Flowers for The Card Concept

Saturdays are all about Clean and Simple projects here at Stamp With Brian.  While today’s project is clean, it can be a little messy to make, which isn’t really all that clean at all (more on that later).  This week’s challenge at The Card Concept is to create a project with a Floral Theme.  Clean.  Simple.  Floral.  Here’s my project:

Regarding Dahlias, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, TCC4And here’s the challenge banner for this week’s The Card Concept challenge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color.  A floral theme brings reds, pinks, oranges and yellows to mind.  I wanted to do something a little different, though, so I challenged myself to make a card with brown flowers.  Dumb, right?  Why do I have to make things so complicated for myself?  That’s when I remembered that Naturals Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper has a page FULL of flowers.  Bingo!
  • Whitewashing the Flowers.  So, this is a technique I fell in love with this time last year and showcased at Convention last year.  With an AquaPainter that’s dedicated to white craft ink, I painted globs of white craft ink over the paper and then wiped it off with a paper towel.  How easy is that – to get a gorgeous effect.  To see other projects I’ve made with this technique, click here and here.
  • Layering.  Did you notice that the whitewashed layer lines up perfectly with the non-whitewashed layer?  I had to cut into two pieces of DSP to get the look, but it was well worth it (in my humble opinion).  The “hi” is heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on the opposite side of the Designer Series Paper.

Stamp Set:  Regarding Dahlias  Papers:  Naturals Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White  Inks:  White Craft Ink  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 3/8″ Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Very nice. I went back and checked out all your other cards with this paper. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it or payed attention, but I’m checking it out now. Great job lining up the flowers. Love the softness. 🙂

  2. A Saturday morning WOWSER…..

  3. It’s pretty! Very pretty!

  4. Gorgeous, Brian! I love neutral color cards plus your work is always so fastidious. Just lovely.

  5. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    This card satisfies all the criteria (clean, simple, floral, BINGO!!) in a whole new way that’s fresh as a daisy Brian!!! I love what you do with the Naturals Composition Specialty DSP & the white wash technique!!! Another Simple Saturday Stunner!!! 🙂

  6. Brian, this IS stunning … and, yet, the font of the “hi” borders on whimsical or maybe casual is a better description. Anyway, I love this card …

  7. Patient and a true artist is what you are Brian, my goodness!! the way you applied that white craft ink on this flowers is nothing short of amazing!!!
    This card is simply beautiful, thank you so much for showing it today.

  8. Hi Brian! After seeing you in Stampin’ Success this month, I checked out your blog. It has immediately become one of my favorites. Thanks for all the great ideas! I love your clean style.

  9. OH WOW!!! I’m pulling out my Naturals Composition Specialty DSP when I get back from my Shoe Box Swap this afternoon and give this a whirl!! I LOVE THIS LOOK!! I LOVE YOUR CARDS!! 🙂

  10. Gorgeous! First sight of this beauty brings the Victorian era into my mind. Also, the big dahlia peeking out under the ribbon gives me visions of a birds nest hiding amongst the lovely flowers. I know this is probably way off the radar from what everyone else sees. Just the way my off the wall brain works sometimes.

  11. Beautiful project! I love all the kraft things 🙂

  12. That is so cool looking.

  13. Absolutely beautiful!!!

  14. WOWZERS!!! LOVE IT! I totally forget about that paper but now……off to make a card!!! I do not like using that white ink but doing it this way will be a breeze!!!! You are the “KING”

  15. I am with Susan…I forgot about having this paper . I think I will pull mine out and create ! Pretty card and so original . Love the white !

  16. Wow! How did I miss whitewashing technique? On the list for today.
    Great card….I like brown flowers (think chrysanthemums!)
    Thanks for sharing, a fun post as always!

  17. You have done it again! All week youhave made cards that make me say Wow. And you saved the best for last 🙂 Great Card, Brian

  18. Brian – what is your secret for aligning everything so it is always so perfect? I love the look but struggle to get it all into place. Also, I never, ever would have thought brown and white for flowers but this card is just elegant. Great job.

  19. Gorgeous!

  20. Beautiful card Brian!

  21. Gorgeous! This has an elegant vintage look without all the work. It also looks like a Triple Time Technique without all the work. You are such an artist and a genius! Nancy B

  22. The brown on brown is stunning! Love the flowers being on both panels!

  23. Brian, you do great work! Stunning card and love the colors. You are the best!

  24. Oh so pretty! I love this paper but haven’t used it in ages! I feel the need to go look for it now. 😉

  25. Love this card! Simple & clean w/gorgeous florals. I will SO be trying the whitewashing technique this weekend. Thx!

  26. Hi Brian,

    Hmmmm I actually came via Fab Friday, but don’t see your card here for this particular challenge. But, I was surely glad to come graze all the rest of your equally fabulous creations. You do nice work!


  27. El, a Stampin' Pretty Pal

    Beautiful card, Brian! Love this technique!!!

  28. Very lovely!

  29. Great card. You did a wonderful job lining up the flowers. I love the brown tones. You are a card making master! I always LOVE your artistry!

  30. Wow!!! Gorgeous, stunning, creative, beautiful, elegant, cool technique….I could go on and on because your talent and creativity is endless! I checked out the links to the other cards…loved your story about white washing the fence (ya totally had me snowed for a bit there!). Thanks for sharing your talent with us at the Card Concept Challenge 🙂

  31. Great card, love it!

  32. I’m so happy I bought this paper pack last week! I also looked at your posts using the naturals, love them.

  33. One word, GORGEOUS

  34. I love what you do with that naturals composition paper! Great card!

  35. In real life I tend to wind up with a lot of brown flowers, not on purpose…but on your card, they are very elegant. I love the fabulous way you layered the papers…I had to go back and look to REALLY notice the way you lined them up perfectly…such a great touch for a very well thought out and executed card!

  36. Brian, What a great card!! I needed to get another idea on using that DSP, & I’ll try the craft ink. Thanks so much…I enjoy your blog!! Oh, and I joined this challenge because of you!

  37. oh I LOVE that one!! 🙂

  38. Very eye catching and a great alternative choice to this challenge! Super idea using the white craft ink over this paper; a must-try technique.

  39. Narelle Farrugia

    Another wow card Brian! I keep forgetting about this Naturals Composition card stock – how clever is this effect whitewashing technique! (might have to try it myself one day!) 🙂 Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!

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