the arrival of Spring

fresh and new and full of promise


1/26/20242 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: 5.5 x 8.5 scored and folded at 4.25

Pink Layer: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face:  5.5 x 4.25

White cardstock for the bird

Card Face:

  • I put the card face onto the Grip Mat and positioned the first stencil (tulip outline) over top.  I applied light pink ink across the entire card face.

  • After removing the first stencil, I replaced it with the second stencil (tulip detail) and again went across the entire card face.  I used the same ink, with a heavier hand.

  • I switched to the third stencil (leaf outline), positioned it carefully to align with the blossoms, and applied a light green ink over all.

  • After removing the third stencil I positioned the fourth and applied ink across the card face.  I used the same light green ink with a heavier hand.

  • I positioned the die for the negative leafy image, secured it with Mint Tape,  and ran it through my Big Shot.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and added “spring” in black ink.

  • I added gold spatter, using metallic watercolour paint.


  • I die-cut the bird from white cardstock.

  • Using #0 shading brushes  I applied light pink ink to the body of the bird and brown to the feet.

  • I used dark pink ink to add colour and definition to the tail, wing, and the top of the head.

  • I used a micro-liner to add detail to the beak.

  • I looked through my Ready to Go Binder * and found “Sweet” waiting there, already cut from gold foil.

*See Ready To Go Binder under Techniques in the header to learn how I use this to save both money and time.


  • I glued the pink layer to the card base,  and the card face on top of both of these.

  • I glued the bird in place, perching on one of the leaves.

  • I glued “Sweet” in place over “spring” as shown.

Final Thoughts

A fresh, sweet card to welcome spring!  The pastel tones really make this card feel very light and happy. 

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 Tulip Field, A Colorful Life Designs

Dies:  Birds and Branches, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

 Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Microliners: Amazon

Metallic Watercolours: Amazon


Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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