Three Things I Like: Shawn de Oliveira

When I come across someone else’s card that I absolutely love, I know I must share their work with you.  You deserve to see it.  When I received a swap card from Shawn de Oliveira, my roommate at this year’s Stampin’ Up! Convention, I immediately began planning my “Three Things  I Like” about this card.  What a beauty!  I’m going to share Shawn’s card, following by three things I like about it – that’s right, I’m going to work hard to narrow down my list of things to just three.

Here’s Shawn’s gorgeous swap card:

Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, by Shawn de Oliveira

Three Things I Like About Shawn’s Card

  • Watercoloring.  I don’t watercolor a lot because it seems like a daunting task.  I forget that watercoloring can have a HUGE impact – even when done in small amounts.  Shawn stamped these flowers from Birthday Blossoms and Petite Petals in Calypso Coral on watercolor paper.  He then used an Aqua Painter to paint the petals with varying depths of Calypso Coral.  What a great effect it adds!  Just look at how much texture is given to these flowers with just a little bit of painting.Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, by Shawn de Oliveira
  • A Mix of Bold and Bashful.  While there are only three Calypso Coral flowers on the front of this super-clean card, there are flowers all over the card, inside the card and on the Crumb Cake envelope.  Stamped with Sahara Sand, these bashful and faded flowers add so much dimension and texture to the card front without distracting you from the three coral flowers and bold sentiment.Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals, Stampin' Up!, by Shawn de Oliveira
  • Color Combination.  Although there’s a bit of Daffodil Delight in the middle of each beautifully painted flower, the central colors in Shawn’s card are Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.  The balance of neutral and white is perfect here – pops of coral with a lot of soothing beige.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blossoms, Petite Petals  Papers:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Watercolor Paper  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe  Accessories:  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals

You should definitely do yourself the favor of visiting Shawn’s blog and signing up to receive his emails when his posts go live.  He’s a talented artist, his photography is amazing and I’m excited I could share his work with you today.

CLICK HERE to visit Shawn’s Blog,, and see more of his work.

Before you head over to check out Shawn’s Blog, I hope you’ll leave a comment here to let him know how much you appreciate this project.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. This is a great card. Great job on the water coloring. I love the color combo too! It was so nice to meet Shawn at convention.

  2. Awesome card! Headed over to his blog now!!!!

  3. Yup – I agree Brian – Shawn sure is talented. There are many of his cards that I have ooooo’d and aaaaa’d over. This is no exception. You have done a wonderful summary of the highlights of Shawn’s card Brian.

  4. Awesome card Shawn! I am already a subscriber to your blog. Can’t wait to see more of your creative talent.

  5. Beautiful card. Nice to see you using the basic SU colors. Right now it seems all SU demonstrators are using are the new in-colors for everything. Did you pop up the crumb cake from the white card base?

  6. This is a perfect card for a lot of events . Love the colors,Shawn ! I like the background flowers a lot . I plan to visit your blog this morning to see your other creations . I agree with you Brian ….this is so pretty yet subtle in color . Love it !

  7. Shawn your card is beautiful and I’m so glad I have one of my own. It was so fun meeting and hanging out with you last week. I’m a blog follower of yours now.


  8. Shawn is ridiculously talented! His card stood out to me too when I got it. He is one to watch!

  9. The watercoloring is so pretty!

  10. Shawn’s card is “simply” fabulous! I love the simple look that says it can be CASED but it it beautiful as well.

  11. This is a classic beauty. Super job on the watercoloring.

  12. Great post and great card! It was a pleasure to meet Shawn at convention and WOW – he is one talented stamper! I adore his blog and look forward to following his success! Super talented! Hugs my friend!

  13. Chris R. from Iowa

    Thanks Brian for showcasing Shawn’s card for us. I visited his blog and was astounded to find he used this as his swap card and that he had colored and punched all those flowers! He packaged them with the recipe in a cello bag too. Wow, such attention to detail! The insides and the envelopes continued the theme.

    It is cool that we have your “little brother” to follow too. You both have so much talent to share!

  14. Beautiful! Shawn, you are an amazing artist. Love the color combo and the soft touch of the crumb cak

  15. A simply beautiful card. I look forward to following Shawn’s blog.

  16. Well sorry about that. Let’s try this again. Beautiful card, Shawn. I love the combo and the soft crumb cake flowers with the watercolored calypso ones are a perfect match. I’m headed over to your blog now and will definitely be following. Don’t want to miss a thing!

  17. Beautiful card Shawn!! Checked out your blog and found MORE beauties over there – pinned a few and subscribed:-). Looking forward to great things from you!

  18. Love this card! The color combination is awesome!

  19. Great card!!

  20. Love the water coloring Shawn did on this pretty flowers, the soft shades he used on them pair so great against the neutral Crumb Cake panel, love how he popped that panel on the card base and the detail of the Baker’s Twine.
    I’m dashing to his blog right now.
    Thank you for sharing Shawn’s beautiful card Brian.

  21. Beautiful card, I love the colors and the watercolor. I really enjoy your “Three things I like” posts. I learn so much about composition. I also appreciate your generosity in promoting talent. I visited Shawn’s blog last time you shared one of his cards. I’ll be back!

  22. Love the card, perfect colors! I popped over to his blog, nice presentation to request for paper pumpkin! Way-2-Go Shawn!

  23. Are you an accountant too? You do such great work, seems like a full time job would “cut into that!”?

  24. Hi Brian:

    So nice of you to introduce us to Shawn by featuring his fabulous swap card. I think it would be worth the trip to convention just to get all those beautiful cards from all those talented demo’s. I’m going to go check out Shawn’s blog now. You have a wonderful day my friend.

  25. Jennifer Spiller

    Love this card! Thanks for sharing Shawn’s fabulous creation with us

  26. A very beautiful card, Shawn! I love the soft, subtle combinations you used. I may have to case this design for my beginners’ group, but I will give you credit. And I, too, am going to your blog to sign up!

  27. Hey Brian – darling card – love the colors – was so glad to have finally met you at convention this year.

  28. Brian, thank you for sharing Shawn’s card.

    Shawn, I love this card. You are a true talent and I’m so happy I finally got to meet you. Continue the great work!

  29. I’m CASing…need I say more?!

  30. I am happy to know I have all of the materials to make this lovely card! Thank you for sharing.

  31. I can see why this card caught your eye. Really nice with great colors and layout. Will have to check out Shawn’s blog. Thanks, Brian for sharing.

  32. Robbye Hamilton

    Beautiful card Shawn. I love neutrals and the pop of color with the Calypso Coral works so well.

  33. Oh that is beautiful!!! I love it !!!!
    Tfs my friend,
    Hugs Frenchie
    Case…….? Can I ?

  34. Beautiful card. Thanks, Brian, for sharing Shawn’s work. I’ll have to check out his blog.

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