That Thing You Did for FabFri72

Mindy Backes really threw us a curve ball with this week’s FabFriday color challenge.  FIVE COLORS!  Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist and Tip Top Taupe.  What!?  As I settled in to play with the colors, though, I fell in love.  These rich and regal colors are perfect for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving projects – and that’s what I set out to do.  As I started to play with them, though, they took on a retro-feel.  That made it easy for me to incorporate this fun sentiment from That Thing You Do:That Thing You Do, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri71

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:FabFri 72Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • That Thing You Do.  This stamp set was not on my first order from the Annual Catalog.  Or my second.  Or my third.  I passed by it over and over before deciding I needed to own it.  It’s times like this I’m excited I “bit the bullet” and snatched it up.  I needed a “fun vintage saying” – and this one certainly fits the bill.  I accented the “The More You Know…” Public Service Announcement star with a Blackberry Bliss punch from my Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Pow! Click on the below picture to see these fun sentiments in my online store:

    That Thing You Did stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    That Thing You Did stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Inchies – Part One.  I started punching out a bunch of 1″ squares from the striped paper in my Designer Series Paper Stacks – the stripes are diagonal, but I cut them on a horizontal so that they’d each have a uniform look (I lined up my punch to grab a sliver of color on the top and bottom to make sure they were all the same).  I played with patterns for about an hour before I said, “Brian, enough is enough!  Just create a diagonal with the pieces and be done.”  I’m so happy with how that decision played out.  Here’s the panel of pieces before I cropped the strip: Creating a Basket-Weave Pattern with striped paper, Brian King
  • Inchies – Part Two.  I didn’t make you wait very long for part two of the Inchies Saga, did I?  To adhere the little squares to Whisper White cardstock, I covered the paper a Stampin’ Glue Stick (formerly called Anywhere Glue Stick) and then carefully placed my pieces, butting them up against each other.  It’s a similar process for gluing down tiny strips of paper to create a herringbone pattern (like this card I shared with you earlier this week).

Stamp Sets:  That Thing You Did  Papers:  Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Designer Series Paper Stacks (Brights, 2014-2016 In Colors, 2015-2017 In Colors), Whisper White  Inks:  Tangelo Twist  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, 1″ Square punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to see the cards by the other Fab Friday design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

That Thing You Do, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri71

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  1. Great card, great colors! You must have the patience of a saint to work so diligently at putting this card together. Well done! Will keep this color palette in mind for fall. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Wow,love those colors…..looks great …don’t know how you came up with the one inch squares but they look fabulous!

  3. WOW, I loved the herringbone design, but this is fantastic. I can’t wait to try it. Love the colors too.

  4. Suzie Patt Cullen

    You did an awesome job!

  5. What a GREAT idea. I love your basket weave. Very creative Brian!

  6. I absolutely love this, Brian! You have the awesome talent of making a card look Clean and Simple…….even when it’s not! LOL

  7. You hit it out of the park! (Again!)

  8. Amazing! I think I would have needed some Dramamine to work with all of those stripes! Well done:-)

  9. Sometimes I don’t even know what to say because your cards are so spectacular. This one in particular moves my soul with color and an incredible graphic symphony!

  10. Wow!!! Love, love, love!!

  11. Mary Fish said it well. This card is an “incredible graphic symphony” of color and pattern. You are amazing, Brian!

  12. Oh WOW!! Brian, this card is a treat for the eyes, what an amazing graphic design your achieved with this little squares of beautiful colors. This is a tough color challenge but you conquered it with this card.
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. I am totally speechless! And I mean that! Wow….

  14. Oh Brian – Bless your oh so patient heart! And how man inchies did it take to make this beautiful piece of art! There is the exact type pattern in quilting but they call it “log rail” and it’s done with fabrics sew together and cut into squares the assembled into the same type pattern. This card in absolutely A-1 fantastic. Thanks for sharing your talents with us every day. Hugs.

  15. Very cool idea Brian!

  16. Spectacular card! That hits on all levels of perfection

  17. Amazing card!

  18. Genius! Love your card!

  19. Great card Brian and an inventive and unique way to complete this challenge. Fantastic job

  20. Without a doubt, yours wins.

  21. Love the basketweave background, Brian

  22. Love this! You’re so clever!!!

  23. I think this is a great design! Love it!

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