Hi (That’s All) for GDP029

This week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge includes three colors that, at first pass, seem to be Fall-themed colors – Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso.  I couldn’t reach back into my Fall leaves to create a card (Spring has sprung in Atlanta!), so I took a different approach to showcase this lovely color combination.  Here’s my card for this week’s GDP029:

Sheltering Tree, Party Pants, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP029

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

GDP029Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Mystery Stamps.  So, do you know which stamp sets I used to create this fun card?  I used one for the background and one for the sentiment.  I’m not going to make you guess – I’m just going to tell you.  Unless you really wanted to guess – I don’t want to steal all the joy out of our game.  Go ahead – put your hand over your screen and take a guess…now, I’ll tell you.  I used the leaves pattern from Sheltering Tree to create the colorful patterns that makeup the background of this card and the sentiment from Party Pants, one of the Sale-a-Bration items that you can earn with a $50 purchase (promotion ends March 31).  Here’s a closer look at both:
    Sheltering Tree, Stampin' Up!

    Sheltering Tree, Stampin’ Up!

    Party Pants, Stampin' Up!

    Party Pants, Stampin’ Up!

  • Order to Everything.  To create a light, airy background pattern on this card, I stamped off each of the colors once on scrap paper before stamping onto the cardstock.  I started with the Bermuda Bay ink in the middle.  Once I completed my layer of Bermuda Bay, I stamped the Tangelo area, allowing the image to stamp off the edge before stamping a couple of times with a full coverage of ink along the edges.  I repeated that process for the Early Espresso image.  I love that the colors just blend into each other to create one background of color.  So many options for creating gorgeous backgrounds, don’t you think?
  • Layers.  You love when I share layer sizes with you, so I thought I’d be super-giving today.  Here’s a graphic that shows the measurements of the simple layers I used on this card:Sheltering Tree, Party Pants, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP029

Stamp Sets:  Sheltering Tree, Party Pants  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White  Inks:  Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle 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. How clever to use sheltering tree this way! Great way of using the colours it looks fantastic. TFS

  2. Your card looks great Brian, such a clever way to showcase an unusual color combination!

  3. I was challenging myself to figure out what stamp you used for the background and I did NOT guess correctly. You are a clever guy! Love the card.

  4. I love the background, and the way you made the sentiment pop.

  5. You, sir, are a genius!

  6. Brilliant idea and lovely mix of color. Great “pointillism” technique!

  7. This is so cute!

  8. Brilliant! That’s you! I’ve been stalking your blog for quite a while and love your creations. But just had to speak up today. I knew the sentiment but never guessed the background. Thank you for your art.

  9. Brian King – excellent alternative use of stamp set. The colours look awesome on this card. Thanks mate!

  10. We all need that little note card once in a while and this card fits the bill perfectly. Sometimes one wants to drop a note to a friend for no reason at all except to let them know you are thinking about them and this is the absolute perfect card to accomplish that end.

    Thanks for sharing Brian. Your talents are never ending!

  11. I love how you used the Sheltering Tree stamp to make an unusual but pretty card. I’ll have to CASE it for sure. Have a great day!

  12. AWESOME card, Brian!! I love that you used the leaves stamp from Sheltering Tree to create your background. What a great way to stretch a stamp set!!

  13. Creative Brian! This card is so pretty and I did not guess the stamp set. Colors are perfect. Very clever B K!

  14. Brilliant use of the tree!! This is fabulous!

  15. Oh wow Brian! Love the clean simplicity of this card! Just gorgeous!

  16. Oh, my, goodness!!! I was wondering where those dots came from! You are just too clever Mr King!

  17. Another great card Brian! Just love seeing alternatives to immediately obvious uses for a stamp to get the most out of them.

  18. The three color back ground of card is very intriguing. The “pointillism” technique you use is very effective. IMHO, the “pointillism” technique seems similar to bokeh. Crumb Cake is in this card which is effective. I have to resit trying include Crumb Cake too often. Great card!

  19. YOU my friend are amazing. Awesome card, great technique too. xo

  20. Love this Brian! Great alternate use for this stamp set. But fess up – have you used up all your DSP?

  21. Love the background on this – may be a stamp set I need to get oops!

  22. Initially, I thought you used the top of a new pencil eraser to get the colors so perfect and then I read your description…great idea with the tree stamp. I’m intrigued by your style of stamping and impressed every time I see one of your cards.

  23. I like the way the stamped off image worked and a great technique for a background!

  24. You are so smart with that background!

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