Thinking of You with Happy Watercolor

I’ve been playing with a lot of great colors this week, but sometimes I have to just step away from pinks and greens and yellows and oranges to just enjoy the beauty of a gorgeous image.  Today, I’m sharing a card I made with just three colors (all neutrals):  Sahara Sand, Basic Black and Whisper White.  AND it’s a floral card.  Here it is:

Peaceful Petals, Sweetly Framed, Hardwood, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Snippa-Doodle-Doo.  I just love the look of white against a neutral background.  While I especially like pops of white against browns, I really like how it pops against this Sahara Sand.  I simply stamped the floral image with Jet Black StazOn on Sahara Sand and then again on Whisper White.  I then snipped away at the gentle, little petals and glued each one carefully over the Sahara Sand image.Peaceful Petals, Sweetly Framed, Hardwood, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • A Gentle Sentiment.  I love for a card front to have a sentiment.  Every once in a while, though, it’s acceptable to let the card be a piece of art with no words.  I was about to go that path with this card because I just loved the entire composition of it.  In the end, I decided to add a small sentiment in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  While it’s hidden a bit in the hardwood, I like that the sweet sentiment isn’t bold and overbearing.  It’s a tiny, gentle hug, hidden in the lower, right corner of the card.Peaceful Petals, Sweetly Framed, Hardwood, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • A Horizontal Hardwood.  Don’t you just love this Hardwood background stamp?  If I were to cover the background of this card with the Hardwood stamp, the slats would run up-and-down.  I decided to only cover 3/4 of the card with the Hardwood stamp and knew that turning the slats on their side would offer a great look.  I divided stamped image from the clean space on the card with three wraps of white baker’s twine.

Stamp sets:  Peaceful Petals, Sweetly Framed (Hostess)  Papers:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, White Baker’s Twine, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I made another neutral, floral card a couple of weeks ago.  You can see it here.

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DOH!  I wrote this entire post (including the title of the post), calling the stamp set Happy Watercolor when I used Peaceful Petals.  Thanks, Dawn!  I didn’t change the title of the post because that will impact the ability for people to click into the post who subscribe to my blog posts.


  1. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Yippie-doodle-dee for your superbly and smartly snipped card Brian!! I don’t know what I love more, your neutral color palette, the way you turned the image from the hardwood stamp on its side, or the subtle itty-bitty thinking of you sentiment!! 🙂 TFS!!

  2. Now that is lovely!

  3. Very well done! Using the wood stamp sideways was a good idea … it made for a great background without overpowering the focal image. And the sentiment (embossed) was just the right touch … love this card, Brian!

  4. Beautiful, Brian. Love those neutrals together. Pure class!!

  5. You keep inspiring me to make clean cards. I don’t know how you do it!!! This is beautiful

  6. So, so pretty….I love everything about this card!

  7. What a beautiful and simple card Brian! Yet another winner from you! Can’t seem to find the Hardwood background stamp in the catalog. Do you happen to have the number for it? Thanks!

  8. Oh Brian, you are the paper snipping KING!!!!! Those little flowers look like you punched or die cut them instead of cutting them with scissors, my goodness!! The look amazing against that lovely Sahara Sand CS. Beautiful and inspiring card, thank you for sharing.

  9. Love your stunning card! The Hardwood stamp has quickly become one of my favorite stamps and I actually almost didn’t order it!

  10. OMG – this is fabulous!

  11. I would never have thought that a card with the wood stamp base could look absolutely elegant and yet, you’ve done it again Brian. This card is elegant, classy and not overdone and I commend your patience in snipping all the flowers. Beautiful.

  12. Jennifer Spiller

    Georgious card! Love the color choices for this flower! Great job Brian

  13. OOOH , my I won’t even say what I think !!
    Hugs frenchie ,

  14. This will be added to my favourites folder!

  15. I absolutely love everything about this wonderful creation of yours! It’s so beautiful and serene to gaze upon! Another amazing card Brian! I applaud you!!! Sorry that I’m not standing though it does deserve a standing ovation! 🙂

  16. Beautiful card Brian…but is the foral from the Peaceful Petals set?

    • You are right, Dawn! I have updated the post and added a “doh!” at the bottom of the post. I can’t change the title, though, as it will impact the ability of subscribers to click into the post from their email. Great find! 🙂

  17. I love this card – especially the colors!
    I love simplicity and this is beautiful!

  18. Absolutely stunning, Brian. Everyone needs a Thinking of You card six or seven times a year. We’re making this one next month for our Card Ministry at the church. Thank you for your elegant work!

  19. I LOVE your card. I adore the use of a flower but in a totally understated manner. I am so caseing this!

  20. This is definitely a CLASSIC!

  21. This is just beautiful.

  22. This is one of those ohhhhh cards

  23. “Perfect”

  24. Nicely done Brian!

  25. I love this! It’s simplicity is just stunning!

  26. simple yet elegant, love this

  27. This card is so calming to the eye. I really like it a lot.

  28. Love the card today! My daughter, who is 4, asked if we could make one just like it. 🙂 While I don’t have the right stamps, I do have the wood grain embossing folder and other floral sets, so I’ll see what we come up with. Can’t wait to stamp with her!

  29. What a great stamp to “pop” those flowers on! I love that hardwood stamp; think I’ll use it a lot. 🙂

  30. Really striking, yet calming too. Lovely. Definitely one to CASE!

  31. Wonderful card Brian – you have a great eye for design and colour. I love how you have put this one together!

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  33. Brian, I always look forward to checking out your blog. When I saw this understated elegance, I just had to CASE it. Thanks so much for all your inspiration.

  34. Love this card, Brian! I didn’t have the exact floral stamp you used so I substituted and I l0ve how it came out. I love the color combination too. Thanks for sharing!


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