Magic of the Season for GDP013

Last week’s “CASE the Designer” challenge was such a blast for me – the projects you created with inspiration from my penguin card were over-the-top, and I loved every one of them.  You all had such nice things to share, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

This week’s Color Challenge for the Global Design Project is perfect for this time of year.  Nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like Real Red, Old Olive and Crumb Cake, right?  While it screams “Christmas” to me, it can certainly be used for lots of other projects – I went with Christmas and created this card:

Cozy Christmas, Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP013

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

GDP-013Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.  If you’ve followed me for a while, you already know that I’m completely obsessed with Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper – and I’m not done playing around with it yet.  There are so many things you can do with this black and white paper to create your own fun patterns.  I used this scalloped, banner-looking pattern to create a unique background for my card.  With Stampin’ Write Markers, I simply colored in the white areas to create a one-of-a-kind look.  If you’d like to see my video about customizing Designer Series Papers, click here.

    Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • A Subtle Band.  Once I had cropped my circles and knew right where I wanted them on this patterned background, I marked off the rows I wanted to accentuate in red.  As such, the circles are perfectly centered along this band of red – almost like there’s a thick ribbon across the lower half of the card.  Not only does this help to bring in the red on the background of the card, but it anchors the sentiment so that the circles are not just floating out there in the middle of nothingness.  The white rows on either side help to accentuate the red band.
  • Masking off the Image.  In order to fit my sentiment perfectly inside this circle from the Circles Collection Framelits, I had to mask off part of the image – there are snowflakes to the left and right of the top line of this image.  Didn’t want them, didn’t need them – so I added a little piece of Scotch tape (sticky side toward the stamp) to the inked up sentiment.  PERFECT!  If you’d like to see my video about isolating images on a stamp, click here.Cozy Christmas, Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP013

Stamp Sets:  Cozy Christmas  Papers:  Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Real Red)  Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, 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. I would have never thought to colour this paper Brian, I love how everyone rises to the design challenge in so many different ways! Love this idea and the bold graphic look you have created x

  2. Love the colored black and white paper Brian and your tips. Sorry I couldn’t CASE your card last week; the week got away from me. :-(.

  3. You are so creative, Brian! Love how you think about coloring those black and white DP! This is gorgeous!

  4. Gorgeous, had to look to see the olive green….really great idea, love the band of red…..!

  5. Such a chic and colorful idea for the designer series paper!

  6. I adore the coloured DSP Brian. That method would solve so many problems for people who must colour match everything, lol. Another “Brian” classic. Love it xox

  7. My, My Brian – you certainly had the creative juices flowing when you came up with this design. Now you’re not just Mr. Super Sniper but Mr. Color Creator as well. LOL Such an amazing guy.

  8. I love your idea as you have inked the paper. brilliant!

  9. Brilliant idea to color the paper. Love it.
    Hugs Tanja

  10. Another awesome card Brian – technically perfect, superbly simple! My gestalt view is that of a huge belt (maybe Santa’s?) with a buckle.

  11. Such an amazing way to add so much life to this black and white Designer Series Paper. Great card, Brian.

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