Making Spirits Bright

As we approach the holidays, I will surely ramp up the use my White Stampin’ Emboss Powder to create WOW effects on my cards.  I just love to take a stamp with a negative image (when pressed into an ink pad, stamps with negative images gather ink on the background with words or images carved into the stamp).  One of the new stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog, Among the Branches, gives me the perfect images to create this type of look:

Among the Branches, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You might miss this product in the Holiday Catalog – it’s quietly tucked in the top, right corner of page 24), but add this embossing folder to your “must have it right now” wishlist.  These dots of snow disperse from the top like snow (or from the bottom like champagne bubbles).  I positioned my piece of Mint Macaron in the middle of the folder to gather some of the gathered dots and some of the more spread out ones.  I don’t work with embossing folders a lot, but you’ll see me use this one a lot this Holiday season.Among the Branches, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Added Pops of White.  The raised dots weren’t enough for me, but I certainly didn’t want to risk the front of my card by sponging white onto the dots.  As such, I used my White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to brush a little light onto each of these dots.  It didn’t take very long and didn’t leave a huge impact, but it gave me just the right accent I wanted.
  • Color Combination.  I’m in love with Mint Macaron.  This kinda-green, kinda-blue shade is 100% soft and gorgeous.  When paired with deep, rich Cherry Cobbler, you have the perfect foundation for a gorgeous holiday card. Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaron, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Among the Branches  Papers:  Thick Whisper White, Cherry Cobber, Mint Macaron, 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper  Inks:  White Stampin’ Chalk Marker  Accessories:  Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Lovely card! And perfect to illustrate to my apprentice here at work what she can do with her new big shot – that she purchased today.
    I have finally tempted her down the slippery slope into the world of card making!.. (insert evil laugh) 😀

  2. I just love this card.

  3. I really love this embossing folder, and what a great idea to brush a bit of white ink on those raised dots for the full effect of snow falling.
    I love Cherry Cobbler, I think it’s the best shade of red ever!! and it looks amazing on your beautiful card.

  4. The coordinating envelope liner looks fantastic with your handsome card!

  5. Love the new embossing folder. And your use of the chalk marker – genius! The colors are great together. I’m a Mint Macaron lover as well. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity with us!

  6. MMMMmmm, I just might make this for the season.


  7. Brian this is a beautiful color combination. The design is perfect! Love your circles and stripes together ?

  8. AHA! I see I’m not the only one working on Christmas cards! LOL Just a fab card Brian (as always). Can’t wait to get my hands on the new Holiday catty. Your enthusiasm for it has me all hyped up. 🙂

  9. What a classy card, Brian!

  10. Beautiful & yes what a nice color combo. I will be following you a lot this season please keep posting. Your cards are just awesome.

  11. I also love this embossing folder. I hadn’t thought about the fact that you don’t feature many embossing folders in you cards. Thanks for the inspiration of bubbles. I’ve also thought about stars.

  12. Love, love love that embossing folder…..lots of MUST haves on my list from this new catolog…great idea for using it for snow and bubbles!

  13. OH, I love both Cherry Cobbler and Mint Macaron but wouldn’t – until now – have thought to put them together. Brilliant, or pretty close to it.

  14. Love, love, love this card!!!!! Hope you don’t mind if I decide to case this card! ❤️❤️❤️

  15. Love this combo! I just preordered these items this morning!!!

  16. My team member likes this card, so I thought I should comment on how much she likes it!
    Gorgeous…oh and the card too! xo

  17. Great card Brian. I’ll definitely follow your suggestion oh Fearless Leader, I love that embossing folder.

  18. Who would’ve thought Cherry Cobbler and Mint Macaron would look good together?! A WOW card, esp. with the Cherry Cobbler ink on the Whisper White card stock finishing off “the look”.

  19. Can we say GO-JUS!!??!! Love it! Perfectly aligned; perfect colors; and perfectly … well.. perfect!

  20. Love your work–this is simply fabulous.

  21. I love this card so much! I had to “case” it and put in on my blog and linked it to your website. Thanks for this wonderful inspiration!
    Greetings from Germany!

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