A Simple Saturday Card for Pals Paper Arts

Clean, simple, easy – that’s what Simple Saturday is all about.  Today’s project includes lightly distressed patterns with bold colors, but the overall look of the card is still very clean-and-simple.  Here’s my card, based on this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch:

Lots of Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA216And here’s Margaret Moody’s sketch that inspired my card: PPA216

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • So Distressing.  What is it that I love so much about Flashback Designer Series Paper?  Is it the collection of colors Stampin’ Up! paired together, or is it the fun patterns designed for us on the pages of this paper pack?  I’m a clean-and-simple guy, but I particularly love the lightly distressed look of these pages and mimicked the distressed look with this sentiment (also distressed) from Lots of Thanks.
  • Color Selection.  The patterned paper on the bottom of this card is one of my favorites in the Annual Catalog – so much so that I didn’t even want to cut into it.  I knew I wanted to use this piece but referred to my Designer Series Paper Swatch Books to find a complementary pattern and to pair these pages with the right colors.  Here’s the book with staggered pages for easy flipping.  The back of the book has a list of the colors in the paper – perfect for quick and easy color coordination.Designer Series Swatch Books, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingDesigner Series Swatch Books, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingDesigner Series Swatch Books, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Flip Flop.  My original design (the one that popped into my head) included the patterned paper on top and the striped paper on bottom.  Once I started working with sentiments, though, I realized the striped paper was better suited to showcase the sentiment.  I simply flip-flopped the paper before adhering it to the card base.  I separated the two patterns with two thin, but bold, banners right down the middle of the panel.  I added three Pool Party Candy Dots to the banner to reference the Pool Party card base.

Stamp Sets:  Lots of Thanks  Papers:  Pool Party, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Flashback Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Real Red  Accessories:  Subtles Candy Dots (Pool Party), 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I paired the card with a Very Vanilla envelope – I simply covered the flap with an excess piece of this totally awesome Designer Series Paper pattern for perfect coordination.

Lots of Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA216 Thank you for stopping by today!


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  1. Your DSP Swatch books are genious – oh why do I not live in USA … A great card ( again ) . I still wait for the day when you will dissapoint me with a card but I do not think that will ever happen … Anita

  2. Oh such a bright clean and simple card … it is “happy”! I love the Pool Party, Real Red, and Crushed Curry combination as well as the width of the space beneath the focal point of the card. Very effective! The long, narrow banners with the Pool Party Candy Dots that overlap the focal point and “hang off” the sides are so much better than, say, ribbon and the Candy Dots wrapped around it. Love it! Thanks, Brian!

  3. Love this card! In fact I love your style and generally and look forward to each new post. And now I’m off to arrange my DSP swatches into staggered flip books – genius idea!

  4. There you go with those eye-catching borders again. Great card! 🙂

  5. Good Morning My Friend:

    Now, normally I don’t care for the distressed look on cards, but this card is a huge exception to that. The color combo is exciting yet peaceful. Kind of hard to explain. The banners and candy dots are real eye catchers. All in all an exceptionally gorgeous card Brian. You have yourself a fantastic day!

  6. Very CAS and I love the colors. Great card, Brian.

  7. Love the overhang on the banner. Sweeps the eye right across the card.

  8. Great card Brian. I love the DSP you used. The candy dots add that extra little “something” every card needs. Super job

  9. I can really identify with your love for paper and not wanting to cut it! I love your simple card, and can envision substituting other patterns for the two you have used. SO GLAD I subscribed to your daily emails!

  10. I like this sketch and I like what you did with it. But most of all I love love your Swatch Books ! I like the staggered effect …the compactness of them and best of all that you list the colors on the back of the colors in the dsp. Love `em !
    I promise I was not asked to say this !!

  11. Fun card with a great color combination, Brian!! I held out on that paper for awhile and I love it…you’ve given me yet another reason!

  12. Bright and cheery just like you! Thanks for playing along with us, Brian…. 🙂

  13. Love this, Brian! The pop of red just really makes everything pop! Thanks for sharing with us at Pals Paper Arts this week!

  14. Another incredible card from Brian King! This paper hands-down is my favorite of the designer series paper. Thanks again for rocking another sketch and playing this week.

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