Kissing for Christmas

Today’s project is one of those “I woke up from a nap with this idea in my head” creations.  I really wanted to create a fun and whimsical card with this unique background, but thought the colors I ultimately chose (Tip Top Taupe and Mossy Meadow) informed the classy feel of this card.  Here’s my project:

Six Sayings, You've Got This, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card, kissing technique

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Kissy Kissy.  The background for this card is the result of several trial-and-error attempts to create something beautiful by “kissing” two background stamps.  Here’s how I created it – SO SIMPLE!
    • I inked up the thatched background stamp from You’ve Got This with Tip Top Taupe and stamped it off once on a piece of scrap paper.
    • I inked up Dots for Days background stamp with Mossy Meadow.
    • I pressed the two stamps together, transferring the green dots to the thatched image from You’ve Got This.
    • I stamped the You’ve Got this Stamp on Whisper White card stock.
  • Just a Little Lop-sided.  When I cropped the pieces for this card, I was going to frame it all with straight borders.  To add a little pizzazz, I made the last-minute choice to make the green panel crooked.  In the end, the white panel with the sentiment and banners is still lined up perfectly with the landscape card base, but the green layer adds a little intrigue, don’t you think?  The banners, incidentally, were created by punching a strip with the Washi Label punch and then adding banner tips with a Hexagon punch.
  • Color Combination.  While I’m a huge fan of Crumb Cake for the Holidays, I had Tip Top Taupe right next to me when I was creating this card.  I was really happy with how much Tip Top Taupe accented this green and red combination.  If you like this combination or want to give it a try, please feel free to save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Tip Top Taupe

Stamp Sets:  Six Sayings, You’ve Got This, Dots for Days  Papers:  Tip Top Taupe, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White  Inks:  Tip Top Taupe, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler  Accessories:  Washi Label punch, Hexagon punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. You are so cleaver ! I adored this!

  2. I really like this card. I never thought of making one layer a little lop sided. I am the person that everything has to be just right, with straight line and all in just the right order. However, I guess I have to let down my hair do things a little different. It really looks great!

  3. I love the creativity all over this card. I just have one question: when do you have time for a nap? LOL!

  4. Wayta go, Brian!

  5. Love this card!! Another one of your masterpieces!!

    • I wonder if you can get the same affect using a mask over the stamped image. I’ll have to try it.
      Thank you, Brian

  6. I’m in love with the thatched dotty background!!!!! Brilliant technique!

  7. Great color combination, Brian. Thanks for the tip about kissing two stamps for one awesome look. I really like it.

  8. Oh Brian – I am aghast! You actually put a piece of card stock on crooked on purpose! The look is awesome. It is a beautiful creation and the banners are the absolutely perfect touch!

  9. This is a great combination of two background stamp sets for kissing technique. Thanks for sharing your best result of several trial-and-error attempts so that we can create it without wasting our time. You are awesome.

  10. Genius combo, Brian! Purely genius!
    Someone in TX is probably going to use this inspiration to inspire some peeps in her class. K? Thanks with Texas {{{hugs}}}! 🙂

  11. Great card! You are so creative.

  12. Wow, sooooo pretty….always love your CAS cards!

  13. I absolutely love this card with this background!! You are a true artist!! I will have to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  14. This is stunning in it’s simplicity. Love that background!

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