Night in Bethlehem for GDP102

Night in Bethlehem is Stampin’ Up!’s first Christmas bundle with a religious theme.  I also think it’s going to be one of the most popular bundles Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog.  The stamps and dies can be used for a traditional card or for a card with modern feel.  I chose the latter to make this card for this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge:

Night in Bethlehem, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:GDP102Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Night in Bethlehem.  How gorgeous are these die cuts that create such a beautiful backdrop on this card?!  Don’t they scream “Bethlehem”?  Has their ever been an occasion in your life when you had the occasion to scream “Bethlehem”?  Not only do I adore the cityscape background in the Night of Bethlehem bundle, but the sentiments are pretty wonderful.  The fonts are a perfect mix of modern and classic.  Here’s a look at this amazing bundle:
    Night in Bethlehem, Stampin' Up!

    Night in Bethlehem, Stampin’ Up!

    How gorgeous is that sample card?  Here’s a peek at some other samples by Stampin’ Up! designers:Night in Bethlehem, Stampin' Up!

  • Layout and Layering.  I turned this week’s sketch on it’s side to best showcase these dies and stamp images. It’s OK to flip the sketches – as long as the basic layout of the sketch is still there.  These cityscape dies layer perfectly – the one in the background (cropped with the Basic Black cardstock) has a deep base to it so that the one in the foreground (cropped with the Crumb Cake cardstock) fits right along the base of it.  These dies were made for each other.Night in Bethlehem, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Keep it Natural.  This card called for neutral color combinations. Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Whisper White might not be a classic “Christmas combo,” but I think it’s lovely here.  If you are inspired by this natural color scheme, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Night in Bethlehem  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Bethlehem Edgelits 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.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Product Shares and Designer Series Paper Swatch Books.  I posted my shares and swatch books from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog yesterday!  What a great way to get a little bit of a lot of things in this amazing catalog.  To read more about my shares, please click here.

I Want it All Share, 2017 Holiday Catalog, Brian King



  1. What a gorgeous card, this stamps and dies are so classic and perfect for the Holidays and also, they will NEVER, EVER go out of style.
    This is on my wish list, oh my, what to do, what to do? 😉

  2. Gorgeous in neutrals and perfect balance of all those amazing die cuts!

  3. Stunning, keeping the neutral tones just makes this card absolutely stunning.

  4. Absolutely love everything about this card Brian. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I love this card Brian!

  6. This is my favorite of all the cards I’ve seen with the set. I think your color choice is perfect!

  7. Perfect card!

  8. I love this bundle and I completely agree it will be one of the most popular ones in the Holiday catalog. Your card is gorgeous and presents a complete departure from what is traditionally thought of as what a Christmas card has to look like. The use of neutrals gives its uniqueness that makes you take a second look. Awesome job Brian.

    • Thank you so much, Robbye! I love that you found these neutral colors appealing. I couldn’t think of any other way to showcase the beauty of these dies and stamps. <3

  9. Oh Brian – what a perfect card to bring back the true meaning of Christmas versus the commercialized version. I’m having a difficult time deciding what I can live without in the new catalog. If I won the lottery I’d just say “Brian, send me one of everything from the holiday catalog”! Unfortunately I’ll have to curb my instincts. Boy, SU sure has made this hard. LOL

    • Grace, Thanks so much. I’m sorry that it’s hard to whittle down your wish list but am so glad you like the catalog. That’s much better to hear than to hear you can’t find anything you like. <3 Thanks for your comments!

  10. Oh so perfectly done, Brian! Love every single bit of it! 🙂

  11. Simply stunning!

  12. This is beautiful! Love those diecuts and so elegant done in neutrals!

  13. Stunning! Love the color combination on the layers.

  14. Chris R. from Iowa

    This is easily the best card I have seen made with this set! I really like it! Of course that is a favorite color combination of mine.

    Thoughts, prayers, and well wishes to all those affected by “Harvey” over the weekend and the upcoming week. On the news today they showed an area about 3 miles from where we lived and it sent chills up and down my spine.

    • Thanks for your comment, Chris. This is such a sweet set – I’m glad you like the colors, too. Keeping my eye on the news in TX and staying in touch with friends in the path. <3

  15. Brian I don’t think I’ve ever used all Neutrals on a card, perfect for this card! Your thought process amaze me. Great job!

  16. Such a striking card Brian! Love it and with permission may have to case it.

  17. Hi Brian,
    I absolutely love the uniqueness of this card. It’s just so awesome.
    Have a great day.

  18. MargaretAnn Hammond

    Thank you for showing this lovely stamp and die set. I really love your card showcasing the great font and die set. This will be on my up coming order..

    • Thank you for the lovely comments, Margaret Ann. I’m so glad you like my card -the set really did all the work. You’ll enjoy making beautiful cards with this bundle! <3

  19. I love this card Brian. This set is on my soon to purchase list. Yours is just beautiful.

    • Thank you so much, Lynn! It’s a really great set and so easy to use. You’ll have lots of fun with it – and I’m sure your customers will love it, too.

  20. Love it, Brian. So the black cityscape in the background is also a die? I would love to see card that integrates both the city die & the city stamp. I realize you can’t cut out the cityscape with the die so I’d like to see how folks could use the two together. I’m a little irritated the city die & stamp don’t match

    • Tania, Yes, there are two die cuts that create the cityscape on my card. Both are Thinlits dies that stack perfectly together. Love them! I love that there’s also a stamp with a different cityscape, and I’m cool that they don’t necessarily coordinate – it gives us more options to create beautiful cards. I’ve not stamped the background, but I adore the cards I’ve see with it, including the ones above. Thanks for your comment.

  21. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Brian, I already had this bundle on my wish list, but only “penciled” in. After seeing your version this morning (which is wonderful), I will definitely be ordering it! Thank you so much, Brian.

  22. Sharon Vander Meulen

    I love this card, Brian. I would love to case it. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  23. geraldine homenchuk

    Awesome job on this card, Brian! It’s a real stand out card, among any that I’ve seen using this same bundle. And yes, isn’t it a great bundle?!! Mind if I CASE it? ?

  24. BEAUTIFULLY DONE!!! I love the color combination.

  25. Beautiful card, so I made a few with Night of Navy instead of black, just love, love your cards.

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