Three Wishes

A handmade card that is very simply designed, but still very pretty! (and by modifying the diecut, the design works very well for a masculine card too.)


3/17/20233 min read

This card came together quickly in the end, but it took a detour or two before we got to that stage ....The aqua coloured strips and die cut began as agel print with navy accents. I loved the colour combo and the overall feel of the pull but wasn't certain exactly what I wanted to do with it. So I put it aside.

Eventually I got out a stencil and used some DIY embossing gltiz on it. Again , I liked it but how to put it to the best use? hmmm. I put it aside again. In the end I decided to cut some of it into strips and see where I ended up....

Would you like to create this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link below 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.)

Getting Started:

Card base: 4.25 x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

Black border 4 x 5.25

Card Face: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8

7 strips of patterned paper 1/4 x 3 7/8

Small piece of the patterned paper for die cut flower

Black card stock

I piece of scrap cardstock 1/2 x 3 7/8

Dark Blue Marker

Card Face:

  • I glued the aqua coloured strips horizontally, down the face of the card using the spacer to make certain that the spacing was consistent. Once the glue had dried, I drew a narrow blue line down both sides of each strip with a marker to accentuate them.

  • I diecut the floral image out of the same aqua paper. I also cut a second one one out of black cardstock and glued the two together, offsetting slightly.

  • I used scraps of that paper to cut out the three words. I cut the same words out of black card stock and glued them together, offsetting slightly.

  • The floral diecut was glued in place along the left hand side of the card face. The three words were glued into spaces between the strips, as shown in the picture.

Technique: Using a spacer to ensure even/correct spacing between elements:

  • Glue the first strip of patterned paper towards the top of the card face making certain that it is straight. (I use a T ruler for this purpose.)

  • Place the spacer (the strip of scrap cardstock) immediately below the patterned piece, fitted snugly up against it. Do not glue this.

  • Taking the second strip of patterned paper, glue it in place snugly below the spacer.

  • Now remove the spacer from between the two strips of patterned paper, and put it below the second strip, snugged up tight against it.

  • Repeat these steps until your strips of patterned paper are all in place.

  • By using the spacer, and making sure that it is snugged up against the strip right above it, you are ensuring that the spacing is even all the way down the card front.


Glue black cardstock to card base

Glue card face to black card stock.

Add beads/embellishments


Final Thoughts: I did not measure and do the math before I started this, and as a result the spacing at the top and bottom isn't equal. I would fix that if I was doing this again, for sure. Another option on the card would have been to have the black layer on top for the sentiments for additional pop. But overall I'm happy with the card. Between the shine from the original gel print (metallic paints) and the embossing glitz used with the stencil this card sparkles and shines like nobody's business!

Supplies: (with links where possible)

stencil: Circle Makes Circles, A Colorful Life Designs

floral die: Amazon

black card stock, Stampin' Up!

T Square Ruler, amazon or Simon Says Stamp or

card base: Accent 100 lb, Amazon

card face: Accent 80 lb, Amazon

word dies: retired

adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Amazon or Simon Says Stamp

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