Friendly Wishes for FabFri70

Today’s card includes three brilliantly paired colors for this week’s FabFriday Color Challenge (Pool Party, Mossy Meadow and Real Red) and three stamp sets that I used to make one focal image.  Here’s my card:Friendly Wishes, Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri79

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

FabFri79 - December 11

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Fun Collection of Stamp Sets.  All three of the stamp sets I used on today’s card are from the Annual Catalog.  While I’ve used these set sparingly, I think they came together seamlessly here.  Sentiments, images and a background stamp – what could be more perfect?  Here are the three sets I used to create this fun panel for my card:
    Friendly Wishes, Stampin' Up!

    Friendly Wishes, Stampin’ Up!

    Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

    Cottage Greetings, Stampin’ Up!

    Writing Notes, Stampin' Up!

    Writing Notes, Stampin’ Up!

  • Banner Balancing.  With the sketched sentiment in the bottom, right corner of my card, the top, left corner of the notebook paper felt a little naked.  I added two banners by punching strips of cardstock with my Washi Label punch and adding banner tips with the edge of the Hexagon punch.  The weight of the Mossy Meadow banner is lightened a bit by the pale Pool Party banner.  To add the third color into the banners, I cropped a heart from the Owl Builder punch.  Sweet and balanced.
  • Perfect Spacing.  When adding three pearls or three candy dots, I always suggest securing the two ends before placing the center embellishment – it’s much easier to find the “middle ground” between two ends than it is to add an end that leaves all three embellishments perfectly spaced out.  When adding the flowers to the LOVE sentiment above, though, I took a different approach.  I visualized where the flowers should rest on top of the word and then stamped the large flower, followed by the one on the left (both are centered on the top of the “V”.  Before I started stamping the flowers, I wasn’t 100% sure where the right flower needed to be on the “E”, so I stamped that one last.

Stamp Sets:  Friendly Wishes, Cottage Greetings, Writing Notes  Papers:  Pool Party, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Pool Party), Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Mossy Meadow), Uniball Signo Gel Pen  Accessories:  Washi Label punch, Owl Builder punch, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), 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.  After this challenge, Fab Friday challenges will be on hiatus until February – so play along now if you want to play along.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Fabulous card! The design is just terrific.

  2. Great design and amazing color combinations. Love your interpretation.

  3. Someone is going to be blessed to receive this heartwarming card…it’s a keeper!

  4. Too cute, thanks for the tip using the washi tape punch to make a quick banner.

  5. Of course I Love all of your cards….But this one just takes the cake! It is perfect!! Thank you.

  6. Wow Brian! That card is excellent! The sentiment and images come together so well they look as though they are all one stamp. I love it! 🙂

  7. Beautiful. I especially like how the flowers seem to “grow” out of love (literally)!

  8. Oooohhhh . . . love this one too. So many colors, layers and designs, very exciting!

  9. Awesome card Brian. Love seeing your owl punch get some love. Fantastic use of the colours and some great tips you have shared. Thank you.

  10. Brian, you are such a wonderful designer! This card is perfect and beautiful, my friend! 🙂

  11. Nice color combo and I really like the stamp sets you featured today
    Pretty card !

  12. Hi Brian:

    The Friendly Wishes stamp set is one of my absolutely favorite sets from this years catalog and I’ve used it a lot. Your card is delightfully beautiful, as always. I really like the way you accented the flags with the little heart. Every card you make is so very special. Thanks for always sharing your talents with us.

  13. Great card, Brian. I love the colors and the peeks at new items.

  14. Sweet card! I love Cottage Greetings!

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