Fun and Festive Visions of Santa

The past several days have been filled with soft and beautiful interpretations of the Christmas holidays – yellow, blue and brown were used to usher in the holidays.  Today, though, I’m turning that sweet, gentle Christmas feeling on its ear and celebrating with the bright and bold colors of a traditional Christmas celebration (with a non-so-traditional take on Jolly Old St. Nick).  Here’s my project:

Visions of Santa, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Dancing Santas.  By now, you’ve seen these Santas all over the place.  I was early to share several projects but have taken a little break.  These fun fellas are snipped from the Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper – all stamped and colored for me.  The sentiment is from Visions of Santa.  All awkwardly-shaped, these guys are filled with the festive fun that the holidays bring.Visions of Santa, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Paired with Festive Paper.  This Real Red and Whisper White pattern is also found in Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper, so I didn’t have to go too far to find a complement to these dancing elves (Santa is an elf, right?).  I love the imperfect lines on this paper – the slant of the pattern was the perfect place for me to position my dancing gnomes (I know Santa isn’t a gnome, but I felt silly calling him an elf again if I was wrong the first time).
  • Sentiment.  I love my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I do.  But I felt like messing with it lately.  Lazy?  Yes.  Instead, I stamped my image and then cropped it.  If you missed my video about cropping an image that’s already stamped, click here to see it.

Visions of Santa, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingStamp Sets:  Visions of Santa  Papers:  Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Real Red  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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Stampin’ Up!’s Gentle Peace

I’ve been sharing a lot of Christmas cards that feature non-traditional colors lately.  I love the challenge of letting other colors join greens and reds in the celebration of the holidays.  While YELLOW would never come to mind as a Christmas-y color, I think you’d agree that the brightness adds a nice element to this Christmas project.  I colored on a piece of Whisper White and then snipped out the window and glued it to a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  Here’s a card I made with Stampin’ Up!’s photopolymer set Gentle Peace:

Gentle Peace, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Blendabilities.  I’ve cheated a lot with my Blendabilities and just colored images – you really get a clean/no streaks look when you color with these alcohol-based markers.  Today, though, I thought I would show off my blending skills a bit with this gorgeous image set against a muted background.  Layering the colors is really relaxing and makes me feel like an artist.
  • Color Lifter.  In the Annual Catalog, the Color Lifter is billed as a great way to correct mistakes.  I go right in with my Color Lifter, lightening up areas all over the images.  Beard to dark?  Lighten it up with the Color Lifter.  Smoky Slate too dark for swaddling clothes?  Here comes the Color Lifter.  Not enough texture in the stain glass panels?  Hello, my good friend the Color Lifter.
  • No Dimensionals.  It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a project that uses no Stampin’ Dimensionals.  You might remember that I’ve said I have enough of these guys to get me though a zombie apocalypse.  It’s true.  This card, though, didn’t need anything to add punch or pop.  It was perfect (in my humble opinion) on its own.

Stamp Sets:  Gentle Peace  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Blendabilities (Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Skin Tone Assortment, Color Lifter

Gentle Peace, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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