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1/23/20242 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:

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

Coral Border: 5.5 x 4.25

Cream Card Face: 5.25 x 4

Piece of coral cardstock for the die cut, approx 5 x 2.5”

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape and applied coral ink across the entire surface.

  • I built the intensity up at the top right and bottom left, allowing it to fade towards the center.

  • I allowed the ink to dry and then used anti-static powder over the entire surface.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner, positioned the stamp and stamped it a couple of times with black pigment ink. (I had to mask the bottom portion of this stamp as it is larger than I wanted to use on this card.)

  • I removed the card face from the stamp positioner and immediately sprinkled the sentiment with clear embossing powder, setting it with my heat gun.


  • I ran the smaller piece of coral cardstock through the Big Shot with the die. This die actually cuts the outline of the bird with the “swooshes”, leaving the bird intact.

  • I pressed the bird portion into my Versamark pad, coated it with Holographic embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.


  • I glued the outline portion of the die cut across the bottom of the card.

  • I glued the sparkly interior bird in place as shown.

  • I added a tiny gem for the bird’s eye, and 3 matching gems under the sentiment.

Final Thoughts

I had created this background weeks before it got used: I liked it, but just couldn’t visualize the kind of card I wanted to use it with. Once I got this die I knew what I wanted to do and I was really happy with the end result.

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: Yuletide Floral, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Window Shopping, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Die: Swirly Bird Ribbon, Poppy Stamps, Frantic Stamper

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!


Versamark Clear: Simon Says Stamp

Clear Embossing Powder: Wow, Simon Says Stamp

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Cream Coloured Card Stock, Michaels

Coral Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!

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