Go Wild on Your Birthday for GDP006

The Global Design Project is hosting a super-fun sketch challenge this week.  Not only has Louise Sharp created a fun graphic design, but she’s told us just where our sentiment should be.  I don’t always follow the rules (you know me better than that), but I followed this sketch pretty closely.  Are you proud of me for staying inside the [really wavy Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack] lines?  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Amazing Birthday, Endless Birthday Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP006And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP-006Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Go Wild.  I created this card with two coordinating, striped papers from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.  The black stripes gave me a perfect diagonal for my slanted edge – this page is met with a matting of Whisper White that pops out from underneath in the bottom, right corner.  If you weren’t looking for it, you might have missed that the band (with the sentiment) is a coordinating, striped paper in Tip Top Taupe.  It was so easy to line up my “happy”s along this band – because the band is lined and because photopolymer stamps are awesome like that.

    Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

    Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin’ Up!

  • Build-a-Circle.  This black-and-white birthday cake really pops against the striped background, don’t you think?  I further accessorized it with balanced circular borders.  The image is stamped in Archival Basic Black on Whisper White and cropped with a 1-1/4″ Circle punch.  That’s bordered with a 1-3/8″ circle on Basic Black and a 1-3/4″ circle on Tip Top Taupe.  These borders help to separate the cake from the busy patterns on the card front and also mimic the borders I’ve created on the outside of the card.
  • Classy Color Combination.  This color combination is just beautiful – thank you, Stampin’ Up!.  While the card might read “masculine” with its muted neutrals, I’d argue it’s just as suitable for a woman.  The combination is classy and classic – you really can’t go wrong with these three colors.  If you like this color combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Amazing Birthday, Endless Birthday Wishes  Papers:  Go Wild, Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle 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.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Very sharp. Love the tailored feel. Great idea for a masculine card.

  2. I really like this card. Great one for the men in your life. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, the matting on the circle is the pop that brings the balance to perfect! Thank you for this wonderful card.

  4. I love this card. Everything is pulled together perfectly.

  5. Really WELL done Brian. I like your take on it and the wild side paper is just perfect for this card. Love it.

  6. Love the beautifully balanced design and use of neutrals. Snazzy how you stamped “happy” to create it’s own element!

  7. Great Card Brian, lovely slim lines in the neutral colors. Ange

  8. Love it, great sketch, too!

  9. I love these colors together!

  10. Brian – I AM so proud of you! Nice to know you have the discipline to “stay in the lines”. LOL I do think having the lower right corner remain plain white really gives a lot of emphasis to the striped area. Fabulous job but hey, it’s a Brian King card so of course it’s perfect, just like Brian King!

  11. Brian, what a beautiful card very well balanced,
    Hugs Frenchie

  12. Great card Brian, I love neutral colors.

  13. Mr. Brian, You must have read our minds! My stamp group is always looking for a masculine or neutral birthday card. I know they will love your design; if I may, I’d like to use yours for our next class. Thanks so much for posting, I can’t wait to see your next project.

  14. perfect! I am so in awe of this!

  15. Great job, wonderful masculine card!

  16. Love the compostion of your male card with the neutral colors. Greeeat job, Brian.
    Hugs Tanja
    Greetings from germany

  17. Brian, you totally knocked this one out of the park! This card is amazing! I love the color pallet that you selected!

  18. Your card is very elegant ❤︎

  19. I love your manly take on this weeks sketch challenge Brian. Being a neutrals girl myself, I also love your colour palette. Once again, I have to bow to your superior “clean” look. You are the King, excuse the pun, it was intended, lol. Love ya xox

  20. Well, isn’t this just a bit swanky!
    As always, I love how you use DSP so beautifully. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your take on this weeks sketch, so clean and polished, simply stunning. Love everything you do,. xo

  21. I love the Go Wild DSP stack and how you used it on your clean card! Beautiful!

  22. Awesome card Brian! Love the designer paper and the colors that you used. Perfect for the sketch! 🙂

  23. Brian, I love that this card says a lot about you as a designer. Every detail is perfectly planned and executed from the color palette to the sentiment. I’m so proud to be part of the Global Design Project and Pals Paper Arts teams with you, but mostly, part of your Stampin’ Up! team.

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  25. Brian,
    WOW!!! This card is amazing, and so sophisticated!!!
    A very nice card for a male! Which is always, a challenge… for me to think of one !!
    Thank You, for the wonderful card, I’m going to try!

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