Random Acts of Beauty


1/30/20242 min read

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

I had a gel print that I liked,  and I wanted to use -  but I was short on ideas about how to work it into a card.  Then one day, inspiration struck….

Let’s get started:-

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

Black Overlay:  5.5 x 4.25

Card Face:  5.5 x 4.25

Card Face:

  • I sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray and waited 20-30 seconds before putting it in place on the gel print.

  • I rolled the entire surface with a brayer to ensure good contact between the stencil and the gel print.

  • I used a pewter-coloured DIY embossing paste*, and spread it across the surface of the stencil.

  • I removed the stencil, immediately putting it into water to prevent the paste from hardening on the stencil (until I could get it to a sink, a little later).

  • I put this piece aside to dry.

I initially planned to place the die-cut black piece directly on top of the card face: so I cut the gel print down to size and layered the two to have a look..  However,   when I placed the die-cut directly onto the card face, At this point  I decided that it would look much better if I used the inlay technique **.

  • Once the embossing paste was dry, I used the same die to cut the card face, using Press and Seal to contain the pieces as outlined in the Techniques section.

*See HomemadeEmbossing Paste under Stretch Your Pennies in the header

**  See Inlay Technique under Techniques in the header


  • I glued the black frame directly to the card base.

  • I added a dot of glue to each of the spaces inside the die-cut frame, and then placed the appropriate pieces into the openings, pressing down to secure them.

  • I glued the die-cut “thank You”  down as shown. ( It was cut out of mat silver cardstock, although it looks more like white in the photo.)

Final Thoughts

This piece is just so pretty:  the embossing paste is a dull pewter colour,  but it has some mica in it so there is a lovely sheen that isn’t showing in the image.

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:  Wildflowers, A Colorful Life Designs

Die:  Unbranded,  Amazon

Pixie Spray:  Michaels

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Black Cardstock:  Dollarama***

See Supplies under Stretch your Pennies in the header

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

Do you have comments or thoughts to share on this design?  Please drop me a line in the Contact section in the header -  I’d love to hear from you!

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