Soft and Sweet Simple Stems for the Pixel Maven

My very good friend Nicole Watt hosts a blog challenge on her blog, Pixel Maven’s Retreat.  As Nicole specialized in My Digital Studio, Stampin’ Up!’s amazing digital solution, the challenge blog started as a digital challenge blog, but she has opened it up to traditional designs, as well.  I was so inspired by the color selection that I couldn’t stay away from this week’s challenge.  Here’s my card:

Simple Stems, Perfect Pennants, Stampin Up!, PMDC-039And here’s the challenge banner for the Pixel Maven’s Digi-Challenge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

This card is all about the gorgeous textures, so my three tips, tricks and reminders are going to focus on the elements of texture I used to create it.

  • A Subtle Texture with Hexagon Hive.  I have seen a lot of great projects with the Hexagon Hives Thinlit Dies – there are so many ways to make these hexagons pop with contrasting colors or background patterns.  I wanted to create a texture with the hexagons, but I wanted the flowers to be the focus of this card, so I layered Pool Party hexagons on Pool Party paper.  Voila!
  • Added Contrast with Core’dinations.  I didn’t just use Pool Party card stock for this card – I used Pool Party Core’dinations card stock.  Wooo!  Before I cropped the top layer, I sanded it with my Stampin’ Sanding Block.  This gives the hive cutouts a slight contrast between layers but nothing jarring to the eye.Stampin' Up!, Brian King, using Hexagon Hive for a subtle contrast
  • A Smooth Pattern Creates a Faux Texture.  As I have mentioned before, I like to feel satisfied with all components of a card before I glue anything down.  I want to make sure there’s no room for regret once I’ve started gluing down the components of the card.  When I was about to start gluing, I had cropped a couple of leaves with Pear Pizzazz card stock, but I wasn’t happy.  I decided to crop the leaves from the beautifully patterned Gingham Garden DSP.  The faux texture in this pattern adds the perfect pop to these leaves.  “Woo hoo!” for not gluing as we go.Stampin' Up!, Brian King, use patterned paper to create faux textureStamp Sets:  Simple Stems, Perfect Pennants  Papers:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Pool Party, Subtles Core’dinations (Pool Party)  Inks:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz  Accessories:  Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die, Secret Garden Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. I’m a little behind on my commenting … this is a beautiful card! The layering of the hexagon die-cut is gorgeous! And sanding the one layer was a great idea …
    And now, I am forced to add the thinlits die to my list as well!

  2. This is such a beautiful creation! I have this die but have yet to use it…. I guess there’s no time like the present! Thanks for playing along at Pixel Maven’s DigiChallenge – I hope to see you there more often!


  3. You rock, Mr. King! xo

  4. What did you use to cut out these lovely leaves?

    • I used the Secret Garden Framelits, paired with Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper. I posted the framelits as Backyard Basics framelits. Ooops.

  5. Dangit, Brian! Another die is going on my wishlist. This card is amazing!!!

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