Making Christmas Bright for GDP167

The Global Design Project is hosting a Theme Challenge that I’m certain you can play along with this week – the theme is “‘Tis the Season,” so bust out your Christmas products and a make something beautiful (like you’ve been doing for the past several months). I made a simple card that I’m so happy to share with you today. Here’s my card:

Making Christmas Bright, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, simple Christmas cardAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP167Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Making Christmas Bright. The Making Christmas Bright Bundle has been a favorite of mine since Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog was first introduced. We received this bundle on Stampin’ Up!’s Alaska Cruise Incentive Trip (how fun!). Here’s the odd thing – while I’ve reached for it lots and have inked up almost every image in the set, today is the first time I’m sharing a completed project with this bundle. Do you have sets you love but that take you a while to use? Here’s a look at the Making Christmas Bright bundle:Making Christmas Bright Bundle, Stampin' Up! 149947The Christmas Bulb Builder Punch that’s a part of this bundle also coordinates with the Making Every Day Bright stamp set, another great stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog. Here’s a look at this stamp set (you might as well add it to your order when you are buying the Making Christmas Bright Bundle):Making Every Day Bright, Stampin' Up! 148813
  • A Grand Opening. I love the sentiment I selected for this card – “Friends make the season shine.” Perfect, right? Not only do the two pieces of this punched light bulb fit together perfectly, but the fun bulb nestle perfectly in the opening of this sentiment (makes me wonder if that’s intentional – even though none of the samples in the catalog place a bulb in that open spot). To add an additional element of fun to the card, I stamped the small string of lights all over the Real Red background panel with Real Red ink. It adds a little texture without taking away from the sweet, simple sentiment and bulb that’s the “star” of the show. Here’s a closer look:Making Christmas Bright, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, simple Christmas card
  • Christmas Colors. Real Red is a classic red for Christmas. When combined with the rich, aqua tones of Tranquil Tide and the cool gray of Gray Granite, Real Red takes on new life. I love this large panel of red on this card that makes the red bulb pop as the centerpiece of this card. If you like this combination of Gray Granite, Real Red and Tranquil Tide, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Gray Granite, Real Red, Tranquil Tide

Bundles: Making Christmas Bright Again  Stamp Sets: Making Christmas Bright Again  Papers: Gray Granite, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Gray Granite, Real Red, Tranquil Tide  Accessories: Christmas Bulb Builder Punch, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Shop Now button





Placing an order today?  Of course you are! If you are placing an order for $150 or more, I want you to enjoy all of the Host Rewards you have earned.  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you please add this Host Code – 99E3ANSH – when prompted. Thank you!



  1. The background stamping really defines the card design and makes MY spirits bright! Love the color choices, too. Great card! <3

    • Wow! Thanks so much, Linda! I’m so happy you like it and am grateful to know it lifted your spirits. <3 I had fun with this card and am happy to share it. <3

  2. the perfect spot for the Christmas bulb and cool sentiment. love the stamped background for subtle coordination!

  3. Love the mattes Brian, and such a great sentiment!

  4. Very clever of you to stamp the background and pick the opening in the sentiment to place the bulb. It does set the tone for sweet sentiment. Love all the layering and color combo. Enjoy your day!

  5. Brilliant with the bulb and sentiment pairing! Great colors, too!

  6. Wow, I really love the Real Red and Tranquil Tide combination. Could work at any time of year but is especially appealing today!

  7. Love it ! The font on this sentiment is twirly like the strings of lights in the background and the whole layout is CUSTOM DESIGNED !!
    I love Punches . I have punches that I have bought just in case I ever might need that punch for a particular project . So I have been trying to decide on this adorable bulb ….I think you have convinced me to get the whole set !! GIGGLE !! GREAT CARD !!

    • I love when I can answer your questions about how badly you need an item, Sonny! πŸ™‚ So glad you like the card – you’ll have fun with this punch. It’s so versatile – especially with both of these stamp sets. <3

  8. I love this card! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Love this!

  10. The simple cards are floating my boat for Christmas.

  11. Clean and simple card are always my favorite, and yours today is every bit of that. Love the background stamping on your base layer. Great coordination and color too! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  12. HhhhhhhMmmmmm – I got on the computer late today so everyone else has said everything positive and wonderful about your card for today already. So, I guess all I can add is ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto! Love today’s card.

  13. How fun!!! The stamped background is the (light) string that ties it all together. Love that as well as the colors and mats. You are so smart (just like a light bulb moment). Using that bulb was like it was made to fit in that spot with the sentiment. I even thought that when I saw the set in the catalog.

  14. Simple but oh so sweet! Love the subtle stamping in the background!

  15. I love this set as well πŸ™‚ I really love how you made the pattern with the light string stamp, it’s just right! What a de-light-ful card!

Leave a Reply