Cozy Christmas for PPA273

For this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge, I made a very basic, yet bold, card.  The end result is a simple, elegant card that’s both thin and long (more about that later).  I just love this combination of colors for Christmas – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Very Vanilla.  With sketch and colors in place, the stage was all set for this beautiful sentiment.  Here’s my project:

Cozy Christmas, Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!, PPA273And here’s Nicole Watt’s sketch that inspired my card:

PPA273There’s more to this card!  You’ll want to come back on Saturday – I’ll be sharing a video of what’s on the inside of this card – and I think you’ll like it.  🙂

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Cozy Christmas and a Square Trick.  What a great stamp set Cozy Christmas is!  Not only are the images great – I used the sweet, snowy house in my video yesterday (see it here) – but the sentiments are super-adorable.  It’s the perfect set to pick up during Stampin’ Up!’s 15%-off Stamps Sale (that’s for you, Sonny).  I stamped this sentiment with Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla paper and cropped it with a Squares Collection Framelits.  I then trimmed away at the edges (each side equally) until I had the size square I wanted – much easier than trying to get a perfect square with a trimmer.

    Cozy Christmas stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Cozy Christmas stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Tone-on-Tone.  I was determined to make this sentiment the focal point of this card.  When I decided to add the boughs from Peaceful Wreath, I stamped them in Garden Green on Garden Green cardstock.  This gives the panel texture and the image of the beautiful holly without distracting from the sentiment that’s front-and-center.
  • Classic Christmas Color Combination.  As I mentioned earlier, the classic color combination was one of my “starters” on this project.  I’ve missed Garden Green this year – it’s not in any of our Designer Series Papers for Christmas, so it has mostly stayed tucked away.  No longer!  I was determined to use her today.  If you, too, like this color combination, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Cozy Christmas, Peaceful Wreath  Papers:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Garden Green  Accessories:  Project Life Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. The sentiment is beautiful in it’s front and center position…a classic card! As always, love your matting style.

  2. As always Brian, you wow me. Another clean and beautiful card. Wish I lived in your area to actually get to come to a class someday! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  3. I love the subtle touch of tone on tone leaves, in keeping with the sketch.

  4. Another great card. Love the tone on tone. Nice technique.

  5. Love this stamp set ! I am trying not to buy anymore seasonal stamps because I have tons !! BUT this one makes my heart sing !! It reminds me of childhood Christmas images . I bought that precious DSP Home for Christmas so I guess I have to get this too !! Thanks Yogi !
    Oh and I love the green on green stamping ….reminds me of using Versamark to make watermark looking images . Great card !

  6. Loving the use of those boughs!

  7. Great color combo and love the vibe of the card.

  8. That card is stunning!

  9. This is so nice. Love the tone on tone, and cozy Christmas has to be my favorite set this year.

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