A Sweet Thank You with Flower Shop

Mary Fish is hosting the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge this week – and it’s a fun combination of current In Colors.  2016-2018 In Colors Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach play with 2015-2017 In Color Tip Top Taupe this week – what a great combination.  I let Flower Shop come out to play for this clean-and-layered card.  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Flower Shop, Vertical Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA313And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Tip Top Taupe, Peekaboo Peach

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Stamp Sets.  My card features two stamp sets – one has been around for a couple of years, and the other is brand new in the 2016 Annual Catalog.  Before stamping this patterned background of Tip Top Taupe flowers, I stamped the Archival Basic Black with this image from Flower Shop and built the others around it.  Once I was done, I cropped the paper to size, colored the flower and added the Flirty Flamingo Enamel Dot.  You can click on either of these images to see these products in my online store:
    Flower Shop, Stampin' Up!

    Flower Shop, Stampin’ Up!

    Vertical Greetings, Stampin' Up!

    Vertical Greetings, Stampin’ Up!

  • Bold Coloring Tip.  While I certainly could have cropped this flower with the coordinating Pansy Punch, I decided to the flower pop because of its color – not its dimension.  These bright, bold colors really pop against the Tip Top Taupe background.  That’s because the colors are amazingly bright and how I patiently colored the petals.  Alternating between the two new shades, I colored the petals with Stampin’ Write Markers.  When Whisper White gets too wet, it starts to pill.  I patiently waited for the ink to completely dry before adding another layer of ink on top.  Perfection!

    2016-2018 Stampin' Write Markers

    2016-2018 Stampin’ Write Markers

  • Tag.  I stamped the tag that says “thank you!” from the side of the floral panel in multiple colors before settling on Flirty Flamingo.  Why?  The pink tag played well with the pink center to the colorful flower.  There was already so much Peekaboo Peach in the flower, so I accented with Flirty Flamingo to get the balance I was looking for.  I stamped the sentiment along the corner edge of a piece of paper so that I would only have to cut into one of the sides of the tag (I only had to snip the bottom of this tag).

Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Vertical Greetings  Papers:  Tip Top Taupe, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Tip Top Taupe, Archival Basic Black, Stampin Write Markers (Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach)  Accessories:  2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Stampin’ DimensionalsFlower Shop, Vertical Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA313

I hope you’ll pop over 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 that you colored only one of the flowers and the vertical sentiment makes it stunning. Have a great day!

  2. Cool use of markers . . . love the isolated and colorful flower1

  3. Wow! Love this beautiful solitary flower!!!! Once again your colors work so well together!

  4. oooohhh…love this!!!

  5. Great card Brian! Love the coloring! And the vertical sentiment is so cool!

  6. I love spotlighting…and you did a great job with it on that gorgeous flower, Brian! Your card is awesome, love the vertical greeting!

  7. Nicely done Mr. B! Flower you doing??? =) Whenever I put a word stamp on the side (or top) along the edge like that I call it the “Levi tag” look because it reminds me of a Levi tag on a pair of Levis. WAY COOL!!!

  8. Good Morning Brian:

    I think what makes this card so outstanding is the bit of black accenting you used. That bit of layering makes everything pop and really pulls the colors and lack of color (white) together. Each layer enhances the ones that come after it. Just gorgeous.

  9. Very smart looking card today. Love the simple idea of getting an image to “pop” without cutting it out and using dimensionals. Very clever!

  10. Perfect balance and a beautiful combination, Brian!

  11. Really like this card, Brian. Back ground (your’s) is excellent and the flower coloring is gorgeous. Very clever!!

  12. Brian, coloring just one flower was a brilliant idea! Love it!!

  13. Who needs adult coloring books, when you can color on a card and make a gorgeous card like yours! I love your card, Brian!

  14. I have to agree with Beth. Love this. The side sentiment is perfect.

  15. Jennifer Michalski

    Brian, this is a stand out card…I love it. Perfect balance of colors for this challenge 🙂

  16. Oh man – I love love love this card!! Beautiful, Brian! 🙂

  17. First, really like the sentiment on the side…but love the one colored flower…great coloring, too!

  18. I’m a neutrals girl and I love how you made the Tip Top Taupe provide a solid background for that standout pop of color. It clean and simple at its best. Show ’em how it’s done King!

  19. Stunning use of the flower ship stamp set and the color palette.

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