Celebrate with GDP016

The Global Design Team is hosting a “CASE the Designer” challenge this week.  We all created projects inspired by a card created by Bibi Cameron (which was super-easy to do because Bibi’s gorgeous Christmas card is filled with gorgeous depth and texture.  Inspiration could be found in the colors, technique, layout, theme – anything.  Here’s my card:

It's My Party Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP016And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP016Bibi’s shaker card is just beautiful – and its watercolored background is an unexpected look for a Christmas card.  I CASE’d the layout of Bibi’s card – with the circle in the middle and the die-cut sentiment across it.  My card also CASE’d the overall celebratory feel of Bibi’s card.  I hope I make her proud with my super-simple, clean project.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Glossy Sentiment.  This white, glossy sentiment was left over from the swap cards I created for Stampin’ Up!’s Convention this year.  I got a little carried away with my spray painting – and my card making couldn’t keep up.  As such, I have quite a few of these wooden masterpieces to use up or hand out.  If you’d like a look back at how I painted them, click here.Converting Expressions Natural Elements from Flat to Flashy, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Lots of White.  Even with the introduction of Thick Whisper White, I don’t naturally gravitate toward white as the base of a card.  With this vibrant piece of Melon Mambo paper from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack and the bold Bermuda Bay balloon, though, I needed something savory to offset the sweet (kinda like having a glass of water after eating a piece of cake to dilute the sugar in your system a bit).  The Whisper White base helps to bring out the stars on the paper and is a perfect backdrop for this glossy white sentiment.
  • Vibrant Color Combination.  I just love this combination of Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay (a pink-and-blue combination is always exciting).  Add in a touch of yellow with a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker (I colored in a few of the stars), and you’ve got a color combination that wows.  Whisper White plays a very important role in this card, too, so I’m giving it credit here, as well:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Balloon Builders (balloon string)  Papers:  It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, Bermuda Bay, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Balloon Framelits, Expressions Natural Elements, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project 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 your bright and cheerful card Brian. Great way to CASE the designer! 🙂

  2. Brian, what a great idea to spray paint the Wood Elements! This may be a super-simple, clean project but your attention to detail is impressive! The fine Bermuda Bay layer is perfect between the bright pink dsp and crisp white base card. Love the pop of yellow in the stars!

  3. So bright and fun, love your card Brian and great idea to spray paint those wooden elements, I did wonder how you got in all the nooks and crannies but now I know! Thanks for sharing your card and this great tip! Wishing you a wonder Christmas xx

  4. coloring the stars – genius!

  5. Fantastic CASE, Brian! I love how cheery your card is, my friend! And I love how you coloured some of the stars, too…you’re tops in my book.

  6. Love how you painted the sentiment. Such a bold statement!

  7. Another happy card! Yayyy!

  8. Love your card and the inspiration as well. Will have to get with the challenge.

  9. I love the colors. Great, Brian!!

  10. I know Bibi will be delighted with your CASE card Brian. It is a celebration in itself. Love the glossy sentiment and thanks for sharing how you achieved such a high gloss look. Merry Christmas Brian ♥

  11. Welcome to the white side! As you know I am a white-aholic! Great choice here!

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