Happy Day for CTS164

Before I share today’s super-clean card, I want to give a big THANK YOU to the talented designers at CAS(E) This Sketch for selecting my “You’re my Anchor” card as an Honorable Mention.  There were so many amazing projects shared with last week’s sketch – I’m so happy to be recognized among them.  While I enjoy playing along with challenges to spark my creativity, and it’s always so nice to be mentioned by the design team. If you missed this card (or just want to take another look), you can see it here.

This week’s CAS(E) this Sketch challenge is a great one – there are so many great things you can do with the fun layout.  I immediately reached for my Calypso Coral ink and made this festive birthday card:

Balloon Celebration, Perfect Pairing, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS164

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


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Balloon Celebration and Perfect Pairings.  These two stamp sets are perfectly paired – one is available in the Occasions Catalog, and one is a Sale-a-Bration product (you can earn Perfect Pairings with a $50 order – woo hoo!).  While I could have used almost ANY celebratory sentiment, the “happy day” from Perfect Pairings was EXACTLY what I wanted.  Here’s a looked at the two stamp sets that came together to create this card:
    Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!

    Balloon Celebration, Stampin’ Up!

    Perfect Pairings, Stampin' Up!

    Perfect Pairings, Stampin’ Up!

  • Masking.  To create the soft band of Calypso Coral across the bottom of the the Whisper White, I masked the cardstock with two strips of Post-it Tape (you can buy Post-it Tape at any office supplies store) and painted it with Calypso Coral ink and my Clarity Stencil Brushes.  These brushes are soft and gentle, so I was able to get a super-clean and soft layer of ink right down the middle.  I then stamped my balloon centers, the balloon borders and added the strings with my Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (offered as a single marker).Balloon Celebration, Perfect Pairing, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS164
  • Color Combination.  I’ve been using Calypso Coral quite a bit lately.  It needs a dark or neutral color to ground it a bit, so the bright and sweet Calypso pairs beautifully with blacks and grays.  I paired it with Basic Gray for today’s festive card.  If you like this combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Balloon Celebration, Perfect Pairings (Sale-a-Bration)  Papers:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Whisper White  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Archival Basic Gray  Accessories:  Stampin’ DimensionalsBalloon Celebration, Perfect Pairing, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS164

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) this Sketch 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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  1. Brian, this is such a cute card. I love how you masked the area for sponging. It gives the card a “how did you do it” feel. I love your color combo. The balloons are perfect for birthdays. Have a great day!

  2. Knock me over with that cool masking, BK.

  3. This is so fun, the masking looks like another layer.

  4. You’re such a multi-layered guy! 🙂

  5. Balloons and birthdays go together like peanut butter and jelly!!! Love this card, the masking really draws your eyes to those fabulous balloons, the color combination is fabulous, you are indeed the King of layering!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Love the color combinations. Great interpretation.

  7. I like your creation ! The strip of C.Coral is a great touch. I must say thank you for putting me onto using the Smoky Slate for balloon strings ….love it . Congrats on getting a nod on your cute anchor card ….I think it should have won !!

  8. Oh, this is so fun! Fabulous take on the sketch!

  9. Masking like a BOSS! This is out of this world. An awesome creation for the sketch. xx

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