I Think You’re Great for FabFri75

This week’s Fab Friday Color Challenge – Basic Black, Tangelo Twist and Bermuda Bay – offers the perfect foundation for a super-fun Halloween card.  With lots of amazing Halloween inspiration at my fingertips, though, I opted to turn these colors into a fun and flirty “I like you” card.  Here’s my card for FabFri75:

I Think You're Great, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri75

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Fun Paper.  I knew from the start that I didn’t want to make a Halloween card for this color challenge.  That said, it all started with this piece of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.  The imperfect, charming Very Vanilla circles were the start of this quirky, somewhat unusual card.  I love their playfulness and colored a strip of them in Tangelo and alternated Bermuda Bay on the other two strips.  You already know how much I love to color on black-and-white paper, so you shouldn’t be surprised by this pairing of paper and ink.  🙂

    Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper

    Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper

  • Funky Flower.  Do you recognize the funky flower showcased behind the sentiment in this project?  While I could have used the perfectly circular Scallop Circle punch, I wanted something different.  Inspired by the odd-shaped circles from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, I wanted a fun and playful backdrop for this super-inspiring sentiment.  I found it in the Flower Fair Framelits (it’s the largest shape in the top, left corner) – just what I needed.

    Flower Fair Framelits, Stampin' Up!

    Flower Fair Framelits, Stampin’ Up!

  • Simple Layout.  A strip of paper on a square of paper with a sentiment on top.  That’s all you need to create a perfectly simple layout.  I moved these three shapes all over the card front, played with the sizes of the panels and changed the orientation of the card before deciding on this layout.  I allowed the canvases of color take their space on the card – big panel of Tangelo Twist, big chunk of Bermuda Bay, big strip of Basic Black.  Each has their day in the sun with this layout.

Stamp Sets:  I Think You’re Great  Papers:  Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Stampin’ Write Markers (Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay)  Accessories:  Flower Fair Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, 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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  1. I love how you have – coloured the dots in – how you think outside the square (or dots in this case) and – your cards are fun and flirty and mine are loose! Haha Angela xxx

  2. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Love the colors and that you colored the polka dots! Not surprised you did it, though, as you love to do that!

  3. geraldine homenchuk

    Your sense of colour and design if amazing! I really look forward to your creations on a daily basis … this one is certainly no exception! Marvellous balance … you definitely have an artist’s eye!

    • geraldine homenchuk

      Your sense of colour and design are amazing! I really look forward to your creations on a daily basis … this one is certainly no exception! Marvellous balance … you definitely have an artist’s eye!

  4. Love how you used the Flower Fair Framelit for the backdrop for the sentiment. Genius.

  5. Love how you thought outside the box on these colors and opted for a “fun and flirty” card. Can’t wait until it arrives in my mail!

  6. Super cute card Brian, it makes me think of Miami. I love it

  7. Brian, what a great idea !!!! Did u color the dots , you had me looking at my DSP looking for that one , only you my friend, ?
    Have a nice weekend, is Mom making anything for us soon ?
    Hugs Frenchie,

  8. Chris R. from Iowa

    What fun! I love this idea and the layout is perfect to CASE. Thanks a bunch Brian for giving me some ideas for a couple cards I need to make by just varying the sentiment!

  9. I think I need to start my list..I like the Flower Fair Framelit and the way you used the large flower. Thank you for the ideas you give us , with each card.

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