Wishing You Joy



7/22/20233 min read

A Chrismas elf stands by two wrapped gifts.  She is on a swirly stencilled pattern..
A Chrismas elf stands by two wrapped gifts.  She is on a swirly stencilled pattern..

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.)

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Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Border: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face: 5.5 x 4

Focal Layer: 5.5 x 3

Card Face:

In this instance, the card face is simply the white layer . I ran it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder - I love those trees, they work so well with this little gal.


  • The focal panel started as a stamped image of the Wee Elf. She was stamped with black memento ink, and coloured with alcohol markers.

  • I stamped her again on masking paper, and then cut her out.

  • I removed the release paper and placed this carefully over the coloured version on the cardstock.

  • I secured the stencil with mint tape right over top of her , and added ink to the background. I used aheavier hand around the edges and a very light touch as I approached the masked image.

  • I removed both stencil and mask : the latter had done an excellent job of keeping the coloured version protected during the stencilling.

  • I trimmed this piece down tight to the edges of the stencil.


I glued the focal piece onto the white embossed card face, on an angle as is shown in the picture. There was an area on both the top and bottom where the corners poked past the boundaries of the card face. Once the glue was dry, I trimmed them off flush.

I glued the red layer to the card base, centering vertically, and then glued the white embossed layer to this.

I grabbed a sentiment from my ready-to-go binder (there is an explanation of what this is under the Techniques tab) , put a thin strip of foam tape on the back and placed it horizontally on the card, across the Wee Miss.

I scattered some red pearls and tiny copper sequins randomly, focussing on the top right and bottom left of the card face.

Final Thoughts:

I had to experiment a bit with this card, moving things around until I was happy with them. In the end, I am delighted with this one. The little elf looks like she not only has the whole Christmas situation under control, but she is also quite pleased with her efforts. She is fabulous.

And I have one more card ready to go, easing things up later in the year. Yay!

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: Twisty Thing - A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Noel Roly Poly, Frog's Whiskers Ink - Ecstasy Crafts

sentiment: Simple Strips, Christmas, Taylored Expressions

Dye Based Ink:Stampin' Up!

Memento Ink: Stampin' Up!

Alcohol Markers:

Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

Copic, DeSerres

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive:Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Wineberry Pearls, Studio Katia

Copper confetti: Studio Katia - retired

Red Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face:Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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