CAS Birthday for PP228

You know I love CAS cards (Clean and Simple), and you know I love great sentiments.  That said, this week’s Paper Players Challenge (make a CAS card that uses a sentiment as its focal point) combines the two  – and I couldn’t be happier!  I’ve had this simple idea bounding around in my head for a week, so LeAnne Pugliese’s challenge persuaded me to put stamp to paper.  Here’s my clean-and-simple, sentiment-centric card:

Big Day, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP228 And here’s LeAnne’s challenge banner that inspired my creation:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Cheery Pairings.  There’s something so energizing and beautiful about Coastal Cabana.  Shades of this gorgeous blue are found in Best Year Ever Designer Series and Blendabilities, so I just HAD to pair them here.  This card also celebrates two of this year’s amazing Sale-a-Bration items – Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and Big Day stamp set.
  • Ombre Effect.  Ombre (shading from dark to light) has been popular for quite a while, but it’s still a stunning technique.  I used Coastal Cabana Blendabilities to shade this sentiment.  I colored each letter with the lightest shade, colored them about 2/3 way up with the medium shade and then layered-in the darkest shade on the bottom 1/3.  After all three were colored, I blended them with the lightest shade.Big Day, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP228
  • Embrace the Space.  A card can certainly be clean and simple without a huge span of white space – but I embraced the space and used a lot of white on this card.  The sentiment is bold and solid enough to carry the card all by itself.  The bokeh piece of Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (one of the amazing Sale-a-Bration selections this year) offers a light and airy backdrop for the sentiment.

Stamp Sets:  Big Day  Papers:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. That really is quite lovely! Love it 🙂

  2. Great card and use of blendabilities. Always teaching me something. Thanks, Brian!

  3. Wow–this card is so pretty! Who would’ve imagined that, indeed, the simplicity could express so much. Love your color choices, and esp. the ombré effect. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Aw yes Coastal Cabana…..such a pretty color and look what you did with it . Love it !
    I forget about how much I like it . The background dsp is great for a birthday card .
    I like that subtle shading or Ombre look on the Birthday . Clever you !

  5. …….loveitloveitloveit……..

  6. Oh Brian – I just love this card. Clean, crisp and nothing to take away from the sentiment. Perfect as can be (Just like it’s maker)!

  7. Love the colors of this card, really perfect to cheer me up while we are enduring yet another gloomy, foggy day, oh well, it’s still January so, there is no use complaining.
    But I do love your card, I’m not brave enough to leave a lot of white space on a card but I can see how you balanced it by placing this sentiment on the corner, colored so pretty, to help your eyes take the whole panel.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Awesome card Brian, thanks for the ombré how to. Great job

  9. So crisp and clean, I love the feel of this card! Awesome ombre sentiment,too. Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!

  10. Crisp, clean and classy! I love how you blended the word birthday…. very nice! 🙂

  11. Awwww YEP !! Clean and simple and it said it all in one corner, rite !!! Love the colors BRIAN,, you do so well my friend !!!
    Hugs and love
    Frenchie ,

  12. LOVE the simplicity of this card!!
    No distractions from the message.

  13. A perfect card for my sentiment challenge, Brian! LOVE the ombre effect….you had me at BLUE! Thanks so much for participating with the Paper Players this week!

  14. You’ve embraced every aspect of this challenge perfectly, Brian! Love the cute sentiment in the corner, lots of yummy white space, and the patterned paper makes a perfect frame. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Paper Players!

  15. Loving that ombre technique! This is just CAS-tastic, Brian. Thank you so much for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

  16. Beautiful blending, perfect effect on this card.

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