Celebrating with The Paper Players

Sandy Mathis is hosting this week’s color challenge at The Paper Players – and it’s a good one!  Real Red, Pool Party and Island Indigo.  What a great spin on the traditional collection of patriotic colors – just in time for Fourth of July!  Of course, it would be easy to not go patriotic, too, but I felt inspired.  Here’s my card:

Fabulous Four, Medium Star punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP249 And here’s Sandy’s challenge banner that inspired my project:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Layering the star.  This fun star was the “icing” on top of this cake, but I’m going to talk about it first.  When layering a small punch inside a larger punch, I suggest starting with the small one and then punching with the larger.  I punched a star with the star from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I lined up my Medium Star punch over top and punched it out.  Perfect!  I punched another Medium Star with Pool Party and then glued one on top of the other – it’s easy to line up because the shapes are the exact same.  Thanks so much, punches.Medium Star punch, Stampin' Up!
  • Masking the sentiment.  I am deeply in love with this font and would like Stampin’ Up! to make every single word in this font.  Please.  It seems that every time I use this stamp I mask the words beneath it – I do love that I have flexibility.  If you’d like to see my video about Isolating Images on a stamp, click here.  I even used this stamp in this video.
  • Creating a Chevron Pattern from Striped Paper.  I did the (not-so-complex) math to transform diagonally striped paper into chevron paper some time ago.  I’ve shared it many times, but with the introduction of this striped paper in the new backgrounds patterned papers (Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack), I thought it would be a good idea to reintroduce this fun “playing with paper” technique.How to create a chevron pattern from diagonally striped paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Fabulous Four  Papers:  Island Indigo, Real Red, Pool Party, Subtles Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (Pool Party), Whisper White  Inks:  Real Red  Accessories:  Medium Star Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (star), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Paper Players to gander at all the cards for this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Kathy (cards_by_kp)

    Thanks for the cool tip on creating a chevron pattern from striped paper. I’m going to try it using the Stripes Decorative Mask and a rainbow of colors or different shades of one color.

  2. Awesome card, Brian! I really love how you created that chevron background. So striking. Thanks for playing along with my color challenge this week at The Paper Players!

  3. Great Card! I love our Stars!!!

  4. Great card. I love the Chevron effect. Thanks for sharing your tips on how you created them Brian 🙂

  5. Cindy Brumbaugh

    Ah, you clever boy! Super:)

  6. Love this! I will definitely create the chevron pattern for a card!

  7. Cindie McDuffee

    Clean and classic. That star is my favorite part, too.

  8. I really like this card, Brian. It is patriotic without being the traditional colors. Thanks for your tip about making the chevron pattern from striped paper. You are so clever.

  9. Hi Brian- I really like this crisp, clean patriotic card. Thanks for sharing all of your tips- indispensable !

  10. Robbye Hamilton

    Beautiful card and so on trend with the chevrons. Love the colors. Great job Brian

  11. Good Morning Brian:

    You must have sneaked that little Chevron trick by me while I was away one time! LOL You make everything so easy peasy! I did print out your Chevron instructions so that I might, and I do mean might, remember where I filed them and can add a nice Chevron to future cards. Honestly Brian – whatever would I do without you! 🙂

  12. Love the great interpretation of this week’s challenge. Very clean and the layers give it great depth. Thanks for the tip on creating chevrons. I’m going to try it soon.

  13. Love it! Thank you for sharing the tip on how to create chevrons!

  14. Two great tips! I did’t know the Itty Bitty Star fit in the Medium Star so well. Then the chevron pattern from stripes is awesome too. Thanks.

  15. Love the chevron you made! And the star in a star is great!

  16. What a clever way to cut that DSP to get this fabulous Chevron design. Great color combination, could be a fabulous 4th. of July card!!

  17. Thank you!!! That is the one thing I miss from the DSP stacks! The Chevron pattern (though the lines were a bit too close together and played tricks on my eyes HAHA) And now I don’t have to miss it anymore! 🙂 Will take just a smidge more work, but totally worth it!!

  18. you are the Master!

  19. Love the chevron! Very creative Brian!

  20. LOVE this card! Awesome!

  21. That’s a fun tip and I love the look on your card! Great background idea. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

  22. A fabulous card and a fun technique Brian! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  23. I love that you created your own chevron paper, Brian…thanks for sharing the tip about how to make it as well! Great patriotic feel to your card, too! So happy you played with the Players this week!

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