All Ye Faithful for PPA265

One of my favorite possessions is a ceramic Nativity that Mom painted for me years ago.  Although each piece is made from molded clay, the images in the collection all appear to be wooden.  The images in All Ye Faithful (available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog) have a similarly rustic charm, and I love them for that – not to mention it’s one of my favorite Christmas carols, too.  Here’s my card:

All Ye Faithful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA265

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

PPA 265You might not see it right away, but I was definitely inspired by this sketch.  I flipped the sketch over and used my sentiment as the “tab” that’s featured along the top of the sketch.  The pop of the circle extends to the top of the card front, which coordinates with the base of the sketch.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • All Ye Faithful.  I love a beautiful Nativity scene.  There’s such peace, joy and love to be found in the collection of people and animals who complete the scene.  Even with so many amazing options of images and sentiments for this week’s Pals Paper Arts project, it was not a difficult decision to use All Ye Faithful.  My original concept used all of the images in this gorgeous Nativity, but the more I played with the images, the more I wanted to keep it simple and to focus on the central three.

    All Ye Faithful stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    All Ye Faithful stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Watercoloring with Blender Pens.  I’m really enjoying my Archival Basic Black Stampin’ Pad.  Thank you, Stampin’ Up!, for such an awesome addition to our inks.   Thank you.  I stamped this trio on Very Vanilla and colored their robes and accessories with a Blender Pen and inks.  With wide strokes, I colored Joseph’s robe in Soft Sky, allowing some Vanilla to peek out from underneath.  I then painted in some Marina Mist in the dark folds of his robe.  Mary’s robe is colored with Pink Pirouette and highlighted with Calypso Coral. All Ye Faithful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA265
  • Staying Neutral.  I really wanted to highlight the beauty of the Nativity so I kept the rest of the card relatively neutral.  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla and the little Hello Honey stars (from Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper) add the only other color to this card.  It draws our attention to these three.

Stamp Sets:  All Ye Faithful  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  Blender Pens, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Pals Paper Arts 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. Brian, this is the first stamp set I will buy as soon as the new Holiday catalog goes live on September 1st., it’s simply beautiful, this images can be used alone, like in your beautiful card, or together to create a little Nativity scene.
    Love how you used the PPA sketch to showcase this image.

  2. Love this side of Christmas!

  3. Brian, I may need to stop reading your posts. It’s costing me too much money. Yet one more set that I wasn’t going to purchase.. but, I love the idea of a soft watercolor with this set. Stunning. Serene. Lovely. Thanks for sharing ( I guess… 😉 )

    • Cassy – your comment makes me very happy. Even though you aren’t buying from me, I love that I can inspire you to create. I hope you share that inspiration with someone else.

  4. Beautiful stamp set, beautiful card.

  5. Oh my, what a beautiful card. Love the way you painted the clothing.
    Don’t you love the new Black Archival ink?

  6. So soft and pretty . I love your soft coloring of this image. Beautiful card !

  7. Brian pay yourself a nickel, this is excellent “squinting”
    The balance on this beautiful card is perfect.

  8. Oh Brian, Brian, Brian – you are making me go broke! LOL

  9. It amazes me how you can produce such beautiful cards one right after another! This is gorgeous!

  10. Perfection! I can’t wait to play with this set and the new ink.. .. I just love everything about this card

  11. I LOVE the card and would like to see a pic of the nativity set your Mom made some time.

  12. I love your card’s simplicity! I also love how you used the DSP with the stars as the backdrop for your Nativity Scene! Perfect!! 🙂

  13. That card is so beautiful. Your comments were touching too. I have been glad that StampinUP has included more faith based stamp sets, especially at Christmas! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us, even those of us who are already demonstrators!

  14. This really is beautiful! My list just gets longer!

  15. So lovely and serene. Love it!

  16. Sift and beautiful…..BUT where is the picture of Nativity set that your mom gave you?!

  17. I do love this Brian. So soft and beautiful. And, count me with those who want to see the nativity your mom painted. 🙂

  18. Pat Williamson Carella

    I must “confess” that while you are not my personal demonstrator, I anxiously await your postings every day. That is one of the reasons I love SU…everyone involved is so willing to share and inspire, even if it is not lining their pockets. You will be blessed for your generosity in sharing your talents, Brian!

  19. Another beautiful card, Brian! I wish I could layer like you! I also would like to see a picture of your mother’s nativity – I love them.

  20. OMG, Brian. You never cease to amaze me anyway, but this is just stunning. Your watercoloring and the whole way you pulled this card together–just beautiful!

  21. Beautiful Brian! Your coloring is spectacular.

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