Circles: An Evolution

Today’s project took some unexpected twists and turns to land on the project I am sharing with you.  The inspiration for today’s card is a combination of two online challenges:  a sketch from The Paper Players and a color combination by Dynamic Duos.  Before I share my card, I want to thank Julie Gearinger for selecting my entry as last week’s Dynamo.  What an honor to be selected from such a gorgeous collection of cards!  You can see my winning card here.

Here’s my card for today:

Says it All, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP188,DD95

And here’s the challenge banner from The Paper Players:

And this week’s challenge banner from Dynamic Duos:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Color Blocking.  I love to work with solid panels of color.  The three colors selected for this week’s “Triple Threat” allow for a beautiful color blocked card front.  I selected the deepest color as the center (and thickest) panel.  The other two panels tuck tightly against the center one.
  • Circles, circles, circles.  Following the sketch from The Paper Players, I cropped circles from each of the three panels.  It took a lot of patience to crop out these circles and get them lined up exactly how I wanted them.  My original plan was to simply crop out the circles and mount them against a white background.  I was excited about the white space that would be left – until I looked at the picture of the “finished” card.  Here’s my first attempt and second attempt, followed by a quick look at the final card.  Think of this as an artistic representation of the evolution of my circles card:version 1, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP188,DD95version 2, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP188,DD95Says it All, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP188,DD95
  • The redo.  To get from the first stab to the final card, I cropped circles from the same punches.  I glued down the white circles, fitting them right inside the cropped circles.  I added dimension by popping up the two circles in the middle of the card and added a little texture with the smooth button.

Stamp sets:  Says it All  Inks:  Rich Razzleberry  Papers:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Word Window punch, Brights Designer Buttons (Rich Razzleberry), Tiny Wave Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Blade, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    A Dynamo indeed!! TFS how you got to the evolved circular CAS perfection that is your end result Brian!!! 🙂 And additional accolades for completing multiple challenges here!!!

  2. I enjoyed seeing your evolution, Brian. Honestly, my card was my third try too! Great take on the sketch. I love the bold simplicity and great colors. Thanks for “Playing”!

  3. Call me crazy, I like all of them. Using the tiny wave rotary blade on just one side adds a fun feature. That’s one product I do not have. Might be on my list in the future.

  4. I agree with Lisa. I like all of these cards . I can use all of these ideas ! And I also noticed that addition of the small scallop border . I like it !
    Congrats on your winner card !

  5. Thanks for all your kind comments. I really liked the “mechanics” of the first card. I impressed myself. 🙂 But I was bothered by the big, white circle in the middle of the card. I asked a couple of people for feedback (without telling them what bothered me), and they both said, “big, white circle no good”. Did I mention they were both cavemen? The “mechanics” got covered up a bit in the final card, but I do like that the signle sentiment is the focus of the final card. My eye is drawn directly there. 🙂

  6. I really liked the first card as well but in all, I liked all three. Perhaps you could have somehow put a die cut/punched flower in that big white circle on the first one utilizing all three colors. Just a thought! 🙂 The last card I thought was both “graphic” and “retro”! Pretty Cool! 🙂

  7. Love all the cards! The first one is eye catching!!! Congrats on your card win!! I loved the card colors and made one myself!! You ALWAYS inspire!

  8. I love the geometrical aspect of this cards, all 3 are great. The colors look so nice together, really I couldn’t pick one. Awesome job, as always Brian.

  9. Definitely like the bottom two, nice combo of colors and shapes. I love how you fit the sentiments into the circles. Hopefully you think this is sorta funny too, but the first one makes me think of a scrambled mixed up Mickey Mouse ears & face. 🙂

  10. I really like this card, Brian. I love the stripes and circles that give it a nautical feel even without traditional nautical colors. Such a clever take on both the sketch and the color combo. It rocks!

  11. I honestly don’t think you’ve ever made a card that I haven’t liked. This one is no different! I actually loved all 3 cards that you made! Thanks for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos!

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