YOU are the Perfect Reason

to celebrate!


5/17/20243 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

Large Black Border: 5.5 x 4.25

Pink Border:    5 ⅜ x 4 ⅛

Small Black Border: 5 1/8 x3 7/8

Card Face::4 7/8 x 3.⅝

Scraps of Transfer Foil

Card Face:

  • I laid the (white) card face on a piece of scrap paper and positioned the stencil, securing it with Mint Tape.

  • I applied Duo gel through the openings on the stencil.  *

  • I removed the stencil and immediately put it into water;  and I laid the card face aside to dry.

(it doesn’t take long for Duo to dry,  but the exact time will vary depending on the thickness of your application)

  • When it was dry I applied two different colours of foil randomly across the stenciled pattern, and then ran it through my Big Shot.

  • I removed the foil and voila!  A beautifully foiled surface. 

  • I applied ink across the entire surface, running over it with a cloth once done to remove ink from the foil.

( This gave the look of coloured cardstock.)

  • Once the ink had dried I dusted the entire surface well with anti-static powder.

  • I placed the card face into my stamp positioner and stamped the image with black pigment ink a couple of times.  

  • I removed it from the positioner and immediately sprinkled it with clear embossing powder, which I set with my heat gun.  

(this intensified the image and gave it enough presence to stand out against the foil.)

* see Foiling Without Heat under Techniques in the header for more detail on this process



  • I grabbed an embossing folder and inserted the pink layer, running them through the Big Shot to give some texture to this piece.

  • I looked through my Ready To Go Binder ** and pulled out the sentiment.

**See Ready to Go Binder under Techniques in the header to learn how I use this tool to save time and money.


  • I glued the larger black border to the card face and then the pink layer on top of this.

( I did a poor job of gluing down the pink layer -  sadly by the time I realized what I’d done it was too late to correct it.)

  • I added the black layer onto this,  and then finally the card face.

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

Final Thoughts:

I love this stamp so much,  and I love the pairing of a foiled background with this gal.

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: Tilted Grid, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamp: Love That Face, Unity Stamps

Stamp and Die:  Many Messages,  Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Versamark Ink: Onyx,  Two Scrapbook Friends

Duo Gel: Therm O Web, Simon Says Stamp

Transfer Foil, Therm O Web, Simon Says Stamp

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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

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