Elegant Wishes for Pals Paper Arts

When I sat down to make a card for this week’s challenge for The Pals Paper Arts, I immediately reached for Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I wanted to experiment a bit, and I’m really excited about how my project turned out.  Here’s my card:

Bloom with Hope, World of Dreams, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA215And here’s the inspiration for the colors I used:PPA215Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Soft and Blended.  I stamped three of the images from Bloom With Hope with Jet Black Stazon.  With a Blender Pen, I picked up ink from Strawberry Slush and Pear Pizzazz to color in the images.  I didn’t want my flowers to be bright, bright pink, so I started at the center of each flower and roughly colored each one in, each brush moving from the inside of the flower to the outside.  To keep it soft, I was “very artistic” about my painting – not covering everything and not worrying about going out of the lines.
  • Clean and Classy.  With all the “stuff” going on in the background, I wanted the sentiment to rest on a super-clean and classy layer.  I stamped the sentiment from World of Dreams on Very Vanilla card stock and then cropped it with a 2-1/2″ Circle punch.  Plenty of “white space” to let the sentiment rest easily on your eyes.
  • Partial Band.  If you look closely at the band across the center of this card, you’ll notice it doesn’t extend all the way across to the edges of the card.  That was by mistake.  I wanted the bands to extend to the edges but accidentally cut one end short.  A couple of snips on either side, and I was done.  It was a happy mistake because I like it better this way.

Stamp Sets:  Bloom with Hope, World of Dreams  Inks:  Jet Black Stazon, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz  Papers:  Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  Blender Pen, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you will head over to The Pals Paper Arts to check out the other projects there.

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  1. WOW Brian, I do love your Projects very much!!! So exciting – so lovely.
    I appreciate your detailed instructions, too! Look forward very much to read more about Cards and other Projects 🙂


  2. even your mistakes are perfect

  3. I love everything about this card! <3

  4. This has to be one of the best cards I have seen. I love the softness of the flowers on the busyness of the DSP. I will be casing this one for myself!!!! It’s a winner to me.

  5. WOW!! now this is gorgeous, I love the look of the printed DSP in the background and the beautiful flower images you so artistically colored. And if the shorter band was a mistake, well…..it was the right one to make. 🙂

  6. Gotta love happy mistakes. I need to use that paper, it’s terrific.

  7. I love the water coloring on the print!!!! And have to agree that the short band is even more effective.

  8. One of my favorite looks ….stamped images over print ! This is a great card !
    These colors are easy on the eyes especially since you stamped off the flowers . I have to agree with the others that the band looks good even if it was not your first intention ! The circle softens the overall image …. A winner card !

  9. I just wanted to pop-in and thank y’all for always leaving such kind comments. I love to take a quick break and work to read what you have to say. Thanks so much! I loved this card – a couple of panicked corrections, but I was so happy with how it turned out. 🙂

  10. Hi Brian:

    I really love the saying on this card. It speaks of hope and that is what life is all about.
    I agree with all the other comments. It is a soft, beautiful, almost emotional card to me. I also agree with Marty – even your mistakes come out perfectly. You are just plain awe inspiring. Have a fabulous day my friend.

  11. Okay, wow. I love this card! Clean lines, great matting, the flowers in pink and green and the newsprint image all make this my favorite card you have made. I also love your happy mistake. Just…wow! I pinned this card immediately. Will case this for sure.

  12. Oh, Brian, this is LOVELY. So tranquil.

  13. You might start a new trend with the band,
    I love the look! Gorgeous card, Brian

  14. Beautiful. I love the look of watercolor flowers on the Typeset DP.

  15. Fabulous card Brian. I love the stamping on the background paper, and your coloring is so soft and pretty.

  16. Brian, this is one of your “take my breathe away” cards for its intricate design. This card has true poetic presence. Wonderful job!!

  17. BEAUTIFUL!!! Great Job Brian! 🙂

  18. Mistake? What mistake? Beautiful card.

  19. I don’t know why newsprint on Very Vanilla says vintage to me, but it does and the muted color of the flowers add to that feeling. Beautiful job Brian

  20. A very lovely card, Brian. I’m amazed by how beautiful the typeset paper becomes when embellished as you’ve done. Great inspiration, thanks!

  21. this is a very pretty an elegant card, love it.

  22. Another winner! Don’t you love how a mistake turns into something that looks great anyway? I haven’t done any stamping on paper like this, but I sure do love the look! And although Typeset wasn’t my favorite because it is so thin, now I get that it’s supposed to resemble newspaper, and it’s the perfect background for this card. Love the coloring, and the simple clean circles in the middle are just as perfect! All around, a perfect card from THE KING! 🙂 You are the King to us…..your creativity never ceases to amaze me! 🙂

  23. Your card is so beautiful! One that I can’t wait to case, thank you for this gorgeous idea 🙂 Super WOW!

  24. Your card puts me in a very relaxed and peaceful mood. Simply lovely.

  25. Brian , that’s BEAUITIFUL , love it
    Hugs frenchie,

  26. awesome, I love stamping over printed paper. It bring a new dimension to any project

  27. Very very lovely, and that background paper is so interesting.
    I like it, I like it!

  28. Very very lovely, and that background paper is so interesting.
    I like it, I like it!
    Carolyn Sue Groves

  29. Great job Brian. The stamped over newsprint is fantastic!

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