Be Very Merry

at Christmas, and all year long


10/9/20232 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.)

My list includes cards for people of all ages: and not all of them enjoy a traditional or a nostalgic card. Or even a whimsical card. This fun contemporary design will work so very well for many on my list.

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 4.25 x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

Merlot Border strip: 1/4 x 5.5 "

Card Face: 3.75 x 5.5

Small pieces of Cardstock for words

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape, positioning the center of the design where I wanted it, and allowing the sides to extend past the paper.

  • I inked up the stencil with a light sage green ink (I love this colour).

  • I put the card face into the stamp positioner and added the star burst with silver embossing powder, allowing enough room for the large word to fit in the middle.


  • I positioned a piece of paper into the stamp positioner and began stamping "Merry" in a rich merlot red.

  • This stamp has three layers, so I repeated the process with green and purple for a very contemporary palette.

  • I also stamped the two small words with black ink - be and very.

  • I used a die to cut out the "Merry" , but cut the two smaller words out by hand.


  • I glued the card face to the card base, alligning on the left.

  • I added the narrow strip of cardstock, butting it up snugly against the right hand side of the card face as shown.

  • I glued the "Merry" in place, and then added the two smaller words above it.

  • I added both gold and silver spatter, using metallic watercolour.

  • I added 5 dark red pearls in various sizes to the card face.

Final thoughts:

This card is well outside my usual design style: it's always good for me to have to stretch a bit. I like the contemporary feel of this card.

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: Radiant Star, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Winter Typography, Altenew

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Versamark: Simon Says Stamp

Silver Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up!


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Stamping Platform:Misti, Spellbinders

Metallic Watercolour: Aoutle, Amazon

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

Red Pearls: Wine Berry, Studio Katia

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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