Embellished Ornaments for GDP011

Can you believe we are already on our ELEVENTH challenge for Global Design Project?  If you haven’t been popping over to check out the projects by our Design Team or challenge participants, you are missing out.  What an amazing collection of designs by talented artists!

This week’s Challenge is a Theme Challenge – Christmas!  I’ve been knee-deep in Christmas cards, so this challenge comes at a perfect time.  Here’s my card for this week’s Global Design Project Christmas Theme Challenge:

Embellished Ornaments, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP011, Christmas card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:GDP-011

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Snipping Goodness.  You already know I love to snip out little pieces of paper.  I might not want to do that for mass-produced cards, but I enjoy it on a one-off basis.  The gorgeous holly from Embellished Ornaments screamed for me to snip it out – and I didn’t want to disappoint.  I allowed the holly to run off the edge of this small Very Vanilla panel so that the left-most piece of holly could hang over the edge a bit.  What an easy way to add some dimension!Embellished Ornaments, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP011, Christmas card
  • Luscious Layers.  Including the layer of snipping and the three bands on top of the Basic Black and Very Vanilla piece of Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper, this card is eleven layers of beautiful paper.  Eleven – in honor of the eleventh challenge from the Global Design Project.  OK, I admit I didn’t plan that, but it works out wonderfully.  I placed the top two panels (and their Real Red frames) right and down from center, allowing the diagonal bands to shine a bit.
  • Gorgeous Depth of Color.  I don’t usually think of Basic Black as a great color for Christmas, but wouldn’t you agree that it looks really elegant here?  It all started with the holly (just made sense to stamp it in Basic Black) and extended to the sentiment.  After struggling with different papers for the layer between the base the sentiment, I decided that this Basic Black and Very Vanilla piece would be a great addition to my Christmas colors.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Embellished Ornaments Papers:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site 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. This truly is an ELEGANT card, Brian! Wow! The Basic Black stamping and the DSP COULDN’t have been a better choice. And your snipped holly branch “running off the edge” is perfect.

  2. What a beautiful card! And the black does add a nice touch to the traditional Christmas colors. TFS

  3. Ahhh, Brian! So nice. Love the colors, Love the sentiment, Love the holly, Love the diagonal band . . . L O V E it all. 🙂

  4. This card looks big. What size are your cards? I try and make mine the 4 1/4 X 5 1/2.

  5. Beautiful! Loving all those layers!

  6. You snipped the holly? Wowza! Love the simplicity!

  7. Ditto Suzie`s comments ! Such an elegant card and that holly peeking over the edge is a great subtle detail !
    Love it !

  8. Chris R. from Iowa

    Loving all those luscious layers! That holly is the best! What a beauty to behold! Love everything about it!

  9. Oh my word! You actually snipped all those teeny tiny leaves! GASP! The results were worth the work involved for sure and I doubt I’d even mail that one out. On the mantel (if I had a mantel) it would go! LOL

  10. Classic…Clean…Elegant – a true beauty!

  11. That is seriously lovely!

  12. Wow!!! Simply beautiful and so very elegant! You never cease to amaze with your fabulous cards!

  13. When am I going to stop saying “this is your best work!” Anyway, “this IS your best work!”

  14. I just want to reach out and steal this card!

  15. I love your card design. great!

  16. Love the classic simplicity. A keeper!

  17. are you crazy??? (lol) I look at that teeny tiny holly and run screaming the other way if I had to fussy cut. absolutely stunning Brian. you never disappoint your blog followers! I know I keep saying this but your eye for layering is impeccable.

  18. Just love your layers Brian – great card. Angexx

  19. Another classic design….from a very classy guy. This is just perfect Brian. I love everything about it.

  20. Lovely card, once again. 🙂

  21. Just when I thought I had my Christmas card designed all planned, you had to show this one. I love this!

  22. Sigh…..you are my hero. And before you think I’m ‘p-ing’ on you, I’m not. This is OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD Brian. Who are you? Who cuts out those little tiny holly leaves to absolute perfection – only you!

  23. Love the fussy cut Holly Brian, and how you allowed one piece to slightly overhang an edge. You rebel you!! The whole card composition is lovely and the glitzy berries are a nice touch xox

  24. Brian this is simply beautiful. The layers add depth and I love the jolly leaves. Great job

  25. The layering is perfect and the holly leaves put this card over the top!

  26. Oh, how I adore all the layers on this stunning Christmas card. I love your work Brian King.

  27. I LOVE your Holly, Brian! And your card is a masterpiece. D x

  28. Stunning Brian! Love each element you used on this card.
    Hugs Tanja

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  30. So elegant. Reminds me of how Mary brings simple elements together to create a marvelous, classy finished card. This is really great work!

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