For the New Two for PPA243

Soft colors can be so sweet and gentle, but they often need a little weight to balance out the softness.  For this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge (Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding and Soft Sky), I used Basic Black to ground the sweet colors – but they are all still very sweet all the same.  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

For the New Two, Bordering Blooms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP243And here’s the Pals Paper Arts challenge that inspired my creation:PPA243

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Stampin’ Write Markers and StazOn.  The floral borders are stamped in Jet Black StazOn and colored with Stampin’ Write Markers.  While we transition from Blendabilities (they have been permanently discontinued) back to our beloved Stampin’ Write Markers, remember that the markers don’t work with Memento ink.  I did, though, use my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for the sentiment – easier to clean and just as vivid.
  • Cut in Half.  The border around this sentiment is from Bordering Blooms.  The original image has two strands of this floral image, but I only wanted one.  With my paper snips, I cut the image in half.  This gave me just want I wanted.  I can always re-mount the other half on a block or just stamp with one again.  Photopolymers are so easy to see (for future line up) that I didn’t even think twice of cutting the image in half.
  • Oopsies.  After I perfectly centered my sentiment and borders on the piece of Whisper White cardstock I had selected – and after I had colored in all the components with my soft colors, I made the ridiculous decision to crop the edges of my stamped piece.  As fate would have it, I snipped too close to one of the leaves – and snipped it right off.  Argh!  I just snipped off the single leaf from the remaining for sides, stamped it again on scrap paper, snipped that leave with scissors and then glued it down to overlap the border.  A mistake that created the signature for this card, don’t you think?

Stamp Sets:  For the New Two, Bordering Blooms  Papers:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Beautiful! I think I’m going to cut mine too after seeing this beauty!

  2. Suzie Patt Cullen

    This is so lovely, Brian. These colors are some of my favorites … I always learn something new from your explanations as well! Hugs!

  3. Great card Brian, love how the snipped error became such a beautiful part of the card. Nice idea to cut the stamp in half also, easier than masking it. Have a great day.

  4. I love how a little mistake can spark creativity that makes an even more beautiful card. Thank heavens you’re so creative! This is a masterpiece, Brian. Love what you did with the border stamp, too. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and brilliant ideas.

  5. Don’t you just love happy mistakes??? Love the card. Hugs!!!

  6. Oh the mistake ended up being a wonderful detail!

  7. Your ‘mistake’ MADE the card. Such a clever correction. I always say, “mistakes are just opportunities for embellishment!” Lovely, lovely card.

  8. I noticed the “out of the box” leaves and said to myself, “Ah, I’ll bet he is going to write, ‘And did you see that I used that technique I showed you recently?'” and I was wrong! How funny that you did an oopsie and I thought it was perfectly intentional! Now that’s what I call a clever seasoned stamper! Kudos to you, Brian~

  9. Absolutely the signature to the card. I’m so glad that you made that “error”! Awesome card – I like how you cut the overly sweet colours.

  10. I love this card Brian. I think I’m going to have to cut my border stamp as well. It fits much better on card size paper that way. Great tip.


  11. That was the universe planning your “mistake” for you. Nice card!

  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous card Brian and isn’t it wonderful how a little mistake can take a card from lovely to gorgeous? Just the perfect card for a wedding or even the birth of twins. Your layers are always so beautiful.

  13. Awesome sauce, Brian! I just love happy “accidents”, they open our minds to wonderful, creative thinking! Love this card…may have to CASE, but don’t have that particular stamp. Will see what I have in my stash first.
    Happy Day to you,
    Sunshine Sharon

  14. Awwwww….love the colors ,love the card and love that special effect you created with the leaves . Change the sentiment and you have a great card to make for a lot of events or people . I also like this stamp set ,but haven`t gotten it yet . It goes on that famous list !

  15. Sweet in deed! Great mistake!

  16. Simply beautiful and terrific engineering!

  17. Great card and nice recovery. I think your addition of the leaves gives the card more dimension. You’re so creative!

  18. Wow…what a lovely, sweet and very soft card…agree that the pop of black really pulls it all together…yet another fabulous creation, Brian!

  19. Brian–Love this card!! We’re excited about the World Card Making Day too!! I will have to CASE this card!! Thanks!

  20. Great tips Brian… such a sweet card.

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