a simple card, an important message


5/18/20232 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

Black Border: 5 x 3.75

Card Face:4.75 x 3.5

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I used the Star Stretch stencil for this card, and a cream coloured cardstock. I grabbed my blending brushes and yellow ink and started at the top with full coverage, allowing the ink to fade as the pattern moved towards the bottom.

  • Grabbing my stamp positioner, I placed the card face and then the sentiment stamp. I used a black pigment ink with clear embossing powder to give it a bit of extra intensity.

  • I wanted just a little something more, so I used the positioner again to add the little heart - again with black pigment ink and clear embossing powder.

  • I added a bit of spatter with the same black ink.

  • I cut the card front a diagonal line into three unequal pieces. I didn't make any attempt to measure - I just eyeballed the card front and cut where I felt it would work.


  • I experimented with placement of the pieces (of the cardfront) on the black layer ... in the end I decided that the spaces between the pieces would not be equal, and I glued them down.

  • Again I experimented, and then decided that this section would be tilted on the card base and I glued it down with the tilt running in the same direction as the divisions on the card face. Due to that tilt, the top edges of the black extended beyond the card base - they were trimmed off.

  • I scattered rhinestones on the sides - and the card was done.

Final thoughts:

Some cards just want to go together in a certain way, and that was certainly the case here. This card seemed to lead me all the way through , from the sentiment, to the final placement of the rhinestones. When this happens the only hard part is if I get in the way of the process, and try to change the end result!

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 many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Star Stretch, A Colorful Life Designs

Blending brushes: Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Around the Corner, Stampin' Up! (retired)


dye based ink: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Black Card Stock: Stampin' Up!

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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