An Easter Blessing with The Pals Paper Arts

Yippee Doodle Dee!  It’s Thursday!  That means I’m sharing a project for this week’s challenge from The Pals Paper Arts.  The wonderful sketch this week is completely flexible – it’s simple enough to inspire a clean card, and it’s rich enough to inspire a complex, vintage card.  My card is a clean design with many, many layers.  Here’s my project:

Petite Petals, Everything Eleanor, Delightful Dozen, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA

And here’s Margaret Moody’s sketch that inspired my card:PPA192Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • An Old Friend, Transformed.  I was happy reaching for this emblem from Everything Eleanor.  It was like having lunch with an old friend – not an elderly friend but a friend from long ago.  I instinctively wanted to heat emboss this beauty in Smoky Slate on Basic Gray card stock.  I had no idea what I would do with it when I was done.  When it was complete, though, the image appeared as a large stone.  I decided at that moment that this would be an Easter card – the stone, the flowers, and bright yellow ray.  Do you see it?
  • Adding Coral.  I am in love with this Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.  So many beautiful colors are washed right onto the paper.  My card started with this particular piece of paper that showcases stripes of Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.  I love this piece of paper, but I needed to add a pop of color to the gray and yellow hues.  It wasn’t until I decided to add flowers that I realized Calypso Coral would be a perfect accent to these shades.  While Calypso Coral is not in the Designer Series Paper design, it complements these colors nicely.
  • Stamping a Sentiment on an Embossed Background.   When I decided on an Easter theme, the rest of the card fell into place.  I knew I wanted the sentiment to be featured on the emblem.  I took a risk and found that it worked – I was able to properly stamp the sentiment on the heat embossed image with StazOn.  I’m sure someone else has done it, but it worked.  Yippee!

Stamp sets:  Petite Petals, Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor  Papers:  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Jet Black StazOn  Accessories:  Smoky Slate Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Petite Petals punch, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll check out the projects from this week’s design team at The Pals Paper Arts.

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  1. Awesome! The way time flys… will be Easter in no time! Have a great day. Is Atlanta thawed out yet?? 51 in Ohio today, the shorts will be out today!!

  2. Very striking … I like the way you used the Smoky Slate Embossing Powder on your sentiment base. It does have the look of stone! Adding the flowers definitely softened the card … Good job, Brian.

  3. Nice colors and you did a great job making that grey look like stone . I think this card design could be a keeper for a variety of uses . And that Everything Eleanor stamp set is going on my list . I have those adorable Petite Petals and punch and they are the cutest ! I like your Easter card preview . Happy Thursday !

  4. This is so striking! I love the bright look, the layout, and the texture to this!

  5. That gray really pops on the yellow for a cheery card! I’m with you, time to meet up with some of our old (stamps) friends again!

  6. Sweet and fabulous card, Brian. Love the way you made the “stone” background for the stamped sentiment, not to be creepy or anything but, this could work wonders at Halloween. You are the King of Layers, my dear!! I counted 9!!! including the card base and the flowers, amazing indeed and beautiful.

  7. Gorgeous Brian…the more layers the better!

  8. Georgoius card Brian! You did it again….your cards always inspire! I’m with Sonny and Suzie Everythin Eleanor is going on my must have list:)

  9. Another home run, Brian. Agree about the Watercolor Wonder DSP, it’s a slice of paper heaven!

  10. Taking a risk? Glad you did. The sentiment turned out nice a crisp. Never thought about stamping on embossed images. Assumed it would looked blurred. Goes to show you, don’t assume anything. Lovely card.

  11. Great card Brian – the Calypso Coral really popped everything out. Although the design is great I don’t think it would have shone so gloriously without that addition of the Calypso Coral. Loved it!

    Hey Brian, I just noticed you have 1,772 followers! WOW That’s as many as some of these “rock stars” have. I knew you were the King but I didn’t realize how large of a “Kingdom” you commanded. LOL

  12. Beautiful card Brian. The Watercolor Wonder is one of my favorite designer papers. I have fallen in love with the Petit Petals bundle and I think the flowers add dimension to your card. Awesome job

  13. Did you just say “Yippee Doodle Dee!”? Awesome, you make me smile! One of the many reasons I look forward to reading your blog every day. Once again a gorgeous card and new tips to add to my arsenal, thanks Brian!

    • That’s me! It’s either “Yipee!” or “Yippee Doodle Dee!” or “Woo hoo”. They are relatively interchangeable. Thanks for your kind words, Dana!

  14. Beautiful. You have such talent.

  15. Love that gray embossed frame!

  16. Everything Eleanor Stamp Set has been on my Wish List for some time now! I think it just got bumped up on my list! LOL! Once again, another wonderful card Brian! 🙂

  17. Never …. My friend , that BEAUITIFUL ,
    Hugs frenchie

  18. I LOVE THIS CARD! There’s just something about it that makes me smile. Great job, as always.

  19. Beautiful, and breathtaking! SO thoughtful in your comments on your design. Definitely an inspiration for me! The label as the stone, perfect! and yellow sun light!

  20. Gorgeous embossed frame! You are a pro at embossing. I must do more of it to do better at it. Love the striped paper and pretty flowers, too!

  21. Love love love the card! The stone, flowers and ray of yellow – so perfect for Easter! I was tempted to get Everything Eleanor because of the flourish (not crazy about the flowers in it and already have plenty of flower stamps anyway), but you may have tipped me over the edge as well. 🙂 Maybe next time you use this set you can do a card that will change my mind about the flowers and then I’ll HAVE to get Everything Eleanor!

  22. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    I agree with Suzie, Sonny, Dawn & Grace!! And many others… your layers are quite lovely Brian; as we know, truly one of your (many!!) gifts!!! And the Calypso Coral makes it pop!!! 🙂 What a neat find with the King Faux-Stone technique!!! That deserves at least two Yippee Dee Doodles!!!

  23. This is another beauty, Brian! Wow, how many layers are there? Love the paper/color choices, and the shapes that you’ve combined. Really, really classic beauty. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  24. Thanks for playing at Pals Paper Arts, too! (DUH!)

  25. I swear – you never sleep…I am always so happy to see your work….love the color combination!!! Huge hugs!

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