PPA225 featuring All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments

I love a challenge with a good card layout.  Sometimes a sketch makes the card just pop into view – other times, you have to play around with scraps until you come up with something that works with the sketch.  This week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch is one of those “play around with paper” inspirations for me – and I have no problem playing around with paper.  🙂  To see it all come into view, I had to cut and crop and round before I came up with this card:Good Greetings, Holiday Invitation, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA225

And here’s Nicole Watt’s sketch for this week’s PPA challenge:
PPA225 SketchTips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Stringing up the Snowflakes.  I wanted to add something unique on this front panel and thought, “snowflakes on twine might be nice.”  Three (of course).  I strung these All is Calm Snowflake embellishments on a long piece of twine and wrapped it around the panel, pulling one of the snowflakes onto the front at each pass.  I love the way they are stacked along the three levels of twine – just what I wanted.Good Greetings, Holiday Invitation, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA225
  • Where to Put the Sentiment?  This sketch leaves a lot of room for artistic impression.  Do you want to add an extra image over top of these panels?  Do you want to line the edges of the panels with something fun?  Where in the world do you want to put the sentiment – bottom right, across the panels, inside one of the panels?  Since the card is designed around these snowflakes, I decided to add the sentiment on a simple banner just above them.  That helps the focus to be just where I wanted it to be.  It also serves as a reminder from me to you that Good Greetings is only available through October 31 (when you place a $300 order or combine orders with friends to reach $300).  It’s a great set, and I don’t want you to miss out.  Click below to see these images in my Online Store.
  • Wintery Color Combination.  Why is the lagoon lost?  Because it’s covered in snow.  The color inspiration for this card is from All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper – simple.  While there are other colors in the designs of this paper, I really like the combination of Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky and Whisper White.  Pop in some silver, and I’m super-happy.  I added three Soft Sky Candy Dots before the sentiment to fill the space without drawing attention to the element there.  If you like this color combination, feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamps Sets:  Good Greetings, Holiday Invitation  Papers:  Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Soft Sky, All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Lost Lagoon  Accessories:  All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments, White Baker’s Twine, Subtles Candy Dots (Soft Sky), Project Life Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts to see the other designs from our talented artists – won’t you come play along?

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  1. So frosty and pretty!!

    Did you use some kind of adhesive to keep the snowflakes in place?

    Love it!

  2. Your card is “charming” Brian! The charms and the rounded edges are wonderful additions to this awesome sketch. I have to play along!

  3. Love the color combo, Brian and how you used the snowflakes.

  4. Very beautiful and elegant, this little charm snow flakes really add a touch of glam to the sketch. Thank you for sharing.
    PS. Yesterday I was crazy busy and didn’t have a chance to tell you that I loved your video on how to line up strips of paper perfectly to create that amazing background for your beautiful card yesterday. Thank you so much for that too.

  5. Love the card Brian…thank you for always sharing. 🙂

  6. Stunning! I really love the colors & the card fits the sketch perfectly!!

  7. so very SIMPLE, but yet so elegant!!!

  8. Beautiful card Brian. I think Lost Lagoon is going to be the “It Color” for the holidays. I have fallen in love with those little snowflakes. Now I know how I’m going to use them on my holiday cards. Great job Brian

  9. lovely card, will have to order those snowflakes now!

  10. I like the textures you added to the card, esp. the twine, from which you dangled those snowflakes.
    I think one thing I would’ve done differently is to use Lost Lagoon stamp color to darken the candy dots, so they’d “pop” against the Soft Sky banner.

  11. I love your card. How did you cut your paper for sheet 2 & 3, paper size? I like the look but I’m afraid I’ll never get it to look right.

  12. Nice card Brian! I also like these colors. They have a cool and wintery feel to them.
    Also the rounded corner make it a soft card, I feel square corners would be to harsh for the blues. Thank you for all your instructions and hints!

  13. I’m seriously swooning over this card right now. You nailed it! Love those aqua mint colors and the three snowflakes on different layers of baker’s twine.

  14. Beautiful Brian! Love this color pallet. The detail is perfect! TFS.

  15. So pretty!

  16. Awesome card, Brian! Love the colors and your twine strings.

  17. Fabulous card Brian!!! Great colors!!!

  18. Love all the great things you have going on in this card, Brian! But my favorite is the three snowflake embellishments ~ darling!

  19. Lovely card! The colors are wonderful and I love the three strands of twine with the snowflake charms.

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