Bordering Blooms for PPA291

Mary Fish is hosting this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge.  For this week, Mary inspired us with Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party.  I reached for several sets and put them back before realizing Bordering Blooms, a photopolymer stamp set in the Annual Catalog, would give me exactly what I wanted to make a card with these luscious colors.  Here’s my card for this week’s PPA challenge:

Bordering Blooms, Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA291

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Bordering Blooms Background.  While this card appears to be super-simple (Designer Series Paper with a couple of circles), there’s not a stitch of Designer Series Paper on this card.  I created this background by stamping the Bordering Bloom photopolymer stamp set repeatedly across a panel of Whisper White cardstock with Basic Black Archival ink.  I then colored the images with my trusty Stampin’ Write Markers in the three colors for the week’s challenge.  What fun!

    Bordering Blooms, Stampin' Up!

    Bordering Blooms, Stampin’ Up!

  • Taming the Busy Background.  This background I created is bright and beautiful, but it’s also very busy.  Lots going on.  The card needed some large frames of solid paper to tame the busy energy of the paper.  The large Pool Party circle around the simple sentiment and the large border of Pool Party that frames the panel allow this paper to shine while also giving the sentiment a fair chance.
  • Basic Black Archival.  When Stampin’ Up! released the 2015 Holiday Catalog at last year’s Convention, the crowd went WILD for the introduction of the Basic Black and Basic Gray Archival Ink Pads.  These new-and-improved pads allow us to pull out our Stampin’ Write Markers without fear of the ink running – and there’s no messy, arduous cleanup like with StazOn.  If you don’t have the Basic Black and Basic Gray Archival Inks yet, I promise you won’t regret the decision.

Stamp Sets:  Bordering Blooms, Cottage Greetings  Papers:  Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party)  Accessories:  2-1/2″ Circle punch, 2″Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ DimensionalsBordering Blooms, Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA291

I hope you’ll pop over to Pals Paper Arts to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. This card is oh-so-super-sweet, Brian. Love those beautiful blossoms!

  2. Hi Brian!
    You are inspirational. The coloring is beyond fantastic. Great job. Love the card.

  3. This is so very pretty!

  4. Oh, Brian, so very beautiful! Love the flowers, fantastic idea. Coloring is wonderful. Fantastic!

  5. Great card today, Brian. I love your coloring. I thought it was DSP, but should have known you would apply your own special touch. Great design on the challenge.

  6. I love the way you rocked these colors for the challenge. Such a lovely background and nice to see the border stamps come to life!

  7. My goodness ….just look at this card ! Love your creativity and the blossom is so cute and vivid ! You should win the prize on this one !

  8. I adore this card! So cute and perfect

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous card Brian. I love this border set and find myself using it more than I thought I would. You did a fantastic job coloring your background AND, just that teensy weensy bit of black to offset the white from the Pool Party, really makes it outstanding. Have a Terrific Thursday my friend.

  10. Absolutely inspired Brian. I have this stamp set and just have not been able to come up with something for it. Wow, the stamp along with your beautiful layering is gorgeous.

  11. I knew immediately your background were the border stamps cuz I used that very one for making a Christmas card & coloring with red, white gel pen & green. but this card is exquisite!!! you knocked this one outta the ball park Brian.

  12. I’m always fascinated with the way you create your own DSP. I think this may be my favorite. Great job! I really must try this.

  13. Fantastic background Brian. Perfect for the happy stamp.

  14. I thought it was so brilliant to use the border stamps to make a background”paper”!

  15. Beautiful card. I love the use of the border stamp because I always have a problem coming up with a way to use them. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  16. Brian, love your steady hand, totally thought it was DSP. Perfect layering.

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  18. Brian this card is bright and stunningly elegant! Love it – do you need my address?

  19. I love it !!! ❤️
    Hugs Frenchie

  20. OK, so after reading your post, I was amazed this was not Designer Series Paper. It looks so perfect, but did I expect anything less? Of course not. Gorgeous card, Brian.

  21. I like how you are so creative in the creation of backgrounds with stamps. Must emulate.


  22. A genius matter and color in er you are! Awesome card!

  23. Brian, you are the master of sentiments and perfect backgrounds. This is another perfect example of your talent in this regard….

  24. Clever, clever, clever Brian! What a great background pattern. And, may I wish YOU ridiculous amounts of happiness!!!

  25. Fabulously fun card, Brian! The background you created for this card is just so sweet. Lovely work, as always.

  26. I love how you created your own DSP for this card, Brian! I’d somehow completely overlooked that stamp set, but will definitely be checking it out now!

  27. How did I not see this pretty card come into my email inbox? It’s gorgeous. I just love the way you created your own background. You always know how to use a stamp to its fullest potential.

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