Making My Own Luck

April Swingler
April Swingler

“It’s not what happens to us that makes the difference in our lives. What makes the difference is our attitude towards what happens. The idea of luck is a powerful way of illustrating the importance of our basic attitudes in affecting whether or not we find our Element.” ~ Ken Robinson


After 2020 and the way 2021 is shaping up I thought I needed to make myself a bit of luck.
I selected the images I thought I would use and laid them out a tentative composition.


Next I used my supply catalog app (Color My Life) to find and pull plaid papers that might work. Then I laid out all my greens to select the colors I would work with.

I cut the truck from the darkest green and inked the edges for more interest.

I cut a white shadow on which to assemble the truck and embossed the outlines of the cut pieces onto it by using The Stamps of Life Kiss Cut pad. Stephanie has made a detailed video explaining how to use the Kiss Cut Pad for cutting stickers or to emboss a placement guide as I have done here. This makes it easier to assemble my card, I can glue with confidence knowing that I have spaced my pieces correctly for everything to fit together without any gaps. Here’s a link to her video explaining how to.

Next I cut the chrome elements of the truck using silver mirror paper. I used washi tape to do selective cutting to conserve the mirror paper.

Next I cut the truck again in a light blue color that was appropriate for the window and windshield.

These are the additional pieces which I need in other colors. The light blue was light enough I was able to color them using ink pads direct-to-paper. Thus saving myself the trouble of cutting pieces from many different colors of cardstock.

As I began to piece the truck I realized I needed additional wheel wells in green so that when I used foam tape to pop them up, the white underneath would not show. I cut those using the same selective cutting technique I used with the chrome mirror paper.


Then I began to create the gnome using paper piecing and copic markers.

Next I searched my app catalog for stamp sets with sentiments about luck.

The truck set comes with a stamp set which includes “Sending Loads Of…” I needed to add the word LUCK. The stamp I decided to use actually had the word LUCKY so I masked off the y using washi tape and selectively applied black ink to the stamp using a sponge dauber as shown.

I tried out my composition and decided the pot of gold would need to go on the inside of the card with a rainbow.

I selected the colors to use for the rainbow by consulting my swatch ring. I pulled the colors off the ring so I could test make sure they would be harmonious with the colors I’d already used in my card. I cut the pieces and colored the bows using the same direct to paper technique I used to color the truck pieces. Then I assembled the rainbow.

In the end I was able to cut the rainbow to get a rainbow on both the front and inside of the card. I hope you like my card. I try to show techniques that will translate from card making to things you might make for a scrapbook page and illustrate my creative process and how I work around obstacles I encounter.

Products Used

  • Truck 5×7 Fold-It Die Set HSN by The Stamps of Life
  • Gnomes2Stamp Dies by The Stamps Of Life
  • Shamrocks4Us Dies by The Stamps of Life
  • Mirror Paper by The Stamps of Life
  • Kiss Cut Pad The Stamps Of Life
  • Rainbow Sky Dies by Hello Bluebird
  • Loving Life Stamps by The Stamps of Life Club Kit exclusive
  • Pop-Up Wiper Card Dies (grass) by My Favorite Things
  • Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios
  • Mini Waffle Flower Water Media Mat
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Celebration Labels Dies Stampin’ Up!
  • Copic Markers C3, T2, E21
  • Spring Basics Paper Pad by The Stamps of Life
  • Art Glitter Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • Dimensionals Stampin’ Up!
  • Stamparatus Stamp Positioning Tool by Stampin’ Up!
  • Shamrock Patterned Paper by The Paper Studio – Hobby Lobby
  • Colored Cardstock – Hobby Lobby
  • Catherine Pooler Ink Pads: It’s A Girl, Pixie Dust, It’s a Boy, Garden Party, Limoncello, Orange Twist, Rocking Red, Midnight, Spruce

Bonus artwork. Here is another version of the truck card that I made for my Dad. The tree & stamps came with the truck. The Puppy & santa hat is from Catherine Pooler Peeking Pets Stamp Set.

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