Cardmaking, Heat Embossing, Ink Blending, Spring, Stencils, Thinking of You

Good Days Ahead Card

Hello, crafty friend! When I saw the new “Feel Better Sentiments” & “Feel Better Sentiments 2” stamp sets from I knew I had to start making some cheerful cards. Let me show you how I created this one…

Step 1: Create a Background

I created the background for this card with the new “Umbrellas” layering stencils. I used the domed foam blending tool and several shades of Distress Oxide inks to create a rainbow of umbrellas.

Tip: To ensure your stencil doesn’t move during ink blending, consider using a low tack tape to hold it down.

Step 2: Add a Bit of Sparkle

For the detail layer of the umbrella stencil I squeezed a bit of “Snowflake” Pops of Color onto the stencil and used a scraping tool to get a nice even coat.

You can see the sparkle and texture it created here once I removed the stencil. Unfortunately, you can also see where I smeared the ink a big in my haste. Once it was dry I used an eraser to fix that spot.

Step 3: Die Cutting

To create a perfect little rainbow across the front of my card, I used the Slimline Strips die set and swiped the ink pads directly onto each so the colors would match perfectly with background.

I also used a nested circle die set to cut a circle from vellum for my sentiment.

Step 4: Stamp & Heat Emboss

Before stamping my sentiment with clear embossing ink, I dusted a bit of anti-static powder over the vellum. I then sprinkled on black embossing powder and used a heat gun to set the powder.

Tip: Heat tools get extremely hot, so be sure to use a pair of craft tweezers to hold small pieces like this to protect your fingers from burns.

Step 5: Cut & Paste

I wanted a thin pop of yellow cardstock to show around the border of my card, so I trimmed 1/8″ from each side of the umbrella background piece. A also added a bit of decorative stitching.

To make it easier to place my rainbow on the card front, I tacked the strips together with a bit of tape. Once I was sure of the placement, I used my adhesive roller to secure it wrapping the ends around the back. Any bits left hanging over were snipped with scissors.

Step 6: Splatter & Sparkle

Once I had the rainbow strips secured an laid out the rest of my elements where they would go, I thought the overall card looked a bit plain. So I squeezed a few drops of metallic frost, white pigment, and sky blue reinkers into a small dish one at a time, dipped a wet fan brush in and splattered it onto the card front.

Step 7: Final Touches

I secured the card front to the base using foam adhesive followed by the sentiment, a cute sunshine sticker, and loads of silver glitter drops for the final touch.

And there you have it! What do you think? What’s your favorite part? I think mine is all the glittery goodness I don’t think photos can do justice on.

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Thank you for stopping by. Until next time… stay crafty! – Laura Evangeline

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4 thoughts on “Good Days Ahead Card”

  1. This is such a cute and colorful project, loved it! Thanks for sharing all the process pictures so thoroughly. I would totally forget to take pictures along the way when I craft lol.

  2. So beautiful, Laura. Girl, I love anything glittery. I really love those fancy nested circle dies! πŸ’œ Have a great week!

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