Snow Place for GDP060

I so love when the Global Design Project hosts a CASE the Designer Challenge – every four weeks we get to make a project inspired by our favorite Design Team Members.  What do I love more than playing along with the CASE the Designer Challenges?  I love when I am the featured designer.  🙂

It’s such an honor to play along as a designer for this amazing challenge site – I have loved contributing my cards for the past 60 weeks and have enjoyed seeing what you make.  My ears will be really perked up this week as you share a project that’s inspired by me.  What fun!  It’s a super-busy week for me, but I’ll be tuned in!  Here’s my card for this challenge:

Snow Place, Oh What Fun, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP060

And here’s the banner for the challenge that features my Bear Hugs card that inspired my Snow Place card:GDP060As you can see, I chose to CASE this layout – you might create a project inspired by the colors or stamp set or sentiment.  The choice is yours!  Did you miss the original post for this card (or just want to see it again)?  If so, you can click here to see it.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Snow Place.  While I could have added almost anything to the bottom, right corner of this card while CASEing my layout, I decided to stick with an adorable animal.  This penguin from Stampin’ Up!’s Snow Place stamp set has been a favorite of mine for a long time.  His almost-expressionless face makes him perfect for any card.  This set pairs perfectly with the Snow Friends Framelits Dies – if you don’t have them, you need them.  Oh, that’s right, I said it.  You’ll enjoy playing with these images – I promise.

    Snow Place, Stampin' Up!

    Snow Place, Stampin’ Up!

  • Textured Background.  The small panel that serves as the focal point of this card is Soft Sky with beautiful Soft Sky snowflakes.  The snowflakes were cropped from one of the stockings in the Christmas Stockings Thinlits Die.  I cropped out a bunch and glued them to the Soft Sky base before adding the tag and penguin.  The paper looks like it’s texture embossed, but it’s not!  This is a cool technique I fell in love with last year and shared in several projects .  Click on the photos to read more about these projects (including a video from Mom here):A Whole Lot of Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Bravo, Stampin' Up!, by Mary King, Faux Textured Embossing TechniqueHang Your Stocking, Large Letters Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas Card
  • Baby Blues for Christmas.  I love non-traditional colors for Christmas.  After years of beautiful blues for the winter holiday, though, blue has become pretty traditional.  We’ve seen Pool Party, Night of Navy and  Island Indigo used with great success.  Soft Sky seemed like a natural here to convey to cold, crisp winter scene that accompanies this adorable penguin.  If you like these colors together, save this for inspiration:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Snow Place, Oh What Fun  Papers:  Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Soft Sky), Whisper White, Basic Black, Soft Sky  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies, Snow Friends Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. I love the penguin peeking in from the side. Clever and fun for the holidays!

  2. I forgot about your background idea ! Thank you for reminding me !
    This is a cute card and I can imagine various animals peeking out from the edge . I think this is a cute card to CASE !! I will be popping in at the Global Designs to see what others did with your example !!

  3. Thanks for bringing that bg idea to front…I forgot about it, too! Gotta do that! Great CASE of yourself, Brian…heehee!

  4. I love this-Soft Sky is so pretty and the technique with the snowflakes looks great.

  5. It was so fun to watch your mom’s video, again, Brian, on this background technique! (which I also forgot!).
    And, Brian, I love your choice of Soft Sky … one of my very favorite colors!

  6. Oh my gosh! My heart just melted! SO adorable! If I weren’t so busy with my swaps, I would drop everything to CASE it:-). Perfection!

  7. Congrats on being the designer we case this week for GDP. Great card with bear and now awesome card with penguin! You are so clever with the snowflakes! I will play designing mine later today so thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Another cute card. I love the texturing idea and had also forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Good Morning Brian:

    I think that when you edge your layers in black it just pops them right out of the ballpark! I see you have Mom doing the same as she learned from you. I think it’s great that a child that learned from Mom is now teaching her a few tricks.! LOL Fabulous card today (as always) and congrats on being this weeks inspiration for the GDP!

  10. What fun (and what an honor) to be able to CASE yourself! Congratulations!

    I love the faux embossed background idea; I will have to try that soon! Your penguin card is just adorable. I love that penguin!

    Good luck this week with your event!

  11. Brenda from Indiana

    I never tire of your creative abilities. Just when I think you can’t top the previous days card. You surprise me. As I’m semi retired, and when I’m not working my day always begins with you and Mary Fish. Each of you have helped me when my brain freezes, and I opened up your Blogs, and think ….” Why didn’t I think of that.” Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards.

  12. No snow about it, I love the card! My penguin card was on Susan Itell’s blog yesterday as part of her swap. Great minds think alike – I was wanting to have him peaking out but I couldn’t get it all worked out. (I think I am giving myself too much credit on the great minds part) Anyway, I am putting the swap card in the mail today so it arrives by 11/9. Oh, and the bear card is so cute and a convenient way of hiding those dreaded toes!

  13. Ahhh, Brian, my friend. It is always such a pleasure to CASE your cards. I adore the “cleaness” sleek lines and layers of your work. I can spot a “Brian” card from a mile away. Love your faux embossed backgrounds. I need to remember this trick!

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