So Grateful for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

What an incredible time of year!  The gradual change in weather instinctively reminds me of all the amazing people and things in my life.  I love that I’m able to share my artwork with you each and every day, and I’m thrilled that I have an amazing team of artists who share their work with me.  My team’s blog hops are a highlight for me – I’m always amazed at the projects they share – such amazing talent from wonderful people.

So Grateful

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop!  Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that share the gratefulness of the season.  Whether you are ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week or just feel reflective of the things that make you thankful, we are sure you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members.  After you read my post, I  hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I’ve shared a lot of Thanksgiving projects over the past couple of months – I love the colors of Fall and the beautiful imagery of dry leaves and bare trees.  For today’s So Grateful project, though, I created a quick-and-simple, but oh-so-effective, thank you card with beautiful paper and sentiments.  Here’s my project:

Happy Happenings, Go Wild Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

So the card is not an over-the-top Autumnal project, but it really defines my style of stamping – lots of sweet layers of cardstock with very little, overall fuss.  Still, the entire project is planned out and every element has a purpose.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • So Many Great Products.  I didn’t realize it until after my card was complete, but my project combines so many of my favorite products – Happy Happenings Stamp Set, Go Wild Designer Series Paper, Circle punches (I used the 2″ Circle punch), White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Archival Basic Black Ink.  Without even trying, I managed to get all of these things – for which I am very thankful – into one card.  Still, the card is super-simple and (in my humble opinion) very appealing.

    Happy Happenings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Happy Happenings stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Finding Balance with Shapes and Colors.  It only took a few measurements and a little careful trimming to crop the right size panel for the backdrop of this card and the right thickness for the band of cardstock down the right side.  I knew I wanted a Basic Black circle for the “thank you” sentiment and to continue the sentiment on the Tip Taupe band.  I just wasn’t certain about how big the circle should be or where to place it for perfect balance.  I originally cropped the sentiment with a 2-1/2″ Circle punch (too big) and re-cropped it with a 2″ Circle punch (just right).  I positioned the circle a little to the left of the band – which happened to be the center of the card front.  Everything seemed perfectly balanced there when I squinted.  🙂  If you missed my video about my “patented” squinting technique, you can see it here.
  • Rich Color Combination.  The Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack is filled with gorgeous patterns in just three colors: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White.  Why try to change things?  Some would deem these colors “masculine,” but these gorgeous color are perfect for a card that’s intended for a man or a woman.  If you like them, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Happy Happenings  Papers:  Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  3. Becky Volpp & Megan Quillen at Ink Blossom with Becky
  4. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  5. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  8. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  12. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  13. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  14. Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W


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  1. Definitely a great card design to make a “bunch” to have on hand! Thank you, Brian.

  2. I love this card! Great color combo and layout…as always! I am grateful for a peaceful morning, drinking my coffee and enjoying the awesome cards on your blog hop!

  3. I love the use of neutrals and the simple sentiment combined with great pattern!

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  5. This card is “totes adorbs”, Brian! Love the neutrals and that gorgeous paper! Great layout, too!

  6. Love it! Can never go wrong with neutrals, especially Tip Top Taupe!

  7. Very smart with lots of style.

  8. WOW Brian – you have surrounded yourself with very artistic people and it’s so much fun to hop the blogs and see what everyone is doing. Your design is meticulous as always my friend, and oh so beautiful.

  9. I love your neutral color pallette Brian. And thanks for bringing such a great stamp set to my attention. 🙂

  10. So clean and simple, but still so gorgeous! Love it! I have learned so much from you–thank you for sharing your talent and for being so supportive! I love being a part of your team!!!

  11. Neutrals, gotta love-um! Totally love it.

  12. I love this card! So classic “Brian”. Your amazingly phenomenal leadership means the world to me! I am so very grateful for all that you do. Love you-

  13. As always, clean and simple and beautiful, Brian! I envy your talent!

  14. Love, Love, Love the color combo, stamp set and layout Brian! What a great card. Thank you for hosting the blog hop today. Can’t wait to check out everyone else’s works of art!

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  18. I’m So Grateful to be part of your team. Your cards are inspiring and this one is no exception. Besides all that, I’ve made a pretty great friend in the process. Thanks for all you do.

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  22. Sorry I am late….but was busy on Thanksgiving Day and have been taking it easy this weekend! Great card and now going through the blog hop….thankful for you and your team!

  23. So classy! Love this layout with its sleek lines.

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  25. Such a stunning card Brian! Congratulations! This project is one of my most popular pins this week and is being highlighted on my blog today. Thanks for sharing. Kylie xx

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