Knew You Could…

When I saw this week’s Can You Case It? sketch challenge, I immediately reached for Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.  I’ve often times reached for this pattern of stripes but had never used it – until today.  I colored this black-and-white Designer Series Paper to get the balance I wanted.  Here’s my card:

Bravo, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CYCI89

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.  This is a must-have paper, and if you don’t yet have it, you need it.  I’ve colored it with markers and inked it directly with my ink pad.  The black-and-white patterns are perfect on their own, but they exceed perfection when you can add your own colors to create your own customized papers.

    Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sponge Daubers and Post-It Note Tape.  To color in the rows of white lines on this Designer Series Paper, I used Sponge Daubers and Post-It Note Tape, which can be found at almost any store where office supplies are sold.  I placed the tape over the parts of the paper that I didn’t want to color (isolating the area I wanted to sponge over) and then swiped the ink solidly over the entire area.  I simply moved the “guard rails” when I switched colors and sponged away at each row.  So easy – and quite fun to transform the paper.

    Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Up!

    Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Up!

  • Cheery Color Combination.  For a “you inspire me” card, you need cheery and fun colors.  This combination of a bright blue, a bright green and a bright yellow were a perfect combination for the card I wanted to make.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets:  Bravo  Papers:  Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black  Inks:  Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Black Memento  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Can You Case It? blog 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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  1. Brian, love how you used the DSP! Coloring it was brilliant!!! Thanks for joining CYCI 🙂 Eva

  2. Wow! I didn’t recognize the paper! The bright colors work well as this pattern tends to mute them. Love the creativity you applied to this sketch.

  3. Brilliant way to use the “chic” DSP and add color. This card is smashing!

  4. Love! I love how you color the B&W paper. It gives the DSP a totally new look. I need to get me some. 🙂

  5. Oooooo love how you colored the DSP!

  6. Great card. The DSP looks great.

  7. You’re amazing! Just sayin’

  8. Brian, I love your cards, all your cards.

  9. Happy, happy, happy colors + happy, happy, happy Brian = Happy, happy, happy card which all together makes Grace Happy, Happy, Happy!

  10. How creative you are, Brian! You transformed the DSP into something very unique and interesting!

  11. Thanks for adding the color combinations. I’ve been saving them to use as a reference.

  12. I love it when you color the DSP to suit your needs, it’s like having a whole new stash of it. Fabulous use of this sketch.

  13. Brian, I like your unique take on this challenge, really creative.

  14. Brian what a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at CYCI ~ Wynne

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