Oversized Christmas Joy

We Americans vacillate between a love our oversized possessions (SUV’s, mansions and big-boy meals) and a love of super-small, petite things (sports cars, tiny houses and amuse-bouche).  Right now, I think we’re trending toward tiny things – small things are just so cute!  I ignored that trend when I used this oversized candy cane (I didn’t realize how big it was until I cropped it out) from Stampin’ Up!’s Banners for Christmas stamp set.

Here’s my sweet card with a ginormous candy cane:

Banners for Christmas, Stiched with Cheer, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Banners for Christmas.  New banners dies and stamp sets were introduced in the new Annual Catalog – the Bunch of Banners Framelits have been very popular with my customers.  Banner images are everywhere in the Annual and Holiday Catalogs, so the Framelits are a great investment.  While my card features the humongous candy can from the Banners for Christmas, I pulled the Christmas Joy stamp from Stitched with Cheer and cropped it with a Bunch of Banners Framelits die.  Beautiful simplicity.

    Banners for Christmas, Stampin' Up!

    Banners for Christmas, Stampin’ Up!

  • Little White Border.  With most Framelits, you are left with a thin white border around a stamped image when the image is cropped.  It’s like a tiny frame that hugs your stamped image.  Because I knew the banner would result with a thin border, I snipped the candy cane with a thin, white border.  I also added white borders to each of the layers of cardstock to mimic the die cut banner and to add a crisp separation between layers.
  • Bold and Crisp.  When I sat down to prepare my write-up for this card, I was pretty certain I had already used these three colors together.  I’ve paired Real Red and Emerald Envy with Mint Macaron and with Delightful Dijon, but this is my first project that only uses Real Red, Emerald Envy and Whisper White.  Does it get any more crisp and clean than these two?  If you like this combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Emerald Envy, Real Red, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Banners for Christmas, Stitched with Cheer  Papers:  Emerald Envy, Real Red, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Real Red, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Bunch of Banners Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Banners for Christmas, Stiched with Cheer, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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  1. Yum!! I would love to find this big candy cane in my Christmas stocking!!!
    I love this card Brian, the layers of beautiful color card stock just enhances that awesome focal image.
    Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend.

  2. Perfection!! Well done:-)

  3. Lovin’ your beautiful candy cane and the layering of the sentiment. Had to google “amuse-bouche.” Thanks for the lesson!

  4. I love this stamp ! I don`t have it ,but I keep looking at this set because of that giant candy cane ! I have not seen anyone else do this giant goodie so far ! I think it shouts CHRISTMAS !
    That banner is so cute with it`s flippy ends …..just fits that stamp !
    Cute cute card ! Colors are right on !!

  5. For someone like me who is way, way behind on making Christmas cards a simple design such as this one would really be helpful. Lots of cutting but the result is spectacular. Love it Brian.

  6. That candy cane is the perfect size for your super pretty card. I love the colors you chose.

  7. Love the bold simplicity of this card…thanks for the French lesson…I too had to look up “amuse-bouche”…guess I don’t dine fancy enough!

  8. Gorgeous card! I would love to see more with this set. I had a party last week & used part of my rewards to get it because I love the candy cane, but I’m still struggling to think what else to do with it!

  9. Love, love, love

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