Thinking of You with Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper

I seem to go against the grain sometimes.  When it’s gorgeous outside, I’m making neutral cards with Basic Black and Sahara Sand.  This gorgeous piece of Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, though, won’t let me add much color – so my hands are tied, huh?  Here’s a card I made for a friend who’s going through some tough times right now:

Four You, A Happy Hooray, Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thinking of your card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Drop it like it’s hot.  I really, really tried to center this white panel on the front of this card, but like I’ve said before – centered does not equal balanced.  After trying to add panels behind the simple block of black-and-white, I decided to just squint and move the panel around the card.  It seems at home here, so I was really happy to leave it there.  It’s a bit unexpected, and sometimes that makes me happy.
  • Pairing of similar images.  I know that this floral image from A Happy Hooray does not exactly match the pattern in this Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, but I’m OK with that.  They are similar enough in style to pair nicely.  The background paper adds a wonderful touch to this card, but the front panel steals the show.
  • Going away.  There are three things on this card that are going away on June 2 (if they aren’t sold out beforehand):  Four You (the sentiment), A Happy Hooray (the flower) and Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (the background print).  If you want them, I suggest you get them now.  🙂

Stamp Sets:  Four You, A Happy Hooray  Papers:  Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White, Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. So clean and so elegant! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Love it!!!!!

  3. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Brian, the stamped floral image is enough similar to the background paper … yet just enough different to be the perfect choice for the focal point! Your “squint technique” placed it in just the right spot on the card. The other thing I appreciate is that you are not afraid of “white space” on the focal panel! Great card!

  4. This is another “keeper” type card to have on hand . I also think the stamps that you used are great to have . Great card that can be done in other color choices easily .
    I like it !

  5. Beautiful!! Love it!

  6. A really nice card! I have this paper and love it. I’ll have to save this image to ‘case’ it later. 🙂

  7. I think your choices are right on. The flower looks great with that Designer Paper. As usual, great job!

  8. Cindie McDuffee

    Simple and elegant. The recipient will be very touched by this beauty.

  9. Great card! You are truly an inspiration!

  10. Your friend is lucky to have you.

  11. Gorgeous card with neutrals…love it!!!

  12. Good Morning Brian:

    You know that I just love bright colors in a card but honestly, the subtlety of lack of color in this card makes it spectacular. The background DSP and stamp compliment each other perfectly and the white space provide the eye an opportunity to focus on the sentiment. I also love the way you have the stem of the flower set behind the “f” in your sentiment. In all a very “artful” card that I’m sure will be much appreciated by your friend. How kind for you to take the time to think of your friend. You’re a very special person Brian.

  13. Beautiful card Brian

  14. Beautiful and elegant!

  15. I wish I had your creative eye & flair Brian. I will have to try and push myself to play more when making a card. play with color or not, with placement & with layering. You are the master!

  16. A very elegant and tasteful card today, Brian. The color choices are very soothing and I really like the front panel placement. I am a fan of images that are skewed just a bit. I think it makes for more interest. Well done!

  17. Brian, I’m new to your blog… Found it by accident, a wonderful kind, and I can’t say enough how wonderful, inspiring, and uplifting I find your art and posts. I especially like your Tips, Tricks, and Reminders section. It’s fresh and unique and a lovely compliment to your beautiful works of art.

    If I can ask, where are you located? It would be wonderful if it were close to me!!

    Thank you for sharing!

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