An Open Heart for PP241

Before I share my card for this week’s Paper Player’s Challenge, I’m excited to let you know that my Paper Players card from last week was selected as The Headliner for the week.  Remember the one-armed bear I created for Joanne’s colour [sic] challenge?  If you don’t remember, you can see it here).  I’m always so inspired by online challenges and look forward to sharing my projects with the other participants and design team members.  I don’t ever expect to win, but it’s always nice to be recognized by the panel of artists.  Thank you, Joanne James, for selecting my card as The Headliner.

This week’s Paper Players challenge is equally as fun – a Clean and Simple Challenge that includes Watercoloring.  Yippee!  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Indescribable Gift, An Open Heart, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP241

And here’s the challenge banner for Nancy Leedy’s challenge that inspired my project:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • All Torn Up.  I do love a super-clean card, but it needed something else.  Even with the the bumpy watercolor paper, the card needed a little texture.  That’s when I decided to use one of the oldest techniques in the book – I tore the piece of card stock with my fingers to create a rough, torn edge at the base of the Crumb Cake panel.
  • Colors.  The combination of Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding and Crumb Cake define “soft and beautiful” in my mind.  You can never go wrong with these three!  OK, you’re right!  I suppose you COULD go wrong – they wouldn’t work so well in a Halloween card.  Why do you have to take everything I say so literally?  🙂  If you like this color combination, too, feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Color Pairing.  When you watercolor, the rich colors disperse a bit, and variants of the selected color shine through.  It’s fun to watch the colors change slightly.  After I was done painting these delicate flowers, the Blushing Bride ink appeared slightly more peachy than the true color.  As such, I decided to accent the watercolor panel with Pistachio Pudding and Crumb Cake.  I like how the pink stands on its own in the middle of the card.

Stamp Sets:  Indescribable Gift, An Open Heart  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Watercolor Paper  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding  Accessories:  AquaPainters, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Indescribable Gift, An Open Heart, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP241

I hope you’ll pop over to The Paper Players challenge site to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. beautiful. your critter card was dead on and glad that it was recognized.

  2. You are such an inspiration! I love how perfect your layers are.

  3. Good morning.. thus is Very Pretty. TFS

  4. Congrats on being picked The Headliner! Your card was very cute and I like how you used the stamp in a different way! Today’s card is very nice too!

  5. I love your clean and simple card Brian. :-). The colors are fantastic!

  6. Pretty card and Congrats!

  7. Pretty ! This is a soft and gentle card . Love the colors and I like the tearing detail . I do that on some of my cards and it adds an extra something .
    A big yay for your little bear card being chosen . It is a winner for sure !
    Wonder what is going to be on that Retirement List ?????

  8. Super gorgeous and clean, Brian! I love your watercoloring…so special in this set.
    Sunshine Sharon xoxo

  9. Good Morning Brian:

    This card reminds me of sherbet ice cream! Soft, sweet, soothing and delicious! I also think the saying is a reminder to us all to be kind and gentle to everyone we meet. ‘Nuf said. Have a spectacular day.

  10. Congratulations! Way to go…but I’m not surprised that your card was chosen. You always do beautiful, inspiring cards Brian. And this card is no exception. Love the colors, and the torn edge is great. I never remember to try that, and it’s such a beautiful way to add texture. Thanks for the daily inspiration….. Hugs!

  11. This is such a beautiful card. I love the sentiment and the bit of torn paper. Perfect. And congrats on being chosen as Headliner! So well deserved!

  12. Brian, vary beautiful and so pleasant, love those colors !!!
    Love it all, love the tear layer !!!
    Hugs Frenchie,

  13. congrats Brian! your beautiful work deserves to be recognized. I love all of your inspiration and your sharing freely of your incredible talents with others. this card is another winner!

  14. Mary Alice Bellis

    I just hate to say it, but I have got to buy that stamp! The Indescribable Gift just keeps popping up all over and I keep wishing I had it, but hate to buy it so late in the season. You just changed my mind. Even if it retires soon, I still must have it for my permanent collection!
    As always, your card is perfection. And, congrats on Headlining.

  15. I have suddenly stopped receiving email from all demos who use WordPress. I can’t even get to your home page now, only thing that shows is the actual email for the day. I went to WordPress but everything I click on seems to be for people with websites. I am only an SU user who likes to read demos emails. I hate to bother you with this & don’t know if you can help but if you can I really appreciate. (I deleted you from WordPress, then went to your website last night several times to sign up to receive emails. Each time I received an error message that I couldn’t sign up.. I have tried several times today while I could still get to your real website but the same thing happens. I apologize if this is exceptionally confusing.)

  16. Beautifully watercolored, Brian! A perfect combo of colors. Thanks for sharing with The Paper Players.

  17. Just beautiful Brian – interesting how much the torn edge really adds to the overall layout and feel of the card. I love the sentiment you paired this image with too. Another stunner! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players again this week!

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