Cherish the Merry Season

There’s something so merry about jingle bells during the Christmas Season. They joyfully adorn doorways, horse-drawn sleighs and beautifully-wrapped Christmas gifts during the Holidays. That’s what makes Cherish the Season, a simple bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s August – December 2020 Mini Catalog, so special. I couldn’t help but to pull it out for the Christmas card I’m sharing today. Here’s my card:

Cherish the Season, Stampin Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for the FabFriday challenge that goes live today and inspired my card:

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  • Products. It wasn’t until my card was finished that I realized how many products were used to make this simple, simple card. Stamps, punch, dies, paper…so many things you need to know about. Why don’t I just tell you about them? The jingle bells and boughs are both from the Cherish the Season Bundle. Here’s a look:Cherish the Season Bundle, Stampin Up! 155154The bells are showcased on a 3-1/2″ x 4″ panel from the Wonder of the Season Specialty Designer Series Paper, which features prints from newspapers and book that are perfect for the holidays. Here’s a look at the colors and images in this pack of papers:  Wonder of the Season Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 153488I used my Blending Brushes (new in Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog) to add a light layer of Pear Pizzazz ink to the white paper. Here are two other products I showcased here:
  • Masking Technique.  The image of bells with the pine needles peeking from behind is stamped with two stamps. I used the masking technique to add the branches behind the bells. I stamped the bells on Whisper White cardstock and again on the top of a sticky note. I cropped the top of the bells from the sticky note, layered them on top of the bells on my Whisper White page, stamped the pine branches and then removed the sticky note. Perfection! Here’s a closer look:Cherish the Season, Stampin Up!, Brian KingHere’s an old Stampin’ Up! video that shares the same technique I discussed above with a long-retired stamp set:Masking Technique
  • Color Combination. I started this card with bells stamped in black and a panel of black-and-white Designer Series Paper. I had no idea where I would go with the colors and contemplated a black-and-white card. Once I added the pine branches in Shaded Spruce and sponged the Designer Series Paper with Pear Pizzazz ink, I knew the card would be mostly green with just one pop of red. If you like this mix of Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Shaded Spruce as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:   Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce

Stamp Sets: Cherish the Season  Papers: Wonder of the Season Specialty Designer Series Paper, Shaded Spruce, Real Red, Whisper White  Inks: Shaded Spruce, Pear Pizzazz, Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories: Layering Circles Dies, Word Wishes Dies, Blending Brushes

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday challenge blog to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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Pumpkin in the Fungeon

Every month, I host a Zoom call with my Paper Pumpkin subscribers to share the new kit and some alternative ideas with it. It’s also a fun time for my customers to share what they’ve made. It’s great fun! To learn more, click on the image below:

Pumpkin in the Fungeon, Brian KingIf you’d like to learn a little bit about December’s Paper Pumpkin kit, CLICK HERE.


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16 Comments

  1. Great look to your card Brian. Tasteful and very handsome with great holiday color.

  2. I love this color combination with the newspaper print background and a nice pop of red. So pretty. Enjoy your day, my friend.

  3. Beautiful how you used the newsprint and pop of “merry!”

  4. Simply beautiful Brian. I have a cluster of jingle bells hanging on the inside of my front door knob……Makes it impossible to sneak out my front door. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love that pop of red with your merry die cut! So festive!

  6. Love todays card Brian (as always). I was trying to read the story on the DSP paper, LOL The bells stamp is so realistic. Amazing. Altogether just a perfect Christmas greeting card. Great job.

    • Thanks so much, Grace! I tried to find the source of the story, but I failed. It’s a story about children and their toys on Christmas. ♥ Hope you are having a wonderful day!

  7. Well, Brian you rang my bell with this fun card. There, I said it! This is just plain fun and joyful. I hope I get the bell bundle before it retires. Love your card. I love those words and really had not paid attention to them. What joy, a St. Patrick’s Day greeting. A must for this leprechaun baby.

  8. The newspaper is a pop of something different . Plus I like your branches behind the bells .
    Great card for just about anyone on your card list !

    • Thanks so much, Sonny! The bells are fun and the pine branches are beautiful. I love them together, too! Always wonderful to hear from you, my friend!

  9. I love the sweet jingle bells…..and your masking is perfect! Sweet holiday card!

  10. I love everything about this card, Brian. Your masking is perfect and the mix of color with the newsprint gives it sort of a new old world feel.

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