Birthday Blooms for an InKing Royalty Card Swap

My upline, Pam Morris, is hosting an event for our local Stampin’ Up! team today.  She’s planned some super-fun project for us, and we’ll get to see some of the new products from the upcoming Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration.  Who doesn’t love that?!  As you may already know, I only have one stamp set and one Designer Series Paper – Birthday Blossoms and Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper – from the new catalog (although lots of new things are on their way to me now).  For the time being, I’m making the best with what I’ve got.  Here’s my swap card for today’s team gathering:

Birthday Blossoms, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Big Flower.  As I said in my Occasions Catalog Blog Hop entry from earlier this week (you can see it here), this flower is gorgeous, but it bothers me.  Maybe that’s why I’m so challenged to use it in a way that I love.  For this card, I inked the image with Blushing Bride, stamped it off once on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped it onto the Blushing Bride cardstock.  That gave me the effect of a background pattern on my pink panel.  You can tell it’s the flower, but it’s gentle and soft.  I stamped the GORGEOUS sentiment in Mossy Meadow on top of it, further solidifying the flower’s position as a gorgeous background image.  🙂Birthday Blossoms, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • My Slant on the Matter.  This project includes several clean panels that are decorated with slanted pieces of cardstock and Designer Series Paper.  Not only did this allow me to create an interesting look to the front of my card, but it allowed me to fill space on the card front with very little paper (I had to make a lot of these, so I needed to be frugal with the little bit of Designer Series Paper I have).  The 3/4″ strips of Designer Series Paper didn’t eat away at my stash too badly.  The pearls added a needed texture and balance.
  • Infinity Shot.  If I make more than 10 of a card, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to take an “infinity shot” of my projects before I send them off or hand them out.  (do people in this century say “bet your bottom dollar?”)  I didn’t want to disappoint you today, I placed them side-by-side on my table and grabbed a couple of quick pictures:Birthday Blossoms, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingBirthday Blossoms, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Birthday Blooms  Papers:  Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Blushing Bride  Inks:  Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow  Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Birthday Blossoms stamp set, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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  1. I love this card, the pastel colours, and the flower stamp are gorgeous.

    Once again Brian a master piece.

  2. That card is so simple but so BEAUTIFUL Brian, Have a fun day stamping

  3. This card is just beautiful. I am loving the slant of the designer paper and the solid paper on the front. I cannot wait for my order to come in from the early order for demonstrators. I am so excited. Brian, keep those beautiful cards coming. You wonderful work.

  4. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Beautiful card, Brian! And I don’t remember the last time I heard the phrase “bet your bottom dollar” … but it worked well in your post and brought back memories besides! Thank you! Have a great time at Pam’s event!

  5. I love how you made the flower the subtle texture in the background. That is a great way to use that stamp in another fashion.

  6. Beautiful way to show off this gorgeous paper!!!

  7. HI Brian:

    I really love that saying. Every birthday a person has indicates that they have lived another year which is certainly something to celebrate so each birthday should be celebrated as the best birthday ever. Have a super time today and please share the other exchange cards with us. It’s always great to get to drool over what others make.

  8. I’m thinks ng that I going to really love the new Birthday Blossoms paper. Thanks for letting us peek.

  9. How about : I’m thinking I’m really going to love the Birthday Blossoms paper. That makes much more sense.

  10. Pretty pretty . I love the big flower stamped on the background card stock. Love the font on the sentiment too !!

  11. Love this card and how you used the flower as a background. Can’t wait to get my order and for the holidays to be done!

  12. Brian, you always tend to amaze me with your creative talent! I so adore this card! Hugs!

  13. Your infinity shots are great-I just love seeing all of them placed together. I tend to make multiples of cards for different occasions and think this one may make a future list. Beautiful card and wonderful DSP! Can’t wait to see the new Occasions catalog.

  14. Dear Brian: I don’t know what happened or how but all of your blog posts, plus several others that I’m subscribed to, landed on the spam folder, the last blog post I received from you was on November 23rd. after that, there was nothing.
    I thought you were sick or taking a break from blogging.
    All I will say is that I missed your blog posts so much and I’m glad I found what the problem was and immediately fix it!!!
    As always, this cards are amazing, beautifully done, from the colors to the layout, just a joy to see, your Inking Royalty members sure are a very fortunate group of crafters.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Sweet! Wish I could’ve been there!

  16. Brian, I was on the fence about ordering this DSP, after today’s card you can bet your bottom dollar it’s going on my list! TFS

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