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‘Merry & Bright’ December 2020 Release Instagram hop and prizes to be won!

Hi everyone, we are excited to bring you another release Instagram Hop today for our latest release “Merry & Bright” :) If you don’t follow me on Instagram, please do so here. I would love to welcome you in our little tribe. We do share lots more inspiration (and entertainment) over there than we do on the blog alone. It’s a fun place to be and yes, time to time we have giveaways too :)

I made two cards for the hop. Both using alcohol markers. And the best part – I finally caved and got myself 7 Copic markers! Yes, my very first Copics. All yellows. Because yellow is the color I struggle most with, with my Spectrum Noirs. Somehow I cannot get myself to get my yellow just right. I am definitely going to build a collection and next on my wish list are skin and hair markers. Yes, I fell in love with Copics.

Ok ok, let’s go to the cards now, before I start rambling about my Copic experience. :)

Key Ingredients:

  1. Pretty Poinsettia stamp set

  2. Holly and Mistletoe stamp set

  3. Microsoft PowerPoint

  4. Copics and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

  5. Printer and Canson multi-media paper


  1. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan and print the cards. I used my laser printer from Brother. I recently changed my toner, but I am not getting good printing with this. I am so tempted to go ahead and buy a smaller ink jet. Let’s see. For now though, I went over the printed lines with my fine liner pen.

  2. Die cut both rectangles. I used two different dies just for fun. I will link to both below. I also printed an individual flower the same size as the one on the wreath and fussy cut it out.

  3. Color all images using alcohol markers. For both the cards, I used several Spectrum Noir pens and my new Copics for coloring.

  4. Add card panels on card fronts.

  5. Decorate

  6. For the all over Poinsettia card, I added a blue border to make it stand out more. I also added sentiment stickers (from an older Spellbinders kit) and stamped matching red dots all over. Finally I added blue chunky glitter to all the flower centers and foam mounted it on a yellow cardbase.

  7. For the wreath card, I foam mounted the fussy cut flower on top of the flower from the wreath., I also added chunky glitter on the holly + mistletoe and a single gem in the center of Poinsettia.

That finished my two cards. Do tell me which pattern you like better – all over pattern or the wreath.

Instagram Hop

We are hoping along starting from my feed @VaradaSharma. Do drop by to check out the full list of participants. We will pick 3 winners to receive $10 store credit each, from comments across all the stops. So, what are you waiting for?


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Hugs! ~Varada

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