A Sweet Card with Avant Garden

Wow!  The response to yesterday’s Be Inspired Blog How was phenomenal.  I was so happy to be a part of that talented and super-fun group and look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.  We showcased great Sale-a-Bration products yesterday (if you missed my Valentine’s Day treat bag with the Tasty Truck photopolymer stamp set, you can see it here) – and you can hop through all the others, too.  What fun!  Today I’m sharing another Sale-a-Bration stamp set that you can earn with a $50 purchases – Avant Garden, a mix of vintage and modern flowers.  Here’s my card:

Avant Garden, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Avant Garden & Margo.  A big shout-out to Margo Bullwinkel, a member of my InKing Royalty group, who inspired me to play around with Avant Garden.  The group inspires me daily with the projects and tips they share.  When Margo shared her beautiful cards that featured a background panel filled with this flower, stamped over and over, I knew I’d have to give it a try.  She created such a beautiful texture with the flower, so I challenged myself to give it life, too.  I love the “to someone who makes others so happy” sentiment, so I decided to feature that front-and-center.  During Sale-a-Bration, you can earn this set, along with 11 other exclusive items.  Here’s a look a this set:

    Avant Garden, Stampin' Up!

    Avant Garden, Stampin’ Up!

  • A Little Wow.  As if Margo’s fun background technique wasn’t “wow” enough, I’ve added another pop to this card that gives it a little something extra – and if you aren’t looking carefully, you might have missed it.  To the back of the top and bottom of the sentiment band, I glued a piece of Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon.  The ribbon has a satin band down the middle with translucent organza edges.  I glued the satin down and let the organza peek out.  It offers a soft, sweet element to this sentiment.  What do you think?  This picture gives you a closer look at the ribbon on this card:Avant Garden, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Color Combination.  More often than not, if I’m using Rose Red, then I’m pairing it with Perfect Plum – they just blend together perfectly.  For this card, though, I wanted something a little different.  When I reached for Pool Party, I knew this would be my color.  The sweetness of the pale, aqua blue softens the rich tones of Rose Red.  If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Rose Red, Pool Party, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Avant Garden  Papers:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Rose Red  Inks:  Rose Red, Pool Party, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Owl Builder Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. You are so clever to make some so gorgeous and pretty with this stamp set. I knew you though! Love it.

  2. This is so lovely, Brian! And the way you used the ribbon was such a lovely addition! Happy Friday!

  3. Wey pretty! One of my favorite stamp sets! I love what you did with it!

  4. Thanks Margo and Brian, some things I just would never think of, and this is one of them. A card for sure!

  5. masterful placement of the organza! beautiful card, BK!

  6. Great card, Brian. I love this color combo.

  7. Love this technique with Avant Garden. Hope to try it when my set arrives. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Love that owl punch heart! Your color combos are ones I never would have thought of… Thanks?

  9. This is so soft and pretty! I feel a CASE comin’ on!

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