Happy Always with Suite Seasons

I was in the mood for a simple, square card this week, so I whipped up a super-clean Christmas card.  This 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ card features the classic combination of Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  I used Thick Whisper White to give this project a pop.  Here’s my card:

Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Suite Seasons.  I’m a sucker for great sentiments – I can always build a fun backdrop for a beautiful sentiment, so I’ll take sentiments over images any day.  I almost cried when I saw the amazing sentiments in Suite Sayings (from this year’s Occasions and Annual Catalog) and jumped for joy when I saw Suite Seasons in the Holiday Catalog.  This “Merry Everything Happy Always” sentiment was a standout for me, but this is the first time I’m using it in it’s entirely (I masked off the first two words for a card I made early in the season).  Be sure to check out this amazing collection of gorgeous sentiments:

    Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

    Suite Seasons, Stampin’ Up!

  • Painting with Markers.  The bold letters on this sentiment beg to be painted with Stampin’ Write Markers.  It’s a simple technique, really.  I used the brush tip of the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green markers to swipe ink over the words, trying my best to get a single, thick swipe on each surface.  If you double back, you can be left with streaks. Once my words and the bough were painted, I gave the image a big huff of breath (I had a mint beforehand so as to not offend the stamp with my warm breath) and stamped it down.  Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingGOOD NEWS!  There are several sets of Stampin’ Write Markers offered as pairs in the Holiday Catalog – I used the pair of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green to create this card.
  • Warmth & Cheer.  The backdrop for this sentiment is a gorgeous plaid from Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.  This plaid is offered in two colors in this pack of papers – Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green – same pattern, different colors.  I created a band of green and lined it up exactly over the red plaid to create my band.  It creates a nice visual – one pattern with two colors.Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

Stamp Sets:  Suite Seasons  Papers:  Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Stampin’ Write Markers (Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler)  Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like this simple, sweet card.  Thanks for stopping by today!


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  2. Beautiful mix of plaids and the perfect font and sentiment to make a statement.

  3. I like this card ….I like this dsp stack (a lot ) and I like that you are so considerate by having minty breath when you huff on your stamps !
    Happy Saturday !!

  4. I love plaids, just got this DSP today, thanks Brian for a great example! Love how you matched up the plaids.

  5. Of course you lined up the plaid, my mum would be impressed! So glad you didn’t offend the stamp and ensured minty freshness beforehand! You make me laugh. 🙂

  6. Great card, great sentiment, great designer! Love it!

  7. Stunning simplicity, Brian! Wish this set came in a photopolymer. I love it!

  8. Love the fat, neutral border which really accentuates the great plaids of this DSP. And the square card!!

  9. Brian, this is the perfect card. It’s not an overly traditional holiday card, but hits a great balance. You used traditional colors, but a more modern approach to the traditional sentiment. Great job

  10. Plaids are my favorite, LOVE this card!

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