Tulips mean SPRING is Here!

is there a lovlier sight?


2/5/20243 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils 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.)

This stencil set has  4 layers. There are so many options (and so much fun!) available because of this - the sky’s the limit.

Let’s get started:-

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

Red Border: 5.25 x 4

Card Face:  5 ⅛  x  3 ⅞

Vellum:  5 ⅛ x 3 ⅞

A small scrap of cardstock for the sentiment

Card Face:

  • I put the card face onto my grip mat and positioned the first stencil (the flowers) on top.

  • I used a vibrant red for this layer,  using medium pressure to ensure good coverage but not overly dark.

  • Removing this stencil,  I put the stems and leaves in place, lining them up with the flowers already inked. I used a soft green for this layer.

  • After removing that stencil,  I put the third one in place:  this one provides a fun accent in the center of each blossom.  I used the same red ink but with a heavier hand this time to be certain that there was enough contrast.

  • And finally, I removed the third stencil and put the fourth in place, lining up carefully with the leaves already there.

  • I used a darker green ink for these accents and a fairly firm hand.


  • I used a die to cut three small windows in the vellum.

  • I put the piece of scrap cardstock into my positioner and lined up the sentiment stamp.

  • I wanted a two-toned sentiment for this, so I masked off the “heart” with Mint Tape and stamped the rest of the sentiment with black ink.  *

  • I used a red marker to add colour to the “heart” and stamped it onto the cardstock.  I repeated this a couple of times to get the desired intensity.

  • I used a small die to shape the sentiment.

* To mask off the sentiment in this way I covered the “heart” with Mint Tape as mentioned.

I inked up the stamp,  removed the Mint Tape (which now had black ink on it), and stamped the partial sentiment.  I repeated this once to get the black nicely saturated. 

I wiped down the stamp carefully, without removing it from the positioner.

I used a fresh piece of Mint Tape to cover the words on top, and then coloured “heart” in red..  I removed the Mint Tape and stamped the remainder of the sentiment, repeating the process until I was satisfied with the intensity.


  • I glued the red border to the card base, centering on all sides.

  • I glued the card face on top of this, again centering on all sides.

  • To secure the vellum I used Sticky Dots: I pressed the vellum directly onto the sticky surface of this product, covered it with another piece of paper, and rubbed firmly to transfer the adhesive to the vellum.  Then I lined the vellum up carefully on the card face,  again covered it with another piece of paper,  rubbing firmly to adhere.  

  • I added foam tape to the back of the sentiment and put it in place as shown.

  • I added tiny red gems to the center of the 3 tulips peeking through the die-cut openings.

Final Thoughts

I love using vellum on cards: in this instance it adds an unexpected touch with the three windows.  The difference between the muted tones through the vellum and full strength without is lovely.

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 Tulips, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Grace’s Garden,  Stmapin’ Up!  (retired)


   Picture This, Stampin’Up!   (retired)

   Ornate Frames, Stampin’ Up!  (retired)

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5, Scrapbook.com

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Sticky Dots: Thermoweb, Amazon

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

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