You Make My Heart Smile for GDP081

Each week I’m inspired by the amazing projects shared by the Design Team Members at the Global Design Project.  As soon as my amazement begins to wear off a bit, the participants begin sharing their cards – and I’m in awe all over again.  So many great projects from so many talented artists.  I can’t wait to see the gallery for this week’s Global Design Project color challenge – Night of Navy, Whisper White and your choice of one other color.  I chose Calypso Coral.  Here’s my card:

Timeless Love, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP081And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Enhancing Floral Boutique.  I love to tell you things you already know.  If you’ve followed me for longer than a week, then you know that I love to create with Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers.  I also love the enhance the pages – stamping on the pages, piecing them together, pairing unexpected pages.  For this challenge, I used a stencil brush to lightly paint the Night of Navy and Whisper White with Calypso Coral ink.  I inked from the bottom and up each time so that the base of the panel was darkest.  I adore this paper – the patterns are beautiful, and it’s easy to add other colors.

    Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Make a Decision, Brian.  When I first set out to make this card, I wanted to match up the patterns perfectly between the panel that’s painted with Calypso Coral.  I was all set to make it work – had the pieces all cut and ready-to-go – but I chickened out.  The layers have to be PERFECT for that effect to work, and I got a little gun-shy.  As such, I made the decision to add a thin frame of Night of Navy just let the patterns not match.  I cropped another piece for the background and let it be.  I was happy with that decision – helped me to relax a bit while I made the rest of the card.  🙂
  • Bold and Beautiful.  I love how bright Calypso Coral looks with Night of Navy.  The bold blue makes the rich coral pop.  I really like how these two colors play with one another.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Timeless Love  Papers:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy  Inks:  Calypso Coral, Night of Navy  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Timeless Love, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP081

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Wow – this card is absolutely stunning!

  2. Oh my friend, that so BEAUITFUL, love the combination of colors ,
    Tfs ….
    See you soon ❤️
    Hugs Frenchie

  3. As always, love your layering Brian!

  4. Beautifully done…I think you have inspired my GDP card I will be designing today…I have lots of that DSP I have been hoarding! Can’t wait to hug you Sat. in Savannah!

  5. So beautiful, Brian. I wouldn’t think to sponge over DSP for a spotlight technique! Well done.

  6. Great card today, Brian. I love the layers and especially the Calypso Coral one. Your tips are always appreciated. Why should I have to re-invent the wheel??? Have a great day!

  7. And YOU inspire ME every day when I come to your blog. This card is elegant, beautiful and stunning all rolled up in one. Absolutely fabulous my friend.

  8. A lovely card Brian, love the idea of coloring the paper and your color combo.
    Great job!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous look . . . love the contrast!

  10. Yet another brilliant idea! I have to say, my head hurt just thinking of matching the to DSP layers…my brain surely would have blown up trying to execute it!

  11. Be still my heart! WOW! What a stunning result! The colors are striking and you did a super great job on matching those florals, even if you don’t think so. Beautiful! Hugs my friend.

  12. Love the beautiful sponging of the Calypso Coral on the middle panel of DSP, it really pops framed like this.
    Awesome card.

  13. Brian you are the King of fabulous layers! This card is no different and stands as beautiful inspiration for this weeks challenge!

  14. Stunning card Brian. I had to laugh when you were describing matching the DSP pattern between layers…… it was like looking into a mirror, I get so stressed about matching layers and patterns at times!

  15. Wow, love the ombre background panel. Stunning card!! xx

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