Best is Yet to Come for FabFri68

This week’s FabFriday sketch gave me every reason in the world to showcase English Garden Desinger Series Paper – I almost instinctively reached for it the moment I saw the sketch.  I paired this beautiful paper with Best Thoughts, one of the stamp sets you can purchase at a discount with Stampin’ Rewards.  These two come together perfectly in this clean and layered card:

Best Thoughts, English Garden Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri68 And here’s Mindy Backes’ sketch for FabFri68 that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Enough White Space.  English Garden Designer Series Paper paints a beautiful backdrop of flowers on this card front.  With all the colors and patterns there, I knew I’d have to make sure my focal square was rich with white space.  The 2-1/2″ square of Whisper White gave me just the space I needed.  I didn’t center the sentiment in the square – I dropped it down a snidge (that’s a technical term) to accommodate the butterfly that would soon be landing on the corner of the panel.
  • Painted Butterfly.  I tried a couple of coloring techniques with this butterfly and liked my Blender Pens best.  I stamped him with Soft Suede ink on Hello Honey cardstock.  Before the ink dried, I colored in the borders of the butterfly (around the spots on his wings and along his body).  I allowed the Blender Pen to pick up the Soft Suede edges to give it a light coloring.  Once the ink dried, I cleaned off my Blender Pen and colored in the spots, careful to not pick up the brown.  The pen lightly transformed the depth of the Hello Honey. Best Thoughts, English Garden Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri68
  • Color Combination.  I’m not a big fan of Hello Honey (there, I said it), but I have to admit that I love, love, love it when it’s paired with Soft Suede and Old Olive.  What a gorgeous piece of Designer Series paper!  The colors in English Garden are delightful, but this combination is scrumptious.  If you like this combination, too, fee free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Hello Honey

Stamp Sets:  Best Thoughts  Papers:  English Garden Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Hello Honey, Whisper White  Inks:  Soft Suede  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

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  1. Beautiful card and paper. I’ll have to have some of that paper on my next order.

  2. Hello Honey! My FAVORITE color! Love the name of it too! Try saying it without smiling! You can’t.
    Pairing it with Soft Sude? Who’d da thunk? But they’re happy together! Love this card!

  3. oh so very pretty Brian! TGIF

  4. what a gorgeous card! I’m not usually a fan of this color palette, but this is beautiful. The watercolor print on the paper is divine and the butterfly is perfect here!

  5. Love these colors. Hello Honey is one of my faves. Love the combo with soft suede.

  6. Love this combo….Have love Hello Honey since it came out….but never have paired it with soft suede….and as always you are the king of DSP

  7. Hi Brian:

    I rarely fall in love with a DSP but I have with this one now that you have showcased it. This card is awesome…………bright and cheerful yet soft and inspiring. You did a fantastic job as always. Hugs! 🙂

  8. Love all your layers…beautiful!!!

  9. Great card, as always, Brian. Isn’t this a Host set? (i.e. not Great Rewards?)

  10. Lovely, beautiful DSP

  11. Jennifer Spiller

    Brian you have done it again!!! Such a Wow card…I know I will be CASEing this one

  12. Brian – can I send you my address and every couple of weeks you mail me one of your beauties??? omg I would love to go to my mailbox and receive something like this instead of all my bills. what a way to lift someone’s day! the colors, placement and dsp choices are spot on.

  13. Beautiful! wonderful pairing of colors!

  14. Brian, I love this card! It’s really lovely.

  15. Yum! Lovely card, lovely colours!
    …And I’m allowed to use the ‘correct’ way of spelling colours – seeing as it’s English Garden DSP 😉

  16. Beautiful card Brian, love the butterfly.

  17. Carol Carriveau

    I love the simple beautify of your card…and the butterfly! Love this DSP!

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