PPA239: Like, Totally Nautical, Dude!

“That’s, like, totally nautical, dude!”  That was my very first reaction to this week’s Pals Paper Arts color challenge – Crumb Cake, Real Red and Soft Suede.  That red really popped for me against the neutrals – and lucky for me, I could pull them together with a Real Red  pattern from Maritime Designer Series Paper and a super-fun sentiment from Adventure Awaits.  Here’s my card:

Adventure Awaits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA239

And here’s the super-fun challenge banner for this week’s PPA challenge.PPA239Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • What a Grid Idea!  I love the grid that is created by the anchors in this Maritime Designer Series Paper.  While I originally thought to cover the entire background of this card with these anchors, I was too excited by the perfect border of anchors to let it go.  A couple of quick measurements, and I was able to layer my central borders to leave just this perfect square of anchors.
  • Heat Embossing.  The focal point of this card is the large-and-in-charge sentiment from Adventure Awaits.  What a great collection of inspirational sayings!  I embossed the sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Soft Suede card stock.  Because there’s no additional layer beneath it, I needed to make extra certain the card stock didn’t bend or warp while I heated it.  I used a metal lid (remember my shortbreads lid?) to heat both sides as I burned the white powder – what joy!  If you’d like to see my video with tips on heat embossing, click here.
  • Layering.  I love to create rich and beautiful layers on cards – that’s especially easy (and fun) on square cards.  The white layer between the Maritime Designer Series Paper and the top panel might seem like “filler,” it plays an important role in this card.  Not only does the white layer serve to create the inside border to create the grid (described above), but it creates a layer that’s brighter than the Real Red layer to pull your eye toward the sentiment.

Stamp Sets:  Adventure Awaits  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Maritime Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Can you say LOVE IT? I can! This card is so much fun and the colors work so well together. LOVE the clean crispness of this design with the single image in the center that says it all. Thanks for sharing, Brian.

  2. Love it ! I am always amazed at how you “see” things in designs . I would have not seen a “grid” in those little anchors .
    Yes. I remember your shortbread tin ! I actually bought some of those goodies because if you like them ….well what can I say ??? They are good !
    Cute card !

  3. Great card, Brian! Wasn’t excited about this set, but I love what you’ve done with it. Especially lovin’ the grid technique tip!

  4. Beautiful card and great tips!!

  5. Just received the stamp set (which I, too, find inspirational) and was hoping to think of a great card design for it. Now I have it! Thanks yet again, Brian.

  6. That’s like totally cool Dude! Great project Brian!

  7. It is great to see nautical in a entirely different way. When we hear nautical I think our color scheme always goes to the traditional, but using the challenge colors was ingenious. Great job

  8. LOVE square cards!!

  9. Great card. I always LOVE anything nautical.

  10. Perfect, perfect, perfect masculine card. I don’t think it could get any better than that and the DSP is gorgeous!

  11. LOVE this super clean design. Beautiful use of colors, DSPs and stamping. All the matted layers really defines your design.

  12. I love your style, I love your techniques, I just love everything about you. If you only knew how much you have helped me get out of a card rut… you’d start charging me. LOL

  13. Fabulous card Brian!! So creative!!

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