An Autumn Thank You with English Garden

I have a lot of awesome people in my life!  I recently had a great cause to send out a stack of thank you cards to some really great friends – I think I can handle that!  I’m so in love with the splattered flowers in English Garden Designer Series Paper that I immediately reached for that.  It gave me the formal-yet-casual look I was going for.  Here’s my card:

One Big Meaning, English Garden Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Border Repetition.  I talk a lot about the visual satisfaction that comes when borders are repeated on a card – the eye relaxes when an outside border matches the width of an inside border.  For this card, I went [a little] against the grain but still stayed inside my standard rule.  While there’s a thick layer of Hello Honey and a thin frame of Mossy Meadow, the Soft Suede band around the sentiment pairs perfectly with the Soft Suede frame from the card base.
  • Diagonal Band.  I don’t always work with diagonals, but I wanted to set off this sentiment a little more than normal.  I simply cut a strip of cardstock (I think this was 1″ or 1-1/4″).  I cut the end at a diagonal and glued it to the piece of Designer Series Paper, carefully lining up the edge of the strip with the edge of the Designer Series Paper.  I then snipped the opposite side along the edge of the paper to perfectly coordinate the cuts.  BE WARNED:  You want to cut and glue your strip before you glue down the Designer Series Paper to the layer beneath – it’s kinda hard to cut paper that’s already been glued down to another.  Please don’t ask how I know that.  🙂
  • Warm Color Combination.  This Autumnal color combination was pulled right from this gorgeous English Garden Designer Series Paper.  All the work was done for me – thanks, Stampin’ Up!  🙂  Popped against the Whisper White backdrop, they are perfect!  If your heart, too, is warmed by this combination of colors, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey

Stamp Sets:  One Big Meaning  Papers:  English Garden Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White  Inks:  Soft Suede  Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. warm,soft ,elegant
    that 3 words coming when I see your card
    If my english is’not correct i’am sorry
    I’am a French fan but I’try to improve my english

  2. Love, love, love this designer paper! (I have it and haven’t had time to try it out yet. We stampers always have something to look forward to, yes?) 🙂 Love all your layers too.

  3. Beautiful card, Brian! I need to start using my English Garden now…hehehe!

  4. Very, very nice card Brian. I also, am in love with the English Garden Designer Series Paper! Perfect for this card.

  5. My absolute favorite Thank You stamp ever designed. Great use with all the yummy layers.

  6. So very exquisite! Love the bold sentiment and soft floral background!

  7. Some papers are so beautiful I don’t want to use them up! I know, it defeats the purpose, but I’ve decided to just call it collecting, that way I can justify it better.

    Love this card and you are right, it is perfectly Autumnal. The colors are gorgeous and I think putting the band diagonally was the perfect touch.

  8. Beautiful card!

  9. What a nice, clean card. I love that paper, too.

  10. The English Garden DSP may be my favorite collection currently available. Your selection today has a look of fall, but still bright and cheery. Great card, Brian.

  11. Beautiful my friend, no matter what u make its always beautiful!!!!
    Hugs Frenchie,

  12. Very Nice! I always say to myself I have enough Thank You stamps…well “One Big Meaning”, the fonts are lovely. Especially, the one you used!

  13. Well that is just lovely!

  14. HaHa I know exactly how you “know” that…..we all learn from our mistakes! I know I do!

  15. A bit late but I needed to say this card is lovely, that soft flower background with the Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow looks awesome as a backdrop for the beautiful sentiment, I love that font.

  16. How DO you cut paper that’s already glued down to another?
    Just kidding! Hahaha. I think almost everyone has gone through that experience; esp. if we’re designing and creating “on the fly”.
    Love your card.

  17. Awesome card Brian! What great colours. You overwhelm me with your awesomeness.

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