Gingham Christmas for GDP201

I worked in circles with this week’s color challenge at the Global Design Project. The regal/neutral tones of Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot and Pretty Peacock set me down a path of mature sophistication. What a gorgeous mix of rich tones to make a perfectly classy card! The more I played, though, the more I realized that the colors felt more like Christmas in the country than tea with the Queen. Errrrrt. Jam on the breaks, quick pivot, voila! Here’s my card:

Itty Bitty Christmas, Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack, Pine Tree Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardAnd here’s the banner for the color challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot, Pretty PeacockTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Sneak Peek Bundles. My simple card showcases elements from three bundles in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Holiday Catalog – two bundles are represented by punches from two great, new bundles, and the sentiment is pulled from the stamp set in another bundle. Here’s a look at the Christmas Gleaming Bundle (which includes the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and coordinating Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack – I used the largest of the two punches on my card today):  Christmas Gleaming Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153006Here’s a look at the Perfectly Plaid Bundle (which includes the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and coordinating Pine Tree Punch): Perfectly Plaid Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 151143And here’s a look at the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle (which includes the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Layers Dies that give us some great background shapes – my sentiment is from this stamp set):Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153019
  • Gingham Layers. Rather than stamp the images from the coordinating stamp sets, I lined up the gingham patterns from the 2019-2021 In Color and Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Papers. I tried to crop the heart in gingham, too, but I had already reached my gingham limit – never want to push the limits. ♥ If you look closely, you can see that I carefully planned these punched images so that I could line up the patterns in the two papers – how fun!Itty Bitty Christmas, Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack, Pine Tree Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardThe sentiment is stamped with Pretty Peacock ink and cropped with the Classic Label Punch. I cropped the ends to create the perfect banner for this sentiment.
  • Layer Measurements. This 4-1/4″ square card can fit inside a Medium Envelope so that you don’t have to pay additional postage (you only pay additional postage for square envelopes). You may have noticed I added a panel of Crumb Cake to this card (neutrals are allowed), which also adds to the Country Christmas feel of this sweet card. Here are the measurements for all the layers on my card:
    • Pretty Peacock – 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″
    • Crumb Cake – 3-1/2″ 3-1/2″
    • Merry Merlot – 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″
    • Whisper White – 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
    • 2019-2021 In Color and Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack – cropped with the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack and Pine Tree Punch
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Merry Merlot – cropped with Stitched Be Mine Die
    • Thick Whisper White – cropped with Classic Label Punch

Stamp Sets: Itty Bitty Christmas  Papers: 2019-2021 In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Pretty Peacock), Neutrals 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Mossy Meadow), Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Pretty Peacock, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Pretty Peacock  Accessories: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack, Pine Tree Punch, Classic Label Punch, Stitched Be Mine Dies, 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.

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  1. Super cute. Thanks for measurements too!! Always a bonus. 🙂

  2. Love that gingham magic and layering of the heart!

  3. “…a path of mature sophistication.” Wow, I’m impressed. Anyway, card is also impressive. Looking forward to getting plaid bundle later this week. Your card will certainly inspire me to more mature sophistication.

  4. Perfect use of these colors. The gingham IS perfect! And the clean simple design is the right backdrop for the gingham! Love it!

  5. Loving all the gingham FUN on this card. This bundle is a MUST HAVE on my Holiday Catty pre-order.

  6. Perfect use of punches and gingham! Love the heart!

  7. Great take on the challenge. Love your plaids lining up across the ornament and tree…very clever and perfect. I wouldn’t expect less of you. Love the measurements. Have a wonderful day!

  8. Love your turn of phrase almost as much as your card today Brian.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    When do we non-demonstrators get the holiday catalogs?

  9. Super fun card today Brian! Only you would take the time to line up the plaids to perfection. Bless your perfectionist little heart! LOL

    • “Bless your perfectionist little heart!” – I love that, Grace! How could I overlap two plaids WITHOUT lining them up? I’m not a monster. 🙂

  10. Simple yet elegant, the Gingham pattern paper punched ornament and tree also add a touch of whimsy and charm.
    The little heart ties these elements beautifully.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. I loved this color combination as soon as I saw it, and immediately thought of a Christmas card. I’m so glad to see your idea was for a non-traditional card as well. I love how you used the three cropped elements for just a great focal point.

  12. Great HAPPY card Brian x

  13. Sophistiqué et très joli. J’adore ce que vous faites. I’m from Quebec so I write you in french before… Hihihihi! I just want you to know that you do a really good job and I like you card very much.

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