Silent Night for Merry Monday

I really love the theme of this week’s Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge – Silent Night.  Why?  It gives me a chance to use The Newborn King stamp set again – and to pair it with a non-traditional Designer Series Paper (an idea I’ve been brewing for a long time).  Now, I get to share it with you.  Here’s my project:

The Newborn King, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM130And here’s this week’s Merry Monday Challenge banner:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Isolating Images – and Snipping.  The Newborn King is a beautiful Nativity set with lots of groovy, modern images.  I love how it pairs beautifully traditional sentiments with a not-so-traditional Nativity.  I wanted this card to be truer-to-form, so I isolated the manger scene and stamped it on Whisper White.  I stamped again on Crumb Cake and snipped the manger out.  If you would like to see my video on Isolating Images, you can check it out here.
  • Neutral Color Combination.  I love the magical pairing of Basic Gray with Crumb Cake.  I forget how much I love it and then fall in love all over again.  The neutral layers of cardstock add a calm base to this card.  The pops of Whisper White and Crushed Curry are even more alive against this backdrop.  If you like this color combination, feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Starry Night.  Do you recognize the Designer Series Paper I used on this card?  It’s from Santa & Co Designer Series Paper.  The designs in this paper pack are filled with whimsical, fun images – moose in pajamas, dancing Santas, bold patterns – but this image of stars really stood out to me.santa & co

Stamp Sets:  The Newborn King  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Santa & Co Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Merry Monday Challenge to see the other Silent Night projects by the Merry Monday Designers.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. I love the neutral colors. Makes Christmas cards interesting. Love you too Brian!

  2. Great idea you have been brewing there! Love the layout!

  3. Love this, Brian! I loved this stamp set but the size of the total image intimidated me! It is such a great idea to isolate the manger scene….and perfect for my challenge!

  4. Brian I just love what you did. Trying to highlight the manger scene was so intimidating for me and you pulled it off! Love this card!

  5. Very classy! You put so much thought into each card! And I know you thought about glitter on the star and said, not going there!

  6. O gosh! Love this so much. I will be casing. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Just beautiful, Brian.

  8. Brian – you couldn’t have picked a better DSP to use with this stamp if you tried. It looks absolutely perfect with the manger scene image. You did a fabulous job isolating that image. The card is so perfectly balanced, a thing I sometimes have problems with. Thanks so much for sharing this card. I hope you have a fantastic day.

  9. You really did great on this card Brian. Very simple but elegant. Truly brought out the TRUE REASON for this Holiday season coming up. May we never forget the reason of the season. Thanks for sharing Brian!!

  10. This is a beautiful card Brian. I love how you made the special star stand out in a star filled sky. Very creative, great job.

  11. Awww, beautiful BRIAN, love it so neat ,
    And thank you for a wonderful weekend, and for all your bear hugs , I love you , can can sure make us loved, thank you for everything you do ,
    Hugs and love to our King,
    Frenchie ,

  12. I love this, Brian!! It is perfect in every way!

  13. How pretty and I really like how you did the manger scene ! Far less overwhelming .
    Only you would get into manger snipping !
    Great Christmas card !

  14. After seeing the original stamp image, it makes me appreciate the painstaking time and thought you’ve given into producing such a lovely, elegant and impactful card. Wowee!

  15. WOW!! I love what you did with the Manger and the Nativity, isolating it from the trees, somehow it looks more traditional this way.
    The star filled background is perfect for this beautiful scene, thank you for sharing.

  16. Very clever how you used the partial image and I just love how you paired it up with the DSP with stars. Very nice!

  17. This is stunning! The perfect Christmas card 🙂

  18. Brian, I love how you isolated the main image and how you paired it with the neutrals and DSP! Hee, hee, great job on the video too. Thanks for sharing it. Hope you have a stampin’ good week!

  19. Wonderful card, Brian! The colors are great together and the star pattern paper is perfect!

  20. Beautiful! I love the colors you’ve used in this classic card.

  21. Brian, this is stunning! I love the color combination.

  22. This is so gorgeous, love the crumb cake and basic gray combo – perfect!

  23. Wonderful card Brian, this is a lovely blend of colours and papers.

  24. So beautiful and peaceful…a true “silent night!”

  25. Gorgeous card, Brian!! Just love this peaceful stamp & your designer paper! Wonderful design too! 🙂

  26. Deanne @ Three Trees

    Gorgeous! Love the masked scene – so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

    Deanne 🙂

  27. Great card Brian! Love the design. 🙂

  28. Love everything about this card, Brian! Great use of that stamp–wonderfully designed card!

  29. Great card Brian, love the scene!

  30. Hi Brian, I’m all for non-traditional colours for Christmas. There is a surfeit of reds and greens in my opinion. I’ve enjoyed several of the designs from that particular DSP simply because it isn’t traditional. I also love the way you’ve isolated the little manger scene for your card. It takes the clutter away and leaves what’s important. TFS

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