Santa’s Gifts for FMS193

Now that Fourth of July is behind us, it’s time to focus on Christmas.  *That was a joke*  It’s not that I’m anxious to break the seal on Christmas, but I couldn’t NOT create a fun card with these adorable images from Santa’s Gifts, a new Christmas stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.  Here’s my card:

Santa's Gifts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS193And here’s Rita Wright’s sketch for this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Flip it and Stretch it.  I adore Rita’s sketch but decided to flip it around a bit.  I turned this combination of three rectangles on its side and built them along the right side of my card.  Do you  see them over there?  While my finished card doesn’t exactly mirror the sketch (as my projects often times do), my card is definitely inspired by Rita’s sketch.  I would have never finished this project the way I wanted if it weren’t for the inspiration sketch.  I quite like how it turned out.  Thanks, Rita!
  • Santa’s Gifts.  I can’t wait to get my hands on Stampin’ Up!’s Convention later this month.  Until then, there are some returning favorites in the Annual Catalog and a handful of new ones.  Santa’s Gifts is new photopolymer set that’s packed with adorable images – a reindeer, a bird, a candy cane, a present, a star, a Christmas tree and Santa (of course).  If you haven’t looked at this set already, now’s a really good time.  I mean, how adorable are these?

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

    Santa’s Gifts stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Textured Panels.  I tried and tried to make Merry Moments Designer Series Paper fit into the panels on this card.  After trying multiple patterns, I realized that the bold, crisp patterns in that collection of papers does not work with the sketched images from this set – especially when they are water colored with an Aqua Painters.  The panels I used are cropped from a piece of Crumb Cake and a piece of Real Red card stock.  I stamped candy canes and stars on the panels with the ink that coordinates with the paper.  This adds texture without detracting from the adorable Santa and his Christmas tree.

Stamp Sets:  Santa’s Gifts  Papers:  Real Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Watercolor paper, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Real Red, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Mossy MeadowCrushed Curry  Accessories:  Washi Label punch, Aqua Painters, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. WOW!! Christmas in July… fabulous is that? Love this adorable Santa holding the tiny tree, your paper snipping is, as always, perfect.
    Happy Monday!!! 😉

  2. Happy Christmas in July!!! Love your card and sideways sketch!

  3. Hope you had a Happy 4th of July.
    Christmas….wash.your.mouth.out! I’ll let you get away with it for now, but you are not permitted to say that word until at least mid Nov….ok? Ok, good, glad we got that sorted! LOL
    Love your colouring, sorry coloring, on your Santa and I can’t believe how perfectly fussy-cut he is!

  4. Brian,
    I so appreciate Christmas in July!! All year long all my activities for craft fairs deals with one subject…Christmas!! So thanks for sharing your beautiful card!!! Love it!

  5. O.K. Brian – your card has convinced me that I am definitely, without a doubt O.C.D. I just cannot seem to bring myself to make a card with the elements off center yet look at your fabulous Christmas card! I mean really – look at your card, every element is to the left except the tree and phrase and yet your card is perfectly balanced! I really do have to work on that. Fantastic card (as always)!

  6. Great card Brian! I am definitely putting this on my wish list!

  7. What a CUTE card with Santa holding the tree! Awesome card…love it!!!

  8. super cute card! Never to early to start thinking about the Christmas cards. 🙂

  9. Love the “texture” you added to the background. It’s also a great option if you are on a budget and are slowly building your supplies.

  10. Wow! Tough sketch but you did a great job with it!

  11. You’ve created a lovely backdrop for Santa’s gifts – and I can definitely see the sketch in there! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  12. Fun Christmas card and a great take on the sketch! The white layering makes everything pop. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  13. Carol Carriveau

    Very clever and fun card, but not ready to do Holiday cards, but guessing I will be at and after Convention…!

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