greeting cards

Striped joy

A card with Merry Christmas layered over the word JOY, layered over a striped panel with some stamped fir trees above it.

My only real plan when I started making these cards was that I wanted to make some striped panels to use as the base. I have a box of card scraps and the smaller bits get cut into randomly sized strips to use on things like this.

I quickly decided that I didn’t want a single solid striped panel, so I cut them into two pieces — making the larger piece slightly shorter than the JOY die-cut — and then joined them together with a piece of coloured vellum.

A close-up of the card.

I played around with different floral die-cuts arranged around the striped panel, but nothing was making me happy so I abandoned that idea. Instead, I chose to stamp the fir tree design above the stripes.

I layered the JOY die-cut with black glitter card over white glossy card so that it would stand out over the stripes, and then added the Merry Christmas sentiment strip over the top.

I often struggle with graphic designs, especially ones that don’t cover the majority of the card, but I’m really happy with how these turned out.

All four variants of the card design.


  • stamps:
    Lawn Fawn – merry messages
    Visible Image – Christmas Eve
  • dies:
    Concord & 9th – joy
  • inks:
    Versafine – onyx black
    Ranger Archival – library green
  • paper and card:
    Hunkydory Matt-tastic – soft white
    Anita’s pastel vellum
    Ranger – gloss paper
    glitter card – black
    scraps from my stash
The card displayed on a small wooden easel.

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