Wishing You Joy for GDP165

This week’s Global Design Project color challenge offers three colors that are GORGEOUS together – especially this time of year. Tranquil Tide, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake are so sophisticated together and just melt with each other. Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Feathers & Frost, Merry Christmas to All, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card (this challenge goes live at 7am EST):

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Tranquil Tide, Merry Merlot, Crumb CakeTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Treats. Aside from the cardstock and ink, I used three great Stampin’ Up! products on this card. Can you name them? Of course you can – you are a rockstar. The leafy pattern on the letters is stamped with the square wreath from Feathers & Frost – a sleeper set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog that I love very much. Here’s a look at this stamp set:Feathers & Frost, Stampin' Up! 147771The letters are cropped with the oh-so-versatile Large Letters Framelits Dies. These dies are an investment, but they are worth every penny – I’ve used them lots! Here’s a look at these Large Letter Framelits Dies:Large Letters Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, 141712The words the precede “JOY” are stamped from the versatile and classic words in Merry Christmas to All. Here’s a look at that bundle:Merry Christmas to All Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 149952
  • Cropping Joy. I stamped the square wreath twice with StazOn Jet Black Ink on Thick Very Vanilla cardstock. Here’s how I cropped the letters from the leafy wreath:Cropping JOY from the Feathers & Frost stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThe “O” was left with a little open space when it was cropped, so I just stamped the corner of the wreath onto the cropped “O” to add a little leaf or two. Simple!
  • Coloring Joy. I colored each of the leaves on the cropped letters with Tranquil Tide ink and a Blender Pen. After the ink dried a bit, I added another layer of Tranquil Tide ink to each of the leaves. I colored the berries with a Merry Merlot Stampin’ Write Marker and added a little shine with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush. Here’s a closer look:Feathers & Frost, Merry Christmas to All, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets: Feathers & Frost, Merry Christmas to All  Papers: Merry Merlot, Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake, Thick Very Vanilla  Inks: Tranquil Tide, Regals Stampin’ Write Markers (Merry Merlot), StazOn Jet Black  Accessories: Large Letters Framelits Dies, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

What do you think? Don’t you love these colors? I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. So clever Brian! Great message on your card and I like how you tied the Merry Merlot together on the border and the berries. Hope you are feeling better!

  2. Love how you did the letters. I continue to be amazed by your resourcefulness! Terrific card.

  3. Very clever use of the letters…love the background you made for them and cropped from! Sweet card!

  4. Oooooh, I thought that was some DSP I’d overlooked! You’re a sneaky genius! I love the festive color combo and how you made it shine:) Great card, Brian!

  5. I gasped . . . love the letters with that design and coloring!

  6. As always, I love your clean and simple cards. This one knocks it out of the ballpark. Thanks for sharing your creativity every day.

  7. JOY – that is what you bring to your blog followers every single day. It’s amazing! I love the large letter dies, especially when I glue them 3 deep because they look so gorgeous with that top layer done in DSP. Thanks for sharing yet another fantastic card Brian. Hope you are feeling better today.

  8. Lovely my friend, love it with that dsp ♥️
    Tfs ♥️

  9. You have outdone yourself Brian! This card is stunning. I love the way you made the letters.

  10. How could I have missed this pretty card earlier this week? I love your stamping and coloring to make your own printed paper. Very clever! I’m going to CASE it today. Enjoy your day, my friend.

  11. I thought the letters were cut from DSP until I read your post. Beautiful coloring and design! Thanks for including all the details of your creations.

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