Simple Saturday with Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas Bliss

Before I share this week’s card for The Card Concept, I want to thank Geri Greening for selecting my card as a winner last week.  I’m so happy that Geri has awesome taste in  cards.  Ha!  It’s always nice to be recognized.  To see the winning card, click here.

Here’s my card for this week’s challenge from The Card Concept.

Christmas Bliss, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, TCC15And here’s this week’s challenge banner:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Clean and Simple.  The Card Concept asks us to define the style of the card we are submitting.  While my card includes a little bit of layering, I would classify it as Clean and Simple.  Two stamps with two inks – and done.  I added a super-thin border of Pear Pizzazz around the front, Whisper White panel.  It adds a little pop without taking away from the image on the front of the card.
  • Christmas Bliss Photopolymer.  While the Holiday Catalog is still a month away (customers can order from it starting on August 28), there are some great, net Christmas sets that can be ordered now:  Christmas Bliss Photopolymer and Beauty of the Season.  If you’re itching to get a start on your Christmas cards, one (or both) of these sets might be perfect for you.
  • Notecards.  Whisper White cardstock isn’t thick enough to be the base of a card (in my opinion).  Incidentally, everything on this blog is my opinion – except for that part about how Geri Greening has super-wonderful taste in cards.  That’s not an opinion, that’s a fact.  Stampin’ Up!’s Notecards (found on page 194 of the Annual Catalog) are thicker and perfect to serve as a card base.  Cut, scored, ready-to-go – notecards are a great way to go.

Stamp Sets:  Christmas Bliss  Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz  Papers:  Whisper White Notecard, Pear Pizzazz  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Hi Brian, I love your very CAS card this week for The Card Concept challenge. It’s fresh and modern, yet also quick and easy! A great one to CASE. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Lovely card! Beautiful Christmas greeting.

  3. I like this color combo. Love this sentiment with that swirly swirl. I like your card !
    That`s it …I am keeping with the Simple Saturday thing !

  4. My favorite all time card from you……tells my style, huh.
    I could see a rhinestone on top of largest tree or even gold/silver for border. I forget to do that……wonderful effect.
    Christmas Bliss on my list today…..and who would have thought tropical color for Christmas card. Thank you!

  5. Nice, nice, nice!!
    What a wonderful colour combo for a Christmas card.

  6. Love this card!! Clean simple, but lots of style. The colors look surprisingly wintery possibly with all the white. Love the extra space between the card base and sentiment panel.
    Not a bit surprised you won last week’s challenge after all, you are The King! (Not an opinion, just a fact.) Very nice job!

  7. Beautiful card..very spiffy. Love the colors and you awesone design.

  8. Brian, this one is simply classy. Love the colors!

  9. You are so funny. I enjoy your blog daily. Very CAS card, love the stamp ses

  10. SOLD. Love this set (although I’ll have to try and get it in Canada). The simple elegance of this card is just stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept!

  11. I love blues for Christmas greetings, they remind me of frosty winter weather. I think the green adds an extra punch to a clean and simple card. Awesome job Brian.

  12. love this card and the colours, they look good together. What’s your secret for getting ink coverage on the photopolymer stamps? mine come out blotchy at times 🙁

    • Lynne,
      Just my 2 cents….I had same issue with watery or incomplete coverage, to the point I thought it was defective stamps.
      Finally, I read some thread to stamp with a mouse pad or something similar under paper. My SU paper piercing cushion does same thing.
      The cushioning seems to assist on those troublesome stamps.
      Sometimes it is a random thing as to which ink or stamp brand gives better coverage. Some SU ink colors do a better job than others.

    • Lynne, As with my red rubber stamps, I “condition” my stamps by rubbing the Adhesive Remover (square eraser in the catalog) over the image. At Convention, they suggest that when you first open a Photopolymer, you can tap it in Versamark and then clean it. I guess the residue from the Versamark allows the ink to transfer better? They also suggested using a piercing mat – seems to work for many, but I almost always stamp in my Stampin’ Up! grid paper stack (the whole pack vs. one sheet). That often gives me a soft, but solid, surface for stamping.

  13. LOVE THIS CARD!!!! Simple, elegant and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  14. Love this card….and thank you, I too felt that the Whisper White card stock was not as strong to use as a base ~ I love the Notecards/Envelope…use them all the time! Thanks for sharing ~ so glad I was able to meet you at convention!

  15. Super cute, Brian! Love these colors together!

  16. Love this card…such a cool font..that set is awesome!

  17. Absolutely perfect CAS card, Brian! While CAS cards may look easy, I sure cannot do them! You nailed this one. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Card Concept!

  18. What a classy card! Love it!

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