Badges & Banners for PPA309

Katy McGloin is this week’s Featured Designer at the Pals Paper Arts this week, and she’s chosen a wonderfully unique color palette for her color challenge.  Island Indigo and Sweet Sugarplum are surprisingly wonderful together (who’da thunk it?), and Sahara Sand adds the perfect backdrop for these colors to shine.  I used Badges & Banners and Mixed Borders to create this simple card:

Badges & Banners, Mixed Borders, Touches of Texture, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA309

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

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Badges & Banners.  I adore the new Best Badge punch – I know I’ll have a lot of fun with this unique shape.  There are several great images in this set that pair perfectly with other punches – 1-3/8″ Circle and Duet Banner.  While there are some really great images in this set (how can you resist this cute bird cage?), I chose to feature the finely-striped background image.  Stamped in Island Indigo on Thick Whisper White, this image gave me the perfect background for my sweet sentiment.  Since the stamp set pairs perfectly with the punch, you might as well get the bundle, right?

    Badges & Banners Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Badges & Banners Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Just a Little Touch of Texture.  I used the Touches of Texture stamps set to create an almost-invisible texture on the large piece of Island Indigo featured on this card.  I really like to large splotch of drops (that should be the name of a garage band somewhere – “Welcome to the stage – “Splotch of Drops!”) in the stamp set and opted to step outside of my typical “just keep it clean” attitude.  OK, so I admit that stamping the image off four times before stamping it onto the colored cardstock didn’t reveal a bold texture at all, but your brain knows something wonderful is there.

    Touches of Texture, Stampin' Up!

    Touches of Texture, Stampin’ Up!

  • Bordered in White.  I love thin frames around my layers – you already know that.  Because the badge had a thin border of white after I cropped it with the Best Badges punch, I decided a white border would look nice around the Sweet Sugarplum and Island Indigo panels, too.  It’s crisp and bold and really helps pull your eye to the middle of the set where the super-sweet sentiment is.  Don’t you agree?

Stamp Sets:  Badges & Banners, Mixed Borders, Touches of Texture  Papers:  Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White  Inks:  Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum  Accessories:  1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Best Badge punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Badges & Banners, MIxed Borders, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA309

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts 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. I love how you dialed the masculine feel of the banner punch and stamp set and made it pretty!

  2. Another winner, Brian. Love the color combo too!!! Your simplicity always gets to me because I feel I can achieve those same results :0)

  3. Hi Brian, Love everything about this card. Your layers are phenomenal. 🙂

  4. I’m with Nancy…love the layers!

  5. Love it!!! So perfectly wonderful…love the white layering!! It really makes the card pop!!! But, you already know that 🙂

  6. Okay ….now I am looking at this Bundle . Did not appeal to me before ,but it does have some versatile options !
    Like your card and can`t wait for your Garage Band`s first CD release !!
    Neat thing is with that name it can be reversed !!

  7. I never ever thought those colors would look so absolutely breath taking together. Leave it to you to continually surprise me with what you can do with some difficult to imagine color combos. As always, a fabulous card.

  8. Oooooh ,pretty loving it !!! ❤️
    Hugs Frenchie

  9. Brian, I adore this card! The background stamp really draws you in. TFS this idea.

  10. Wonderful card, Brian! Clean with layers is definitely your style. The added ink texture to the Island Indigo panel is a very nice touch!!

  11. Love, love, love your layers on this one Brian. And the neat shapes and clean look, it’s beautiful.

  12. Love the layers and the badge on this card…well done!

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