Flurry of Wishes & A HUGE Year-End Sale

This week’s color challenge for the Pals Paper Arts is a classic for the Christmas season: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and gold.  The options are endless with this combination.  I decided to let my Designer Series Papers and Gold Foil Sheets do the work for me when I created this clean-and-layered project:

Flurry of Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA279

And here’s the banner for this week’s PPA challenge that inspired my card:PPA279

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Thin, Detailed Coloring.  I love this beautiful sentiment from Flurry of Wishes.  The outlined words just beg to be colored in.  Such coloring takes great precision and patience.  Even though our Stampin’ Write Markers come with a flexible brush tip and a 0.5mm fine point tip, I find that the brush gives me the greatest consistency for coloring.  By carefully coloring with the tip of the brush, I am able to achieve a much more precision with much more control.
  • Framelits vs. Thinlits.  Throughout Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs, we see a variety of Framelits and Thinlits.  What’s the difference?  I’ll give you a hint – you can’t always tell which is which by the name of the product in the catalog because many sets include both.  Framelits are the dies that include the basic shape (or frame) of an image, while Thinlits include lots of intricate details.  The Precision Base Plates provide a super-clean way to cut out these Thinlits dies.  In the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies, the first two images are Framelits (I used the first Framelit as the ornament frame on today’s project).

    Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

  • Touches of Gold.  I knew I wanted the green and red to play the most important role in the card – Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow are just so classy together.  With thin borders of gold around the two layers of designer paper (both are from Merry Moments Designer Series Paper) and a tiny pop of gold from the hanger that’s attached to the ornament, I kept the shine down so that the red, green and white could remain the focus of this card.  Still, the gold plays a very important (and beautiful) supporting role.

Stamp Sets:  Flurry of Wishes  Papers:  Merry Moments Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil Sheets, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Marker (Cherry Cobbler)  Accessories:  Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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HUGE YEAR-END SALE.  Stampin’ Up!’s amazing year-end sale starts TODAY!  They’ve loaded up the Clearance Rack with lots of new goodies – including many items from the Holiday Catalog.  With some great products marked up to 60% off, this sale is not to be missed!  Click on the banner below to see everything that’s on sale.  Sort by “newest” to make sure you catch everything.

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  1. So glad you have changed the way we see your post. Was pleased to not have to go to safari to see. Tha is for the change.

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  3. Just a lovely, perfect Christmas card Brian. I love the gold foil paper and use it often but minimally so that it accentuates a card rather than take it over. You did a fantastic job of just that with today’s card. Thanks for all you do.

  4. Absolutely masterful matting Brian! And, I am totally impressed with a white ornament. Nicely done!

  5. I really love this card Brian. You did a really beautiful job with the challenge colors. I have to say I’ve always loved a good plaid. I know, I’m a little odd.

  6. Such a clean and classic card, Brian!

  7. Brian, you and Mary have the same eye for great design in the CAS area!

  8. You are the master card maker and have an eye for design. Its lovely, like all your creations!

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