Winter Wishes for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not just those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our team’s Facebook community – there’s such amazing and inspiring creativity in this group!  I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around, though, because I get to share some of their amazing work with you.  I’m just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.

winter-wishes-blog-hopWelcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop!  While Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are actively ordering from the 2017 Occasions Catalog and earning products from the 2017 Sale-a-Bration brochure, we are also getting ready for the upcoming holidays.  We are excited to share some fun winter-themed projects with you!  Today’s Winter Wishes Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on Winter.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Starlight Thinlits Dies

My card for our Winter Wishes Blog Hop features a delicate image cropped from the Starlight Framelits Dies.  This image could work as either a star or a delicate snowflake, but my card design didn’t start there.  In fact, this was one of the last elements I added to the card.  This design started with the background piece of This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Here’s my card:

Wonderful Year, Starlight Thinlits Dies, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • This Christmas.  We were first introduced to This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper with the release of the Annual Catalog.  If you are like me, then you might have missed a key detail about the new pack of 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!  When all the new paper appeared in the Holiday Catalog, this amazing paper was almost forgotten.  Please let this be a friendly reminder.  🙂

    This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Let there be Layers!  You might already know this about me – I’m a huge fan of layers that create beautiful frames around panels on a card front.  While this card has a simple layout and simple message, there are technically eight layers on this card front (if you count the snowflake as a layer since it pops over the white of the banner…).  I love the effect of dry embossing, although I don’t always use my embossing folders like I should.  The layer of Whisper White beneath the green panel is embossed with the Gently Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  While the effect doesn’t pop off the page, it adds a lovely texture that evokes a cool feeling.   Wonderful Year, Starlight Thinlits Dies, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Color Combination.  During last year’s Christmas season, I loved pairing Mellow Moss with Pool Party and Soft Sky.  The deep green just looks so wonderful with a pale blue.  As I was contemplating this piece of fun Garden Green paper from This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, I wondered why I hadn’t paired Garden Green with the pale blues.  It’s so striking!  If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Garden Green, Soft Sky and Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Wonderful Year  Papers:  This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Garden Green, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Starlight Thinlits Dies, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ DimensionalsWonderful Year, Starlight Thinlits Dies, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  3. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  9. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  10. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps


  1. EIGHT layers on the card front. That’s just nutty buttons! Looks gorgeous and worth every layer!

  2. Florence Pangelinan

    Simply beautiful! Love the added nuance of snow by using the embossed base.

  3. Brian, I JUST ordered this bundle! I love this card today and will definitely CASE it when my brown box arrives❤️?? Thank you, B!

  4. Well, I did not know about that paper`s special feature !!! You know I am a dsp junkie !! That and colors ,of course ! I love knowing this info .
    Love your colors on your card ! Also the embossing subtly in the background !
    Yippee a Blog Hop !
    BYE !

  5. Um, yeah – I totally missed that about this DSP! Might need to order me some for all of my fun origami projects!!!

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for reminding me not to forget this Amazing DSP!

  7. Beautiful card and I love the color combo!!!

  8. Oh Brian — each day I don’t think you can top the previous days card and then, wham bang – you do. I love the softness of the colors on this card and the Starlight Thinlits are my favorite of all the Christmas dies that I purchased this year.

  9. Chris R. from Iowa

    This is one great card and of course I want to CASE it! I think I still have my piece from a SHARES. Of course you had me at the layers too. Just the right touch of bling. Gotta hop along now……

  10. Love your color combo! I’ve already CASEd it!

  11. Outstanding, as always. Love the layers, the color palette, everything. Thanks for sharing!

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