Remarkable You and Cottage Greetings for CYCI#120

I love when a simple sketch inspires a fun card idea.  This week’s Can You Case It sketch gave me just the starting point I needed to make the card I’m sharing today.  The card features three current stamp sets that I don’t use enough – and all three are carrying forward into the 2016 Annual Catalog, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them.  Remarkable You, Cottage Greetings and Hardwood worked perfectly together to build a beautiful card.  Here’s my project:

Remarkable You, Cottage Greetings, Hardwood, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CYCI120

And here’s Eva Bussom’s sketch that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Hardwood.  There are 23,458 combinations of colors you can use to create a beautiful background with Stampin’ Up!’s Hardwood background stamp.  That number is 100% not supportable, but it sounds good, right?  For this card, I inked up the wood grained image with Tip Top Taupe and stamped it onto Sahara Sand cardstock.  It really created a lovely, aged look – I was thrilled to put together the rest of the card after that element turned out so well.

    Hardwood, Stampin' Up!

    Hardwood, Stampin’ Up!

  • Snipping – but not Fussy Cutting.  I stamped this branch of leaves with Archival Basic Black ink on the Hardwood background.  I then stamped the same branch on Pear Pizzazz and snipped them out.  Because the leaves are so chunky and not designed with fine details, it was easy and quick to snip them out.  Even the biggest opponent of fussy cutting (is that you?) would agree that this was a quick snip.  I stamped some of the leaves off the edge of the cardstock – if you do that, make sure you have SOME of the leaf on the panel or you will have removed one of the leaves completely – want to know how I figured that out?
  • Simple Layers.  While I wanted to support these beautiful leaves with some fun borders, I didn’t want the background to be fussy at all – no distracting from the main star!  Here are the layers I used on this card (starting with the base and working my way up):
    • Pear Pizzazz – 5″ x 5″
    • Basic Black – 4-3/8″ x 4-3/8″
    • Whisper White – 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″
    • Basic Black – 3-5/8″ x 3-5/8″
    • Sahara Sand – 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
    • Whisper White (banner) – 5/8″ x 3-1/2″

Stamp Sets:  Remarkable You, Cottage Greetings, Hardwood  Papers:  Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Remarkable You, Cottage Greetings, Hardwood, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CYCI120

I hope you’ll pop over to the Can You Case It? 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. Wow once again. The leaves pop off the card really giving it a 3D look. Thank you for sharing the layer dimensions. Have a fabulous trip.

  2. Love the card and it’s always a happy day when measurements are included! Thanks Brian.

  3. Great card ! I like the leaves hanging off the edge . That adds interest to the total image instead of it looking flat . I really like that look .

  4. Love how the leaves look against the woodgrain!

  5. This is so simple and so lovely! This would make a great card for SO many occasions! I love the bold black outlines tying together the leaves and all the layers. Gorgeous!

  6. The woodgrain background and the Pear Pizzazz leaves go perfectly together. Thanks for the dimensions.

  7. Chris R. from Iowa

    Love the black on here – makes the whole card pop! Thanks for the tip about stamping with the Tip Top Taupe on Sahara Sand cardstock for the wood grain – looks sensational. Those leaves look so realistic, I am going to have to check out that set. Hope your day is wonderful too!

  8. Simple and elegant. you are the MASTER of layers. I am but a grasshopper looking in awe at your work. love the list of dimensions too. so now grasshopper can cheat and maybe look like a master. enjoy your day.

  9. Stunning and fabulous! Love the leaves! Thanks for joining CYCI my friend! 🙂 Eva

  10. This is gorgeous Brian! Thanks for joining us at CYCI this week!

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