Love You for GDP-018

Love is in the air – that means it’s a great time to plan Valentine’s cards for our friends and loved ones.  While we are on the subject of love…I love this week’s sketch for the Global Design Project – L. O. V. E.  Teneale Williams created a circle inside a rectangle with sentiments that overlap both.  How fun is that?  Here’s my Design Team card for this week’s challenge:

Words of Truth, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP-018, Valentine's Day card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP018Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Lining it Up.  There’s not a lot of stamping on this card – the background of this card is made up of two pieces of printed paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (the Basic Gray piece is white with gray writing, and the Basic Black piece is black with white writing).  Did you notice how the words on both panels of paper line up perfectly?  There are only a handful of words on this paper, but they are arranged in lots of combinations so that it’s difficult to find a pattern.  To create this look, I started with two full sheets of paper from the Designer Series Paper Stack and cut equal-sized pieces from each paper (the prints are lined up of the pages).  I cropped the circle with Circles Collection Framelits in the Basic Black piece.  Easy enough, right?
  • Little Pop of Color.  While the background is a highlight on this card, the pop of color on the sentiment and the Melon Mambo heart really highlight the love on this card.  I stamped “i love you” from Words of Truth – I messed up when I stamped the “i” so I just cropped it off with the Word Window punch (who doesn’t love an easy fix?).  I punched a Melon Mambo heart with the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to balance out the sentiment on the strip.  The tiny pop of pink is a great accent to the thick border on the outside of the card.
  • Color Combination.  You might think this card is just black and white card with a pop of Melon Mambo – but Basic Gray plays a very important part in this card, too.  The background piece of Designer Series Paper Stack is white with Basic Gray script over it.  The combination of these three colors come together for a perfectly sweet collection.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Melon Mambo

Stamp Sets:  Words of Truth  Papers:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Basic Black, Basic Gray), Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Melon Mambo  Accessories:  Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Oh my word, Brian. I did notice how you lined up the words on your DSP mat & circle before reading your ‘How to’! So clever. And that little Melon Mambo heart is a perfect finish to your sweet sentiment. Love! D x

  2. Amazing, great, smart and I can’t wait to try this. Yes, I did notice, right away the words were lined up, how else would Brian King do it?!

  3. Absolutely Amazing card Brian, without a doubt one of your best cards.
    I must try and CASE it.. Wish me luck.

  4. Brilliant idea to mix the two papers. One of my favorite BK cards ever (and there are many favorites)!

  5. Great card! So simple and yet strikingly elegant! Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Great card Brian and such a cool tip for lining it up! I would never have thought of that lol! 🙂

  7. You never stop amazing me! Genius!

  8. You do have a way with paper! This is perfect!

  9. Hello Brian,
    your card is great! The mix of the two papers is stunning!

  10. So wonderful Brian! I love the words – that is my fave DSP. I really need to use it. I think I am hording it because it is so pretty!

  11. Oh I love this paper and look how creative you were with it !
    Sorry I haven`t been in to comment on your creations much lately ,but I have had to switch my Wi Fi whatever …. Hopefully ,I can be here in print more now .
    Great card !

  12. This is awesome! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  13. Beautiful card, Brian. I love these colors. I just got this DSP and will CASE this design. Thanks for the inspiration of how to use it. Love the Melon Mambo heart.

  14. Lining up those words would have taken me an eon, but you make it sound easy! Clever use of the sketch and great colours on your “love”ly card!

  15. What a proof of patience and thoughtfulness to line up the words so perfectly!
    Love the color combo, too. The pink really pops out of the neutrals.

  16. You are just so clever! Totally, clever. I was excited to see how this sketch would have everything thinking. The black and white with a POP of pink is totally stunning.

    Wonderful tips that you kindly shared.

  17. To layer the white on black over the black on white and line up the words, seriously you are a genius Brian King!

  18. Great tip for lining up the words on the two papers Brian. Great card. Thanks for sharing. xx

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