All the Best Wishes

now and throughout the year


11/12/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

I have always liked this sentiment set with the splotchy, negative imagery. It has to be paired with the right image to work - and this stencil provided the perfect opportunity.

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Red Border Layer: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face: 5.5 x 4.25

Ribbon: 8” x ⅛”

Card Face:

  • I secured the leaf portion of the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape in the upper left corner and applied green ink across the entire surface. I added ink towards the bottom, increasing intensity gradually and creating a smooth gradient as the colour moved towards the top of the page.

  • I repositioned the stencil so that the leaf veining and berries were lined up correctly, and secured it again with Mint tape. I masked off the berries and inked the veining in a very dark green.

  • I removed the masking from the berries, and covered up the veining: I inked up the berries with a dark red ink.

  • After the ink was completely dry, I added white gel pen to create highlights on the berries and a few spots on the leaves.

  • I dusted the entire surface with anti-static powder and put the card face into my stamp positioner.

  • I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and removed the piece from the stamp positioner.

  • I used the Versamark again to add spatter here and there on the card face.

  • I added gold embossing powder and used my heat gun to set it.

  • I secured a curved border die to the right-hand side, using Mint tape to be certain that it didn’t slip as it went through the Big Shot.


I tied a knot in the red ribbon, positioning it so that it would be towards the top of the card.


  • I glued the card face to the red layer, aligning on the left-hand side.

  • I positioned the ribbon towards the left-hand side, securing both ends with scotch tape.

  • I glued this to the card base.

Final thoughts:

I really like this stencil, it has a very contemporary feel to me - the size of the image allows for a lot of variation in placement on the card front, which is fun.

I like the combination of the stencilled image and that cool sentiment; however, I made the choice to overlap the two and in the end, I didn’t like the green peeking through the sentiment. If I were to re-create this card I would separate the two.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Layered Holly Sprig, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Every Good Wish, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Die: Basic Border Dies, Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Versamark: Simon Says Stamp

Gold Embossing Powder: Stampin’ Up!

White Gel Pen: Sakura, Amazon

Stamping Platform:Misti, Spellbinders

The platform I use has retired, but the Misti is very similar.

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Red Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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