and the use of the embossing powder is a bit of fun.    This card is so different from the other one I made with this stencil -  changing up the colour scheme is very effective!

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: Layered Eat Cake, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamp:  Brush Strokes, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Versamark embossing ink: Simon Says Stamp

Gold and Silver embossing powder: Stampin’ Up! 

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

Sentiment Strip:  Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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