Proud of You for FabFri73

I love a celebratory card because it’s fun to celebrate the successes of others.  Birthdays and anniversaries are great celebrations (it’s true!) but I really love a plain and simple “Congrats on being awesome” card.  For today’s Fab Friday color challenge – Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Soft Suede – I made a “I’m proud of you” card and couldn’t be happier to share it with you.  Here’s my card:

Reason for the Season, Festive Flower Builder punch, Words of Truth, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri73

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

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Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Festive Flower Builder Punch.  The Festive Flower punch makes its debut in Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog – but it ain’t just for the holidays.  🙂  This punch can be used to make some amazingly beautiful poinsettias, but with a quick switch of colors, the punch can be used to make a purple [type of flower undisclosed] flower.  This was my first flower, and I may have overdone it a bit – I made two layers of each of the three petals and then combined each layer together with Stampin’ Dimensionals – this card won’t fit in a regular envelope – that’s for sure.  Stampin’ Up! made a great video to showcase this punch – I’m sharing it at the bottom of this post.Reason for the Season, Festive Flower Builder punch, Words of Truth, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri73
  • Direct-to-Paper Inking.  The front panel of this card a Whisper White piece of Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper that I have inked up with Soft Suede.  There are so many ways to add ink to paper – I could have used a sponge or dauber or brayer or AquaPainter – but I simply pressed the ink pad directly on the paper and wiped across.  The direct-to-paper method can be messy, but it sure is efficient.
  • Masked Sentiment.  I just love the inspirational and supporting sentiments in the Words of Truth stamp set.  While the set features some wonderfully silly statements (like the one about grilled cheese), there are so many that are also perfect for beautiful, sophisticated projects.  This sentiment says “i’m proud of you,” but the “i’m” made it too long for this card (since my flower hogged so much space), so I masked it out – same meaning, right?  If you want to know more about isolating images on a stamp, see my video here.

    Words of Truth stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Words of Truth stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Reason for the Season, Words of Truth  Papers:  Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White  Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede  Accessories:  Festive Flower Builder punch, Owl Builder punch (circle in center of flower), Hexagon punch (for banner tip), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Thanks for stopping by today!


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And here’s the great video Stampin’ Up! made to showcase the Festive Flower Builder punch:



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  1. This is stunning!!!

  2. Love the colors of this card. Great job with all the layering, but you may need a box to mail it!!

  3. This is a great card Brian as always. The sentiment is great. That flower has come up so well.

  4. Some serious beauty going on with that card! Quite lovely!

  5. This card is amazing….it makes me want that punch even more!

  6. Love the colors!

  7. Great cards and box. Love them both. Plus all the information you give us. Thank you so very much for your help.
    Have this set now. To use it.

  8. Wow! That is some flower. Impressive!

  9. Love it ! I always look at holiday type items from the catalog with an eye for other non holiday uses !! You did it ! Wow ! I love the Rich Razzleberry !

  10. Love it, Brian. You have out done yourself on this one. Hope you having the time of your life this weekend. Hugs!!!

  11. The use of the woodgrain DSP is unexpected but absolutely smashing!

  12. geraldine homenchuk

    This is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest cards I’ve seen in a long while Brian! Well done!

  13. I haven’t seen any projects that would make me want this set or punch…………until now!

  14. Wow, me love the purple flower…love your background too! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I love your big gorgeous purple flower Brian! TFS!

  16. Gorgeous! Colors are GREAT! Flower perfectly handsome.!

  17. HI Brian:

    I was a bit unsure when I ordered this punch but now that I see what a fabulous card you have made with it, I”m glad I ordered it…………now I just need the patience to wait for my order to arrive! LOL I hope you are having a fantastic time at Leadership and that you get lots and lots and lots of goodies! Hugs to you my friend.

  18. Three little letters…WOW

  19. Darn, I had little desire for the set OR the punch, but of course, now it’s on my wish list. Beautiful card Brian, and thanks for posting the video–really puts the tools into perspective.

  20. A real WOW factor, Brian. First, this color combo is great. Lovely colors together and I actually thought your wood grain paper was a piece of the Into the Woods dsp. Great job on the coloring the paper. Good thing we have the envelope punch board so you can make a matching envelope to fit the gorgeous flower! Super job! Thanks for sharing.

  21. I only have one word Brian, stunning

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