B.Y.O.P. for GDP

This week’s Global Design Project color challenge gave me the opportunity to make a Graduation Card I’ve needed to make – Night of Navy, Calypso Coral and Sahara Sand were the perfect foundation for this fun card.  AND the colors worked perfectly for a male or female.  Here’s my card:BYOP, Be the Star, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP033And here’s the banner for this week’s Global Design Project challenge that inspired my card:

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  • B.Y.O.P. and Be the Star.  You’d almost think these two sets were made for each other – the stars fit so perfectly along the top and bottom of the sentiment.  B.Y.O.P. is carrying over into Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, while Be the Star is being retired.  I love the sentiments in the B.Y.O.P. set and haven’t used it enough – my mind tells me it’s just for gift cards, but that’s simply not the case.  Just look at how flexible these great sayings are – and the card I shared with you today doesn’t have a gift card enclosure at all:

    B.Y.O.P., Stampin' Up!

    B.Y.O.P., Stampin’ Up!

  • Graduated Stars for the Graduate.  My original design had a Whisper White panel between the base of the card and the top panel.  Before gluing it all down, I decided to add stars to that background panel.  It makes a great impact, but it was easy to accomplish.  To create a fun effect with the stars that border my central panel, I inked the stars with Calypso Coral and stamped with full coverage on the right side.  As I made my way left, I stamped off once, then twice, then three times to make the stars lighter and lighter.  Easy and fun!   BYOP, Be the Star, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP033
  • Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder to the Rescue.  I stamped the GRAD sentiment with Night of Navy and colored it in with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker.  Because both a water-based, they will bleed when the two inks meet each other.  I was in luck because my Night of Navy ink pad was quite juicy.  As soon as I stamped the sentiment, I covered it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it.  That allowed me to paint the Calypso Coral into the sentiment with no problems.

Stamp Sets:  B.Y.O.P., Be the Star  Papers:  Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral  Inks:  Night of Navy, Calypso Coral  Accessories:  Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits,  Stampin’ Dimensionals

BYOP, Be the Star, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP033

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  1. Hi Brian, I have no graduations this year but will definitely be keeping this for next. I love your graduated stars and I love your colored in focal stamp. Great card!

  2. Using the clear embossing powder is such a great tip…thanks!!!

  3. Diggin’ the layering of the stars on the sentiment and background. Great tip with the sentiment!

  4. Thank you Brian, I’m going to try that heat embossing with my juices pad today!

  5. I have to agree with everyone that your embossing tip and fading stars technique are wizardly ! Great card !

  6. I graduated a month ago for the first time. I was taken by surprise at how emotional I was about it all, most of all because my friends made a big deal about it when I was all set to be blaze about it. But none of them gave me a card as awesome as this. You’ve captured the spirit within a graduate in this card Brian. I just love it. <3

  7. Hi Brian:

    Your timing couldn’t be more perfect. The graduations will be coming up in only a few weeks and some beautiful cards are certainly in order. I really like this color combo and the way you had the stars fading. Fab card from a fab designer. LOL Thanks.

  8. A fun graduation card Brian, and the graduated (pun intended?) stars on the inside are a great touch!

  9. Brain, what do you have again made ​​a beautiful card , how you have used the stars as background brilliant !

  10. Great, Brian! I like the layout!

  11. Loving the design flow throughout the card Brian. It’s gorgeous and understated & say’s exactly what is needed for the occasion!

  12. All of those layers! I do not think you could get any more! I love it!

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