Ho Ho Ho!

the phrase that echoes across the land this time of year


12/17/20232 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: 8.5 x 7, scored and folded at 3.5

Border:8.25 x 3

White cardstock approximately 6 x 3 (to stencil)

White cardstock approx

Creating the Components:

  • I attached the stencil to a piece of paper and applied a bright red ink.

  • I used an embossing pen to apply embossing ink to the middle swoosh on each H, as well as the small diamond in the center of each O.

  • I added red sparkle embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

  • I cut the stencilled image into 3 sections, so that each “HO” was a separate entity. The approximate size is 1.75 x 2.5.

  • I cut three additional slightly larger pieces of white cardstock - 2 x 2.75 each.

  • I ran the piece of border cardstock through the Big Shot with a slimline die, which created the scalloped edge.

  • I created a border along the inner edge of the scallop with Mint Tape, protecting the center of this piece. Then I squished my Versamark pad along the entire border, added red sparkle embossing powder and set it with my heat gun.

  • I removed Santa from my ready-to-go binder. (He had previously been coloured and fussy cut and was waiting for an opportunity just like this.)


  • I glued each of the “HO” rectangles to the slightly larger, ones, centering carefully.

  • I glued the border layer to the card base, again centering carefully.

  • I experimented a bit with layout of the white rectangles before glueing them in place as shown.

  • I glued Santa in place.

  • I added sequins in three spots on the cardface to soften the look of the empty spaces.

Final Thoughts

It took some experimentation, but I am happy with this card in the end. It’s a bit of a different way to use the stencil - and I always like reimagining products.

Of course you can’t see it in the image, but the glittery red embossing powder really gives this card a “punch”.

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: Ornate Ho, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Spread Love, A Colorful Life

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Alcohol Markers:

Stampin’ Blends: Stampin’ Up!

Copics: Wallacks

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Versa Mark: Simon Says Stamp

Embossing Pen: Scrapbook.com

Red Sparkle Embossing Powder: Michaels (retired)

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

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