Much Love for the Pals Paper Arts

I always love to share my design team projects from the Pals Paper Arts challenges.  This week’s color challenge consists of a gorgeous pairing of two colors and neutral that work beautifully together – Real Red, Soft Sky and Whisper White.  The colors work well because they contrast one another – Real Red is so bright and bold, while Soft Sky is soft and subtle.  Together, they are beautiful.  Here’s my card:Hearts a Flutter, Hip Notes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA187

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • An extended banner.  The banner that extends horizontally across this card front is cropped from the Banners Framelit Dies, but the dies are not this long.  Because I knew I wanted to mount this collection of circles as the centerpiece of this card, I layered two red banners and two white banners to give the illusion of one large, long banner.Creating an extended banner, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingCreating an extended banner, Stampin' Up! Brian King
  • Grounding an Image with Candy Dots.  While I have done it before, I typically like to ensure that images (like banners) are grounded – that they are attached to something somewhere.  If you flip back to my post from this past Monday (A Clean Slate for the Paper Players), you’ll see that I broke my own rule and let that banner just hang out in the middle of the card.  In today’s card, though, I attached the banner to the edge of the card front and added three Soft Sky Candy Dots to give the appearance that the banner is fastened to the edge of this panel.
  • I Totally Goofed.  If you look closely at the card, you’ll see the thin Real Red border around the central piece of the card.  Why did I include that here?  After I glued down the Soft Sky base, I realized it was crooked – not just slanted a little – it was crooked.   I pulled out my table top cutter and hacked off the edges of the red base, cutting really close to the Soft Sky border but leaving enough of an edge for interest.  I popped all of that on Stampin’ Dimensionals and re-adhered it to another Real Red card base.  I like the additional layer my boo-boo caused.

Stamp Sets:  Hearts a Flutter, Hip Notes  Papers:  Real Red, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Real Red  Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Banners Framelit Dies, Circles Collection Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Subtles Candy Dots (Soft Sky), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts and check out the other design team member cards.  They’re great!  To see those or to participate in the challenge, click here.

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  1. Joanna Fieldsend

    As usual Brian a fabulous card, just going to make one! Have a great time at Leadership!

  2. Cute card! I like that Soft Sky but,haven`t gotten it yet . I think it`s on sale this week . I am glad you pointed out grounding . I forget that at times . Thank you (as I have said before) for telling us WHY you do certain things in putting your card together . Hope you are having a fun time in Houston !

  3. Very nice card Brian. Love your tip about making the banner longer. 🙂

  4. I think you’re boo boo is terrific. The whole card is terrific!

  5. This valentine card is really nice. I always love a red and blue design. Hope you are keeping warm! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Hi Brian:

    I’ve been told before that with stamping “everything is fixable” and you have proved it once again. One would never, ever know there was originally a goof on this gorgeous card. Hope you are having fun at Leadership and that Bandit is behaving for Mom. LOL

  7. I’m glad to learn I am not the only with crooked eyes! I’m forever making them go uphill.

  8. Oooo, pretty Brian , I want to case it !!!!!
    Tfs. Hugs frenchie

  9. Sometimes something good comes from mistakes and this qualifies. Quick thinking and your talented eye did the trick! Thanks for all the tips and inside secrets of your card today — they are all appreciated. I hope you are having fun at Leadership and that you will bring back lots of goodies. Hello to Bandit and Mom! Nancy B

  10. Great card Brian and I really like the tips about the banner extension and grounding. The thing I really like the most about your card besides the colour mix is the simple clean lines. Thanks so much for sharing and have a great time in Houston!

  11. Absolutely adorable!!! LOVE what you did with the Hearts of Flutter set!!! Very cute as always my friend!! I hope you’re having a blast at leadership!!! Miss everyone!!!

  12. A perfect card with beautiful colors! Love the banner and heart! Take care and have a great time at leadership!

  13. Just beautiful, Brian, as always. I do enjoy hearing about how errors are fixed, as I goof quite often. Sometimes I start over, but I think the salvage is a challenge in itself and a worthwhile exercise. As you pointed out, we can be quite happy with the result of the modification. Have fun at leadership!

  14. Beautiful card Brian. The candy dots add just the perfect touch.

  15. Great card as always, Brian – I love the modern sentiment and feel to this card. Thanks for the extended banner tip too.

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