So Grateful for You for FMS190

Before I share my project for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, I want to thank Narelle Farrugia for creating such an awesome sketch last week and for selecting me as King of Clean in that challenge.

If you missed my project, check it out here.  I play along with challenges for the the inspiration (it’s always nice to have a defined starting point), but it’s always a thrill to be selected.

I don’t play around with flowers a lot, but this week’s Freshly Made Sketches inspired me to “go floral” again.  Here’s my card:Remarkable You, Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS190

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

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Coloring Designer Series Paper.  At first glance, you might not recognize this patterned paper – it’s a black-and-white piece from Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color in alternating stripes and then added a strip to the side of this card front.  I’m wild about the color combination and how fun it was to color these strips.  In February, I filmed a quick video about customizing Designer Series Papers – you can see it here.Remarkable You, Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS190
  • Remarkably Snippy.  It’s been a while since I’ve snipped a sketched image – it’s a favorite pastime for me.  The images in Remarkable You just scream to be paper snipped and pieced onto a card front.  All of the images have sketched lines that allow for a rough snip that looks amazing.
  • Three Dots.  When I was “done” with my card, I was left with [what felt like] a gaping hole in the top, right corner.  The new White Perfect Accents were a perfect solution – I colored them with a Black Sharpie Marker and glued them down.  Tip – I positioned the right one first, then the left one.  That allowed me to easily balance the middle accent between the two for perfect placement.
  • Color Combination.  You already know I love good color combinations.  One color from each family will usually work well for me – in this case, I picked Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe and Pear Pizzazz (I would classify them as Brights, Neutrals and Subtles).Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz

Stamp Sets:  Remarkable You  Papers:  Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Stampin’ Write Markers (Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz)  Accessories:  White Perfect Accents, Hexagon Punch (for banner tip), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over Freshly Made Sketches to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Love how the DSPturned out! Great idea! Beautiful flower too!

  2. Awesome idea.

  3. Okay….I need to write down on my week end list of crafty things to do ….Color some Back To Black dsp . I have lots and lots of paper that probably would take on a new look to me with some new colors added with markers . Thanks for reminding me ! Now if you can come up with how to get that “New DSP ” smell back ….hmmmm.
    I like your card and it`s boldness ! Good color combo !

  4. You make “magic” with your designs. Great job!

  5. I love coloring my typeset DSP too! I’m not much of a floral fan either but this set certainly made my first order! Can’t wait til it comes Monday! You certainly have inspired me to play with that set first!! 🙂 nicely done Brian!

  6. I wish I had the creative brain you have! I ordered that set. it’s in my box of goodies that just came in. I cant wait to use it and now I have even more inspiration thanks to you!

  7. I just rec’d my DSP swatch books. You must put a lot of time into making these. They are wonderful! Thanks, so much. I look forward to your swatch books for every new catalog.

  8. O.K., the vote is in, you are the King of snipping and piecing. Great card.

  9. WOW Brian! It is unbelievable how a few markers and a little bit of coloring can change the look of a piece of DSP! I honestly had no interest in the Go Wild DSP pack until I saw your card today. Now I need to rethink it completely. Love the design of this card. Your crown shines brightly my friend!

  10. I’m in awe – as usual!

  11. I love it when you color DSP to customize your cards Brian, what brilliant idea this is. This lovely flower is a fabulous focal point, the card is clean and elegant, thank you for sharing.

  12. So looking forward to trying this technique. Thanks Brian

  13. Love the colors in your design today. Great idea creating custom DSP too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Love your “think” process, which always comes up with “mah-velous” ideas and final product.

  15. Chris R. from Iowa

    I wowed at the striped paper and immediately thought I want some of that! Then, I read you colored it yourself. That created such an impact with the flower. I totally love it and can’t wait to try this myself. Thanks!

  16. This is a lovely card Brian. Thanks for sharing!

  17. The border is great. And the flower – I love how you’ve taken relatively rough sketches and made them into such a crisp and clean card. Wonderful!

  18. hello brian. I have never commented on your cards but always enjoy seeing them. I like the clean and simple looks you do. however, this card just screamed out at me! and so here I am to say thank you. it had a technique I haven’t tried (coloring the DSP) a stamp set I hadn’t even considered and something new to jazz up a plain looking embellishments. as a newer demonstrator I have to say thanks for the ongoing inspiration!

    • Sheryl, Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m always so happy to hear from people who learn a little something new here. I really appreciate your feedback. Brian

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