Lost without You for PPA261

For this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch, I used my “artistic liberty” license a bit.  I love this sketch – whether you choose to follow it exactly or give it your own twist, the image of three differently sized circles is quite compelling.  What fun!  While I didn’t work with circles, you’ll see that the sizes of the images are comparable – the sketch is definitely there.  🙂  Here’s my card:

The Open Sea, Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA261

And here’s the banner for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Perfect Pairing.  I just love the “I’d be lost without you” sentiment from Cottage Greetings – and it works so perfectly with these seaward images from The Open Sea.  While the font of the sentiment doesn’t exactly match like I’d want it to, the saying is perfect enough.  Click on either of these images to see the sets in my online store:
    The Open Sea stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    The Open Sea stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

    Cottage Greetings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Cottage Greetings stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Stamping Off.  To create the soft, layered images of the ship log and globe, I simply inked up the stamps and stamped them once on a piece of scrap paper before stamping them on this piece of 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ Very Vanilla card stock.  I stamped the compass in a full inking of Delightful Dijon – because it’s the smallest image and because it’s the image that best ties to the sentiment, I decided to give it the full richness it deserves.  I’m sweet like that.
  • Color Combination.  While I was super-challenged by this sketch, I am really happy with the delightful pairing of musty colors I came up with.  Tip Top Taupe just felt right for the ship log, and Lost Lagoon worked for the world.  The small, golden compass in Delightful Dijon was the perfect balance to these other colors.  If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tip Top Taupe, Lost Lagoon, Delightful Dijon

Stamp Sets:  The Open Sea, Cottage Greetings  Papers:  Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla  Inks: Tip Top Taupe, Lost Lagoon, Delightful Dijon  Accessories:  Hexagon punch (for Banner Tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts blog to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Great card and love your interpretation of the sketch. You have inspired me to play along this week.

  2. Love the stamp set with the sentiment! Great idea.

  3. Brian, this set is one of my all time favorites, love how you used it for this challenge so I’m glad you made this beautiful card with it.

  4. MaryJo Marshall

    This card is great !

  5. Absolutely LOVE this card, Brian! Definitely another artistic inspiration… ?

  6. Love the card. Another great color combination!

  7. So LOVE your take on the sketch, Brian! Spot on, brothah!

  8. The Open Sea has been one of my favorite sets since it first came out. I originally purchased it because I thought it would make great masculine cards, which it does, but It’s also much more versatile that it looks at first glance.

    I think this card is fabulous and the mixing of the shapes is perfect and the perfection is brought on by the color combo plus your stamping off technique. It’s an amazing card just like it’s maker.

  9. I love this! CAS!!! I am seeing a CAS(E) card in my future. LOVE this!

  10. Awwwwwww, . Brian that shows you been everywhere looking for us !!!!
    We’re here friend , we won’t go with out you !! But looks like you been to a lot of beautiful places !! And with pretty colors !! Lol, love it !!
    Have fun , I’m looking !!
    Hugs to all of you
    Wish I was there :(( , Frenchie

  11. I love what you did with the composition of this card. It’s simple and direct.

  12. GREAT interpretation of the sketch!

  13. Chris R. from Iowa

    I really like this card! It looks like something I would try to make but botch up! The colors were sort of strange but they totally work on this card! It is really a great card!

  14. Great card. Enjoy convention. : – )

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