Watercolor Christmas for FabFri125

I had a lot of fun with today’s simple sketch from our FabFriday challenge.  There were so many options for the four panels in the background of this sketch, but I knew exactly which paper I’d use – I reached for this diagonally striped page from Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper and went to work.  🙂  Here’s my card:

Watercolor Christmas, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri125And here’s the banner for the sketch that inspired my card:

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  • Stop Staring!  Don’t stare too much at the patterns in this paper – we don’t need anyone getting dizzy.  🙂  While the 12″ x 12″ piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper is made with diagonal stripes moving in one direction, I cropped the paper to create this fun pattern.  Such fun!  Once the pieces came together, a new pattern was born!  The large oval helps to tone-down the stripes a bit, but I love this vibrant pattern.  Here’s a look a the other colors and patterns in this Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper:Merry Little Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King 144621
  • Bitty Bow.  The felt bow that adorns the bottom, right edge of this oval was so easy to make!  I simply pulled the bow out of the container, pealed off the adhesive backing and stuck it onto the oval.  Easy!  There’s no way I could have EVER tied a tiny bow like that, so it’s great that they are all tied for us – the Bitty Bows are offered in Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2019 In Colors:

    2017 -2019 In Color Bitty Bows, Stampin' Up! 144217

    2017 -2019 In Color Bitty Bows, Stampin’ Up! 144217

  • Non-Traditional Christmas Colors.  Purple is a traditionally associated with royalty and luxury – seems like that makes it a perfect color for Christmas.  Since purple and green always look good together, it was easy for me to put the two together for this card.  If you like this combination (for a Christmas card or any other card), please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Fresh Fig, Old Olive, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Watercolor Christmas  Papers:  Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Fresh Fig, Old Olive  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday site to see the cards by the other design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Wonderfully designed card with a fabulous color combination! I love your color choices!

  2. Clever in deed, Like making your own quilt, that deserves a pat on the back. ?

  3. Another brilliant configuration of the stripe. A whole new look and perfect for the fabulous sentiment!

  4. Oh my gosh Brian -I can’t believe how absolutely flawlessly you cropped that striped DSP and put it back together. I am in awe!

    • You know how much I love this kind of thing, Grace! I love precision and order. That said, I was also surprised by how perfectly these stripes lined up. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Love love love color combo & design!

  6. I love how you make the simplest designs look fabulous! Great to meet you at OnStage!

  7. I love how you make the simplest designs look fabulous! Great to meet you at OnStage!

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