A Sweet Sympathy Card with Remarkable You

Stampin’ Up! has so many great images to create artistic blobs in the center of a card (Gorgeous Grunge, Touches of Texture and Awesomely Artistic are built with amazing images that create fun backgrounds.  For this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, I created my own “blob” with an oldy-but-goody technique that I love.  Here’s my card:

Remarkable You, Butterfly Basics, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS209And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

CTS 209

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Remarkable You – It’s Remarkable!  Remarkable You is a carryover stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Annual Catalog, and it’s one of my all-time favorite stamp sets.  While the set is at a slightly higher price point than many other sets (the images are really large [and wonderful], and the set is only offered in red rubber), but it’s worth the investment.  I’ve used all of the images and all of the sentiments – this set has been a go-to for me since I bought it when it was released.  It’s fun for watercoloring (if you like that kind of thing) or paper snipping (if you like that kind of thing) or just creating a beautiful, simple background on a card (you MUST like that kind of thing).  Even in clear-mount, this set gets you half-way to a free Sale-a-Bration item.  That’s a good thing!  🙂

    Remarkable You, Stampin' Up!

    Remarkable You, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sponging the Circle.  When I set out to make this card, I realized it had been a while since I last made a card showcasing this technique.  As I tabbed through my old posts, looking for that card, I tabbed a lot longer than I expected.  The last card with this simple technique was almost THREE years ago – in March of 2014.  I also made a video that I’m happy to share here – it’s one of my first videos and showcases some retired products and colors (do you remember Strawberry Slush and Midnight Muse?).  You’ll still get all the information you need, I’m sure.  🙂  If you want to see the original post, you can click here.

  • Soft and Sweet.  I adore yellow-and-gray combinations.  All shades of these two colors work well together, but the pairing of So Saffron and Smoky Slate is so soft and sweet.  The thin border of So Saffron around the Whisper White panel on this card frames the focal trio perfectly.  I added the sentiment in Basic Black for a touch of needed boldness on the card.  If you like this combination and want to give it a try, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Remarkable You, Butterfly Basics  Papers:  Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Whisper White  Inks:  So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Basic Black  Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits, Stampin’ Sponges

Remarkable You, Butterfly Basics, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS209I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Good morning, Brian! This is such a lovely card and the color palette ? will be “pinned” ?. I’m off to re-watch your video!

  2. See Brian, this is what I’m talking about. Great color choices. Lovely card.

  3. The spotlight takes this beautiful stamp image to a whole new level. Wow!

  4. I love the card. It’s beautiful as always. But you really should coin that lovely phrase “artistic blob”! I about choked on my coke ?

  5. Gorgeous!! Will be casing this one!!

  6. Love this beautiful and simply elegant card, Brian. Great video on spotlighting.

  7. So simplistic yet so stunning! And those colors are perfect! I haven’t done this technique in a very long time. Another awesome card Brian! Love it!

  8. Missed the original post, love the quick, simple, out the door idea! Even though I keep a card tin filled with “all” occasions, I seem to be out of one I need at the “last” minute. Thanks, Brian!

  9. This is beautiful! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  10. Simply elegant…………………….

  11. Oh Brian, you did it again!!! I’m in love #bestbkcardever

  12. Lovely card today, Brian. Love the soft color combinations and will try this technique soon!

  13. Brian, This card is stunning! I have been needing to make a sympathy card for a friend who lost her 19 y/o daughter to cystic fibrosis, following two double lung transplants. This card will be perfect, except with a light pink, instead. Thanks so much for all your inspiration!

  14. Brian I love love it !!!! Perfect my friend
    Hugs Frenchie

  15. What a great video and a card that packs a punch! LOL.

  16. Chris R. from Iowa


  17. Mary Beth Kissling

    Stunning, Brian. So CAS. This makes me look at that stamp set in a whole new way. Just lovely!!

  18. Soft, elegant and oh so pretty!

  19. Excellent tip, writing “top” on the stencil.

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