An Eclectic Trio of Colors for FabFri118

This week’s trio of bright colors are exciting and fresh.  Lemon Lime Twist (a bright and cheery green) plays well with Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo (two great shades of pink).  What a great combo!  I reached for the super-cool Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies to make this bright and cheery card:

Ribbon of Courage, Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri118And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  If your tour of Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog ended when you reached the last page of stamp sets, then you likely missed all the amazing dies included in the bundles – pictures of all the dies aren’t included in the “meaty” part of the catalog.  PLEASE do yourself the favor of searching through the bundles (you can see them all here) to make sure you aren’t missing something.  An example?  This amazing Thinlits Die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Die.  I adore it!  Here’s a closeup of the die that’s cut into the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock: Ribbon of Courage, Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri118Here are some other great ways to showcase this die:
    • Cut into the paper to leave a peekaboo panel.
    • Cut into the paper and snip around the edges for a standalone panel.
    • Cut into the paper and use the cropped out diamond-shaped pieces.
    • Create a template with the die that can be used to sponge the diamond-shaped images or to apply embossing paste to a card front.
  • Framelits vs. Thinlits.  Throughout Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs, we see a variety of Framelits and Thinlits.  What’s the difference?  I’ll give you a hint – you can’t always tell which is which by the name of the product in the catalog because most sets now include both.  Framelits are the dies that include the basic shape (or frame) around a stamped image, while Thinlits generally include lots of intricate details.  The Precision Base Plate gives a super-clean platform for cropping Thinlits dies (but not good for really small or really narrow Thinlits).  Here’s a breakout of the Framelits and Thinlits in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies:Framelits vs. Thinlits, Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Finding a Pattern.  The die showcased above has a lot of little images inside it that make it difficult to create your own pattern.  I found three six-petaled flowers that I filled with Melon Mambo cutouts.  Beware, though, that they aren’t balanced inside the design – that’s my my circle cuts off the bottom of the cropped design.  I like balance – you know that.  Take a look at the design in this die and look at the all the ways you could trim it to create great patterns.  Such fun!

Want to learn more about this incredible bundle and see the products in action?  Here’s a look at the video Stampin’ Up! produced to showcase it:

Stamp Sets:  Ribbon of Courage  Papers:  Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Eclectic Layers Framelits Dies, 2″ Circle punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Ribbon of Courage, Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri118What do you think?  Don’t you love this amazing die?  What a simple way to add a great element to a beautiful card!

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

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  1. Great design and such fun colors!

  2. Hi Brian,
    I like the color combo. Card lay out is nice too. Have a nice day.

  3. Nice card, Brian. Love this color combo and how you used them in the Electic diecut. Very clever. Have a great weekend.

  4. Love, love, love this card, Brian! And the color combo is to die for!

  5. I’m with Julie DiMatteo above but add one more “love!” This is such a gorgeous color combination and I love the shading of the pinks behind the die cut. Perfect sentiment.

  6. You sure know how to wrangle that lemon lime! It is beautiful with your pinks! Great diecut too!

  7. These are my kind of colors. Love the design, too!

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