Made with Love for GDP048

This week, the Global Design Project team is honoring our super-talented design team member Tanja Kolar.  Week after week, Tanja (a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Germany) shares her fun and artistic projects with us.  It’s always fun to see what Tanja makes.  This week, the challenge is CASEing one of Tanja’s projects – and I hope you’ll want to play along.  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Made with Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP048

And here’s Tanja’s fun project that inspired my card this week:GDP048I’m going to share more about how I made this background in just a moment, but first I want to share the other two cards I made by cropping these colors this way:

Made with Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP048Made with Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP048

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • What does it mean to CASE?  To CASE (Copy and Share Everything) is to find inspiration in someone else’s work (the sketch, the colors, the layout, the theme, the images) and then make it your own.  What a fun way to find inspiration – from a project by another artist – and to pay tribute to their work by recognizing the source of your inspiration!
  • Bold Lines and Soft Tones.  I am really drawn to the colors in Tanja’s balloon-filled project – they are the inspiration for my project today.  How gorgeous are her color selections?!  Even with a bold bushel of balloons, the card is delicate and inviting because of the colors.  The soft shades of pink, green and yellow on a bed of light blue inspired me to make this graphic card with a soft appeal. To mimic the feel of Tanja’s card, I created a bold pattern with soft colors.  So glad they worked so well together.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Blushing Bride, Old Olive, So Saffron, Soft Sky
  • Cropping the background.  To create this background, I stacked three pieces of cardstock on top of each other (Old Olive, Blushing Bride and So Saffron).  I used a guillotine trimmer (a retired Stampin’ up tabletop cutter) to cut bold lines through the pieces so that each layer was trimmed at exactly the same place.  I then pieced together the “puzzle pieces,” flipped them over and taped them on the backside.  When I layered them on Basic Gray cardstock, the pieces were secured in place.  What a fun way to create a matching pattern!  This is the tabletop cutter I used:trimmer

Stamp Sets:  Made with Love  Papers:  Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Gray, Stampin’ Write Markers (So Saffon, Blushing Bride, Old Olive)  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Here’s a peek at all three of the cards together:

Made with Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP048

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project 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. Oh Super Great Brian! This is right up my alley. When I finish a card, I use what scraps I have to make my next card, or at least give me inspiration for it. I’m always trying to make the opposite design or a mirror image, etc. I love this set of cards so much. I was thinking Christmas colors tool Happy Monday.

  2. I love making card sets, this is perfect. Your case abilities amaze me.

  3. I have the guillotine trimmer and it is the only trimmer I use! I love the perfect cuts on multiple layers. I wish they would bring that back! Also, Holiday Catalog Paper samples? I am assuming you will be selling those soon??? 🙂

    • Hey Judy, YES! I’ll be hosting shares and making swatch books. I am not able to start selling those until September 1 (when I can order the product), so I’ll post them the last week of August. 🙂 Excited to get started!

  4. This reminds me of that Sunburst Thinlit (which I have not used yet !)
    Just look at all of the color combos that you can put together .
    You did a fun mix of colors and love all three cards you show with the changing of their placements .

  5. I adore how you use the soft colors in a “sunburst” pattern. Simple and amazing photographed in a row!

  6. The idea of being able to cut the card stock for 3 cards at once is brilliant. I’ll have to remember this for when I finally get my act together and start making Christmas cards. I also love the way you converted Tanja’s balloon images into “puzzle” pieces. Just beautiful.

  7. Love the background design you created! I am drawn to the colors too and will start my card for the challenge soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I’ve studied and studied…MUST have a short video on how you cut that triple layer SO darn precisely! ???

  9. This is such a wow cards…love the simple beauty

  10. What a great idea to make a “jig saw” background the way you did. I need to remember this awesome technique. Great take on Tanja’s project this week Brian x

  11. A starburst with a difference! Why can’t I make things as amazing as you? You are so talented, these cards are beautiful. xo

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