When you have great friends and good memories

.... you've got something to SMILE about


7/10/20232 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.)

Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Green Cardstock: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face:5.5 x 4

Small Scraps of Cardstock for Sentiment and floral element

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape, grabbed several colours of ink and my blending brushes and set to work.

  • I used yellow, red, blue and green inks in that order as when those colours overlap they form new colours. (I knew I wouldn't get "mud" in the overlap with these colours)

  • I put a good layer of each colour on the paper, blending until the new colours were created and there were no harsh lines.

  • I used an Altenew die to cut the circular dotted pattern into the cardface.

  • This die actually removes the center opening from the circle - I used my blending brush to colour this piece yellow, adding a little extra to the edges to make them darker.


  • I die cut the floral square twice, once each in both blue and green. I removed the stem and leaves from the blue version, and I separated and saved the stem and leaves from the green version.

  • I stamped the sentiment and used a die to cut it out.

  • I used the same die and green cardstock to cut out a second version of this.

  • I cut this green die cut in half horizontally, and then glued it behind the sentiment in a such a way that there was a narrow green border on the top and bottom of the sentiment (see photo).


  • I glued the green cardstock to the card base, and then glued the card face on top of both, centering vertically.

  • I glued the yellow circular piece back into it's opening in the cardface, matching up the edges .

  • I glued the upper left hand corner of the blue floral square into the lower right quadrant of the yellow circle, and then glued the green stem and leaves in place where they belonged.

  • I glued the sentiment in place.

  • I added a clear embellishment to each of the blue flowers.

Final thoughts:

I like the fun and colourful aspects of this card, but it's a little busier than my usual design preferences.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Smiley Faces, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps:Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up! - retired

Dies: Batik Boutique, Stampin' Up! - retired

Circular Elements, Altenew

Ink: Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Stamping Platform::Misti, Spellbinders

The platform I use has retired, but the Misti is very similar.

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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