Happy Christmas Wishes for CTS

Three diagonal stripes and a sentiment – that’s what Chrissy Larson gave us as inspiration for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. That gave me everything I needed to make a super-bright, super-fun Christmas card with one of my favorite papers from this year’s Holiday Catalog and a fun sentiment I’ve been wanting to use. Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Flourish Filigree, Santa's Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for Chrissy’s fun sketch challenge that inspired my card (this challenge will go live at 10am EST this morning):

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  • White Flocking. Did you know that four of the designs in the Santa’s Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper have white flocking on them? The felt flocking is used as snow in some pieces and added to clothing in others. The white stripes on the candy cane panel I used today are designed with this flocking material – makes you want to just run your finger of the paper. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Santa’s Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper.Santa's Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 147809And here’s a closeup of the flocking on this paper (don’t you just want to touch it?):Flourish Filigree, Santa's Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingSanta’s Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper also coordinates with the Santa’s Signpost Framelits Dies – you can cut out lots of the cute images in this pack of papers. If you’d like a rundown of the counts, click here.
  • Flourish Filigree and a Fun Background. The sentiment on this card is from Flourish Filigree, a beautiful stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog (I used the one in the bottom, left corner):Flourish Filigree, Stampin' Up!, 147870 I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored the border around it with a Pool Party Stampin’ Blend and punched it out with the Pretty Label punch. Easy! To add a little more to the sentiment, I cropped a leafy circle from Foliage Frame Framelits Dies and cropped them to fit nicely behind the sentiment:Foliage Frame Framelits fit the Pretty Label Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Bright and Bold. While the combination of Pool Party, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade would not normally say “Christmas!” to me, the pattern of candy cane stripes and (of course) the Christmas sentiment force them to conform beautifully. The soft Pool Party base really reigns in the brightness of the other colors, creating a lovely balance of tones. If you like this combination of Pool Party, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspriation - Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade

Stamp Sets: Flourish Filigree  Papers: Santa’s Workshop Specialty Designer Series Paper, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pool Party Stampin’ Blend  Accessories: Pretty Label Punch, Foliage Frame Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Oh WOW!! what an amazing and beautiful detail on that DSP and you used it masterfully!!! I love how you interpreted this sketch, the Pool Party panel fills that empty space beautifully and the way you placed your sentiment finishes this card perfectly, love the little leaves peeking out.
    Awesome card Brian, thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I had lots of fun with this sketch and really enjoyed (finally) using this paper. I’m so glad you like the card and (as always) am grateful for your comments and friendship. <3

  2. Love this fun card. Great take on the sketch. The flocking on this DSP is a nice addition to the pretty paper and your coloring around the sentiment really ties it altogether. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks so much, Hilda! I had colored around the sentiment and needed something else to bring it together. The foliage framelits saved me here. 🙂 Glad you like it. <3

  3. Brilliant card. Love the diagonal and how you cut the greens to add width. The perfect touch.

  4. The Foliage Frame is the creme de la creme of your beautiful card!

  5. Love your bright color combo and the genius die die cutting for the green leaves.

  6. Another brilliant design! This is a gorgeous card! I love the touch of color on the filigree design. You added a lot of small touches that make this card striiking. Love the colors!

    • Thanks so much, Susan! I just kept going until I arrived at something I liked. 🙂 The leaves were the last addition that pulled it all together for me. <3

  7. Hmmm Me thinks I may need this bundle…… Thanks for pointing that out to me!

  8. seriously, loving this card! So unconventional, yet so perfect.

  9. Kudos, you made an interesting color combination work beautifully!

    • Thanks so much, my friend! I started with Poppy Parade and Pool Party – it all came together for me with the addition of Granny Apple Green. Glad you like it.

  10. Adorable……love the bright stripes!

  11. Really cool how you separated the stripes to allow some of the pool party to peek through and join the party. The leaf treatment was just plain genius. Great job as always.

    • Thanks so much, Chris! I loved playing around with this paper – glad you like the blue pop-throughs. 🙂 It all came together (for me) when I added the leaves. <3

  12. Hello Brian,

    Your cards are always so fresh and bold. Backdropping your sentiment (point of interest) with the strong red stripes was a brilliant step. Always enjoy seeing your creations.

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