Let’s Celebrate with The Card Concept

Woo hoo!  Today is the day that I pack my clothes and get ready to head to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Convention.  Tomorrow morning, I will wake up, shower and head to the airport.  WAIT!  NO!  I will wake up, shower, get dressed and head to the airport.  As with card making, there’s a very important sequence to the events of our lives.

To celebrate my excitement over Convention and to play along with The Card Concept’s latest color challenge, I created this fun 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ card:

Sumthin' Sumpthin', Bits & Pieces, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, TCC14 And here’s the challenge banner from The Card Concept that inspired by card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Style Definition.  As part of the challenge at the Card Concept, we are asked to define the style of the card we are submitting.  Is it Clean & Simple?  Clean & Graphic? Clean & Layered?  Shabby Chic?  Classy & Elegant?  Freestyle Collage?  This card definitely falls between Clean & Layered and Clean & Graphic.  There’s not a whole lot going on, but I think the bold colors and graphic shapes create a wonderful energy that supports the fun sentiment.
  • Background Paper. If you are wondering where I got this fun background paper, look no further.  I’m going to tell you.  I stamped these Coastal Cabana stripes with Bits & Pieces, a (possibly) looked over stamp set from the new catalog.  Using my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line everything up perfectly, I created a square with these patterns (leaving a small, empty square in the center.  The “seams” of the pieces don’t exactly line-up (easy to see in the picture below), but when the circles are centered on the design (see above), the misalignment becomes a less apparent, but intriguing, element of the card. Sumthin' Sumpthin', Bits & Pieces, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, TCC14
  • Border Callbacks.  As with the card I shared yesterday, I added balance to this card by repeating the depth of the borders.  On this card, a thick border of Coastal Cabana is topped with a thin border of Basic Black (around both the square border of the card and around the circle sentiment in the center).  In addition, the Basic Black layers are both popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals against the Coastal Cabana layer.  Callbacks are fun!

Stamp Sets:  Sumthin’ Sumthin’, Bits & Pieces  Papers:  Real Red, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White  Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Real Red  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensional

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  1. By all means the getting dressed is an important part of your traveling prep!
    This stamp set is one I think a lot of people would overlook. But just look at what you have to work with. I think that bee is so cute ! This card of yours is really a Clean and Layered and what you did with the stripes is another one of your wowie tricks ! And I love that greeting font ! Great card ,Capt. Clever !

  2. 1. Congratulations on being promoted to captainhood. 🙂 2. Love the borders on this card. 3. Have a spectacular time at convention!

  3. I am glad that you are going to get dressed…one way you could look at it is….you could have “breezed” through security!!! I am going to sooooo ….sooooo miss seeing you and all of the PALS…texting works (hint-hint) and photos work (hint-hint)

    I ADORE what you did in creating the background paper…I am going to give it a whirl – GREAT effect, but then again, you ARE the King!

  4. MaryJo Marshall

    love the colors! I did notice this set in the catalog but haven’t purchased it “yet”! you may have pushed me to do it! Have fun at convention…missing it this year but going to try to go next year because it will be my 10th year as a demo. Post pictures!!

  5. Great card, and I did overlook that stamp set, so now I will have to go back and find it. Have a great time at convention, you deserve it! I am not on Facebook, so I hope I will be able to still get my daily inspiration from you here.

  6. I am , too, happy that you remembered to get dressed. And you got promoted ? Congratulations !!! Love your card , haven’t found a card I didn’t like yet – don’t think that will happen :). Have a great time on the Convention ! Greetings Anita

  7. HAVE A GREAT TIME AT CONVENTION! I look forward to all the updates too. It does make it a little bit better seeing pics of what’s going on. This card is so inventive. Love, love, love the paper you made. I’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Oh, I keep forgetting to ask, how/where do you take your card photos? They are so clear and easy to see. 🙂

  8. Better not skip that important set. No hugs if you do skip it. But then again, I’m not sure they would let you on the airplane in you BD suit. See you tomorrow in SLC
    Hugs, Sharon

  9. Great card. Have a blast at convention.

  10. Wow, I, too, missed this stamp set! Love the DSP you made from it, Brian. Such a cheery card as well as an equally happy color scheme!
    I know we don’t really need to say ” have a great time at convention” to you, Brian. How can you not?!?! Looking forward to your FB updates! Fly safe and dressed! 😉

  11. Oh my gosh, what a fun card design! Love the stamped design you created! The seams are very difficult to detect until one sees the design without the center focal image. I might need to ” borrow” this idea sometime! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing, Brian. Have a great trip!

  12. Great idea, great card! And I second everything that Dawn McKay said!

  13. Nice concept to a new style of card.
    You sure know how to win over customers and get them to purchase everything!!!
    Have fun at convention!!!!!

  14. It is so funny….I was perusing the catalog getting ready to place my order…and came across the stickers in the back. It then prompted me to check out the stamp set said to go with stickers. Voila! Bits and Pieces just moved on my list. Great idea using it as background 🙂

  15. Okay…no doubt about it….you rock! Seriously….you stamped the background paper? Would have thought you were ‘messin’ with our heads…until I read your post! This card is AWESOME….but all your cards are! I’m thrilled that you shared this great creation with us at CCC.

    IMO, it sits on the fence between Clean & Graphic and Clean & Simple (I’d vote for CAG)!

  16. Absolutely perfect stamping! Wow, love your great design Brian! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Card Concept!

  17. Stunningly graphic, perfect placement, exquisite stamping, what more can I say? Except have a wonderful time at the convention!

  18. Brian, love this. Definitely Clean and Graphic… beautiful use of DSP. Have a fun and safe trip.

  19. Such a striking and graphic design Brian. I love your use of the colors and the bold patterns.

  20. Silly Question Brian, but how to you cut the paper to get a 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 card.? The card is so bold. I love it. I love the Colour match. This is going to be a card I will be sending to my August Birthdayers . Thank you for your help. Have fun this week.
    Sharon Storm

  21. Love this card Brian!! So bold. Have fun at the convention…I am so buying some weekly deals 🙂 Cx

  22. Brian, this is so crisp and clean! You did a great job stamping those lines to mimic the design on the bedspread. Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!

  23. What an eye-popping card! Beautiful.

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