JOY to the World

When I created the blue and gray background for today’s card, I definitely wanted an icy look, but I wasn’t sure where I’d go from there. I needed something that wouldn’t cover up the beautiful backdrop and accented the beautiful texture at the same time. That’s when I reached for my Large Letters Framelits Dies and Feathers & Frost stamp set to make this sweet card:

Feathers & Frost, Large Letters Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card

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  • JOY to the World. This card features a big, bold sentiment that’s created with Large Letters Framelits Dies and a sentiment from Feathers and Frost, a new stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog. Here’s a look at this new set:Feathers & Frost, Stampin' Up! 147771To give these Large Letters extra life, I ran them through my Big Shot in the Subtle Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder after I cropped them out with the Large Letters Dies. The embossing folder gives such a gorgeous texture to these letters – I couldn’t love it more. Here’s a closer look at these letters: Feathers & Frost, Large Letters Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardAnd here’s a look at the embossing folder that MUST be on your wish list if you don’t already have it:Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up! 143706
  • Frosted Background. I used baby wipes to created the frosted look of the background on this card. I first learned about this technique (called Foolproof Watercoloring) from my friend, Kim Jolley, when she used it to create some amazing artwork on her cards. I shared this technique a while ago with my local club – you can see that card (which was a summer-themed project) here. You can also find a link to her video on my post. Here’s what I did:
    • I wadded up a baby wipe (fragrance-free and aloe-free).
    • I dabbed the baby wipe into the ink (I did mine in stages from darkest to lightest).
    • I lightly dabbed the inked baby wipe onto the cardstock.
    • For best results, use Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White Cardstock or Thick Whisper White Cardstock.
  • Christmas Blues. Don’t you love the iciness of this color combination? Balmy Blue is cold, while Night of Navy is warm. The cold steel feeling of Smoky Slate is a lovely accent to the two. If you like this combination of Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy

Stamp Sets: Feathers and Frost  Papers: Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Smoky Slate  Accessories: Large Letters Framelits Dies, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. This card is the most awesome card I have seen in a long time. Beautiful and I think I could do it! Thanks so much for all your cards.

  2. Feelin’ the JOY! Beautiful texture with the Subtle embossing folder.

  3. Sounds like a fun technique to try, it makes a beautiful background. Love what you did to the letters. Happy Weekend Brian!

  4. I love that embossing folder too! And your background is wonderful…..looks frosty!

  5. That background is killer-diller! Looks straight outta the North Pole! Well done you!

  6. Love this stunning card, Brian. Your background is very icy and really sets off the large letters and color combo. Love it! Enjoy your day!

  7. Love your cool background and color combo!

  8. Brian
    Amazing card. I love the technique. Have to give it a try. Love the added texture to the letters too!!
    Inky hugs,

  9. Oooh ,my friend what a beautiful job you did with that , that’s a WOW card , Tfs ,
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️
    See u soon ♥️♥️

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