Celebrate Today for FMS179

This week’s Freshly Made Sketches offers a perfect layout for a large, focal-point image or sentiment.  I knew I wanted to use my much-beloved, but oh-so-neglected, Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating Balloon Framelit Dies with this sketch.  Here’s my card:

Celebrate Today, @SoSocial, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS179

And here’s the challenge banner that inspired my creation:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Working with Patterns.  My original card design incorporated the GORGEOUS Night of Navy patterned paper from Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper – you know, the one that looks like solid paisley whisps?  Anyway, the card was not working.  I arranged my banner and balloon differently.  I increased and decreased the size of the panel on the right-hand side.  Nothing worked.  That’s when I realized the pattern in that paper was too busy (although I love it) to play a role on this card.  The smaller pattern of polka-dots works so much better here and doesn’t take away from the balloon and banner.
  • Balancing the Blues.  Not only did the pattern need to change on the background of the card from the paisley print, but Night of Navy didn’t need to be so “front-and-center”on this card.  As the card took form, Night of Navy quickly became my “border color,” so I decided to use Island Indigo (my other blue) in the background of this card.
  • A Regal Celebration.  Crushed Curry offsets these gorgeous blues perfectly – and this color combination is perfect for a fun and beautiful card that’s perfect for the man in your life.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this: Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Celebrate Today, @SoSocial  Papers:  Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Regals Background Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Crushed Curry, Night of Navy  Accessories:  Balloon Framelit Dies, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the cards by the design team members and those playing along with this week’s sketch.

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  1. These colors work so well together. The total card is awesome. It was worth the extra effort.

  2. Thank you for the color ideas . I have to put a “guy” card together this week and was wondering what colors to use . This is a good “keeper” card so I think I might do more than one in this color combo . I like this card !

  3. Love, love, love this card Brian! It looks so clean and simple yet I count seven different layers. It reminds me of the gymnast that makes a floor exercise look so easy yet one realizes what a special talent it takes to complete. You really ARE a genius! LOL

  4. Brian, this is a fabulous card, the focal image really pops with that lovely paper behind it, simple and elegant, great take on the sketch, thank you for sharing.

  5. Great choices. I love that Night of Navy DSP also. Will have to try it with your color combos. but apparently in small bits. Thanks for the ideas!

  6. Love the yellow and blue together!

  7. Great use of the sketch! You are so right in that it is perfect for a large focal image and your big balloon is just perfect. Love the hashtag! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  8. Super cute birthday card Brian, I mean what’s a birthday without a balloon.

  9. Awwwww what a lovely Birthday card , love those colors , nice job once again BRIAN
    Hugs my friend

  10. Beautiful birthday card with fun balloon! And, lovely color!:-)

  11. Great colors and interpretation of the sketch. You always do such a great job with color!

  12. Such a fun card! The blues work really well with the pop of yellow. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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