Timeless Textures for FabFri82

This week’s FabFriday Color Challenge really got my wheels spinning.  How could I combine Mint Macaron, Pool Party and Blushing Bride (all very soft, sweet colors) into a card that’s NOT for a baby.  The “not for a baby” criteria is not part of the challenge at FabFri – it’s just an additional challenge I added for myself.  🙂  In the end, I’m thrilled with what I made.  Here’s my card:

Timeless Textures, Something to Say, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri82, Smashing Technique

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

FabFri82 - March 4

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Custom-Made Designer Series Paper.  Timeless Textures is a new stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog – it’s a perfect set for creating a weathered texture or vintage appeal.  While “weathered” and vintage” are not words I’d use to describe my projects, it’s fun to step out of the bounds a bit.  I combined this stamp set’s images with these super-soft colors to create a not-so-vintage, custom-made Designer Series Paper.  The soft colors make a perfect backdrop for this sweet image and sentiment.

    Timeless Textures, Stampin' Up!

    Timeless Textures, Stampin’ Up!

  • Serene Silhouettes.  I’ve shared many, many projects with the great sentiments from Something to Say since that set first debuted – if you haven’t added that set to an order recently, then you (a) you already have it or (b) you aren’t listening.  That said, I’ve had Serene Silhouettes on my shelf for YEARS and have NEVER, not once used it.  That came to an end when I sat down to make this card.  I love when images from new sets help to bring “old” sets to life.  I’d suggest that Serene Silhouettes might deserve some new consideration.  🙂 What gorgeous images!

    Serene Silhouettes, Stampin' Up!

    Serene Silhouettes, Stampin’ Up!

  • Purposeful Layering.  I love to layer and perfectly frame cardstock.  “Tell me something I don’t already know, Brian,” said YOU just now.  Because I’m limited by the borders on the circle around the sentiment, that was my starting point.  I created the same width of border around the focal panel and the additional panel of Pool Party.  Although I have an additional layer that separates these pieces from the Pool Party base of the card, I chose to not frame that piece.  This allows the two outward most panels to blend together a bit – and makes the other panels the focus.  When I’m making a card, I try all kinds of layering until I find the fit I’m looking for.

Stamp Sets:  Timeless Textures, Something to Say, Serene Silhouettes  Papers:  Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Archival Basic Black  Accessories: 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Timeless Textures, Something to Say, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri82, Smashing Technique

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

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. I love the subtle background. It’s beautiful!

  2. Your layering always looks so nice! Please give us measurements so we can copy😀 On your sample picture. Thanks, have a great weekend.

  3. The background is very good but of course your layering is fantastic. That is YOU. Your cards are very distinctive with your excellent layering and of course the way you use the colors – great card!

  4. I agree that the background is the WOWIE on your card ! Love both of these stamp sets (so versatile) and the colors fit this whole layout !!
    Great card !

  5. Did you use blushing bride? I’m flummoxed by the color swatch against the card… looks like all Pool Party. **squints**

    Dang, now I owe you a nickel.

    • The colors might be a little washed out in the photo, but the pink is there (the grid-like shapes in the background). I have a video tomorrow that will clear up any confusion. 🙂

  6. Love the layers of soft colors and texture in the background. Beautiful overall design!

  7. I can’t believe you waited this long to use Serene Silhouettes! It’s one of my favs and I can’t wait to see what else you do with it as this one is great! TFS!

  8. Your cards always amaze me! Love it!

  9. Beautiful, subtle card that can be used for so many occasions. Are Blushing Bride and Mint Macaroon stamped with the Timeless Textures background stamp? I think that is where you used them.

    PS – I used this exact Serene Silhouette stamp to make my daughter’s wedding invitations (all 150 of them!!!). Will always be one of my favorites.

    • Carrie – yes. All three colors are used in the background. I have a video tomorrow that shows this. I’m already thinking of ways I can showcase this stamp set.

  10. The work of a masterful artist is again displayed for our pleasure! This card is definitely a work of art and should be framed and displayed by the receiver. My address is:…………………… LOL Only kidding about sending it to me Brian. I just wanted to emphasize how gorgeous and peaceful this card appeared to me. You work magic with paper and stamps.

  11. LOVE this card…can we see a quick technique video on that background? So many possibilities!

  12. Timeless Textures is one of my favorite. Can we ‘vote’ to have it included in the new catalog? Your card is a perfect example of how to use that set!

  13. An absolutely lovely card, Brian. I love the subtle look but yet the card makes a statement. Love it!

  14. Great card in soft colors without it being for a baby. I love it. The flower stamp set is beautiful and the textures one is so versatile. I’ll have to add it to my wish list.

  15. Such a gorgeous card–WOW factor in full swing here. 😊😍

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  17. Hi Brian, just wanted to say I love your card style…it’s distinctive, and a big thank you for your diagrams with the arrows and breakdown of items used. While I’ve been making SU cards for years, it’s sell nice to see exactly which set or what color you used. I also love your color suggestions. Sometimes you put colors together that I wouldn’t have tried, but they look great and they encourage your viewers to try new things. Thanks so much!

  18. This is gorgeous…..love how you used the black with the soft colors!

  19. Love this card!! Thank you for putting the measurements on some of your beautiful cards.

  20. Gorgeous 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

  21. Very attractive card that could be used for many occasions. Thank you!!

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