'Tis the Season

Harold the Gnome says "Be Jolly!"


12/3/20232 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: 4.25 x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

Border: 5.5 x ⅛” x 2 **

Card Face: 5 ⅛ x 3 7/8

Card Face:

  • I attached the stencil to the right-hand side of the card face.

  • I applied red ink to the top half of the stencil, allowing it to fade as it approached the middle.

  • I repeated this with green ink, working from the bottom up and ensuring that the two inks met but didn’t overlap.


  • I had previously stamped, coloured and fussy-cut Harold, and he was pulled out of my Ready to Go Binder *** to make an appearance on this card.

  • I also pulled the sentiment out of my binder - I had prepared quite a few in advance.



  • I glued the card face to the card base, centering vertically.

  • I ran a very narrow line of glue along the left and right-hand edges of the card face and added the two narrow strips of border.

  • I added Harold Gnome towards the lower left of the card.

  • I added a foam strip to the back of the sentiment and put it in place.

  • I added 3 tiny stars to the right-hand pillar on each of the H’s.

** See Cheating on Layers and Borders under Stretch Your Pennies in the header

*** See Ready to Go Binder under Techniques in the header

Final thoughts:

This is a fun card that will bring a smile to someone when they get it in the mail. I’m happy with this one.

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


Harold Gnome- Frog’s Whiskers Stamps

Sentiment: Simple Strips Christmas, Taylored Expressions

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Alcohol Markers

Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up!

Copics, Michaels

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

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

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