A French Hello for the Paper Players

It’s Sunday, and that means one thing – it’s time for a design challenge from the Paper Players.  This week, Ann Schach has selected…not one…not two…not three…but four colors to awaken our creativity.  Three Subtles and a Neutral:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron and Early Espresso.  For this card, I allowed two of the colors to stand front-and-center while the other two colors added a very important background element.  Here’s my card:Chere Amie (My Friend), Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the color challenge banner:

The focal point on this card is a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s water color paper.  Want to know how I created this background?  Keep reading.  Want to know the best way to prepare and serve spinach?  You’re in the wrong place.  If you are still reading, then I suppose you want to hear about this background, so…

On the largest clear-mount block, I added some So Saffon ink and a little bit of Calypso Coral and Pool Party inks by tapping my stamp pads directly on the block.  Using a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water, I sprayed the block to wet the ink.  I then stamped the block off once, moistened it again and then stamped it directly on a piece of watercolor paper.  I then embossed the sentiment with Early Espresso embossing powder (tricky with watercolor paper, but totally do-able).

You may have seen this same sentiment design in My Friend, a popular stamp set for some time.  Did you know that many of your favorite stamps are sold in another language?  You can see them here.  A simple word in another language can make your card a little more chic. 🙂  Impress your friends with your multilingual skills.  !Que bueno!

I hope you like today’s project.  Check out the other cards at The Paper Players.

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  1. “C’est Magnifique” And I thought it was DSP! Now I’m craving spinach…no not really 🙂 Love the color pallet, I just might play!

  2. What a visual delight ! I like the effect very much. A lot of the projects I have seen done like this do not have the subtle softness as this. I bet it`s the stamp off that keeps it from looking like a splatter rather than a spritz . If you had time to do this creation then doing all of those Shares and Swatch Books musta been a piece of cake , huh ? I also like the simple but bold sentiment . French is such a pretty language….there are other languages that would not have the same effect . I will not give any examples !!

    • Aw, come on, Sonny! I bet I know some examples you’re think of…teehee!! I agree with you on the stamping off first, it makes a big difference! And doesn’t Brian’s card look so nice with it? {But don’t tell him, he might get the big head…LOL}!! Oh, Hello, Brian! Great card, Brian!!! Love the colors in the challenge!

  3. Oh Brian..you are so….international! Great technique and card!

  4. Maria Rodriguez

    Ahh!! Que bonita targeta, Brian!! That means What a beautiful card, Brian!! Who would have thought that you can get such a beautiful design using the acrylic blocks as a stamp!!!!! I thought you sponged the colors on the paper. I love how they kind of melt into each other and I think that is due to using water color paper. The embossed word really pops against those beautiful colors.

  5. Gorgeous card. Makes me think of a French cafe. Love that coloring technique. I am definitely going to give that a try.

  6. Such a lovely card, Brian. I thought you sponged the colors, too, but I should have known better … with the card coming from you! 😉
    And the “Bon Jour” with its lovely swirl is a great finishing touch. Indeed,”C’est Magnifique!” — thanks, Patti 🙂

  7. Interesting concept Brian – I’ll have to give it a try.

  8. Cool technique and a great “new” way to use our wonderful WC paper! Love the sentiment!

  9. Super fab colorful card with lovely sentiment!

  10. Love it! I think it is so ‘chic’. I have used these colors together a lot when making sympathy cards. Soft and soothing. I’ve put color on the clear blocks and stamped, but never thought about using water color paper and spritz. Will try it.

  11. great look! Je s’adour (probably not correct)

  12. I love that set – and I have it in french, too! It “said” more to me in french. I love your background. yummy!

  13. What a cool background technique, Brian! C’est magnifique!

  14. What a fun technique! Love the look and your card.

  15. Wonderful, Brian!!!! Will definitely give this lovely technique a try! TFS!

  16. Brian, shucks and I was looking forward to learning about how to prepare spinach! 🙂
    Love the watercolor spritzed background, its such a lovely backdrop to the sentiment. Love the clean lines. Fabulous card

  17. Great card and fun technique! 🙂

  18. Hello Brian,
    I wanted to send you an e-mail but I did not find your address on your website : – (
    I would like to buy this stamp set from you . . . would you be willing to let it go ?
    Thank you ( anyway )

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