You are Amazing!

we all know someone who deserves a card like this.

TUTORIALSTENCIL

6/27/20233 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.)

I was intrigued as soon as I saw this stencil in the June '23 release for A Colorful Life Designs: it feels very Art Deco to me. I love that style, and I was anxious to have a play.

Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Border: 2 strips o cardstock, 5.5 x 1/8 ea

Card Face: 5.5 x 3.75

Small pieces of Cream Cardstock for words

1 small piece of gold cardstock for Amazing

Card Face:


  • I put the stencil in place on the card front and secured it with Mint Tape. This is a 6 x 6 stencil and I knew I was going to create a 5.5 x 4.25 card, which meant that I had to make a decision about the final look before I started.

  • I used a palette knife to apply Duo paste through the stencil. When I was satisfied that I had good coverage, I carefully removed the stencil and immediately put it in a dish of water. **

  • I put the card face aside to allow the Duo paste to dry - I typically leave these for over an hour, depending on the thickness of the application

  • Once the paste was dry (this paste goes on white, and is completely transparent when dry. It dries to become an extremely sticky adhesive) I cut a piece of transfer foil and laid it on the surface, pretty side UP. Then I ran it through my Big Shot: the pressure of the rollers creates a thorough contact with the foil.

  • I removed the sheet of foil from the card face - where it had come in contact with the adhesive, the finish transferred to the card face. The rest of it lifted away cleanly.

** I don't have running water in my craft room, so if I'm working with multi media pastes, gels, etc. I have a dish of water nearby to put stencils, palette knives, etc into. This prevents the medium from drying on the surface in use, and ruining it (most of these products are impossible to remove when they are dry). When I'm done the session the dish goes to the sink and everything gets a good scrub.

Other:


  • I wanted border strips for this card, to accentuate the card face. None of my coloured card stock worked, I considered metallic but I thought it would look best if it matched the image on the front. In the end I took a narrow strip of the same cream coloured card stock and coated it with the Duo Paste. When it was dry I applied foil in the same way outlined above. Then I cut two 1/8" strips.

  • I stamped and heat embossed "you" and "are simply" in gold . I die cut both of these. (the die for the YOU cuts the tiny frame and the inner piece in one pass through the Big Shot)

  • I die cut Amazing twice, once from cream and once from gold cardstock.

Assembly:

  • I glued the card face to the card base, and then ran one of the 1/8" strips up each side.

  • I glued the cream coloured Amazing on top of the gold version, offsetting slightly. I glued these in place as shown.

  • I glued the other two sentiments in place above.

  • I scattered a few faceted gold gems on the card face.

Final thoughts:


The foiling on the front of the card combined with the elegance of the stencil gives this a very luxurious feel.

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: Waterspout, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Amazing You , Stampin' Up! Retired

Ink: Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Stamping Platform: Misti, Spellbinders

I use a product that has recently retired, however the Misti is very similar.

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Cream Cardstock, Michaels

Card Face: Cream Cardstock, Michaels

Gold Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

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