True Story!

I have always loved fairy tales and fantasy.


4/4/20242 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

Green Border: 5 ⅜ x 4 ⅛ *

Card Face: 5 ⅛ x 3 ⅞

*See Chating on Layers and Borders under Stretch Your Pennies in the header

Card Face:

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and stamped the books with medium gray ink. 

  • I removed the card face and coloured the books with alcohol markers.

  • I put the card face back into the stamp positioner and stamped the Pixies, repeating the stamping once to get a good dark image.

  • I also stamped the sentiment at this point.

  • I needed to fill in the background … hmmm….   Then -

  • I put the card face onto my Grip Mat and positioned the stencil on it.

  • I used blue ink and a careful hand to apply ink through the stencil above the books, but not on them.


  • I centered and glued the green border to the card base.

  • I centered and glued the card face on top.

Final Thoughts:

I love the moments of serendipity that come in the craft room when I realize that two unconnected products will work beautifully together.

This is what happened with these two stamps: the books are typically used on a portrait-style card,  but I happened to see the stamp package in a horizontal orientation, and the Pixies were close by.  So of course I had to try it!

I’m so pleased with how this came out!!

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: Intersection,  A Colorful Life Designs


     Stack of Books,  Technique Junkies

     Pixies,  Technique Junkies

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Versafine Onyx: Simon Says Stamp

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

 Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Alcohol Markers:

     Stampin’ Blends: Stampin’ Up!

     Copics:  Wallacks

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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