I apologize for my peeping gnome. Fractured circle technique cards have been popping up all over. And I thought I would try my hand at a simple version of the card. I like a modern geometric card and creating with Artistry Blooms DSP is an absolute joy.

Here is the card. This version only uses 3 layers.

This is another easy card with a fun twist.


  • Thick Whisper White cardstock
    • 5-1/2″ x 8/1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ card base
    • 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ for gnome and small die-cut circle
  • Whisper White cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″ for message insert
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock:
    • 3-15/16″ x 5-3/16″ layer frame
    • 3″ x 3″ for large circle
  • Artistry Blooms DSP:
    • 3-3/4″ x 5″ for card panel
    • 3/8″ x 5″ for sentiment strip
    • 3-15/16″ x 5-3/16″ for message insert frame
  • Night of Navy cardstock:
    • 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ for medium circle
    • 1/2″ x 5″ for sentiment frame
  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.


Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

The Circle

Die-cut each of the circles using the Layering Circle dies. Then use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the layers. Cut circle in half through all 3 layers.

layering circle dies


You know the drill. The only difference this time is that you should ink up the stamp using a Night of Navy Stampin’ Marker and omit the snowflakes and bell. Stamp and fussy cut.


Stamp the sentiment from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set with white craft ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Then layer with Night of Navy frame.


  • Assemble as shown.
  • Use coordinating DSP for the envelope flap.
  • Layer the message insert pieces.

Wasn’t that a fun simple modern geometric card? You could leave out the peeping gnome and it would be just as fun. This is an awesome card for your teenager or college student. Tomorrow we get a little fancier by adding flowers.


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