Christmas Joy to You

There was absolutely no way I could stay away from this week’s Christmas in July Theme Challenge from the Paper Players.  Since the release Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog, I have new paper (This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper) and a new stamp set (Joyful Nativity) that have been begging for airtime on my blog.  🙂  Today’s the day they will make their debut in a super-clean Christmas card.  Yippee!  Here’s my card:

Joyful Nativity, Time of Year, Perfectly Wrapped, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for Sandy Mathis’s Paper Players challenge that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  If you are like me (and I know that you are), you probably don’t read every detail about every product in the catalog.  Oh, don’t get me wrong – I study the images and sentiment and colors, but I don’t read every detail.  Where was I?  Oh, yes.  If you are like me, then you might have missed a key detail about the new This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper – what makes is special.  Like Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (from the last two years), This Christmas is printed on lightweight paper – similar to a newspaper print.  It’s really cool!  As such, you get 4 sheets of 6 designs in the pack – that’s 24 sheets of Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Very Vanilla prints.  So versatile!

    This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

    This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

  • Double-up!  Because Very Vanilla is not a thick cardstock, it’s tricky to pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals if it’s not backed with something thicker – it will easily bend or crease before arriving at its final destination.  To give this banner a little more support, I simply glued an additional banner (cut with the exact same size with the same Very Vanilla cardstock) to the back of this one.  How easy is that?Joyful Nativity, Time of Year, Perfectly Wrapped, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Classic Color Combination.  I’m going to share a well-kept secret – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Very Vanilla make a lovely color combination for Christmas.  OK, so maybe that’s not a big secret, but it’s a fact – and it’s very important for you to know.  Rich, deep and festive – all at the same time.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Joyful Nativity, Time of Year, Perfectly Wrapped  Papers:  This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green  Accessories:  Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Joyful Nativity, Time of Year, Perfectly Wrapped, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI hope you’ll pop over to The Paper Players site 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. Carla Schechner

    Thanks for this one today Brian. We all need something to keep us cool down here. I love the simplicity of the word area–really pops against the gorgeous paper :0)

  2. These background papers are beautiful, Brian. Oh, and thanks so much for the tip with backing the banner…now, why didn’t I think of that? LOL.

  3. ADORE how you layered Christmas (double thick–great tip) over the JOY sentiment.

  4. Beautiful card, Brian. I love the extra large JOY. Thanks for the tip for keeping the banner raised during transit.

  5. Good Morning Brian:

    I absolutely love, love, love, love, love this card! Of course the color combo screams Christmas as does the word Joy but the real draw is the way you layered the word Christmas over it. Absolutely artistry at its best! I can tell that even with the tons of Christmas stamps I have I may just have to bite the bullet and get everything on the supply list. I’ll start saving up today. LOL Have a wonderful Christmas in July kind of day.

  6. Love it Brian. Elegant and classy.

  7. Love, love, love this card!

  8. I love every single thing about this card! The banner is fabulous over the joy!

  9. This is just fabulous Brian – makes me want to buy the ‘JOY’ stamp so I can CASE it lol! Perfect placement and a great use of the DSP. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  10. Love your card, Brian! I am definitely going to get the JOY set for sure! When is the Time of Year set going to be available? I could not find it in the catalog….?
    I like to use fun foam to lift things up are going to be mail and squished. Making a double of the banner in card stock is a great idea too.
    Thanks for the Christmas inspiration to start making my Christmas cards!!

    • Thanks, Jane! Time of Year is actually available now – it’s a Host set that can be purchased (at a reduced price) with orders greater than $150. The set is featured on page 201 of the catalog.

  11. Brian, this is so pretty! Love all the layers and the JOY is fabulous! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  12. Donata Pfisterer

    Now I have to put in an order for the Christmas products I don’t have. I’m glad I pre-ordered Time of Year stamp set

  13. Just thought I’d let you know that I somewhat cased your card. There were two others who cased you that also inspired me. I made 9 cards and they all turned beautiful. I used the double banner idea. It worked perfectly. That was a great tip.
    Merry Christmas

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