Lots to Celebrate

Facebook was filled with lots and lots of opinions this past weekend.  I don’t generally comment on politics or religion on my blog because I want my posts to be a pleasant retreat where we can immerse ourselves in our shared love of paper crafting.  As with any hard-fought battle, there’s neither time nor a reason for the victors to gloat or for the defeated to sulk – we just need to lift each other up and continue our lives with something we all believe – love is awesome.

With that in mind, I felt inspired to make a card with my Stampin’ Up! supplies.  As I said in my Facebook post, “Not judging. Not gloating. Not hating. Just celebrating love today with some paper, stamps and ink.”:

Work of Art, Fabulous Four, Hello Life, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Line it Up.  While these five “swishes” from Work of Art are not all perfectly aligned (by design), I also didn’t want to guess at where to put them, so I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up.  If you would like some pointers on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, watch my video here.
  • Colors.  For each of these “swishes,” I inked up the stamp and then stamped it off twice on scratch paper before stamping it here.  That created the soft image I wanted for the card front.  From top-to-bottom, I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry.
  • Odd Size.  I stamped the six “swishes” (I’m quite fond of that term, huh?) on a full sheet of Whisper White card stock and then trimmed around it, snipping at the sides until I arrived at the size I wanted.  In the end, I’m left with an odd-sized card, but I’m OK with that because my Envelope Punch Board allows me to make envelopes of any size.  The base of this card is 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

Stamp Sets:  Work of Art, Fabulous Four, Hello Life  Papers:  Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Great card Brian!

  2. Very nice card, Brian. Might I CASE it?

  3. Stamping off twice gives a whole new color palette. Why didn’t I think of that? I guess that’s why you’re the pro! Love the card Brian.

  4. Your card is perfect. Love the swooshes and how the black sentiment stands out.

  5. Your card is beautiful Brian, just as your reason to make it.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Carol Christopher


  7. Beautiful sentiment. Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Beautiful card, beautiful sentiment.

  9. The clearance rack deals were underwhelming. I hope they add more stuff.

  10. Oh how pretty ! I thought this was done with the Brushstrokes back ground stamp until I read otherwise . I keep thinking I need to get the Hello Life set because it makes me happy when I see it !
    And you make me happy too !

  11. Love, love, love the card. Says it all.

  12. YOU CONTINUE TO AMAZE ME!!! Why am I so surprised…I should know better by now to expect the unexpected from you. What a beautiful card and your comment couldn’t say it any better! The world needs more love!

  13. Well said…well done!

  14. Great card, Brian. I love your rainbow effect and your comments. Well said.

  15. I love love love your card and what you had to say is wonderful! Love is awesome and kindness matters!

  16. Wonderful card for something so worth celebrating! I will be using your design to send this card to dear friends who I am so happy to celebrate for and be able to attend weddings for soon! Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

  17. Carol Carriveau

    Thank you for Shari g your celebrate love card, love the softness of the colors and the sweetness of the statement…a perfect card to commemorate the weekend!

  18. Beautiful card!

  19. WOW…Perfect!

  20. Love the elegance and softness of this card and it has inspired me to make a few of similar content!

  21. Great card – simple – elegant and your comments about Facebook are right on. Another great ‘technology’ overused for the wrong reasons.

  22. Beautiful card, Brian. Beautiful dedication…and you’re right. Love is awesome! A great song penned by Burt Bacharach, and sung by Dionne Warwick comes to mind. “What the World Needs Now…Is Love”… Super great song, and the world can certainly use all the Love it can get!
    Thanks for sharing “the love” with all of us, each and every day.

  23. Beautiful card with a much-needed uplifting message! I love the tip about stamping off. I always forget to do that! And, I have an unopened Stamp-a-ma-jig sitting in my cabinet silently intimidating me. I’m going to pull it out today and watch your video. Thank you!

  24. Wonderful card; love it!!!

  25. I absolutely LOVE your swishy card!

  26. Great card Brian, I like the results you achieved by stamping off. I think you’re going to have to give me an in-person, hands-on Stamp-A-Majig lesson because even though I’m a visual learner video just isn’t cutting it for me.

  27. Perfect card !!!

  28. LOVE it!❤️

  29. Great card, Brian! Colors are great!

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