A Bannerific Freshly Made Sketch

I use a lot of Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I use my Big Shot all the time.  I couldn’t make a card without adhesive.  At the end of the day, though, it’s Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper collections that excite me the most.  When a new catalog is released, I just can’t wait to get my hands on that paper.  The moment I saw this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, I knew which page of Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper I’d be using.  Here’s my card:

You're Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS120

Rita Wright is hosting this week’s challenge for Freshly Made Sketches.  Rita is a smiley, sweet and talented designer – and (as of Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership Conference earlier this month) my friend.  Here’s her sketch:Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Layering the Banners.  The Island Indigo banner is cropped with the largest banner in the collection of new Banner Framelits.  The banners in the collection can be layered with a relatively thick border between them.  To create the Smoky Slate banner, which is only slightly thinner than the outside layer.  I simply cropped the two banners with the same framelit and then trimmed a little off each side and the top.  I lined up each edge of each side along the edge of the Thin cutting Mat in my Stampin’ Trimmer.  The angle of the banner tip stays the same.  Woo hoo!  You can easily trim the top of the trimmed banner to the size needed.  I added a few wraps of Island Indigo Baker’s Twine to ground the banner a bit and add a soft texture to the card.Layering Banners, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Layering the Sentiment.  This sentiment takes some serious layering – five layers on the sentiment alone, but I don’t think the layering gets too busy.  From the outside in, I used The Floral Frames Collection Framelits, 1-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelit, Circles Collection Framelit, 1-3/4″ Circle punch.   The sentiment is from You’re Lovely, one of the amazing Sale-a-bration freebies this year.  The sentiment is designed to coordinate with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits, but the circle is easily trimmed right out.You're Lovely, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS120
  • Color Balance.  This Designer Series Paper is composed of Island Indigo, Gumball Green and Smoky Slate flowers.  With all the dark and soft shades, the blue colors almost look Pacific Point, but they are Island Indigo.  I cropped banners and sentiment layers and background layers in every combination of these colors.  Because I love Island Indigo so much (I’d have to say it’s my favorite color), I knew I had to incorporate this color.  Smoky Slate was my supporting color because every combination I tried with Gumball Green was overpowering.  The regal Island Indigo and the neutral Smoky Slate paired well with this DSP, while the bright Gumball Green was just too bright. 

Stamp sets:  You’re Lovely (Sale-a-Bration)  Inks:  Island Indigo  Papers:  Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Banners Framelits, Floral Frames Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Very attractive! My favorite is the knotted bakers twine wrapped around these lovely banners. I’ve come to speed read many posts and looked a second time for it’s tutorial! Unless I’m needing another set of eyes I’ve missed it. I like it!

    • Glad you like it, Patti! I simply wrapped the twine around the banner three times and taped it on the back. I spaced out the twine pieces with my fingernail along the edges of the banner and then tied a knot around the center of all three pieces with another piece of twine. I didn’t want a lot of hanging thread, so I snipped the ends close to the knot.

  2. I agree with Patti, Brian. The knotted twine is my favorite part. Thanks for the extra tip.

  3. I love the color combination – and the new watercolor DSP is a winner! Using a knot on your twine keeping it as a subtle addition to the card – just right! It’s like the other day when you added the Candy Dots more for texture than as a color addition. The twine has the same effect. Thanks, again, Brian.

  4. This is beautiful! I love the layers for the focal image, I love the background paper, I love the sketch, but my favorite is also the knotted twine.

  5. A layered lovely ! Such a work of layered art …. and as every comment says this morning …how neat is that twine knot magic you did as an accent. Five layers for the sentiment alone …Wow !

  6. I am in full agreement with the others. It would have still been a beautiful card, but the knotted twine gave it the extra touch of magic that only you would add. The layered sentiment was great too.

  7. Fantastic work of art! I love everything about your card. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow! Gorgeous card! Love the paper, layering, and how you did the twine! Fab card…love it!

  9. Another perfectly created card by Brian! The DSP, the Baker’s Twine with the knot, the layering that enhances the sentiment for this beautiful card, the sentiment that enhances the Watercolor DSP since it has flowers! You took Rita’s layout and brought it to life with your creativity and talent, as usual! 🙂

    You inspire me to be a better card creator!!

  10. Wow…what AWESOME layering!!!

  11. That is the most fantastic DSP. I really had no interest in it until I saw your card today. You can bet it will be on my next order. The twine with the knot was a great addition to this car but I think the star of the card is the way you used that DSP. The colors are so enticing and your layering just boggles my mind. Absolutely breathtaking.

  12. The card is rather lovely as well! Fabulous layers!

  13. I am in LOVE with this paper! You did it justice with this beautiful card. The layers are awesome and I’m caseing the baker’s twine knot!

  14. I love the colors and the layering! Great Job 🙂

  15. What a beautiful cad Brian! I love this paper too – looks great teamed with this stamp.

  16. Sorry – that should read ‘card’ above – fingers typing too quickly!

  17. Spectacular! This is a great card and the DSP is so pretty. I, too, really like how you did all the layers and your use of the baker’s twine.

  18. Gorgeous! The soft watercolor inspired background looks perfect with all those layers! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  19. Do you have a simple but elegant card for a wedding shower invitation that u r willing to share????

  20. Oh this is just lovely Brian! The DSP you’ve used is so soft and dreamy! Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

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