A Star of Light Background

Yesterday, I shared detailed information about several current promotions and events:

  • We looked at the the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.
  • We reviewed the 25% off stamp sets – what a great list!
  • You listened to my warnings that time is ticking if you want to participate in my Holiday One-for-One Swap

If you missed the post, you can see it here.  I also gave you a sneak peek at today’s card yesterday.  Many of you guessed – and guessed correctly – at what I used to make this card.  After all, it’s one of the most popular stamp sets in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog.  🙂  Here’s the full card of the small snipped I shared yesterday:

Star of Light, Hang Your Stocking, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Star of Light Bundle.  You guessed it!  I used images from the Star of Light stamp set to create the unique background on this card.  Thank goodness for photopolymer stamps – because they are completely clear, I could easily line them up to create this pattern.  I started with the largest starburst in the set and created a pattern with Island Indigo.  After my panel was covered with the dark aqua, I stamped the smaller starburst with Mint Macaron.  This was a fun pattern to create!

    Star of Light Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Star of Light Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Build-a-Sentiment.  In order to complement the busy background, I needed to make sure my sentiment was created with a lot of white space.  It’s just one of those things – the white space helps to balance the card.  Anyway, I stamped the sweet sentiment from Hang Your Stocking in Island Indigo and then punched it out with my 2″ Circle punch.  Just the right size!  I created a thin border around the sentiment with a Layering Circles Framelits Die.  Sweet.  Simple.  Easy.
  • Non-Traditional Colors.  Blues are great for the Holidays – soft blues, rich blues, dark blues.  For today’s card, I used two colors I’d classify as aqua blues – Mint Macaron and Island Indigo.  Not only do they look great together, but these colors are chameleons (they can sometimes look blue and can sometimes look green).  It all depends on what colors they are paired with.  Together, they look amazing.  If you are jazzed by this color combination, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Star of Light, Hang your Stocking  Papers:  Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White  Inks:  Island Indigo, Mint Macaron  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. That is a truly gorgeous Christmas card ! Creative and talented you are !Thanks you for sharing this !

  2. WOW!! I’m astonished at the precision of your stamping Brian, you created a beautiful background with this stamps, just beautiful!!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    PS. I hope my card for the swap arrived safe and sound, I can’t wait till you show all the cards here and I get mine!! I bet your mail box is jam packed with cards every day!! Thank you so much for doing this swaps my dear, I know it’s a lot of work for you and that is why you are just amazing. 😉

  3. Wowza! What a background and creative use of those stamp images!

  4. You’re always thinking Brian! Have fun this weekend…

  5. Excellent stamping!

  6. That background is so cozy! Looks like a quilt pattern…love it!

  7. Chris R. from Iowa

    Pretty cool Yule time card! Gorgeous! Oh darn, I forgot to put some cold hard cash in with my swap card. I hope my little goodies make up for that. I won a gift certificate to be used on CTMH products so I decided to share some of the goodies I picked out.

  8. Precise and amazing background, wowza!

  9. Great colors ! This is a work of heart ! You really outdid yourself on this background !!
    Enjoy your upcoming weekend ! Pictures request submitted !!

  10. Perfect! I adore this :>

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