Rose Wonder & Rose Garden Thinlits for GDP088

I always love when the “CASE the Designer” challenges roll around for the Global Design Project.  We get to find inspiration in a card that was made by one of our design team members (colors, theme, stamps, layout, occasion – it’s all up for grabs).  This week is particularly exciting for me because we are CASE’ing a card by Shawn de Oliveira, who is also one of my InKing Royalty Team members and a great friend.  Shawn made a gorgeous card with the Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits dies.  I used them, too, but took a different approach.  Here’s my card:

Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, wedding card

And here’s the banner for this week’s GDP CASE the Designer Challenge that inspired my card:Is Shawn’s card not gorgeous?!  If you’d like to see Shawn’s original post with this card, you can CLICK HERE.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Rose Garden Thinlits.  While both of the cards above showcase a sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set (there are some really great sentiments in this set that are perfect for all occasions), both Shawn’s card and my card focus on the Rose Garden Thinlits.  These Thinlits dies are really incredible – not only do you get the thin outline of the bold flowers and leaves, but all the insides are usable, too.  Like Shawn, I used the thin outline of the flower and leaves, but you don’t see mine.  By the time I was done with my card the outline and insides were all discarded.  WHY!?  Why would I do something like that to such a beautiful die cut?  Here’s a peek at the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (which includes one Framelits die in the top, left of the picture):

    Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!

    Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Up!

  • Spritzing.  I knew what I wanted to do (but wasn’t 100% sure how to do it) – still I started before I had it all figured out.  I cut out the large outline of the flower and leaves with Thick Whisper White cardstock and covered the back of the shape with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I let it dry overnight – that way, it becomes a temporary adhesive and can easily be removed.  I reached out to a super-talented member of my InKing Royalty Team, Julie DiMatteo, for advice on how to best color the space around the rose before removing the cropped out piece.  She went straight to Stampin’ Spritzers.
    Stampin' Spritzer, Stampin' Up!

    Stampin’ Spritzer, Stampin’ Up!

    I was hesitant (that could be messy), but it was actually really fun.  I filled the spritzer about 3/4″ full of rubbing alcohol (it dries more quickly than water) and a few drops of reinker – you can add more or less depending on the intensity of color you want in the finished project.  After the entire piece of Shimmery White cardstock was lightly spritzed, I removed the outline die cut and shed a tear at its beauty. What a brilliant effect!  You can see a bit of the shimmery in the cardstock in this picture:Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, wedding card

  • Color Combination.  Because I diluted the reinker in the rubbing alcohol in the Stampin’ Spritzer, the concentration of Fresh Fig is lighter than the full concentration of the color.  It looks GREAT with the Fresh Fig cardstock.  There’s only a light misting of Old Olive (also diluted a bit). The two look great together.  If you like this combination of colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Fresh Fig, Old Olive, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  Rose Wonder  Papers:  Shimmery White, Fresh Fig  Inks:  Fresh Fig, Archival Basic Black, Old Olive  Accessories:  Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Spritzer, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, wedding card

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. Oh, I am so going to try this. Love the glimmer paper and now I need a spritzer! Very pretty!! Thank you!

  2. What a gorgeous card! I love the spritzed idea. Great trio of minds! (Shawn, Brian, Julie)

  3. Wow! Brian, this is a gorgeous card. I love the spritzing on the glimmer paper. It certainly makes a beautiful sympathy card and sadly we all need those occasionally. It would also make a beautiful card for other occasions with the proper sentiment. Enjoy your day!

  4. Oops! An older mind needs coffee before trying to comment. haha!! Yes, both cards are beautiful, even if I was confused about the sentiments.

  5. I have this set and I run out of ideas for it ,but this is a fun project ! I just got the Re Inkers in the new colors so I going to spritz away !! FUN !
    I forgot about that thinlit for the greeting … is a great one to cut out a few (blank) ones for future use !!
    Happy Monday !

  6. Your card is just gorgeous. I love the spritzing on the background. Just the right touch of elegance.

  7. Simple and stunning! Well done, BK!

  8. Robbye Hamilton

    Brian this card is stunning. I think the misty slightly soft focus look works really well with this image. Your color choices were excellent. Awesome project

  9. Jennifer Spiller

    So very pretty!!! Love the spritzing on the shimmery card stock…

  10. Cindie McDuffee

    Love it.

  11. What a great way to create a mask with the die. Awesome looking card. Love it

  12. Your card is beyond beautiful. I just love it.

  13. Love the effect of the spritzing! So elegant! Can you spritz over the thinlit or would it bleed underneath it? Thanks for sharing, it’s definitely one to try. I love this for a wedding card.

    • I think it would bleed under if the metal thinlit die was on top of the paper – but I’m not 100% sure. I glued it down to make sure I had a clean line to play with. It’s worth trying it out, though!

  14. wow. I cant wait to try that technique. simply beautiful.

  15. Really cool effect Brian, love it!

  16. Gloria Sperring

    I love these beautiful cards. I didn’t like this bundle a first, but Thankfully now I do. Are you stampers embossing the gold edge around the sentiment tag? I know it only comes with one die for this. Brian, just wanted to ask How’s your Mom? I saw a video she made for a card, and she had me smiling the whole way thru.

    • Thanks for your kind words! Mom is doing well – she lives close, so I get to see her often. Always a fun time when she’s here.
      Shawn’s card has a thin border around it – there’s a stamp in the stamp set that creates that shape – just inside the edge of the die. I left that out of my card and just cut the die (but I really like the coordinating stamp).
      I hope that helps!

  17. Love it! This card is beautiful! Thanks for the shout-out 🙂

  18. Brian, this is a particularly lovely card with beautiful proportions. I could guess, but what are the dimensions of your layers? (if you have time to reply)

    • Gail, There are a lot of layers on this card that you might not see from the picture. Here’s a rundown – base is Fresh Fig at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2, another layer of Fresh Fig at 4″ x 5-1/4″, Shimmery White at 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, Fresh Fig at 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″, Shimmery White at 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″. I got to these layers by cutting away at paper until I arrived at layers I liked. 🙂 Hope that helps!

      • Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are right, and I probably would have never gotten the right proportion. Thank you again. Guess who just made a few cards with your shared knowledge????

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