Herringbone Patterns with Pretty Petals

I love each and every chance I have to get together with my local stamp club.  Although I show up each time with projects that should fill our time, we usually end up chatting and eating and “oohing and aahing” at the catalog.  There’s always something new to be seen in the pages of these books.

For this past weekend’s get-together, Rene requested we make a card that uses the herringbone technique to create a fun pattern with small strips of paper.  The patterns in Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack are PERFECT for creating a lovely project with this technique.  Here’s the card we made this past weekend:

A Whole Lot of Lovely, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Herringbone Technique

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are so many beautiful patterns in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.  For this card, I chose pieces that feature Calypso Coral, Basic Black and Very Vanilla (with a little touch of Old Olive).  I picked patterns with backgrounds from each of these colors and didn’t allow any other pages into my design.  I love these papers and am already sad to see them retire in June of 2016 – am I sick for feeling the pain already?

    Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

    Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin’ Up!

  • Circle Layering. I couldn’t be happier with how this layered sentiment turned out. Here’s a rundown of the layers (starting with the top and working my way down):
    • The sentiment is stamped in Archival Basic Black ink on Very Vanilla paper (the sentiment offers a negative image – the ink picks up the background, and the words/images are carved into that background).  I punched the sentiment with a 2″ Circle punch.  That left a thin strip of Very Vanilla around the edge of the sentiment.
    • The second layer is a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock that was cropped with a Circles Collection Framelit.
    • The bottom layer i s a piece of Basic Black that’s cut with a 2-1/2″ Circle punch.A Whole Lot of Lovely, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Herringbone Technique
  • Herringbone Background Technique.  Not only is the Herringbone Background Technique a great way to use scraps of paper you have sitting around, but it’s a wonderful way to showcase the amazing patterns and colors in our Designer Series Papers.  I shared a video about this technique earlier this year, along with other samples of projects that showcase this technique – check it out here.

Stamp Sets:  A Whole Lot of Lovely  Papers:  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Calypso Coral, Old Olive)  Accessories:  Circles Collection Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about this project – including pictures from my club meeting and more discussion about how you can earn these amazing, discounted Host Sets.

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With yesterday’s video about the new Archival Stampin’ Pads, I received lots of questions about the difference between this new pad and some of our already-well-known inks.  Because I’m an accountant, I created a fun chart to draw the comparisons.  I may update this chart as we find out more information about this new pad – until then, here’s what I know (click on the chart below to see a printable .pdf of the chart):

Comparison of Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, Stampin' Up!, prepared by Brian King



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  1. Awesome card Brian. Love your DSP choices and your layout for the herringbone pattern.

  2. Hi Brian, This is one of my favorite techniques. Thanks a bunch for the ink summary. I think it is a great reference and will be referring to it very often.

  3. Oh my goodness Brian, this card looks amazing, it’s like a sweet quilt block, lovely choice of papers, just so beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. OMgoodness, Brian! A chart! From one analytical to another (I work in software engineering), I love a chart! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    As far as the archival ink goes, I watched the video the other day where you stamped with it and it seemed ‘good’, but the image above really does it the appropriate justice. WOW! that sentiment circle is clear, crisp, and clean. It looks like a printed image, not a inked stamp. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a sharp stamped image before.

    I’m IMPRESSED – pun intended ;-).


  5. One of my favorite techniques . Love the pinks and thank you for the Ink Pad chart . I guess I will give the new ink pad a try because it does give a great image. I do like my Memento as is ,but you never know until you try ….

  6. the herringbone patterns is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Hi Brian
    I see the sme crispness in the circle stamp. Does the new archival make that much difference in clarity between all our types of black ink. Maybe provide samples of that with each type and show comparison. I had avoided that set because hard to get that type of quality. Now it will be put on my list. Thanks so much for all you do!

    • Nancy, Trust me! This ink is EVERYTHING. It gives the rich stamp of StazOn without the messy cleanup. You need this ink pad – and you can start stamping with negative images again. Yippee!

  8. Hi Brian, no your not alone about losing that stack , I love love it too , love all the bright colors , that’s my go to stack, once in a while I have to remind my self , stop I going to run OUT !! Lol!! There’s always more !rite???…….
    Ok now to your card , it’s beautiful, you always make me look back at it , there always soo pretty, and you just make them look so so so, can’t even think of the WORD !! Ha ha… True my friend,
    Ok well thanks for sharing , it’s beautiful!!!
    Hugs , and have a great day, now to that PDF to copy it !!! Thanks Brian!!

  9. I, too, love this DSP stack and your beautiful card today. Thanks so much for the chart on the inks.

  10. The card is gorgeous and can tell that the image is very clear and crisp. Thanks so much for the chart- exactly what I needed. You’ve convinced me that I need the archival stamp pad!

  11. Hi Brian – you are THE sweetest. You do all the work and give us an amazing chart to refer to. That is very generous of you to do. I have a section in a notebook of all the color combos and charts you have given us and yes, I use it all the time. You are MY hero!

    I too love the herringbone technique and refer to your video often as my brain doesn’t seem to want to remember exactly how to do it. This getting older and forgetful is for the birds so thank goodness you do all the work for me and I just have to watch the video. This card is beautiful and of course your layering is outstanding. What would I ever do without you??????

  12. Chris R. from Iowa

    Gorgeous card. Love the layering of the circles with the herringbone technique. I haven’t done it for quite awhile. I just might have to give it a whirl again! Also, thanks for the chart. I love the black polka dot papers on the card with all the amazing colors. Well done!

  13. Fabulous card, Brian! No, you are not crazy for mourning the coming too soon paper pack, just order one/two packs soon so you have it on hand!

  14. Very striking card, Brian! Love the rectangle format for this pattern, and I’m impressed with the new black pad!

  15. Beautiful card! Love all the pretty patterns and great design!

  16. Love the ink chart. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Love the colors, and the herringbone technique is always one of my standby card designs .

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  19. BEAUTIFUL! What s beauty, Brian! Very clever a copy for sure…. THANKS!

  20. Great card Brian, Calypso is certainly one of my favourite colours. Your posts are so informative, I learn something new each time I visit your blog, thank you for sharing all your knowledge 🙂

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