Happy Halloween with GDP004

Ooooh!  I just love this week’s challenge from the Global Design Project.  We aren’t asking you to make a project inspired by colors, a sketch or a theme.  We are asking you to make a card inspired by a card by one of our talented designers.  First, I will share my project.   Then, I will share the project that inspired by creation.  Here’s my card for GDP-004:

Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Hauntings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP004

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card – which features a gorgeous card by the very talented Louise Sharp:

GDP-004Inspiration from this beautiful card could be the stamp set, the color scheme, the layout, the sentiment, the overall feel of the card.  I simply used the stamp set as the launching board for my card.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Spooky Wreath.  If I didn’t tell you that I used a gorgeous wreath as the base for my card (and if you weren’t already so passionately familiar with the stamp set), you probably wouldn’t know that it was a wreath.  Stamped in black, the wreath takes on an entirely new feel.  With the sentiment in the center, the shapes appear to explode from the center – you’d never guess there’s a hole in the middle of the image (which, as I understand, is customary for wreaths). My imagination wants to believe that all the “leaves” collect in the center of the image – like a big, black blossom.

    Wondrous Wreath stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Wondrous Wreath stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Explosion of Fun.  While I was creating this card, I cropped some Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey “dots” with the Cupcake Builder punch.  I intended to arrange them on the black wreath like berries on a wreath.  When I played around with the “dots” and extended them beyond the wreath, I was in love with the effect.  Please don’t think these bursts of colors were randomly placed on this card front – I strategically placed the dots, alternating colors and spacing them where I wanted them.  Lots of work, but I think the work paid off.
  • Happy Halloween.  I know that Halloween isn’t a big to-do in every part of the world – it’s not my favorite holiday, but I do love to create fun projects for the holiday.  And I love this little sentiment.  It’s sweet, simple and to-the-point.  If you tabbed through the Holiday Catalog, you might not find it.  I masked off part of one of the tags in the Sweet Hauntings stamp set to ink up just these two words.  If you missed my video about isolating images on a stamp, you can check it out here.

Stamp Sets:  Sweet Hauntings, Wondrous Wreath  Papers:  Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Basic Black  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, Cupcake Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.  What a wonderful inspiration from Louise’s card!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. This is very creative Brian! I think one dot may be out of place though… Just kidding! The precision on the dots is remarkable. Great job.

  2. Love Halloween and love this card, colorful and creative. Well done.

  3. Great Card for Halloween Brian, love the colors!! Awesome Job. Ange

  4. There is no randomness in your world, Brian. We all know the dots were systematically placed. Great card!

  5. Those colours are so much fun! Love your take on Louise’s card Brian.

  6. Brilliant use of the wreath for Halloween. Adore all the floating dots of Halloween colors!

  7. Love your Halloween wreath card, Brian. Random has never been comfortable for me … I know, it must have been a control thing! Anyway, the punched dots are a great idea … thanks so much!

  8. Kathy (cards_by_kp)

    Very ingenious use of the wreath! Hmmm…great idea for my friend’s Halloween birthday card. Thanks!

  9. Good Morning Brian:

    So great to see a Halloween card without bats or witches or goblins. I do sent Halloween cards to friends and family and always have a difficult time making them for adults because using the “regular” symbols makes them seem somewhat juvenile. I end up using pumpkins on them so using a wreath would be a wonderful change. I won’t be casing your card but do so want to thank you for putting ideas into my head for a nice adult kind of card. Your card is gorgeous and I love that you get versatility out of every stamp set. You are brilliant!

  10. What a lovely twist on a Halloween card, no ghost or spooks here, just a fabulous, beautiful and colorful wreath, with the dots perfectly distributed, there is not an ounce of randomness here!!!!! 😉

  11. I love that card :!!! not a great fan of halloween but your card is soo cute !!

  12. Oh Brian, you did so well !! Love it !!!!
    Hugs Frenchie,

  13. Clever as usual ! I like the dots and love the wreath being used this way . Fun project !

  14. Brian, your card is amazing. I especially love the colors you selected…they are so perfect to this time of the year here in the U.S. When we bumped into each other in the airport following leadership did you ever imagine that we would on a design team together? It is such a pleasure to know you and have the opportunity to work with you each week. Hugs!

  15. This is a perfect card Halloween, especially for those who aren’t fond of the spooky side of this Holiday! Brian your detailed work on this really paid off.

  16. I would never have thought to use that wreath on a Halloween card Brian – what a great idea!! I love the colours and balance you bring to the project too xox

  17. Great take on the challenge Brian. Love the colours and the way you thought outside the square (unlike me – lol).

  18. Ingenious, fun, systematic…cute card!

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  20. This card blows me away: SO cool idea! This is the burner!
    Hugs Tanja

  21. Fabulous use of a Christmas set! Love it. Nice and simple with a little wow.

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