Swan Lake for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not just those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our team’s Facebook community – there’s such amazing and inspiring creativity in this group!  I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around, though, because I get to share some of their amazing work with you.  I’m just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.I’m also excited to welcome my friend, Amy Koenders, to our team’s hop.  Amy is a super-talented, very successful, Atlanta-based designer who is a regular at our annual Work Card Making Day.  What fun!  I’m so glad she is joining us today.

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by a Spring Celebrations theme.  What fun!  Stampin’ Up! catalogs are filled with so many great ideas for Spring-themed projects – Easter, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Spring weddings…  We are excited to share our creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Swan Lake and One Big Meaning

The card I’m sharing today is a Spring-y thank you card that features beautiful flowers, bright-and-cherry colors and a panel of paper with a pop of pink.  Perfect!  Here’s my card for today’s super-fun hop:

Swan Lake, One Big Meaning, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thank you card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Swan Lake.  I won the Swan Lake stamp set at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event last Fall.  While I adore all the sentiments and many of the adorable images (how adorable are those little cygnets?), I haven’t used the set as much as I thought I would.  Maybe I was distracted by all the other new products when I got my hands on them, but this is a pretty great set.  After I made this card with the bough of flowers, I have to wonder why I haven’t used the set more.
    Swan Lake, Stampin' Up!

    Swan Lake, Stampin’ Up!

  • Pairing the Bough.  When pairing a sentiment from one stamp set with the artwork of another, it’s important to make sure the two are an artistic fit for each other.  I searched long and hard for a sentiment that would fit the style of the bough before I realized how perfectly this sentiment would pair with the sentiment from One Big Meaning.  Here’s why they work – the bough is designed with “chunky” lines (these aren’t thin, sketchy edges).  Same with the sentiment I used – it’s created with think, chunky lines that make it a perfect pair for the bough of flowers.  The thin, black border around my card front mimics these thick lines.  TIP:  To stamp ONLY “you are kind,” I masked the “THANK YOU” behind a piece of tape, inked the sentiment, removed the tape and stamped on the card front.

    One Big Meaning, Stampin' Up!

    One Big Meaning, Stampin’ Up!

  • Four Bright-and-Cheery Colors.  I don’t often do this, but I covered the entire 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ front of my card base with a Melon Mambo piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It gave my project the backdrop I wanted to make this card front pop.  I colored the flowers and leaves with Stampin’ Write Markers in four amazingly bright and oh-so-cheery colors that worked wonderfully together.  My pink, yellow, green and orange are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush and Pumpkin Pie.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Pumpkin Pie

Stamp Sets:  Swan Lake, One Big Meaning  Papers:  Pop of Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Pumpkin Pie)  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  4. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Amy Koenders at Stamp with Amy K
  8. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie

Swan Lake, One Big Meaning, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thank you card


  1. Thanks so much for inviting me to hop with your group! Love your project today (as always!), the colors are perfect and so is the clean design. Looking forward to seeing you all in Savannah in a few weeks! 🙂

  2. Love the part of the font you kept . . . soft and pretty like the vine!

  3. Your card is just so perfectly SWEET!! Love it!

  4. This card is so very perfect and pretty!!! You have convinced me I need this set!!! It has not even been in my radar but, what you’ve done with it makes me want it so much!!! Great job ?and beautiful card!!! ???

  5. I adore the sentiment and the colors you used and the way you “Brianed” it by popping it with a black mat!

  6. I love this card, it’s another example of your talent. You can make something so intricate, your layering, seem very simple. You’re definitely a creator.

  7. Just a fabulous card today Brian. I like a clean looking card with a good amount of white space yet plenty of color and the card you made for today fits that bill perfectly. Your color combination is absolutely wonderful for Easter cards too. As always, a fabulous card from a fabulous designer. TFS

  8. I really like the vine of flowers and have not even noticed it before. Beautiful !

  9. Love the image layout and the Pop of Pink layer! Just thinking of you coloring in the flowers relaxes me 🙂

  10. Perfect pairing of the two stamp sets!

  11. Love the bright and cheery colors. Perfect for the pretty bough!

  12. I never liked this set….until now! Such a Pam card! I love it!

  13. So beautiful! Love the colors!

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