World Card Making Day Blog Hop – 2017

Happy World Card Making Day, y’all!  I’m super-excited today – not only am I spending today with LOTS of my friends (my upline, Pam, and I are hosting our 5th World Card Making Day event – I’ll share lots of pictures and details from the event in posts next week), but I am also participating in an amazing World Card Making Day blog hop with some online friends.  What fun!

I’m excited to share a sweet-and-simple “thinking of you” card.  You probably can’t tell (except that you’re really smart and know your Stampin’ Up! products), but I’m using a Christmas-themed paper to showcase how it can be used throughout the year.  I’m also using a new product – Stampin’ Blends – that I’m excited to share more about below.  For now, here’s my card:

Ribbon of Courage, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Blends, Stamin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Do you recognize the Designer Series Paper I’ve used here?  Doh!  I just gave away the answer to the question in the title of this section.  Anyhoo…this page of paper is Whisper White and Basic Black.  I added color to the leaves for a sweet and serene look.  With just a little color (or paired with other colors), many of these patterns can be used all year long. Love that versatility!  Here’s a closer look at my painted paper:Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper painted with Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Blends, Stamin' Up!, Brian King
  • Stampin’ Blends!  Stampin’ Up! has released a new set of alcohol markers – these new Stampin’ Blends markers will be offered in a dark and light shade of select colors.  Alcohol markers are so easy to use – they give such a uniform wash of color (with one marker) or beautiful depth and texture (with more than one color).  With nestable, press-fit lids, these markers are designed to stay sealed so the markers stay inky long-term.  I used Light Pool Party and Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends markers on my project today.  I also used the Color Lifter to pull away some of the color for lighter tips on the leaves.  Stampin’ Blends are available to be purchased by Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators (for now), and no date for when customer can purchase them has been published.  New Demonstrators, though, can add these markers to their Starter Kit – what a deal!  If you have questions, please email me at [email protected].
  • Color Combination.  I just love the depth of this Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper – all that black is so rich.  Black looks even more deep when paired with the softness of Pool Party.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this for inspiration: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Ribbon of Courage  Papers:  Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Stampin’ Blends (Light Pool Party, Dark Pool Party), Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  2″ Circle Punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ DimensionalsRibbon of Courage, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Blends, Stamin' Up!, Brian KingThanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll pop over to the next designer on the hop, Sue Plote, to see what she’s created to celebrate World Card Making Day – and then to the others in the hop.

Happy World Card Making Day!


If you get off track during the hop, you can always access the blogs along this hop with the following links:

Here’s a link to the products I used in this project:


  1. Stunning Card Brian. Love what you did with the DSP

  2. Your card is amazing! Thank you for showing the new “Blends”

  3. Amazing, as always, Brian! xxx

  4. Great card! Lovely! Wish I could be ther with y’all!

  5. Brian, I love your idea! This card is pretty! Very nice example of using the new blends. Thank you for sharing. Happy WCMD!!!

  6. Gorgeous job and beautiful example of the new markers. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Stunning how you colored the designer paper giving it a soft and pretty style!

  8. Oh my friend, there all lovely , those card will WOW there recipients,for sure , thanks everyone…..GREAT JOB ,
    AND HAPPY WORLD CARD DAY TO YOU ALL ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
    Hugs Frenchie

  9. Absolutely, positively, downright beautiful Brian!

  10. This is such a beautiful card! I love how you used the Stampin’ Blends on Designer Series Paper! Such a beautiful touch!!! Hugs ❤

  11. Wow -what a great card . love these colors together.

  12. I LOVE this card. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Love this gorgeous card, Brian. Your coloring of the DSP really makes it pop! Great job! Happy World Card Making Day!!

  14. W O W!!!

  15. Totally gorgeous Mr King! Isn’t this DSP great? I love that you can colour it AND use it for other occasions. Nice job my friend ♥

  16. Gorgeous card! I love the color variation you got by using the Stampin’ Blends. It really made for a stunning background.

  17. Gorgeous❣

  18. Great presentation, Brian! I’m excited to see what else you share with the Stampin’ Blends in the coming weeks. Happy World Card Making Day!

  19. Oh wow, such a stunning card! The colored DSP is so pretty and so perfectly layered!

  20. Love all the little details and especially love the colours with the new Blends!

  21. Awesome (as always!!) project today. Love your clean layers and your color choices. So sad that I missed your event! I’m sure that it was awesome!

  22. Fantastic card Brian! I always forget that altering DSP is an option!! Kelly x

  23. Ohhh! I love how you have used the Stampin’ blends on today’s card! What a great way to celebrate World Card Making Day! Happy to be hopping with you Brian! ?

  24. Brian, I just love your card. It’s clean simple and crisp lines just draw my eye. And using Christmas paper to make it usable throughout the year has me searching through my papers to see what I can do. Thanks so much for being my upline’s upline, lol. You do a great job with the meetings and challenges. Once I get moved into my new house, I’m going to contribute a little more.

    • Thanks for the sweet comments, Jan! I’m so happy you are part of our team and look forward to getting to know you better. I hope you’ll share your creations in our team FB group when you get all set up. Thanks!

  25. I just started jumping up and down when I saw this card! I just knew it! They are back! Yea! Love what you did with the paper!

    • Thanks, Nancy! I was so happy with how it turned out. These markers are amazing! So glad they made the improvements to get those back on the market. Can’t wait to introduce them to my customers on November 1.

  26. This is such a stunning card, Brian! I love how you’ve coloured the leaves & your trademark crisp borders soothe my soul hehe xx

  27. What a great card Brian! Love the blue tone on the black -so pretty! Had fun hopping with you!

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