Red, Green and White for MM136

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Bonnie Klass, host of this week’s theme for Merry Mondays Challenge, has chosen Red, Green and White.  Seems easy, right?  Not.  With so many rich reds and beautiful greens to choose from, I had a hard time narrowing down the field.  In the end, I landed on the gorgeous combination of Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White – I love this pairing.  Here’s my card:

Christmas Bliss, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM136 And here’s the challenge banner from MM136 that inspired my card:

MM136 11-24Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Layering.  I love a clean card with lots of layers.  It’s a challenge – how many layers can I add before it starts to look busy?  🙂  I especially love when the layers are bordered with a singular color – in this case, white frames each of the panels, and the center piece is framed with a bold piece of Real Red cardstock.  If you missed my video about creating “wow” borders, click here
  • Start Somewhere.  While creating this card, I must have spent a total of two hours  hemming and hawing over what to make.  Red, Green and White sounds like a super-easy combination, but where to start?  Once I set-in on my colors (Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White), I settled in on this beautiful paper from All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I built the layers card around that paper – you have to start somewhere.  That paper is my somewhere for this project.
  • Green and Red.  There are so many combinations of green and red – more greens in the current Stampin’ Up! family of colors than reds, but here are some of the options (pairing Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Rose Red to most of our current greens):Color Inspiration, Cherry Cobbler for Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Color Inspiration, Real Red for Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Color Inspiration, Rose Red for Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Bliss  Papers:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Tree punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Great card and the chart is great for us visual learners. Thanks!

  2. Great card and color combinations Brian. You can’t go wrong with Cherry Cobbler; it’s my favorite red. But your paring of Real Red and Pear Pizazz were a great choice. I like how the soft shade of Pear Pizazz compliments the bright shade of Real Red.

  3. Great card Brian! One question though…did you hand snip the white mat backing your punched tree? Thanks!

    • Yes and no. 🙂 I glued the tree to a piece of Whisper White, lining up one side close to the edge. I then ran the other side through my trimmer to get sides cropped. I snipped the bottom of the tree by hand.

  4. Super card Brian, I really like the color combination you chose. I can’t think of one person on my list who wouldn’t love receiving this card. Think you could whip up about 25 of them? Just kidding. Beautiful job

  5. Awesome card this week, Brian! I love your crisp, clean lines 🙂 Thanks so much for the awesome color charts – that is perfect for us who need a bit of help! Have a wonderful week!

  6. Brian you are just way too clever! LOL Thanks for the tip on how to back a shape using the trimmer. Also, thanks so much for the color chart. It must have taken forever for you to put that together. Great card, great card creator! 🙂

  7. What great layers – love the light green with bright red!

  8. Nice , vary nice BRIAN, I love those colors ,even my bed spread has those colors ,
    With a bit of brown. Love it , your card is so neat. So crafty !!
    Hugs Frenchie ,

  9. Really love this card, Brian. And thank you for the charts. It’s interesting how Mossy Meadow looks different when paired with Cherry Cobbler vice paired with Real Red. Question for you – did you snip the little ornaments on the sentiment? I do so look forward to your blog every day (or in some cases blogs).

  10. I love the Real Red with Pear Pizzazz! Perfect card for the challenge, Brian! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Thanks Brian. The color combinations are very helpful, and I really like your card!

  12. Fun card today, Brian. I love layers too. Yours always look so great. It must be that squinting thing!
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  13. I really like this card. Great colors and totally agree with the borders for a crisp look. The ornaments are just too cute! 🙂

  14. Awesome clean and crisp card, Brian! Perfect!
    Thanks for the color charts too. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  15. I LOVE Cherry Cobble – it goes with sooo many colours!

  16. Clean, crisp, and fresh! Another fantastic Brian!!!!

    Deanne 🙂

  17. Just gorgeous! The Pear Pizzazz really adds such a modern twist to this card and you’ve carried it over to the graphic tree and modern sentiment.

  18. Pure perfection as always, Brian! LOVE the simplicity! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Great choice of colours Brian, love the design and CAS lines.

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