Have you ever just wanna “get lit”? Nah, seriously, when I saw the stamp set from Maker Forte, I laughed so hard! The Jess Francisco Collection has this adorable stamp set and coordinating stencil that is just full of holiday puns, and I could not wait to play! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

October Release and the Jess Francisco Collection

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How To Create This Card

The first thing I did to create this card was to create the background. I used the Get Lit Stencil. When I first used it, I sprayed pixie spray on the back of the stencil and then placed Lawn Fawn glue down on the openings of the stencils, but the pixie spray adhesive attached itself to the entire card front, so it did not allow me to get a clean look with the glitter I wanted to adhere, because the glitter was all over the card instead of just the areas where the stencil showed through.

So I cleaned the stencil thoroughly and wiped it all over with an anti-static bag to make sure nothing else would stick to the card. But this presented a new challenge for me. I need to make sure the stencil would not move once I applied the glue over it. So I decided to use Scrapbook.com’s new Mint Tape, and it worked like a charm!

October Release and the Jess Francisco Collection

I turned the stencil and the card stock over and laid the tape down on the backside. This allowed the stencil to remain in place while I used my glue tube to place glue down in the stencil’s openings.

Then I lifted the stencil to see only glue in the design areas, which in this case, is cute fireflies (or lightning bugs if you are from the North like me) are zooming all over the page.

I then sprinkled the Biodegradable English Mustard Glitter over the page and sprinkled the excess off.

I then set that off to the side to dry. Next, I focused on coloring the tree with Copic colors.

I stamped the tree image from the Bah Humbug stamp set using Memento Ink. I like using Memento with Copic Markers because won’t run when you color on it.

I wanted the tree to be green but I also wanted there to be some yellow highlights on the tree so it looked like there was light coming from the fireflies that were buzzing around the tree.

Here are the colors I used for this.


  • YG 13
  • G05
  • G19

Fire Fly

  • Y13
  • Y02
  • E13


  • E25
  • E27
  • E57

Once all of the coloring was completed, I carefully fussy cut out the tree.

Pro Tip

When fussy cutting, if you don’t like the white showing up on the edge of the paper, color the paper’s edges with an outline or background color. I used my Small Brush Copic Multiliner to color the edge of the paper in this example.

Once the tree was cut out, I used my glue tube and placed small dots on the tree, and used the Telephone Biodegradable Glitter as the garland. Then I used the glue to add the English Mustard glitter to the firefly wings. I think it came out super cute!

October Release and the Jess Francisco Collection

For the individual fireflies, I added the glitter to them BEFORE I fussy cut them. It was much easier to handle on a bigger piece of paper than to glue them as individual flies. Once the glue and glitter were dried, I fussy cut them as well.

Then it was time to emboss the sentiment directly onto the card front. I used my Misti and inked it up with the Color Hive clear ink and used some black embossing powder. I heat set the sentiment and then diecut the stitched rectangle on the card front. Then adhered the card front down to the English Mustard card stock card base.

Next, I adhered the tree and the individual fireflies with some of Scrapbook.com’s small square double-side foam adhesives.

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