Soho Thank You

Today, I’ve got another card from my Masculine Cards board at Conventions.  If you are asking yourself, “Did Brian go to Convention this year?,” then check out my post here.  If you are continuing to read and don’t know the answer to that question, then shame on you because you are missing out on a really great summary of Convention (here).

All right.  Now that we are all back.  Of all the cards I made for this board at Convention, this is possibly the simplest AND one of my favorites – perhaps because of its simplicity.  Here’s my card – then, we’ll chat about it.Hello Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

I’ve got a lot to say about this card, so hold on tight – I am about to talk your adorably petite ear right off the side of your face.

  • That paper!  I have to start by saying how much I love, love, love this piece of Designer Series Paper from Soho Subway.  I’ve talked about my paper obsession with other papers (remember that one Pear Pizzazz grasscloth paper from Gingham Garden) that I just have to save up for “the perfect” project.  This, as it turns out, was a great way to display this weathered wood design from Soho Subway.  With a big panel of this wood, I have the strong foundation for a simple, but still pretty, card.  I used the colors from the paper to select the other colors for the card. 
  • Building a Unique Sentiment with Framelits.  If you know anything about me, you know I love to play around with shapes of punches and framelits to build a unique sentiment.  I really like the look of this one – I stamped the image and trimmed it around the edges.  I then used one of the shapes from the Chalk Talk framelits to create a rounded Sahara Sand border around the stamped image (I ran the framelit through twice to create the same shape on both sides and to fit the frame perfectly around the sentiment).  Finally, I cropped an Island Indigo shape using the Apothecary Accents framelits.  To transform it into a tag, I snipped the half circle off the right side of the shape.  Voila!
  • Adding Texture.  It’s a simple addition, but it makes all the difference in the world.  Before gluing the layered panel of Designer Series Paper to the card base, I wrapped linen thread around the panel three times and taped it on the back.  I made sure each wrap was equidistant.  I think it adds that touch of texture the card needs (although the Designer Series Paper has a textured look, we all know there’s nothing rough about it – we aren’t fooled that easily!).

Stamp sets:  Hello Lovely  Inks:  Island Indigo  Papers:  Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla  Accessories:  Linen Thread, Apothecary Accents framelits, Chalk Talk framelits, Candy Dots (Neutrals), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Coming Tomorrow.  It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for.  I’m going to unveil my Holiday Catalog Shares.  I guess you could say I’m ready to share my shares.  Yippee!  The Catalog goes live next week, and that means I can start accepting orders for shares.  What else is coming tomorrow?  Could it be SWATCH BOOKS?  Why, yes it could.  You are going to love to see these books.  The papers are amazing in this catalog (as they have been for the past several).  I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!


  1. Good to see these projects up and close it was such a mob scene at Convention I could not get close! Love t his Soho paper! What a winner paired with linen twine natural!

  2. I like the color combo that you used for your card . Two nice colors for a lot of different cards. I have the Chalk Talk framelets and I like the variety of tags . I will be cranking out a bunch for the holidays . This is a great card for my oldest grandson . He would love it . Looking forward to the rest of your display cards.

  3. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Yes, naturally gorgeous!! Crisp, clean, great colors, super tag combo, awesome!!

  4. Very cool! The linen thread around the Soho paper was just the right touch!

  5. Maria Rodriguez

    WOW Brian!! you really fulfilled SU’s request for a display of masculine cards for the convention, all of the ones you showed us so far have been awesome, I look forward to seeing the rest of them. I love the colors on this card and the detail of the linen thread is really fabulous. Thanks for sharing all of this wonderful creations.

  6. Brian I had the pleasure of seeing you at convention. I Love your clean crisp cards and Great suggestions for masculine cards that is one of the things I have been looking for. Thanks for sharing looking forward to more great ideas. Kitty

  7. Love this CAS card. Great male card.

  8. Oh my goodness Brian – you sure do know how to put colors together that I would never even think to do. The linen thread really makes this card. Great job.

  9. Fantastic card and this paper pulled me in too- I had to make a card with it too! Love the label and your creative eye!

  10. Wow Brian ,NICE , love it , you out did your self !!!!

  11. My eyes were barely awake…but they are now! Great card, love everything about it. You are the master of creative ideas!

  12. Cindie McDuffee

    LOVE this card. (Didn’t know I liked that DSP until today…it must be the thread! LOL.) TFS Brian.

  13. Wow, Brian! This card is incredible and on one hand I can understand why it’s your favorite, but on the other hand, how do you pick a favorite? Looking at your board I don’t know how you can pick a favorite because they are all so awesome.

  14. Okay, another cop out…..there is nothing more to say about this fab card! Except that I don’t have this DSP, and am seriously considering it for the guys in our family…. And like Patti, could not get too close to your booth, but could see you in the mirror and knew your voice at once! But I got to really meet Brian and have a pic with him!!! Who hoo! Thanks Brian and Justin for being the photog!

  15. Love this card,Brian. I’m tempted to experiment with creating that same DSP look in other colors by doing some direct to paper inking with my SU white craft pad and maybe a purple and red pallet. I’ll report back if this is a success.

  16. OMG, OMG, OMG, I LOVE THIS CARD. Brian you are a genius. Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter – all will get your card.

  17. Love this card!!! Can’t wait for the shares and swatch books!!!

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