Wishing you Days filled with Sunshine

and tranquility


4/27/20243 min read


Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the 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 Layer:  5.25 x 4

Card Face:5.00 x 4

Card Face:

  • I laid the card face onto my Grip Mat and then positioned the stencil so that the sun was in the upper left corner.  I applied yellow ink with a regular blending brush across the exposed areas, allowing the ink to fade as it reached the edges of the paper.

  • I used a regular blending brush to add blue ink to the bottom of the card face, representing water.

  • I used the same brush and ink to add blue to create the sky around the sun,  allowing it to fade out on the right.

  • Using small shading brushes (sizes 0 and 1)  I created the scene,  first creating the bank with brown ink, and then adding in trees and shrubs.  I used a quick pulling motion for the trees, starting at the base and pulling up, allowing the pressure on the brush to lessen as it ascended. When I had completed the trees I put shrubs in between by simply dabbing ink on with the smaller brush.

  • I repeated the process for the reflections in the water,  using the same methods but applying less ink.

  • I cut the scene into five pieces, each 1” wide.  As I cut each piece I numbered it, making it easy to reassemble.  I also marked the top of each piece.  (this scene would have been easy to reassemble without these steps,  but I have run into difficulty in the past with card fronts that were more of a random pattern than a scene and have adopted this method to keep me from pulling my hair out in frustration.🥴)

  • I tore the tops and bottoms of each strip unevenly: I wanted the pieces to all be different lengths.

  • I put foam tape on the back of each piece.

  • I started to put the scene back together by placing the two end pieces.  I placed the middle piece next, and finally, the two pieces that went in between. This was to ensure even spacing.   I experimented before removing the release paper to be certain that I would be lining the scene up properly as well as getting the correct spacing.


I stamped and die cut the sentiment.


  • I glued the border layer to the card base, and then added the card face on top of both, centering on all sides.

  • I experimented a bit with placement for the sentiment, and finally glued it in place as shown.

  • I added 5 small clear gems to the card face - they are hard to see in the picture, but add a nice bit of shine to the finished card.

Final Thoughts:

This was definitely an experiment: when I created the card face I wanted to create a scene with reflections, and I wanted it to have a watercolour feel.  I was really pleased with the result -  I love watercolour, but haven’t tried this before.

I think I tore off a little too much of the scene on the top and bottom as I went through the process,  but of course it’s too late to fix that now!

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: Shimmering Rays, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps:  Balloon Celebrations, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

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

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Detail Blending Brushes,  Waffle Flower

        Size 0:   Waffle Flower

       Size 1:  Simon Says Stamp

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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