It’s a Boy! – PPA167 Sweet Color Challenge

I’m excited to share today’s card. When I first read that the colors chosen for this week’s Pals Paper Arts color challenge were Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding, I was a bit shaken.  WIth three pastels, how could I create a card with any punch?  Well, I think I did, and here it is:Zoo Babies, A Dozen Thoughts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Here’s the challenge badge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders 

  • Stamp-a-ma-jig yourself a DSP.  When I was selecting papers with the colors from the challenge, I kept coming back to the polka dot paper from the Designer Series Paper Stack and was having a hard time pairing up a DSP design with the polka dots.  What to do?  What to do?  I decided to make my own Designer Series Paper by stamping “It’s a Boy” over and over and over, lining up the sentiment with my Stamp-a-ma-jig. 
  • Creating a pattern with the sentiments.  Rather than line up the rows of sentiment right on top of each other, I decided to offset the rows slightly.  I stamped the bottom row first, then the next row up.  Ooops!  I messed up and stamped the second line right over top of the first one, lined up precisely with the sentiments under it.  So much for offsetting!  I decided to pair the lines – two lined up, two offset, two lined up.  Phew!  Saved.
  • Candy Dots.  Man, I love these things!  When I was done with my card, I needed something to balance it all out.  With the simple addition of three candy dots (peal-stick, peal-stick, peal-stick), my card was complete.  Brads wouldn’t have been so easy to add at last minute.

Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies, A Dozen Thoughts  Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe  Papers:   Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Designer Series Paper Stack  Accessories:  Scallop Circle punch, Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Candy Dots 

How sweet is this card?  I love the rhino, and I am happy with the background paper I created with the sentiment – but let’s be honest.  This card would be nothing were it not for the colors selected by The Pals Paper Arts team.

Please click over to The Pals Paper Arts challenge page to see the other inspiration cards from the Resident Artists and to submit your own card for this awesome challenge.

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  1. I wouldn’t have thought of adding a pink color to a boy card, but it works. As usual I love it. The it’s a boy paper you created adds the perfect touch.

  2. Brian, your hand-stamped DSP is just the best! And every other element you used just kept pushing this card to the top!

  3. You definitely managed to make this a boy card with such pastel colors! They’re baby colors so this works! Love thie Rhino layered on the scallop circle! And your dsp stamping..awesome!

  4. Cute save, Brian…I love making my own DP! And I was on the fence about Zoo Babies but I have now jumped over and it’s on my next order! SWEET colors and card!

  5. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Awwww!!! So sweet!! Perfectly stamped and punched, with a great punch!! 🙂 Very classy card Brian and your addition of Very Vanilla works SO well!! Again, I envy the recipients (baby boy & his parents!) of this one!!

  6. Maria Rodriguez.

    Great idea creating your own DSP!! the lines of the sentiment are so incredibly straight Brian, you have such steady hands, WOW!! You definitely created a baby boy card even with this soft pastel colors when you created that totally hand made DSP. Fabulously beautiful card, thanks for sharing.

  7. Hello my friend….now I thought I was CRAZY with the Stamp-a-ma-jig……but then again….You are “the King”!!!! LOVE it – but then again….when have you ever created anything I did not love!

  8. Now that is a great card! Your Stamp-a-ma-jig was working overtime huh?! I love that little Rhino, he’s so cute in Crisp Cantaloupe! The Candy Dots are perfect too! 🙂

  9. Oh so cute ! I just love these colors . Again you pulled a trick out of the hat !! Making your own dsp now ! WOW …..

  10. AWESOME card!!! You definitely took on this challenge and WON!!! I love your DSP!!

  11. Brian, your cards always pack a ‘PUNCH’ I would of been upset with myself and put the mistake in my scrap bin and started over. But noooooooooooooooooooo…..not the KING. You always find ways to come up with something to save the day. I’m telling you, SU needs to recruit you!

  12. Another winner! Love the hand-stamped “DSP”!

  13. Brian, As usual, your artistic talent shines 🙂 When I first glanced at the DSP I thought oh great,I’m going to order it in both genders….I was fooled. you are that good 🙂 TFS. I love waking up to a cup of coffee and your blog every morning, starts my day off on the right foot 🙂 {hugs}

  14. I agree! You do wonders with colors and designs….another great job!! Do you have videos anywhere? Or the dimensions of your cards….I’ve only been “creating” for about a year now and didn’t realize there is so much to learn! Thank you….

  15. the efforts with the stamp-a-ma-jig were well worth the result. guess we were both thinking “baby” with these colors!

  16. Wonderful PPA card Brian. Loving all the layers and the sweet image.

  17. cute cute cute Brian!

  18. SU should commission you to design paper; “it’s a boy” is a definite winner! The card is great!!

  19. Brian, you are *so* clever! Love your handmade DSP. The way that you laid out the color combination is exceedingly pleasing to the eye. Great design!

  20. My favorite set of the year!! Love how you used the colors. Perfect baby card!
    Shirley Pumpkin

  21. I love the custom DSP that you created. You’ve opened up a whole new world…one can stamp any sentiment in the same manner and have custom DSP for any occasion. TFS!

  22. Brian, talk about perfection! The DSP is all that and more. You must have a very steady hand even using the “Thing-a-ma-jig”. Well, you know what I mean. 😉 TFS!

  23. You rock, Brian!!! Don’t think I would have been so creative, especially to make my oun DSP!! I do not think there is any type of card that you cannot make, which is why we love your creativity and your blog so much, ooppssss, and then there is YOU….we love you for being you!

  24. Everything I can think of to say has already been said Brian. Fantastic baby card. I too love making my own DSP. That way the colors always match.

  25. This is one of my very favorites. great job

  26. You rocked it my friend! Absolutely adorable!

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