Star of Light in Beautiful Blues

For the past several years, Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog has featured some really beautiful holiday papers that showcase different shades of blue.  It’s such a calm, sophisticated color for the holidays.  While I am not disappointed by this year’s papers (they are all wonderful), I admit I miss my blues a little bit.  Not one to sit around and mope, I decided to create a blue project all by myself – with a little help from some amazing Stampin’ Up! products.  Here’s my card:

Merry Medley, Christmas Pines, Starlight Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

    • MVP?  Every card has a Most Valuable Player, right?  Who’s the MVP on this card?  The star is grand, and the sentiment is gorgeous – you can’t deny that both of those bundles are must-haves.  Don’t even try.  It’s the Island Indigo background that pulls it all together – thanks to the Merry Medley Background Stamp.  This project started with the big stamp – I inked it with Island Indigo and stamped it on Island Indigo cardstock.  What a perfect backdrop for this simple layout!  I have two of this set – with one, I cropped out the sentiments so I have a wide array of sentiments to play with.  This is such a versatile set!

      Merry Medley, Stampin' Up!

      Merry Medley, Stampin’ Up!

    • I Have to Admit.  The design of my card took a dramatic shift part way through the creation of this card.  [insert sound of screeching tires followed by peeping of a utility truck backing up].  I’m a planner – and with the stamp sets and Framelits on my desk, I planned every bit of how this card would look.  What I didn’t pay attention to – because the Christmas Pines stamp set is jam-packed with so many amazing images, the pictures on the cover are shown at 80% of their true size.  I planned for a tiny sentiment that would allow me to keep my star straight-up-and-down.  When I pulled the sentiment out, though, it was much bigger than I had anticipated.  I didn’t want to switch sentiments, so I tilted my star on the card (so it wouldn’t hang off the edge of the card front).  I quite like the change I forced upon myself
    • Christmas Blues.  I adore blues for Christmas.  At one point, I thought, “Wow!  Blues are so unconventional!”  It’s just not the case any more.  Seems that blues are just as traditional as green and red.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Merry Medley, Star of Light, Christmas Pines Papers: Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Whisper White Inks: Island Indigo Accessories: Starlight Thinlits Dies, Regals Enamel Shapes, Stampin’ DimensionalsMerry Medley, Christmas Pines, Starlight Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I made this card with my local club this past weekend.  What a fun group!  I hope you like it as much as they enjoyed making it.

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  1. SUPERBE ++++++++++++

  2. Margaret Ann Hammond

    I like this card and like you and when I can choose blue for my cards.

  3. Mixing the star with the background stamp set is brilliant. Love the subtle ombre effect of the blues!

  4. Great card and I like the tilted star.

  5. Oh Brian – Reading your description of how the card design came about just cracked me up. I really needed that laugh this morning, more than I can say. AND, since blue is also MY favorite color, it’s obvious to me that I would fall in love with your card for today! Bravo my friend, Bravo (sounds of clapping hands and throngs of people shouting)!

  6. A beautiful card today, Brian! I’m in love with how you did a tone-on-tone background. My Merry Medley stamp is to arrive later today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I had the same thing with the pines! This is beautiful though and who doesn’t miss their blues? Are you saying you miss me?

  8. Beautiful card Brian

  9. Love the elegance and simplicity of this card, the tone on tone background sets the main mages beautifully.

  10. I love your card, Brian!

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