Stencils and Transfer Foil -

A match made in heaven!


2/15/20243 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 at 2.⅛ at both ends

Card Face:  5.25 x 4

A piece of transfer foil, slightly larger than the card face.

Several scraps of cream cardstock to use for die cutting.

Small scraps of gold card stock for die cutting.

Card Face:

  • I put the card face onto a piece of scrap paper and secured the stencil with Mint Tape, centering it carefully.

  • I put Duo gel through the stencil across the surface of the card face.

  • I removed the stencil carefully (to avoid smearing any of the gel) and immediately put it in water.**

  • I waited until the gel had dried (60 min or so,  depending on how thick the gel is) and laid a piece of foil over the card face.

  • I ran this through my Big Shot and then removed the foil, leaving the pattern behind.  (Duo gel dries to a very strong adhesive that foil sticks to beautifully.)

  • I cut the card face in half.

* I chose not to use my Grip Mat for this card as I didn’t want to risk getting any of the gel on that surface.

** See Using Multi-Media Products with Stencils under Techniques in the header


  • I cut layers of flowers and leaves from several different sets and glued them together into blossoms.  Most of these were in cream,  but a couple were in gold.

  • I used a punch to create a 2” circle.


  • I experimented with the flowers and leaves arranging them on top of the circle.  Once I was satisfied I glued them in place, covering the circle completely.

  • I glued each of the stenciled halves of the card face to the folded flaps of the card base, aligning to the center as shown. I took care to match the pattern when gluing so that the image was whole again.

  • I put glue on the back of the left-hand side of the circle and centered my floral arrangement on the card face.  I pressed firmly until the glue held the arrangement where I wanted it. (If I had put glue on the entire circle the card would not have opened once the glue was dry.)

Final Thoughts

I love the look of the watercolour foil on this design.  It works with the stencil to provide gorgeous visual interest for the card face.  I kept the floral arrangement very simple and mainly cream to allow the stenciling to shine on this card. (When I had a second look at this picture I spotted the little gold stem peeking out where it isn't meant to be .... I've snipped that off!)

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: Tulip Border, A Colorful Life Designs

Duo Gel: iCraft,

Transfer Foil: Amber Watercolour Foil, Deco , Amazon

Dies:  all Stampin’ Up!,  all retired.


Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Cream Card Base & Card Face:  Michaels

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