You’re My Anchor for CTS163 and PP286

I’m really excited to share my project today – I love how it all came together.  Before I share, though, I want to give a big “thank you” to Nance Leady, super-talented designer at the Paper Players, who selected my Sprinkles of Life Rain or Shine card as A Cut Above last week (you can see that card here).  I had a lot of fun with the challenge and am always thrilled to be selected as a favorite – especially by someone as talented as Nance and with such an adorable mom).  Thanks, Nance!  <3

After saying all those lovely things about Nance, fate would have it that she is the host of this week’s Paper Players challenge – :).  My card started with the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch – when I saw that the colors could work perfectly with the Paper Players’ challenge, I decided to do a two-fer.  Here’s my card:Guy Greetings, By the Tide, Gorgeous Grunge, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS163, PP286

And here are the banners for the challenges that inspired my card:



Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper.  Although the printed catalog says the Perfectly Artistic Paper is only offered through February 15, there’s still quite a bit of it to be earned (during Sale-a-Bration, you can select this paper as your gift with a $50 purchase).  Yippee!  There are TWELVE colors featured in this paper of marbled and watercolored prints.  I used the watercolored piece of Bermuda Bay as the frame around the card front – it ties in perfectly with the sprinkling of Bermuda Bay water spots.

    Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper

    Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper

  • Snipping the Anchor and Rope.  I wanted my rope to be a different color than my anchor.  With a little snipping ingenuity and planning, I figured out a way to quickly do that.Guy Greetings, By the Tide, Gorgeous Grunge, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS163, PP286
  • Artful Layering.  I love when a whole bunch of layers really make an image pop.  This coral and anchor might seem a little flat without all these luscious frames behind it.  Here’s a quick rundown of the layers (starting with the base of the card front and working my way up):
    • Sahara Sand: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
    • Basic Black: 4″ x 5-1/4″
    • Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (Bermuda Bay): 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8
    • Sahara Sand: 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″
    • Basic Black: 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″
    • Whisper White: 3″ x 4-1/4″

Stamp Sets:  Guy Greetings, By the Tide Papers:  Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Guy Greetings, By the Tide, Gorgeous Grunge, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS163, PP286

I hope you’ll pop over to CAS(E) This Sketch and The Paper Players see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Shop Now button





weekly deals


Clearance Rack


Stampin' Up!, Brian King





SHARE THIS: Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Print this pageEmail this to someone


  1. Brian, this is one amazingly beautiful masculine card, perfectly layered and put together.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. A gorgeous card, Brian! What a refreshing use of the colors and way to rock that sketch. FABulous! Thank you for your sweet comments…so glad you joined us at The Paper Players. ((hugs))

  3. I can’t wait to receive this in the mail (LOL)! Beautiful layering and simple details. My kinda card!

  4. Gorgeous card! I can’t stop looking at that anchor! I think there should be an Edward Scissorshands award just for you:-). Well done! And thank you for the dimensions!

  5. Brian this card is just perfect! I love all the layers and how you combined guy greetings and by the tide. It’s like those stamps were meant to be together!

  6. Love it ! Great card and I love the details with the anchor .
    I love By The Tide stamp set and you did it proud !!

  7. Oh, this is fabulous! I love your take on the sketch!

  8. Hi Brian!
    I think that By the Tide set is just gorgeous. It has become one of my go to sets for masculine cards. You did a fantastic job of every single thing on this card from your layering to you choice of colors and, of course, your skillful snipping. This really is a beautiful and outstanding card Brian.

  9. There you go Brian, showing off those talented layering and snipping skills. Who wouldn’t want to receive this card! Great job

  10. Fun twofer project. I’m surprised how well these colors work together. Great interpretation for these challenges.

  11. Amazing layers! So effective.

  12. Such a great card Brian….am a lover of layers myself

  13. Beautiful card! Love all the elegant layers….glad you shared it at the Paper Players!

  14. Composition is exquisite! Love!!!

  15. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

  16. Awesome CAS card, Brian….these colors were a bit challenging to me, but I love how you pulled them together so subtly with your maritime theme! Thanks for playing with the Players this week!

    • Thanks so much, Leanne! I had already started playing with the coral (obviously Calypso Coral works well), so adding the spots of blue were easy. Loved this color combo. Thanks!

  17. I adore this Brian! What a fantastic card.

  18. Congrats on your Sketch shout-out … awesome card.

  19. Pingback: Happy Day for CTS164 – STAMP WITH BRIAN

  20. Pingback: Stampin’ Up!’s Helping Me Grow for PPA293 – STAMP WITH BRIAN

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *