Very Merry for GDP010

This week’s sketch for the Global Design Project is super-simple, and there are so many ways to “dress it up.”  I chose to piece together four squares of Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper to make one pattern – oh what fun!  I hope you’ll play along with this challenge, too – I’d love to see what you come up with.  Here’s my card:

And Many More, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP010

And here’s the super-fun Global Design Project sketch that inspired my card:

GDP-010Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Simple Tree.  I didn’t want a fancy, decorated tree for the front of these patterned squares – the Perfect Pines Framelits gave me a lovely tree without a lot of excess.  I COULD have stamped the tree with my Peaceful Pines stamp set, but I wasn’t convinced it needed it.  A plain, Old Olive tree would suffice.  Of course, I adorned it with a Daffodil Delight star (thank you, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack) and an adorable And Many more sentiment cropped with the Word Window punch.  A Real Red Candy Dot sealed the deal that the simple tree was the right choice.

    Perfect Pines Framelits, Stampin' Up!

    Perfect Pines Framelits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Creating a New Pattern with Striped Paper.  Sure, the tree and star and sentiment are cute on this card, but the star of the show is the fun pattern with the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Here’s a quick summary of how I created this fun pattern:How to Create New Patterns with Diagonally-Striped Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Traditional Color Combination.  I love the simplicity of this card – it was hard for me to NOT add more layers, but I stayed true to the simple card I imagined.  Besides, I didn’t want anything to take away from the gorgeous pattern I created with the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  And Many More  Papers:  Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight  Inks:  Real Red  Accessories:  Perfect Pines Framelits Dies, Squares Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack (star), Word Window punch, Brights Candy Dots (Real Red), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project blog site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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28 Comments

  1. Just love those stripes – simple and so effective for that WOW

  2. I love thestripes you use on your card !! great idea !

  3. Great tutorial on cutting the fabulous paper! Thanks. And oh, do we ever get tired of using the Word Window Punch? It’s definitely one of my ‘go to’ punches for sentiments. Great card, sort of square but not!

  4. I love the simplistic lines in your card, it makes it really striking, thanks for sharing it:)

  5. So amazing! I adore your clean and simple style, Brian, it fits very nicely with my own aesthetic. You have such great card ideas, and they are easy to replicate.

  6. I love what you did with the paper…created a totally different look for a stunningly simple card!

  7. As always, your precision amazes me. It’s SO perfect! And the square framelits… such a sensible idea. I wish I’d thought I’d that!

  8. Love doing cards with squares ,but just look at what you did ! That little tree is just the cutest on that candy cane paper that you did magical things with in creating this cutie !
    Clever you !!

  9. Brilliant idea for the stripe along with one of my favorite of the Christmas sentiments (very merry)!

  10. Your paper piecing is always so innovative Brian!

  11. I don’t know how you keep coming up with these wonderful ideas, but I am so glad that you do. Love everything about this card!

  12. O.K. Brian – Yes, you did give us written instructions for how you put this out of this world beautiful paper into such a perfectly matching square BUT you make it sound so easy. I gave it a try – disaster! LOL So, would you please consider a video tutorial for those of us who are visual learners? My one word description of this card would be “fascinating”. I just absolutely love it.

    • Grace – I like to share ideas in different ways – changing things up between videos, written descriptions and picture tutorials. As you point out, everyone learns in different ways, so mixing things up allows me to meet a lot of different people where they are. There will be videos on other topics soon, but I feel this idea was best conveyed through pictures. If you have questions or need further instruction, please feel free to email me directly. Thanks!

  13. I’m with Grace, I see disaster in my future. Would love a tutorial on the squares too.

    Love this card!

    • Pamela – I like to share ideas in different ways – changing things up between videos, written descriptions and picture tutorials. As you point out, everyone learns in different ways, so mixing things up allows me to meet a lot of different people where they are. There will be videos on other topics soon, but I feel this idea was best conveyed through pictures. If you have questions or need further instruction, please feel free to email me directly. Thanks!

  14. When I saw this sketch I thought it had Brian written all over it. The perfectly cut lines and all the precision!!! You did a fantastic job! Those diagonals would have given me a stroke.

  15. The master of clean lines strikes again. I can’t believe how perfectly you got all the stripes to match up on those squares Brian. A master of patience too, perhaps? Fabulous, just like you!

  16. here – here. I agree – a Brian video is in order for this beauty.

    • Dara – I like to share ideas in different ways – changing things up between videos, written descriptions and picture tutorials. Everyone learns in different ways, so mixing things up allows me to meet a lot of different people where they are. There will be videos on other topics soon, but I feel this idea was best conveyed through pictures. If you have questions or need further instruction, please feel free to email me directly. Thanks!

  17. Fantastic! Clever etc etc. I won’t ask for a video even tho I learn best from them. I hear what you are saying. Very very clever, Brian.

  18. This is an amazing and eye catching card Brian! Your perfectly lined up stripes are sensational. D x

  19. Great Christmas card once again Brian, you never fail to please – an awesome card. Angexx

  20. Love the way you’ve lined up the pattern Brian! Fantastic card x

  21. You’ve worked very accurately. Wonderful!

  22. Oh Brian, your card is exactly my style and I love, love love it.
    Hugst Tanja

  23. Brian, I just loved this card. I am so impressed how you got all the stripes to be so perfect when you made the new pattern. Well Done!

  24. Brian, I don’t even have to look at the credit to know your cards. You have a distinctive style that’s instantly recognisable. This one – again, so simple, so WOW!

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