@birthdayboy for FabFri58

I’m excited to share this week’s FabFriday sketch with you.  It’s one of those straight-forward and super-simple sketches that can go just about anywhere.  I’m often times stumped by simple challenges, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do the moment I saw this one.  I allowed myself a few key modifications to my original design, and I’m happy with the changes.  Here’s my 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card:

#hello, SoSocial, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri58And here’s the FabFri58 banner for this week’s sketch challenge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • My Go-To.  I would have to say that my go-to stamp set for the past year has been #hello, a stamp set from the Annual Catalog that I tossed into one of my initial orders.  I didn’t think much of it but have grown to love it.  Love it!  It’s a perfect match for the 2″ Circle punch, and I’ve used the images in this set for both formal and fun projects – it’s super versatile.  You can see the other projects here and here and here and here.  You can click on the below image to see it in my online store.
  • A Frame of @birthdayboy.  My original idea had “@birthdayboy” popping out of the right side of the @.  It was going to be a little, extra banner.  I had a hard time, though, balancing the card (using my patented squint technique), so I scrapped that idea and decided to repeat the sentiment on the borders around the outside of the central panel.  It required a Stamp-a-ma-jig and a whole bunch of patience, but I’m happy with the payoff.  Click here to see my video about using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
  • Borders, Borders, Borders.  I really believe that consistent and repetitive borders add so much appeal to a card.  I created my square borders based on the sizes available to me in the circle shapes.  The thick Night of Navy border in the center is repeated in the square around the Designer Series Paper and the base of the card, while the thin Bermuda Bay border in the center is repeated in the square around the Designer Series Paper.

Stamp Sets:  #hello, @SoSocial  Papers:  Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

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  1. What a cool idea to frame the card with the @birthdayboy phrase!

  2. Simply love the layout of this card, the color Cardstock makes the DSP pop and the layering is excellent!

  3. Fab card for Fab Friday ! I really like the repeated phrase frame .
    Happy Friday !

  4. This is such a “happy” happy birthday card Brian. You rocked the sentiment placement and your color choices are so fedtive. This card will definitely make someone’s day. Happy Stampin’!

  5. I love how you took all the colors of this beautiful DSP and use them to make this layout, fabulous indeed!! Your careful placement of the sentiment on the white border really is amazing!!! This is a fun and beautiful masculine card.
    I have a grandson who will be 15 this September, I still make cards for him and he loves them but I feel that he is really over the cuteness already and I need to find layouts and images more fitted for a young man like him. Brian, this card IS IT!!! I’m CASEing for sure, thank you so much for sharing this fabulous and awesome card, 🙂

  6. Such a fun card Brian! Love that border….you’re a master with the Stamp-a-ma-jig! TFS!

  7. This is just the cutest card, Brian! I really didn’t think I’d have any use for that stamp set, but now I am totally rethinking that! LOL

  8. If this card doesn’t say WOW, I don’t know what would! It is fabulous in every way, Brian! Color, composition, layout . . . be still my heart.

  9. Very cool card!

  10. Happy, happy, happy, fun, fun card Brian. I love that DSP and the way you used the @birthday boy stamp all around the edge so absolutely PERFECTLY placed! Of course your layering is perfect as always. Much like quilts, the border spacing can make all the difference in the look of the card and you absolutely NAILED it. Am I surprised? No. Do I appreciate the artistic mind you have to create the perfect borders? Absolutely. You are THE BEST Brian!

  11. Wow! What a FUN birthday card! Love the design and fab stamping!

  12. Great card Brian, I love that DSP. I think it could lend itself to a feminine version of this card too. Awesome job

  13. Holy smokes – I love everything about this card, seriously! So buttoned up, perfect colors and pop. I won the So Social set at catty release – you make me want to ink it up right away! Gorgeous! And Fabulous, lol!

  14. Great card today, Brian. Love the colors you chose and your interpretation of the challenge. Impressed with the repeating border around the outside edge. Even with the stamp-a-ma-jig that’s not easy!

  15. ridonkulously awesome, as per usual.

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