Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop

Today is a very special day.  Along with 17 other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, I’m participating in a Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop.  You might be starting the hop here, or you may have hopped over from Betty Button’s blog at Betty’s Stampin Stuff.  Either way, I hope you enjoy the project I am sharing, and I hope you’ll continue hopping along to the other blogs after you finish enjoying my post.

While autism hasn’t touch my life directly, I am certain it has a huge impact on the lives of many around me.  While I am an advocate for research and remedies to ailments, I’m also a strong proponent of embracing the life we have and those around us – each and every one of us is lovely and amazing in our own way.  As such, I’m happy to share with you today and hope you’ll consider supporting Lee Conrey’s fundraising efforts for the Autism Society (link below).  In addition, I’ll happily donate 20% of all online between the time this post is live through midnight EST on Saturday, April 11.

Here’s my clean and simple card (the front of the card measures 4″ x 6-1/4″):

Lovely Amazing You, Chalk Lines, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Blue.  Blue is the awareness color for autism.  As such, I’ve created a fun card that showcases 7 Stampin’ Up! shades of blue, along with a super-wonderful sentiment from Lovely Amazing You.  The colors shown (from the base of the card front to the top) are Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Softy Sky.  There are other shades of blue in the Stampin’ Up! family, but this combination seemed to really flow well to create a ombre effect on the background of this card.Color Inspiration, Seven Gorgeous Blues, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Background Stamp.  The background of this card front is created with Chalk Lines, a photopolymer stamp set.  Photopolymers are completely see-through, so they allow for a perfect lineup.  Ink up, stamp, clean, ink up, stamp clean (and repeat five more times), and you’re done.  Woo hoo!  Here are the four images included in this stamp set:
  • Border Repetition.  I love to create consistent borders on my cards.  A thin border of Night of Navy runs around the background and runs around the focal point circle.  A thick border of Marina Mist runs around both of those popped up elements.  The repetition of borders adds to the clean appeal of the finished card.  The Marina Mist circle looks as though it might be punched from the card front, but it’s not – it’s just glued down to the page of hearts.  Yippee!  Let’s hear it for optical illusion!

Stamp Sets:  Lovely Amazing You, Chalk Lines  Papers:  Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White  Inks:  Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Softy Sky  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

AUTISM FACT:   In the United States, one in 98 boys are diagnosed with autism, and 24,000 people are diagnosed with autism for the first time every year.

The next stop in the Stamp Out Autism Blog Hop is Amanda Sevall’s blog at Amanda Sevall Designs.  I hope you’ll hop over to see what she has to share.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. You rock… very nice card. Thank you.

  2. Thanks so much for joining in the effort to raise awareness Brian! As a mom to an autistic child, I so appreciate this. Your card is just perfect and I love that you made it blue. 🙂

  3. I really love your card, but I love your thoughts and words about embracing life even more. So happy to be on the blog hop with you to raise funds for Autism.

  4. Thank You for participating in this hop Brian. I’ve been waiting to see what wonderful creation you came up with. I am not disappointed. Love all the different blues that you have used. It’s wonderful. I want to go and make one right now!! lol
    Thanks again my friend for supporting me in this effort.

  5. Beautiful card, Brian — the 7 shades of blue, the borders and the lovely sentiment have been combined to make a great card and a powerful statement about each person’s value and uniqueness! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us and for helping to raise awareness and support for families and individuals living with autism.

  6. You sure know how to sing those blues or should I say how to make those blues sing! Great card for a great cause!

  7. Great card Brian and I love the use of so many blues! Spot on! So happy to be hopping with you!

  8. Thanks for a lovely card, Brian! As the mother of a 15 yr. old son w/autism, I appreciate your efforts and those of all the stampers on this hop. While you may not directly be affected by autism, I am directly affected daily by your wonderful stamping creations and hysterical videos (keep ’em coming!). So I guess that gives you an INDIRECT connection with autism! Thanks again!

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  10. Love your blues!

  11. Great card Brian – love the shaded blues. Perfect choice for these images!

  12. Absolutely incredible layering of blues to create a signature BK card!

  13. beautiful card and such wonderful idea to raise awareness…thank you for that!

  14. Brian, your card is “blue-tiful”. I love the combinations of all these blues, and your choice of the hearts is so perfect for this wonderful cause. I know 4 people that have autistic children and it’s a constant uphill climb, but rewarding at the same time. Each child is special and a delight to their families. Your card showcases all the love needed to help these kids feel welcomed. Bravo! I’m off to donate! 🙂

  15. Hey man! Great card. I love the ombre look, one of my fav techniques. I am glad you gave me a reason to use this stamp set… I keep forgetting about it. Hugs from CA.

  16. I absolutely love this card….you have such amazing talent and are a great inspiration. Having a 15 year old son with autism and a 2 year old daughter who was just diagnosed with ASD this really touches my heart. Thank you for supporting this cause.

  17. Hi Brian! Thank you for being apart of this hop today!!!! Your post was beautiful … we must embrace life!
    And now of course I have to get that stamp set because your card was BEAUTIFUL!

  18. Nice card Brian. Love your blog. So Glad I decided to do my first Hop. You are amazingly talented.

  19. Perfect card for this hop, and I do love the ombre!

  20. Love the card and it totally does look like there is a hole punched in the card. You are a magician.
    Hugs, Di

  21. What a great card Brian!! I love the ombre and all the layering — looks so awesome!! 🙂

  22. Love your card Brian and all the different shades of blue you used! Happy to be hopping with you today!

  23. Lots of blues that surely doesn’t leave one feeling blue… what a way to showcase our colors. You’ve got me signing the blues now!

  24. I love that you used all the blues! Fun idea. And they look great together on this card.

  25. As always, clean, simple but extraordinary! Thanks for sharing, Brian and for hopping along with us!

  26. What a beautiful card and a beautiful post. My sweet nephew is on the spectrum, so this cause is close to my heart.

  27. What a lovely card and your post is too, love the lines of tiny hearts in this beautiful shades of blue. Clean and simple at it’s best.

  28. Love it! What a great ombre background….oh the possibilities!

  29. WOW! I would have never thought of getting this stamp set I think you changed my mind. I love what you did. Thanks for the inspiration. Cathy

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