Peaceful Wreath for Merry Monday #169

I love this time of year – I get to play with my new Christmas products and start playing along with the challenges over at the Merry Mondays Christmas Card Blog.  Yippee!  This week’s challenge from Debbie Henderson is to incorporate light green, dark green and red.  I immediately knew I’d be turning my attention to the Peaceful Wreath for this project.  I chose Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and Real Red as my colors for this project.  Here’s my card:

Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM169

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Merry Monday Color Challenge

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Peaceful Wreath Stamp Set.  I adore this new stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  The sketched artistry is beautiful – and the images coordinate with a Framelits die we already have, so…SCORE!  Here’s a look at the amazing images in this set:

    Peaceful Wreath Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

    Peaceful Wreath Stamp Set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Coloring the Wreath.  I stamped this beautiful holly wreath in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White and cropped it with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits (available in the Annual Catalog).  I colored each leaf with a Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker and then added a touch of Old Olive to each.  I started at the base of the leaf and randomly painted some of the darker green.  That little touch adds so much depth to the already-beautiful leaves.  I dotted each berry with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM169
  • Color Combination.  There’s nothing new about a green-and-red combination, but there’s definitely something exciting about it.  I love this particular combination of greens and red – the red pops beautifully against the combination of light and dark greens.  Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz

Stamp Sets:  Peaceful Wreath, Holly Jolly Greetings  Papers:  Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Real Red, Stampin’ Write Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Real Red)  Accessories:  Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

While the wreath is front and center on this project, here are photos of all the other new and exciting products I used in this card:

Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Stampin' Up!

Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Stampin’ Up!

Fine-tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Up!

Fine-tip Glue Pen, Stampin’ Up!

Precision Base Plate, Stampin' Up!

Precision Base Plate, Stampin’ Up!

I hope you’ll pop over to the Merry Monday Card Challenge to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Stunning, Brian. It has just re-enforced my decision to add it to my next order! Thank you!! ?

  2. I like how you added the thin strip in the back. Very nice. (And a great challenge by a fellow Maine stamper!) 🙂

    • Dawn – I was originally going to extend it the entire length of the card base but decided at last minute to shorten the piece. I, too, am happy with that decision. 🙂

  3. Love love the card Brian!

  4. Pretty and the two shades of green add dimension . Love these different wreath stamp sets in the catalogs and the framelits make them even more fun.

  5. I love this card Brian!
    Just out of curiosity … what DIDN’T you get from the holiday catalog. Just kidding … No really …

    • I’m not ashamed to admit that I have everything I want out of that book. I’m guessing I might change my mind about some things (when I see projects you make with the items I don’t have, for example), but the catalog is AMAZING!

  6. It’s beautiful, Brian! I didn’t know I NEEDED this stamps set…….until now! LOL

  7. Merry and bright describes your card!

  8. Beautiful card! I love the simplicity. I appreciate all of your stunning work.

  9. I love how that wreath looks – I was unsure about that stamp set but I may just have to change my mind. Great card!

  10. What? No cherry cobbler Dazzling Details glitter dots on the berries?
    HAHA only kidding. I’m sure you are vacuuming now just at the mention of glitter….
    Nice card, love how the “merry” touches the tips of the red layer.

  11. Hi Brian:

    I have GOT TO have one of those fine tip glue pens! Are they new to the Holiday catalog or have I just been passing them by?

    Your card today is awesome (as always), and your coloring is fabulous. Since I’m working on Christmas cards here myself, it’s great fun to see what other people are doing for their personal cards this year. Another amazing card from an amazing card designer. Have a fantastic day.

  12. Great card. You are right about the combination of greens a red. Stunning. Ah, another stamp set to add to my order.

  13. This is an absolutely stunning card Brian! Love the whimsical wreath paired with the classic colour combination.

  14. You mentioned the fine line glue pen. Is it in the holiday catalog? I couldn’t find it in the regular catalog. Alice

  15. Hi Brian. It’s good to see you over at Merry Monday again! I love your merry wreath! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  16. Brian, I am just going to say this right now. This is ALL YOUR FAULT! I keep telling myself I don’t NEED that set, or those framelits, but then you change my mind. Your card is gorgeous as always, and I really love the colors. That skinner piece of layering behind the main layer is perfect; my eyes travel up and down and from side to side. Love this! Thanks for sharing. Now….where is my credit card? 🙂

  17. I love this stamp set and your card is one I just may CASE. I love everything about it, the colors, the stamp set, the thinlits, simply everything. You did a great job adding items to my list of must haves with this card Brian. Can you say Enabler Brian?

  18. Fabulous card. Love the layering and dimension.

  19. Your beautiful wreath really popped out at me over on Merry Monday! Just love the design!!

  20. Lovely wreath Brian and you colored it just beautifully…thinking I may have to add this set to my order next week! (Thanks for enabling me!!)

  21. Gorgeous card, Brian! Love the wreath and your pretty color combo! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! 🙂

  22. Fabulous CAS design Brian, perfect for the current challenge at Merry Monday. Thanks for joining us this challenge.

  23. Gorgeous Brian! LOVE your two tone leaves!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

    Deanne 🙂

  24. Sweet card, I love that stamp set.

  25. Saw your awesome card at MM…love it! SU has really come out with a great holiday catty! It’s fun to see what you are creating with the products!

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