SNEAK PEEK: Candy Cane Christmas for GDP049

Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.  What kind of card would you expect me to make with that gorgeous combination of soft, fresh colors?  If you said, “Ooooh!  I would expect you to make a Christmas card,” then your truth-o-meter might be beeping right now.  While I thought I might try to force these colors into a Christmas card, it wasn’t nearly as difficult to make them work as I first thought.  Here’s my 4″ x 6″ card:

Candy Cane Christmas, Suite Seasons, Merriest Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP049

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

    • Candy Cane Christmas.  Did you see how each one of these images – the star, the tree, the mitten – pair perfectly with one of the colors in this color combination?  I love the sweet images and sentiments in this sweet set – I stamped each with Archival Basic Black ink.  Each of the three images I featured today have a thin line around it, so I used a coordinating Stampin’ Write Marker to shade that thin border.  That further ties each image to its respective color.

      Candy Cane Christmas, Stampin' Up!

      Candy Cane Christmas, Stampin’ Up!

    • Other New Products.  There are two more new products included on this simple card.  Did you spot them?  Along with Candy Cane Christmas, I used Merriest Wishes stamp set and Suite Seasons – both new in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog.  The patterned circles behind the Candy Cane Christmas images were stamped with a gorgeous image from Merriest Wishes stamp set.
      Merriest Wishes Bundle, Stampin' Up!

      Merriest Wishes Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

      I masked one of the sentiments from Suite Seasons stamp set to capture only “Merry Everything.”  The modern, graphic sentiment pairs perfectly with these non-traditional colors.

      Suite Seasons, Stampin' Up!

      Suite Seasons, Stampin’ Up!

    • Isolating the Sentiment.  What a great collection of sentiments!  Sometimes, though, you only want part of a stamp on a project.  I love “Merry Everything Happy Always”, but that’s not what I wanted for this card – I only wanted “Merry Everything.”  Here’s what I did: I put tape over the parts of the stamp I didn’t want on my card, inked up the stamp, pulled the tape off and then stamped onto the card stock.  Here’s a quick video to show that technique, along with a couple of other ways to isolate images on a stamp:

Stamp Sets:  Candy Cane Christmas, Merriest Wishes, Suite Seasons  Papers:  Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Basic Black  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo)  Accessories:  1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Candy Cane Christmas, Suite Seasons, Merriest Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP049

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

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  1. Sweet card. Love the holiday images…so cute and versitle. Good colors too!

  2. Unexpected and fresh colors for a Christmas card! You made it work and work beautifully. Love these sweet images popped up on colorful circles!

  3. Good Morning Brian, you Master of card making!

    I just love how you mounted the images with their circular backing onto a piece of angled horizontal card stock! AND you didn’t stop there but outlined the piece of white card stock with the black which really made the images pop out. You are just amazing!

  4. Love this! So striking! Love the unexpected use of those beautiful colors!

  5. Global Design page does not exist with this color challenge. I tried with you and Kylie Bertucci. I am bummed. I enjoy both of your designs and challenges.

  6. These images are adorable in this set . You made your card colorful and trendy by throwing in that yellow .
    Cute cute card !

  7. I love masking stamps, but darn, I can’t count the times I forget to pull the tape off…LOL

  8. I like your card! Great idea for christmas!
    Liebe Grüße

  9. I like how you “forced” these colours into a Christmas card Brian, lol. I certainly wouldn’t have thought of it. But you made it work well!

  10. Great fun card Brian – i love the use of the border from the Merriest Wishes stamp set

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