Remembering Christmas

When I was first asked to present at Conference, Shannon offered to send me Remembering Christmas, a stamp set that’s in the 2013 Holiday Catalog.  At the time, we hadn’t seen the catalog.  When she described it to me (it’s a shadow of a deer head), I couldn’t even begin to imagine what I would do with the set, so I refused it.  WHAT!?  You know I like a challenge, right?  I retracted my refusal and then begged for her to PLEASE send it to me.  I decided I wanted to make something uber-masculine (but still pretty) and something masculine (but more pretty) with this deer silhouette.  Today’s card is the first of two cards I made with this set:Remembering Christmas, Woodgrain, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I am really happy with how this card turned out.  Yes, it looks like the deer is mounted in someone’s living room, but it’s still artistic and beautiful, don’t you think?

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Faux wood.  The background panel (cropped with Labels Collection framelits) and the piece from which the deer is snipped are pulled from a piece of DSP backing.  I swiped several colors of ink across the backing to give the illusion of real wood – and it looks real in person.  Promise!  I showcased this technique at Convention (along with others) and made a video on it earlier this year.  You can see the video here.
  • Additional texture.  Sure, the outside piece and the deer look like they are made from real wood.  Still, though, the added Woodgrain stamp set on the Sahara Sand oval in the center of the card adds another dimension that adds to the illusion of wood.  This card appears to be really, really heavy, but it’s not.
  • How did I get that deer cut out?  There are two things going on here.  ONE:  I stamped the deer on another piece of board and then trimmed it.  When I finished the faux wood on a new piece of board, I traced the cutout deer and then cut it out again.  I know, I know.  It’s a lot of snipping – but this is for Convention.  I set out to make each one a “wow.”

Stamp Sets:  Remembering Christmas, Woodgrain  Inks:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White Craft Papers:  Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper   Accessories:  Labels Collection Framelits, Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Oh deer ! What a great card ! Love the wood look and that deer is so majestic looking ! Lots of splendid detail !

  2. Maria Rodriguez

    Oh yes!! the card is beautiful, the deer image looks like wood!!! what amazing detail Brian. The deer silhouette indeed looks like it’s mounted on a wall. Thank you for the link to your video of this technique, I watched it to refresh my memory.

  3. gorgeous! I bought this set, not for Christmas, but for more masculine cards. You sure did a wonderful job showcasing it. When I saw the deer in the catalog my first thought was “Oh I hope they have a die for this!”. You did a very nice snipping job. Congrats on your success at Convention!

  4. Great Card. Thanks a bunch.

  5. You definitely made the “wow” factor with this one. No one snips better than you! This card is amazing and awesome and … and … and … !!

  6. Beautiful card, Brian! When I saw that stamp in the Holiday Mini, I couldn’t imagine a card that would appeal to me using that stamp. Your design is absolutely stunning! Wish I could have been in the throng surrounding you during your demo at Convention. Congrats, Rising Star!!!

  7. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Yes Brian, you are the master snipster!!! The detail with the wood theme is consistent throughout your layers, yet different in the varied techniques you ulitized to achieve this majestic card. I was not so sure about this stamp when I saw it, so I would have been even more uncertain having just heard about it!! Glad you changed your mind & went for it because you took it to a whole other level!! 🙂

  8. Great card, as always…and many, many congrats for being Stampin’ Ups first ever Dude Rising Star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was awesome to see!!!

  9. Very cool!!

  10. Brian, you are truly the “Edward Scissorhands” of the stamping world! Amazing skills! Ingenious use of that stamp! Congratulations on your awards and success!

  11. Oh, my!!! Just fabulous for all those animal lovers out there! I have a couple friends I know who would LOVE that deer! Great job, Brian!

  12. Wow! Brian you are amazing! This card is wow! I had the pleasure of meeting you during the Riverton tour. I faithfully read your blog & when I mentioned that you have my a great hug. Thanks got being a fabulous stamper & an amazing person. Great to meet you & You made my day! 🙂

  13. The first time I saw this set, Christmas didn’t enter my head but masculine did, especially for the hunters in my family. I love this card, great job Brian! I must tell you I only subscribe to two stamping blogs, yours and your convention roomie, small world eh?

  14. Amazing details!

  15. Great card! THere are a dozen men in my family I coud send this to as a B-day card! Useful all year!

  16. Boy Brian – if ever a stamp was made to be used in Maine, this is IT! I’m thinking that if I draped the ornaments from the old Holiday Happiness set on his rack that could make a really neat Christmas card for sure.

  17. Did i see you on stage in the convention wrap up video? (I was watching the live stream). Congrats!

  18. It sure is a WOW! Awesome!

  19. Awesome card Brian! I am so glad to have met you tonight on the way to the airport, and I wish you every success in the coming year! Smile and be good!


  20. crikey! I love that one – definately one for my list. So simply stunning.

  21. So in love with this…going try it with the scan n cut machine.

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