Christmas Elegance

for that special recipient


10/28/20232 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.)

Let’s Get Started:

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

Card Face:5.5 x 4.25

Card stock: 5.25 x 4

Strip of Red Cardstock : 1/8 x 5.25

Card Face:

  • I attached the stencil to the card face with mint tape.

  • I used gold embossing paste *** and a flat foam applicator to apply this through the stencil. I used a "pouncing" motion, which resulted in a very textured surface.

  • I removed the stencil and put it into water immediately.

  • I put the card face aside to dry.

  • Once the card face was dry, I cut it down to 5.25 x 2.5


I put the plain layer into my stamp positioner and stamped the sentiment towards the bottom as shown with bright red ink, repeating the process until I was satisfied with the intensity.

*** Technique: see Using Multi-Media Products With Stencils under this tab in the header

Save Your Pennies: see Homemade Embossing Paste under this tab in the header


  • I glued the layer with the sentiment onto the card base, centering vertically and aligning flush to the bottom edge.

  • I glued the card face on top of this layer, lining it up flush at the top and side edges.

  • I glued the narrow strip of red card stock along the edge of the card face.

  • I added small gold pearls to the center of each poinsettia in the pattern.

Final thoughts:

The texture of the gold embossing paste adds a touch of luxe to this card that is really quite striking.

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: Beautiful Rays, A Colorful Life Designs

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Pixie Spray, Michaels

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 & Card Face: Cream Cardstock, 110 lb., Michaels

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