Happy Hanukkah with The Paper Players

For this week’s color challenge, The Paper Players selected Midnight Muse, Pool Party and Whisper White.  Blue and white – almost a no-brainer.  How could I pass up this opportunity to showcase the gorgeous Star of David emblem featured in the Jewish Celebration stamp set?  While I am not Jewish, I can certainly honor the celebration of this holiday with a beautiful card: Jewish Celebration, Delightful Dozen, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP167

Here’s the banner for this week’s challenge from Jaydee:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Focal point.  It all started with the Star of David emblem on the center of this card.  I can’t stop looking at it – I think it’s absolutely stunning.  I stamped it with Midnight Muse on Whisper White paper and cropped it with a Circles Collection Framelit, followed by another circle (Midnight Muse card stock).  I tried every framelit and die in every color combination before deciding on this Floral Frames Collection Framelit.  In Pool Party, the floral framelit makes for a respectfully appropriate extension of the beautiful emblem.
  • Pearls.  Pearls make everything formal, right?  That might not be rule, but pearls really help to keep this image classy.  They might get a little lost in the picture above, so I’m sharing a closeup picture below.  This design features many points where pearls are appropriate – I count 21.  That’s for you, Ann Schach!Jewish Celebration, Delightful Dozen, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Background color.  Once I decided to accent the focal point with the Floral Framelits, I cropped a larger floral framelit in Midnight Muse.  That stumped me because it didn’t leave room for a sentiment and forced me to then mount the focal point on Whisper White card stock.  The white card stock didn’t allow the emblem to shine like I wanted, so I reduced the size of the focal point and created a layering of frames around it.  There’s no doubt that this emblem is now the centerpiece of this card.

Hanukkah begins on the evening of Wednesday, November 27 this year and ends on December 5.  This stamp set is a perfect way to honor the Jewish traditions of your friends and family.

Stamp sets:  Jewish Celebration, Delightful Dozen  Papers:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Pool Party  Inks:  Midnight Muse  Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Floral Frames Collection Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Absolutely stunning Brian!!! This looks amazing!!! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous!!

  3. Love it!! This Jew approves 🙂

  4. Beautiful …just beautiful . And the pearls are just the right touch . You should show it again in November ! I would love to see it again .
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  5. Beautiful card BK.

  6. This is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

  7. This Star of David card is beautiful, Brian. You hit just the right amount of layering with just the right recipe for the way you layered the colors. And, yes, I DO think that pearls make everything “formal”. You used the right size pearls and the right number of them. Way to go!
    And, Sonny, what a super plug for Brian’s Stampin’ Clubhouse! It is just as she described! Yes, please join!

  8. Beautiful card!! Thank you for honoring Hanukkah! 🙂

  9. Great card! I think that is one of the only sets I don’t have from last year’s Holiday catalog. 🙂

  10. Love love love the pearl details, I saw all of them right away!
    Super nice card, Brian, TFS.

  11. Gotta love me some blues, Brian. Just a beautiful card with all those pearl accents! Stunning.

  12. Fabulous card Brian! I need to make several Hanukkah cards each year and am always “thrown for a loop” in trying to get inspired. Thanks for throwing me for a loop this year by inspiring me with that fab card! LOL

  13. This is a really beautiful and elegant Hanukkah card Brian, the addition of the little pearls adds just the perfect touch to it, very subtle and soft. I love this shade of blue, it’s so rich and beautiful. Thank you for sharing another fantastic Holiday card.

  14. Brian,

    Love the card! Thanks for including a Hanukkah card. This holiday often gets forgotten, especially since its not in the holiday catalog this year. I’m glad this beautiful set is still available. Still reading your blog everyday. You are one talented guy!

  15. This card is glorious, Brian. Thank you for the Hanukkah shout-out. And you are right: you can never go wrong with pearls!

  16. Brian, I love the color balance and your pearls. This is absolutely stunning. The Pool Party layer just pulls my eye right to the beautiful center of the card. Love it.

  17. What a stunning image, and you’re right…I didn’t see the pearls until I looked at the closeup. Just a wonderful way to use these colors! Thanks for playing with our colors this week!

  18. Brian, (we met at convention, in line for the tour bus) Thank you so much for this beautiful & creative inspiration, I make Hanukkah cards each year for my family and I too have been “eyeing” this DSP. You’ve helped put it into perspective! Thank you! Mazel Mazel!

  19. Fabulous, Brian. I hadn’t thought about these colors for Hanukkah – but you are right, they are perfect and I love the way you framed the Star of David. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players again this week

  20. Fabulous, Brian! Yep…those pearls are the perfect accents!

  21. Absolutely stunning card! Would be lovely for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, too.

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