Joy at Christmas

and all year long


8/11/20232 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

Small Scrap of Gold Cardstock for Sentiment

Gold Cardstock strip: 5.5 x .25

Card Face:

  • I secured the Ornament Stencil (the largest one of the 4 in the set) to the card face with Mint Tape.

  • Using copper metallic ink, I brushed it on concentrating on the edges and allowing it to fade in the center, rather than working for full coverage across the opening. This is a pigment ink, so I had to let it completely dry before moving ahead.

  • Then I masked off the hanger to protect it, and placed the Star Stretch stencil directly over top of the ornament stencil. I secured that with Mint Tape and applied white pigment ink over top of the copper.


  • I cut JOY out of gold foil.

  • I had a piece of the same gold foil in my stash that I had added texture to by running it through an embossing folder, I cut a narrow strip off of that and I also used it to cut a shadow for the JOY.


  • I glued the card face to the card base, aligning the right hand edges.

  • I glued the gold strip in place vertically on the left hand side.

  • I glued the JOY to it's shadow, and then glued them in place on the ornament. Since the ornament was stenciled on a slant, the word was placed in such a way that it matched that slant.

  • I tied a knot in a piece of gold cord, and glued that to the holder on top of the ornament. I used a strong white glue for this, putting a weight on top to hold it firmly against the paper until it dried.

Final thoughts:

I love the creamy appearance of the two pigment inks together. The white is present across the entire surface of the ornament, a very subtle but lovely detail in the center.

I wasn't certain about pairing gold and copper, but I'm really happy with that combination in the end.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

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

Stencil: Marvellous Masks Ornament, A Colorful Life Designs, Star Stretch, A Colorful Life Designs


Ink: white: Stampin’ Up!

Delicata Copper, Simon Says Stamp

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!


Tombow Aqua, Michaels, Tombo Multipurpose, Stampin' Up!

Gold Cardstock, Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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