Thank You

with a masculine twist

1/15/20242 min read

Explore New Design Techniques for Cardmaking

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.)

There are so many different metallics in this card - it has a pretty shine no matter which way you turn it.

Let’s get started:

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

Gold foil Border: 5.5 x 4.25 ***

Kraft Card Face: 5.5 x 4.25

A small scrap of kraft cardstock for the sentiment.

*** See Cheating on Layers and Borders under Stretch your Pennies in the header.

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape and then used metallic copper ink over the entire surface. This is a pigment ink, so I had to put the card face aside for a while to be certain that the ink was dry.

  • I used an embossing die to add texture and visual interest.

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

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and stamped the leaves with clear Versamark. I added gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

  • I used a gold gel pen to colour the small hearts within the stamped image

  • I used a deckled rectangle die to cut the card face down to approximately 5 x 3.75

  • I used a small deckled rectangle die to cut around the leaves..


  • I added dimensional foam tape to the back of the small die cut.

  • I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of kraft cardstock with black pigment ink.

  • I added clear embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

  • I die-cut the sentiment with a small stitched rectangle die.


  • I glued the gold foil cardstock to the card base.

  • I added the card face to this, centering on all sides.

  • I added the deckled rectangle in its original spot, offsetting slightly to allow the gold foil to show behind.

  • I added the sentiment as shown.

Final Thoughts

I love all the gleam, shimmer and shine this card has. I debated about using all copper elements for a monochromatic look but decided to mix gold and copper as an experiment. I like it!

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: Not Quite Stripes, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Falling Heart, Unity Stamps


Deckled Rectangles, Stampin’ Up!

Stitched Rectangles: Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Gel Pen: Sakura, Amazon


Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Kraft Cardstock: Dollarama ****

Foam Tape: Dollarama ****

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

**** see Supplies under Stretch your Pennies in the header