Toile Christmas for GDP212

I made two projects for this week’s CASE the Designer Challenge at the Global Design Project. I shared my first project on Monday (you can see it here). I’m excited to share the second card today. What fun! Here’s my card:

Toile Christmas, Greatest Part of Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP212When we CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit), we find inspiration in a project – theme, color combinations, layout, products used – and create our own project by making changes to make it our own.  When CASEing, it’s important to give credit to the original designer – it doesn’t take away from your project at all.

While inspiration from Manuela’s card might be a little hard to find at first, it’s there! Not only is the focal point of my project featured on a beautiful, blue square, but the star of the card is featured in the bottom, right of that square. What wonderful inspiration from Manuela!

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Toile Christmas Bundle. As many times as I have shared projects with the stamps and dies in the Toile Christmas Bundle, it’s hard to believe this is the first time I’ve created with this gorgeous cardinal. Manuela’s card, though, gave me the inspiration I needed to ink up the cardinal and bring him to life on this card. Here’s a look at the Toile Christmas Bundle:Toile Christmas Bundle, Stampin' Up! 152367I’ve not figured it out yet, but all of my St. Louis, Missouri friends grabbed up this stamp set the very moment it was made available. 🙂
  • Beautiful Red Cardinal. I stamped the gorgeous cardinal with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I set it aside for a while to let the ink dry completely and then covered him with Real Red Stampin’ Blends. Here’s a closer look: Toile Christmas, Greatest Part of Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingBecause the bird is already shaded in the stamped design, it was easy for me to decide where to apply the Dark Real Red ink and the Light Real Red ink. So easy to color a beautiful bird with very little effort needed.
  • Color Combination. Crumb Cake is such a classic, beautiful neutral tone. I love the texture in this gorgeous paper, too! While Pool Party plays such an important part in this card, it’s the combination of Real Red (the bird), Crumb Cake (the base) and Mint Macaron (the leaves) that makes me so happy. Seems like a beautiful mix of colors for Christmas. If you like this mix of Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake and Real Red, please save this: Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Real Red

Bundles: Toile Christmas  Stamp Sets: Toile Christmas, Greatest Part of Christmas  Papers: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Pool Party, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento, Real Red Stampin’ Blends, Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends, Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends  Accessories: Christmas Cardinal 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.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Masterful job with the blends and a wonderful card. Thanks for the inspiration to finally ink up that Cradinal stamp. CASEing Mr. King, CASEing Mr. King…!

  2. I am just getting started with This stamp set and want to try several of the different techniques that can be used!
    This one can be used year round as well!

  3. Love this beautiful card, Brian, with a great color combo. Your coloring is awesome and the sweet sentiment has a great font. Enjoy your Saturday!

    • Thanks so much, Hilda! I love that this cardinal can be used throughout the year, but there’s something special about the image at Christmas. Glad you like it.

  4. What a great looking card Brian. Your coloring skills are AWESOME!!!

  5. The coloring of your cardinal is breathtaking. Beautiful all together!

  6. I love Cardinals and you certainly have done a fantastic job of bringing this stamp of one to life. Needless to say your coloring was absolutely perfect. I was a little slow on the uptake this morning about the St. Louis thing and then it hit me like a rock. You are so funny. Thanks for sharing your talents and sense of humor with us every day. It really does give me something to look forward to.

    • Thanks so much, Grace! I’m so glad you like the card and that you continued with the cardinal suggestion until you got there. ♥ I can’t say I initially understood why it was so popular with those customers at first, either. 🙂

  7. Absolutely beautiful!

  8. Wow! Beautiful card. The colors and layout are just wonderful!

  9. Beautiful the mint behind..makes the red pop!

  10. Beautiful card, Brian! Thanks for sharing!

  11. You do have a way with those blends! Gorgeous!

  12. Patricia Ingram

    Love this card can I get the measurements of this card will have to order the stamp set and dies thank you

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