Ho! Ho! Ho! for The Paper Players

Unless you are following The Paper Players, you might have missed my good news this weekend – I wanted to wait until today (while posting my card for this week’s challenge from The Paper Players) to share the news with you. On Saturday, I was selected as “The Headliner” for last week’s single-layer card challenge. This is my first win in an online challenge – I’ve been a finalist or a selected favorite, but this was my first win. Yay for me. To see the card that I submitted to last week’s challenge, click here.

Now for today’s project – this week’s submission to The Paper Players, PP160. I’ll share the card and then talk ad nauseam about it. 🙂 Here’s my card:Tag It, Oh Goodie!, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP160

And here’s Nance Leedy’s sketch that inspired my Ho Ho Ho creation:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color Selection. I fell in love with the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive color combination last year, and I love it just as much this year, but when I decided to showcase Mr. Claus on today’s card, I reached for my bright red and bright green. Real Red and Gumball Green shine here – and I added no other colors to make sure it stayed that way.
  • Washi Tape – a Dual Purpose. The green strip across the center of the card is a strip of Season of Style Designer Washi Tape. The tape serves two functions here – it’s a design element (duh!), but it also held the Whisper White card stock down to my grid paper while I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp down the Ho Ho Ho words. The washi tape is easy to pull up and re-stick if necessary, so I could easily pull it up off the grid paper and snip it away from the side. Score!
  • Lining up the HOs. I knew I wanted a repetitive string of “ho ho ho” along the sides of the washi tape. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make a straight line, skipping the area where my chevron pieces would eventually be glued down. I had to leave the opening for the chevron pieces or the words would create a cluttery mess.
  • A fourth bullet: better in threes. I know you hear this a lot from me, but I believe things are balanced in threes. This card is a shining example (I only realized it after I made it) – three stripes, three HOs, three chevron arrows, three candy dots. Tag It, Oh Goodie!, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP160

Stamp Sets: Tag It, Oh Goodie! Inks: Real Red, Gumball Green Papers: Real Red, Gumball Green, Whisper White Accessories: Chevron Builder punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Season of Style Designer Washi Tape, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. CONGRATS….that was a great card last week and this week, the ho ho ho card is super duper cute!

  2. Congratulations! I’m not surprised that card was a winner; it’s one of my favourites.

  3. I love it and am casing it for my upcoming SAS… I will give you full credit! Congrats on your win! Your cards are amazing works of art. I am sure its the first of many wins to come. I look forward to entering similar contests myself in the near future. Blessings.

  4. A well deserved win on last week’s challenge my friend! Love the Christmas card! Ho ho ho! 🙂

  5. Super cute card! Congrats on your Paper Playets win. Happy Stampin’!

  6. Isn’t washi tape the bomb! So many different uses for it. Love this stuff. Lovin’ you card (but I always do) so bright and crisp. Hoping your design helps to get my ‘crafting mojo’ back. It’s been on a very long vacation. Congrats on your ‘Headliner’ award. (Insert applause) I can see it now, your name in lights on a billboard. Just blinking away, all sparkly and glittery. Glittery……no worries, it won’t attach it’s self and cling to you. Can’t wait to hear which other title you will win in the future. Looking forward to another week of Brian goodness.

  7. Love today’s card just like I loved your headliner card last week. Great lines, great colors, very sharp

  8. Brian Congrats on your win!! That is so exciting and I can see the smile on your face. Today’s card is very nice with the “3s”. I like odd numbers and think they work beautifully. Thanks a bunch. 🙂

  9. Yay for you ! I read someone`s comment yesterday about your Headliner win … and that card was a masterpiece to say the least . Your card today is a cutie . I like the chevrons done only in the three since they are a bit larger . BTW…I like the Cherry Cobbler with the Gumball Green much more than the Old Olive ..and I think Santa likes it too !

  10. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Santa is bright and cheery so these colors work very well!! Great use if the Washi tape and the Ho-ho-hos!!! Three cheers for your win and you Brian!!! 🙂

  11. congratulations on the win, way to go. but then all your cards are awesome.!!

  12. Congratulations on yet another achievement, Brian! Great work (wait – it’s not work – it’s fun!)

  13. Congratulations on your Headliner! Not to be the last I’m sure of it! Love this Gumball Green with this red, what a Pop!

  14. w00t-w00t! You go! I love the rule of threes myself–but I did do a double take at “three hos” JK 😉

  15. Such a fun card – lots of movement and happy!

  16. Congrats Brian, on being selected for the headliner! That card was great.
    Todays card is too, you might be a double winner!

  17. Ahh Brian I am obsessed with things in threes, too! Great classic Christmas colors, and I like how you stamped your Ho Ho Ho’s repetitively for the design element. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at The Paper Players!

  18. Hi Brian – great use of your stamp-a-ma-jig! That is my “go to” stamping tool for sure. I really love this card and it may actually get me to try some Washi tape. For some reason, it never appealed to me but this card really shows off how great it can look. Last weeks winning card was amazing. So much creativity – I mean really, who else would ever have thought to draw lines to get such a fantastic affect! You are GOOD!

  19. woohoo Brian !!!
    hugs frenchie , CONGRATES !!!

  20. Big congrats on your win for that fab one layered card! And, this Christmas card is just too CUTE! Love the little santa, arrows, and washi tape! Very well done…love this card!!!

  21. You are rockin and rollin all over the place…two winners in my book! Lovin this HoHoHo card and colors and all of your threes….fabulous! Great way to start off your week!

  22. Oh my gosh! I did not realize that was your first win! I feel honored to have selected your card! It was definitely right up my alley! And this one is uber-cute!

  23. Super cute Ho Ho Ho card. and big congrats on your win for being the headliner. Seriously, your first win? I can’t believe it! I have been following your blog almost since I became a SU demo and I have found so much inspiration here. I absolutely love your Tips, Tricks and Reminders. Some of them have been printed off and are part of a binder in my scraproom.

  24. the guy tucks the chevrons into a little gap in the text. he’s so clever!

  25. Not surprised you won the challenge, Brian…we all LOVED your single layer card. Congrats!

  26. Congrats Brian–your card was stellar! But then, you are always a winner in my book!

  27. Charlotte Coombes

    I’m SO glad you won that challenge – that card was AMAZING! And this weeks “ho” card is so awesomesauce (to coin a phrase from our friend Justin!) that it is definitely going in my “hold for future casing” folder! Thanks for your daily inspiration 🙂

  28. L O V E this card, Brian. Guess I am going to have to cave and get the chevron punch after all! This would be a great card for class since so many of my customers already have that stamp set–always push the RMHC stamp set! Congratulations on your win…your card was (is) awesome!

  29. Fantastic card, Brian! You’ve used the sketch perfectly. Love the mix of washi tape and ho,ho,ho on the diagonal. Every element is just perfect…so glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

  30. Congrats on your win last week, Brian! I love, love, LOVE this fun and festive holiday card. Everything just pops off of the clean background and the lined envelope is a fun touch. I have to get those dies. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players! 🙂

  31. All of the elements of this design coordinate *so* well to create a most striking work of art! Your use of the HO3 stamp and the washi with the chevron bits really resonates with the Christmas Santa theme both in color and sentiment. Great card, Brian!

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