You’re Remarkable

I’m in love with Stampin’ Up!’s 2015-2017 In Colors – they pair so well with each other and with so many old-and-true colors in our color families.  Today I’m sharing a super-simple, clean-and-layered card.  There’s a bitty surprise in here, though, so pay close attention.  🙂  Here’s my card:Definitely Dahlia, Watercolor Wash, Remarkable You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Two Background Stamps.  Background stamps are typically a supporting player on a card, but they can also be the star of the show.  In this card, I’ve used TWO background stamps – one in each role.  I couldn’t get the look I wanted when I tried to simply stamp the Definitely Dahlia stamp on plain Very Vanilla Paper, so I stamped the Watercolor Wash first (stamped it off once before stamping in here to lightly wash the card front with the image).  Then I stamped the dahlia with a fully inked up dahlia.  I love the effect – it gave me just the right support underneath the flower.
    Definitely Dahlia, Stampin' Up!

    Definitely Dahlia, Stampin’ Up!

    Watercolor Wash, Stampin' Up!

    Watercolor Wash, Stampin’ Up!

  • It’s Crooked.  I know, I know.  The sentiment is not as straight as I’d normally want it to be.  In this case, though, I’m OK with it being a little askew.  Why?  Because you are so remarkable that you’ll simply look past my crooked word and continue to gasp at the beauty of this simple card.
  • Color Combination.  I just love these three colors together – Mint Macaron, So Saffron and Very Vanilla.  They are each so soft and beautiful.  Together they are a soothing combination.  If you like them, too, save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Definitely Dahlia, Watercolor Wash, Remarkable You  Papers:  Mint Macaron, So Saffron, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Mint Macaron, So Saffron  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Beautiful , and a remarkable idea 🙂

  2. What a a neat look! Bought them both, so I might just have to try that now! 🙂

  3. Love the color combo and that you allowed us to see that you are human and not perfect. Makes me know there is still hope for me as a stamper! Gorgeous. You are a stitch…..

  4. Smart Cookie! What a great idea. Love that you stamped off first for that Subtle look. Great tip I will now be stealing from you. I mean casing.

  5. Kathleen Baratta

    Love the colors, beautiful.

  6. I just love the soft look of this card Brian and I didn’t even noticed the slightly off set sentiment until you mentioned it, I think it ‘s because I was concentrating on the beauty of this Dahlia and the lovely way in which you framed it.
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Another card that, when I first saw it, made me hold my breath–the colors are SO pretty together. Mint Macaron grows on me every time I see it used on a card. Beautiful job again, Brian!

  8. OOOH , Brian that’s breath taking !!! Love it all !!!!
    Hugs Frenchie

  9. Love this card and the color combination! And I love the crooked sentiment — I was thinking that it was just the font, maybe, that made it look that way! As my head tilted to one side while I was looking at it…
    Then you said, yes indeedy, it’s crooked and you made me smile! Because our cards are handmade, and, yes, sometimes things are crooked! And all the more beautiful because of it.
    Loved the idea of two background stamps… Never would have thought of that!

  10. Love the dahlia stamp. It is my favorite stamp in the new catalog. I have seen you do this very tight border card brfore and live the look. Will you please share the dimensions?

  11. I like this card . I have not gotten very excited about the Dahlia yet . I have to see some cards done sometimes before I choose. I think these two together in the same color range come off pretty . Love the colors !
    BUT ….I am getting Baja Breeze instead of Mint Macaron ??? Suits me either way even if it is on my end . Pretty !

  12. What? Only 4 layers? I get it Brian – you are trying to show us that we don’t need a gazillion layers to have a beautiful card right? LOL Yes, I am picking on you but only because I’m jealous of the way you always put so many layers together so beautifully. I think the Dahlia stamp is one of the most versatile stamps SU has ever come up with. It makes a fabulous background stamp, a perfect focal point stamp and absolutely the best stamp for water coloring every. Beautiful card today (as always) Brian.

  13. Chris R. from Iowa

    Gorgeous! It made me smile to see the words a little crooked – after all you are only human! Loving the layers too. The color combo is so soft and pretty. This is one I would love to CASE after I have all the proper supplies. That background wash stamp is the perfect compliment to this card. Well done!

  14. This is a beautiful card, Brian. I love this soft color combo. Thanks for the tips on how you did it with the two background stamps.

  15. You are a dangerous man Brian! I am influenced by all your innovative techniques and spend far too much time in my craftdom (I am queen of my realm) because of you. Love the card!

  16. Doesn’t matter one bit if it’s crooked. This is an amazing design and color combo regardless. Wow…

  17. Terrific idea to layer the background! I love that your sentiment is a bit off, lets us know that is it a handmade card. Plus we know that we are not alone in the world of crooked sentiments, even “Kings” have them. 🙂

  18. This color combo is killer diller!

  19. The colors you’ve chosen are beautiful together!

  20. Bee-yoo-tiful! I love the way you stamped the light background and then the Dahlia. And the color palette is inspired.

  21. Beautiful card, Brian! I love your color combination!! You have convinced me to buy both of these background stamps 🙂

  22. You are soooo very clever Brian! Great effect and beautiful card! Happy Father’s Day….you are the dad to a fur baby…hope you enjoyed the day and have a super week!

  23. Tee here, I did not even realize that your sentiment was a bit crooked….was so looking at the “layers”! But agree with others that perfect cards are often bought cards…does indeed show that you are like many of with slightly imperfect cards! Hugs to you!

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  25. The double background stamping is a great tip. It almost gives the look of linen paper that has been stamped on. Love it. Oh, and looking at your beautiful card, I didn’t even notice the greeting was crooked. Kinda looks like most of mine.

  26. Breathtakingly beautiful!

  27. I don’t know how I missed seeing this one when it was posted 🙁 It’s stunning Brian – awesome colour combination!
    Lisa xo

  28. Beautiful! That is not a color combination I would have thought of but now I will!

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