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  • Life Is A Journey

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  • Life is a Journey

    Designed By Holly Craft

    This inspirational card about life is sure to lift someone’s spirits and let a friend know he/she is in your thoughts.  For this card you can use an actual photograph, but when heat embossing, be careful not to get the heat tool too close.


  1. Use the sage green cardstock to make a top-folding card. Cut a piece of white cardstock slightly smaller and a piece of lime cardstock slightly smaller than the white. Lastly, cut another piece of white cardstock 1/4” smaller all around than the lime cardstock. These last two pieces will become your mats for the photo.
  2. Print your photo and decide the location for the stamped message. Ideally, the leaf will break the border of the mats as shown. Stamp the message with black ink, apply clear embossing powder and then carefully emboss with the heat tool.
  3. Using the template for the Curvy Cutter™, determine the sizes you want for your double mat, but do not cut yet! Applying lilac, orchid, and light green inks to the image, stamp the flowers in the corner of the white mat. Line up the clear gauge from the Curvy Cutter™, slightly overlapping the stamped flowers. Remove the gauge and begin cutting at one edge of the flowers, going around and stopping at the other edge of the flowers. Use sharp pointed scissors or an artist’s knife to cut the detail out around the flowers.
  4. Along the top of the white mat, create a border of evergreen trees by inking only the portion of the stamp you want to use with both turquoise and teal inks.
  5. Adjust the Curvy Cutter™ one measurement to the inside and cut the lime cardstock for the under mat. Layer your two mat pieces with the photo behind them but do not adhere them together yet. To get the correct placement to cut out the leaf shape from the mats, overstamp the leaf part of the stamped image with embossing ink. The leaf should show up on the edges of the mats. Remove the photo and cut away the leaf image from the mats.
  6. Realign the mats and photo and adhere. Place the center oval you cut out of the lime green cardstock over your photo to mask it. Using a small brush, add some artistic spatters of watercolor paint over the two mats. Remove the mask.
  7. Wrap and secure the ribbon pieces around the two mats as shown, add some glitter glue to the stamped flowers, and finally add the gem embellishments.
  8. Mount this assembled piece onto the white cardstock piece you cut earlier, then onto the green card using 3D Dots. Finished Size: 7½” x 5½”







Other Supplies

  • K&Company Madeline Adhesive Gems (571853)
  • EK Success Curvy Oval Cutter (EKCC07)
  • EK Success Curvy Cutter Cutting Tool (EKCC05)
  • EK Success Coloriser Heat Tool (EKHG01)
  • EK Success 3D Dots White Adhesive Foam 1/16” Circles (SPAF/THD)
  • Black, turquoise, teal, lilac, and orchid pigment inks
  • Light green fluid chalk inks
  • Clear embossing ink
  • Cardstock – white, lime, sage green
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Photo printed on matte photo paper (or photograph)
  • Watercolor paint and paint brush
  • Pastel pink ribbon 1/2” wide
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue
  • Scissors or artist’s knife















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