Posted: July 25th, 2021 by

You Got This | Handmade Card

Hello! We hope you are having a good weekend, and managing to take a little time out. Ali is here on the blog today with a really inspiring card for anyone going through something difficult or testing. It features 2 of our awesome stencils: SKULL SHADOW + LAVA, with the big butterfly stamp from our BUTTERFLY EFFECT set and the ‘you got this’ sentiment from LOST FOR WORDS…

This week’s blog post is all about me [lol], I’ve had a tough week and my mind is working overtime. Crafting keeps me grounded.

I’ve used a couple of Visible Image stencils on this card – Skull Shadow and Lava, the big butterfly is one I made a couple of weeks ago but didn’t use, and the fab sentiment, ‘you got this’.

You Got This | Handmade Card | Skull Stencil | Butterfly Stamp


Cut a piece of heavy white cardstock (300gm) to 6 7/8″ by 6 7/8″ (17.5 cm x 17.5cm).

Draw through the skull stencil onto copier paper using a pencil and cut out around the edge to make a paper mask.

Spray the back with stencil spray or a little low tack tape folded over itself and put to one side.

skull stencil

Position the Skull Shadow stencil on the left of the card and tape down.

Tip a little black gesso into an old tin and stipple over the middle of the skull and just around the edge with an almost dry brush.

Tap off the excess paint onto your craft mat.

Remove the stencil and draw in the edges of the teeth and the top of the skull with a pencil.

Put your stencil into water with a little dish soap to soak.

Use a bit of kitchen sponge to cover the card with black gesso, use a fine paint brush to do around the teeth and the top of the skull.

Use a heat gun to dry your card then cover the skull with the paper mask you made earlier.

Position the Lava stencil over the top right of the card and tape in place with a little low tack tape.

Apply some holographic or glitter paste using a spatula, avoid going up to the edges of the stencil and having any straight lines.

Gently remove the stencil and position over the bottom left and apply more paste. Then stencil over the gaps. It doesn’t matter if the blobs merge as it will blend in with the design.

You could leave your card to dry between stencilling but don’t allow the paste to dry on your stencil. Better to risk a bit of smudging – it all adds texture ?.

Gently peel off the paper mask, I found using a pokey tool on the edges helped get it up.

Leave your card to dry – this may take a few hours. You could speed things up with a heat gun but be gentle as the extreme heat may make the paste bubble and crack.

Stamp the large butterfly from the Visible Image Butterfly Effect set onto white card using black versafine ink then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Tip some shimmer shaker pigment onto your craft mat and add a drop of water to make liquid paint. I used Bright Sunshine, Tangy Tangerine and Raspberry Rose Shimmer Shakers from Cosmic Shimmer.

Have fun colouring your butterfly with these bright shimmery paints.

Cut out your butterfly leaving a little white border and then cover with Star Dust stickles.

Stamp the “You Got This” sentiment with black versafine ink onto white card, and clear heat emboss as before.

Cut out and fix it to black card matt with a 1/8″ border.

When your skull card is dry, use the Cosmic Shimmer iridescent blue and green watercolours on the skull – leave the teeth white – I painted them orange and had to repaint them white later on.

You could paint just one of the teeth gold, like a pirate ?

Matt and layer your painted card onto white card with a 1/16″ border, onto black card with a 3/16″ border and then onto an 8″ x 8″ white card blank.

Mould your dry butterfly between your fingers to lift the wings and fix to the skull using 3d glue gel.

Fix your sentiment to the bottom right of your card using 3d glue gel or foam tape.

I added some white dots to the wings and some doodling around the sentiment with an orange pen to finish it.

You could use glossy accents on your skull’s white teeth to finish them off too.

Here is my completed piece.


  • Visible Image Stamps – Butterfly Effect & Lost For Words
  • Visible Image Stencils – Skull Shadow & Lava
  • Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Shakers – Bright Sunshine, Tangy Tangerine, Raspberry Rose
  • Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour palette – Carnival
  • Black Gesso
  • Holographic gel medium (That’s Crafty) or glittery gel (Cosmic Shimmer)
  • Black Versafine ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Paint brush, stencil brush, spatula
  • kitchen sponge, little tin tray
  • heat gun
  • White heavy card (300gsm) and black & white card for matting and layering
  • Copier paper for masking
  • Low tack tape, stencil spray
  • white and orange gel pens
  • 7″ x 7″ white card blank for second card
  • pva, 3d glue gel and foam pads

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    I hope you have enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by ?,

    Ali xxx

    Amazing card!!! Loving the combination of stamps and stencils used, and the contrast of the holographic glitter against the black.

    Thank you for your fantastic tutorial Ali… YOU GOT THIS! ♡ ♡ ♡


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    Have a lovely Sunday.

    Take care,

    Helen + Mark xx


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