Watercolor Wings for FMS223

The moment I saw Amy O’Neill’s sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, I knew exactly what I would make.  I sketched i out and was ready to go.  Then, I changed my mind.  Then I made a sweet Valentine’s Day card that looks nothing like what I originally thought I would make.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that Amy O’Neill inspired me to design three different cards.  Thanks, Amy!  Here’s the card I made:

Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS223

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

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sweet Sentiment.  Sweet sentiments for Valentine’s Day can be found throughout the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  I grabbed this amazing sentiment (“the little moments with you matter a lot to me”) from Watercolor Wings.  You already have the set – so why not use it for a super-sweet Valentine’s Day card?  This sentiment is perfect for a close friend or can take a romantic turn – it just depends on who you give it to!  🙂

    Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!

    Watercolor Wings, Stampin’ Up!

  • It’s My Party!  There are two elements on this sweet card from the It’s My Party suite of products.  The black speckled paper is from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack –  a MUST HAVE from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog.  I’ve shown papers from this stack of papers in several projects over the last couple of months.  What I haven’t shown but love just as much – the Its My Party Enamel Dots.  These little embellishments are shiny and smooth and perfect.  I used the dots to replace the x-shape behind the circle.  The Mint Macaron dots are fun enough to match that element of the sketch but soft enough to not steel the show.Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS223
  • Color Combination.  These colors play well together – Basic Black, Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron.  Dark, bright and soft.  I used the lightest of the three for the base of my card, which ties in to the sweet enamel dots featured on the card.  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron

Stamp Sets:  Watercolor Wings  Papers:  It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Basic Black  Inks: Archival Basic Black, VersaMark  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss powder, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, It’s My Party Enamel Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches 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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Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI get so much joy from the time and energy I pour into my blog and my amazing online community.  Who would have ever thought online friendships could be so great?

I shared a bit about that journey with you in a post earlier this week – if you missed it, you can see it here.  I love to hear when I’ve inspired you to create beautiful things, and it makes my heart warm to know how many friendships have been formed through a shared love of this craft.

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Everyone is talking about InKing Royalty – here’s what some of them are saying:

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  1. Brian, your white embossing always looks so crisp and clean. Even with my embossing buddy, I always feel like I get a little speck or two of white where I don’t want it 🙂 Especially with white.

    Do you have any tricks?

    • After applying the embossing powder, I let the area dry for a little while. I then take a paint brush that has a small collection of long bristles shaped into a pointed end and brush away any extra embossing powder before I apply heat. Someone once suggested using a paint brush with chisel-cut bristles, but I did not have good control of this style brush. I do hope this helps.

    • Kathy – Thanks! I apply the embossing powder, shake it off, give a big “thump” to the back with my finger and then carefully swipe away the strays with a fine paint brush before heating. Hope that helps.

  2. Boy Brian – those enamel dots really do add that extra punch to this card. Fabulous job as always. LOL

  3. That yummy strip of Melon “MOM-bow” is the perfect touch!

  4. Wow, I forgot about that sweet sentiment, love how you mix and match them.

  5. Love those Enamel Dots, hope we’ll see more of those from Stamping’ Up.

  6. Perfection, as per usual. This color combo is dreamy.

  7. I have this stamp set and hadn’t noticed that sentiment. Hope I’m not the only one that has that experience! Great card, love the color combo.

  8. Love love love the colors! And the way you did the sentiment is wonderful! Huge fan of enamel dots…..look great!

  9. Ha! Glad you got three cards out of this sketch! I love the one you’ve shared. The color combination is very fun, and I love how you’ve used the enamel dots with the sketch. Always good to see one of your cards in our gallery at FMS, Brian!

  10. I love the two piece/two color sentiment panel! It really does make it pop. Very clever way to add the four ‘banner’ pieces, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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