Happiest Christmas Wishes with Dashing Deer

Sometimes a super-simple card gives you everything you want! Today’s card features no fancy-schmancy technique and no difficult process – it’s built by simple stamps and ink on a card front. For this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch, I made this simple card:

Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card (this challenge will go live on the CAS(E) This Sketch site at 10am EST this morning):


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Dashing (without Deer). Do you recognize this gorgeous, ornamental bough with poinsettias? Do you recognize the sweet sentiment? Both are supporting players in the Dashing Deer stamp set. While the stamp set is defined by the stylish deer, there are some other great elements, too. Here’s a look a the Dashing Deer Bundle – such a great collection of stamps and dies: Dashing Deer Bundle, Stampin' Up! 149935The simple panel of stamping is framed with Garden Green and showcased on a Real Red cardbase. Between the base and the focal panel, I added a piece of Real Red paper from the All is Bright Designer Series Paper. It gave me just what I needed to support the focal panel without taking away from it. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the All is Bright Designer Series Paper:All is Bright Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 147892
  • Line it Up. Each of these festive boughs on my card is perfectly straight – there’s no question in my mind that they are aligned perfectly. How did I do it? I used my Stamparatus (it has removable hinges that allow us to move the plate, rather than move the paper every time). After I got the first bough line up straight (the bottom one), I removed the plate, moved it one space up and stamped the second one from the top. With a little shifting of the cardstock, I was able to line up the other bought just where I wanted them. Here’s a closer look at the cardfront:Dashing Deer, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Painting with Stampin’ Write Markers. The images on the front of my card are roughly painted with Garden Green and Real Red Stampin’ Write Markers, giving a slightly rustic look to the boughs and flowers. I simply ran the markers over the parts I wanted to color and stamped it down – not a lot of work here. It’s such a simple technique for adding color.

Stamp Sets: Dashing Deer  Papers: All is Bright Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White  Inks: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Garden Green)  Accessories: Stamparatus, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch 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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  1. Beautiful and simple way to create a holiday card using the Stamparatus!

  2. Oh WOW!! What a gorgeous way to interpret this sketch Brian, simply lovely, beautiful colors and immaculate stamping of every single image.
    And of course, your layering just frames this main panel perfectly.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Cool Yule card. A perfect card for the right person. Ok .i have the right papers, markers, stamps, and a brand new stamparatus (still in the box from last week when it arrived). I guess I had better get off the computer and work on perfecting this card. Thank goodness I still have plenty of time to get this in the mail as I have some learning to do.

  4. This is a great take on the sketch, Brian. I love the simple elegance of the card. With your keen eye to detail and the Stamparatus, you nailed those perfectly straight boughs. Beautiful card. Have a great day!

  5. Wow, you rocked that sketch! Great card!

  6. Lovely card. My favorite part, the red layer on red layer. Great touch!

  7. Gorgeous card! You make the most beautiful cards with so few products – AMAZING! Thanks again for the inspiration you provide😀

  8. What a great card for mass producing. Too bad (yeah, right) that I have my Christmas cards all done. To be perfectly truthful I totally ignored this particular stamp until I saw your post today. I’ve been so focused on the deer that the rest of the set just kind of blurred in my mind. Not after today and your fabulous card though. How many times can I thank you for your amazing blog??????

    • You can thank me as many times as you want – I’ll never turn away your thanks, Grace. 🙂 So glad you like the card, and I’m happy to point out that particular stamp. <3

  9. This set is truly an example of not seeing the forest because of the trees. The deers are what I see, as always you have a keen sense of finding gems in the crowd. Very nice take on this sketch.

  10. Classy ! I like the layers and you did well using markers for your stamps. I have never used them with images ,only sentiments up until recently .
    You picked the right image to demonstrate the benefits of using the Stamparatus . So Pretty !

  11. This is really a sweet card.

  12. Such a lovely card today Brian. I love the simplicity. The textured background keeps the simple images grounded. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Clean, crisp, and very festive! Great take on the sketch!

  14. Such a perfect, festive take on the sketch, Brian! Love this!

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