Celebrate Your Birthday with The Paper Players

When I participate in sketch challenges, I love to play around with the shapes and stamps and colors until I find the combination that best matches the sketch.  The moment I saw this week’s sketch from The Paper Players, I knew exactly which set I would be using and how I would be using it.  I was ready!  Moments after seeing it, I had my card drawn out.  Shortly after, I made this card: Sketched Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s LeAnne Pugliese’s wonderful sketch that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Black and White and Pops of Color All Over.  This sketch really lends itself to a beautifully color blocked card – large blocks of color create a standout look.  In this case, I knew I wanted to feature a black and white card with just a few pops of color.  I chose basic, crayon box colors (red, blue, green and yellow) to accent the black and white backgrounds.  Applied to the parts of the images with Stampin’ Write Markers and then spread out with a Blender Pen, these provide the perfect accent for the balloons, party hats and banner.
  • Background Layers.  The larger pieces (top, right and bottom, left) are the central pieces of this card.  The smaller pieces are accents and backgrounds to these focal points.  I used MDS to create a 2″ x 2″ square and fill it a repetition of words, creating a typeset-looking DSP.  Yay, me!  I really like how they turned out.
  • Pop it Up!  I added a little dimension to the focal pieces by popping them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  This reinforces the focal points and further places the smaller layers in the background.  It also allows the banner, which hangs over the edge of the cake piece a bit to do just that (hang over the edge).

Stamp Sets:  Sketched Birthday  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Soft Slate, Crisp Cantaloupe (both used on to lightly color the cake), Stampin’ Write Markers (Pacific Point, Real Red, Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight)  Papers:  Basic Black, Whisper White  Accessories:  Stamping’ Dimensionals, Blender Pen

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Please check out the other inspiration cards over at The Paper Players.


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  1. Love this darn sketch Leanne! Man! I”m glad to see your card stock in black and that you ran with this color theme of black & white on your mds sections! Love Sketched Birthday so much! This card is a Winner!

  2. LOVE IT!!!

  3. Brian, I love your personally designed DSP. I was thinking “where did he find that?” Thank you for sharing that little secret. Another fantastic card!

  4. Great combination!

  5. Sylvia/Georgia

    Love this card! I especially like the word repetition made on MDS.

  6. i like this sketch by LeAnne a lot ! But ….look at what you did with it !!! I like print and script on cards big time and the way you transformed a stamp set (which I did not care for when I saw it ) into something I like is great . I love love color block type cards but, I especially love how you added the color to this card !! Not in your face primaries but faded hints of color ….Bravo !! I also think it`s funny that the stamp set that popped into my mind when I saw the sketch was obvious to all probably was…Everything Eleanor . I love this card !! You keep this up and they are going to make you King Stampin Up !!

  7. What a winner you have with this card! The custom-made DSP is over the top! I’ve got to try that!

  8. Maria Rodriguez.

    WOW!!!!! wonderful card Brian, I love this sketch and you made a winner card with it!! I love the way you colored those cute images, I too didn’t think to much of this set but now, I’m seeing it in a different light. The way you stamped the birthday hats and balloons is fantastic, Love the MDS print, this really sent this card flying.

  9. You always do such a great job with the sketch challenges, Brian. This is no exception … 🙂

  10. Love your custom DSP!! Love your card!! Love the color combo!!

  11. Really nice card Brian! I never would have thought a piece of birthday cake on a card would be very masculine and yet, whoa la – here it is.

  12. Love this!!! Especially love how the mds made DSP adds subtle text 🙂

  13. Love the text, party hats, and cake…great job!!!

  14. You are so clever, making that scripty paper in MDS….sounds like a cool trick that I’d love to try myself! Love this new set, too…..lots of options and ways to make good use of those fun images! Thanks for making my sketch look so trendy!!!

  15. Love your B/W card with the pops of color. Great design. TFS

  16. Nice card, Brian! I love the printed pieces from MDS and it goes so well with the Sketched Birthday stamps. Perfecto!

  17. Fabulous, just fabulous!!!!

  18. Oh gosh, this is just….amazing! I have thought about this set and was not sure I really liked it…until NOW! Wow, Brian, this is too cool;)

  19. Fabulous and oh, so creative!

  20. Your card is great! Love all of the images and DSP! 🙂

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