Santa’s Gifts for CYCI84

I don’t always create cards with simple layering, but there’s always a good reason when I do.  The card I created for this week’s Cay You Case It Sketch Challenge didn’t need a lot of fancy layers in the background.  The adorable image on the top panel is cute enough to support a plain, Crumb Cake card base.  Here’s my card:

Santa's Gifts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CYCI84And here’s the banner for the Can You Case It? challenge that inspired my super-simple card:CYCI#84

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Santa’s Gifts.  Santa’s Gifts is an adorable collection of stamps found in the Annual Catalog.  The Santa, the tree, the bird, the reindeer – all adorable.  I couldn’t help but to position this adorably scarfed bird on the friendly reindeer’s nose.  I stamped both images (it was so easy to position everything because this is a photopolymer stamp set) on the Whisper White panel.  I stamped the deer again on Crumb Cake and Real Red, and I stamped the bird again on Soft Sky and Real Red.  I snipped out the images I wanted from each piece of cardstock and then glued them down on the white panel.  Super simple snipping.

    Santa's Gifts photopolymer stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Santa’s Gifts photopolymer stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sentiment Choice.  Between the current selections of sets, there are so many sentiments to choose from for this card.  I wanted to steer away from the “Merry Christmas” saying (although they would work well here) and move toward a friendly friend sentiment.  This “hello, my friend” from Tap Tap Tap was just what I wanted – petite and adorable.  The typewriter font makes my heart go pitter-patter.

    Tap Tap Tap stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Tap Tap Tap stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Colors.  I chose to create this panel with this patterned paper from Into the Woods Designer Series Paper.  I tried to add in some texture or color, but it really didn’t need a thing.  The Mossy Meadow dots work so well with the neutral Crumb Cake, but what red to use?  What red to use?  I referred to my chart that showcases the reds and greens of Christmas (see it here) to see that Real Red would make an excellent accent to this deep green.

Stamp Sets:  Santa’s Gifts, Tap Tap Tap  Papers:  Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Sky  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so happy to share that two of my team member, Amy Whelan and Candy Ford, were added to the Can You Case It? Design Team.  Woo hoo!  Amy started this week, and Candy starts next week.  You can see their You Can Case It projects here:

I hope you’ll pop over to Can You Case It? to see the cards by the other design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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