So Happy for You GDP073

Three bright, cheery colors.  You wouldn’t think it would be difficult to make a card with Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy and Watermelon Wonder.  Maybe it’s not.  Perhaps I over-thought this challenge?  There’s a chance I couldn’t stop thinking of stoplights or Christmas trees.  Either way, I’m thrilled with the card I came up with for this week’s Global Design Project challenge.  Here’s my card:

Number of Years, Beautiful You, Kinda Eclectic, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP073And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Watermelon WonderTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Number of Years.  I’ve loved the sweet flowers in the Number of Years stamp set since they were first introduced.  I have used soft shades of green, pink and purples to create a sweet bouquet in the past, but the vibrant Emerald Envy and Watermelon Wonder gave these flowers a different look – and I couldn’t be happier.  The leaves and flowers are designed to have a watercolored, imperfect texture that, ultimately, toned down the Emerald Envy a bit.  The bouquets are stamped three times at the base of the top white panel, giving me a fun, non-structured foundation for my sunshine and sentiment.

    Number of Years, Stampin' Up!

    Number of Years, Stampin’ Up!

  • Don’t Start Over.  When I first set out to play with my stamps and ink, I created an entire card base of these flowers and a sun along the right side.  There was a lot of white space that I couldn’t fill (I’m OK with white space when it’s working for me, but this wasn’t working).  I decided to snip away at the panel to see if I liked it better as a small element on the card.  When I got to 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, I was happy with the placement of the images on the card.  I then created a graphic backdrop for the stamped images.
  • Perfect Pairings.  I played a lot with background colors to get this card balanced the way I wanted.  I tried Daffodil Delight backdrops and Emerald Envy stripes and bases in all colors.  In the end, an Emerald Envy back panel and a Watermelon Wonder stripe worked best.  As I sit back and look at the card, I now see why this combination of these colors work best together.  Each of the three colors is shown on exactly two elements on the card:  Emerald Envy leaves and background panel,  Watermelon Wonder flowers and stripe, Daffodil Delight sun rays and sentiment circle.  Each of the three is shown as paper and ink.  The black and white balance those out, but the colors are delightfully balanced here.  What do you think?

Stamp Sets:  Number of Years, Beautiful You, Kinda Eclectic  Papers:  Emerald Envy, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White  Inks:  Emerald Envy, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Number of Years, Beautiful You, Kinda Eclectic, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP073

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  1. So bright and cheerful your card is today. Love the color block background and how you brought those colors into the forefront with the flowers. A very creative interpretation of this week’s sketch.

  2. Wow!! Great card!! Thank you for pointing out how you balanced the colors – very helpful! And it doesn’t look anything like a stoplight:-). Have a great week!

  3. Great take on the challenge, Brian. I love the flowers, sun rays behind the sentiment circle and the color blocking. Reading your thought process is very interesting and helpful to me. Have a great day!

  4. Bright and Beautiful!! I love your very well-balanced card, Brian!

  5. Love, love, love!!! Beautiful awesome card!!! Such a happy card!! Love it

  6. Your card makes me smile! Everything about it is perfect. I love it!

  7. Uh-oh! I saw saw the words stoplight and Christmas above. Still the plant life on your card takes it to a great direction! Superb!

  8. I have never used the leaves and flowers on that stamp set…..I will now! Thanks Brian!

  9. Hi Brian:

    Love this card – I have found that I use the Kinda Eclectic stamp set a lot more then I ever thought I would. In fact, I fought with myself as to whether to buy it or not and I’m so glad that I went with the buy it. I have used it in every kind of card imaginable from birthday to wedding to sympathy and everything in between. One of the best stamp set investments I’ve ever made.

  10. I like it ! As you said the colors are kinda in your face in vibrancy ,but you balanced all three well. Love the flowers . I think we overlook the little images sometimes or put off using them.
    I went and looked at the other cards and yours was shouting LOOK AT ME !!

  11. Beautiful card, Brian! Love the layout!

  12. Love your card Brian. You have such a great style all your own and you always suprise me in some way. Love the 2 color background and the circle of yellow with the sentiment just makes me smile.

  13. Well now you’ve done it! I couldn’t really imagine that color combo at first … but you really nailed it with this card! Happy February!

  14. Your card inspires smiles!!! Loving the great big white border framing and contrasting the amazing color palette of this project! Also loving the combined elements from the various stamp sets creating a picture perfect scene!

  15. Great bold card Brian – I admit I find Emerald Envy a difficult colour – and here’s me with Irish parents lol!

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