Celebrate New Beginnings for GDP123

I love to create sweet-and-simple cards that can be duplicated or easily recreated. I also love to make cards that are uplifting and supportive – those are the most rewarding to send. Who doesn’t want to hear that they are loved? This week’s theme challenge at the Global Design Project is “New Beginnings” – anything from a new baby or a new home to a new job or a new adventure. Here’s my card card for this challenge:

Beautiful Day, Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP123And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

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  • New Beginnings with Beautiful Day. Butterflies are the ultimate symbol of new beginnings, wouldn’t you say? From the moment we first learn that beautiful butterflies evolve from ugly caterpillars, we recognize the amazing transformation of these insects. What an appropriate way to recognize a new stage in someone’s life – a new career, a new adventure or a new perspective on life! I stamped the simple outline of the butterfly from Beautiful Day with Blushing Bride ink on Blushing Bride cardstock. Such an easy way to create something beautiful that doesn’t overpower the bold sentiment. Beautiful Day, Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP123Here’s a look at the other images and sentiments in the Beautiful Day stamp set, new in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog:
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    Beautiful Day, Stampin’ Up!

    And here’s a look at the Happy Celebrations stamp set – one of my all-time favorites for really great sentiments with so many wonderful combinations:

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    Happy Celebration, Stampin’ Up!

  • One More Layer. I was excited to pair this simple panel with the shadow of a butterfly and a bold sentiment with a design from Petal Passion Designer Series Paper – such a gorgeous pack of papers – here’s a look at the wonderful patterns and colors in Petal Passion:Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King As I stared at my card, though, the black backdrop (even with its weathered tones) was a bit too dark. How could I lighten the panel? I could have painted the dots with pink, but I do that all the time. Instead, I added a layer of Vellum Cardstock over the paper. This lightened the panel just enough to create look I wanted to support my butterfly. I added glue to the vellum that would ultimately be covered by the pink panel. Love! Our vellum is the best!

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    Vellum Cardstock, Stampin’ Up!

  • Sweet Combination. Pink, gray and black are a classic color combination – whether the pink is bold (like Melon Mambo) or soft (like Blushing Bride), pink really holds its own against dark colors. This card combines Blushing Bride, Basic Gray and Basic Black – wow! If you love this combination as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Stamp Sets: Beautiful Day, Happy Celebrations  Papers: Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, Vellum Cardstock  Inks: Blushing Bride, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

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  1. MargaretAnn Hammond

    I love your card. It is a stamp set that you can do so much with

  2. Beautiful! I’m not big on pink, but the one way I do love it is with grey or black. This is so pretty.

    PS that little baby head graphic is adorable!

  3. Beautiful to stamp the butterfly in Blushing Bride (tone on tone). he bold sentiment in black makes a statement!

  4. I love this as a sweet baby girl card!

  5. Beautiful card with one of my favorite color combinations.

  6. I love this new butterfly but I have several butterfly stamps. What is a girl to do? I like the bold sentiment too!

  7. This is a beautiful card!!!

  8. First, thanks for inspiration on using the butterfly as a background! Love the vellum behind. Perfect. I need to make a baby card so it fits right in with the challenge this week.

  9. I love your card Brian and I love the colour choices also, I will be joining this weeks challenge as per usual, TFS x x

  10. Haven’t I learned from you yet Brian…to read all the sentiments in the sets. πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
    I totally over looked this one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. What a lovely card.

    • Thanks so much, Katrina! I love the images Stampin ‘Up! creates, but the sentiments are what will sell me half the time. πŸ™‚ So glad you like it – thanks so much for your comment!

  11. Awesome butterfly stamped with Blushing Bride, the tone on tone technique is always a hit.
    Your bold sentiment looks perfectly at home surrounded by all the soft colors.
    Great card Brian.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I always love the softness of tone-on-tone. Wish I thought to showcase it more. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind comments on my card! <3

  12. Really lovely, Brian. Love your use of vellum.

  13. Absolutely beautiful! I love how you toned down the depth of darkness on the DSP. I have debated getting those papers because I am not much for ever using or wearing black and also, the thought of all the background coloring I would have to do on the other sheets to bring down the contrast level just seems like a lot of work. With a sheet of vellum you solved the dark toned problem. Hmmmm, maybe colored vellum would work over the light background papers. I know I have seen colored vellum somewhere. Okay, enough about my personal dislike of high contrast – I love the pink and grey together. You always show me ways to use things I had not considered. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

    • It’s a gorgeous pack of papers, Nancy! I don’t think it would be hard to color-up some of the pages to lighten the feel. Love your idea of colored vellum, too! Thanks!

  14. In a word stunning. The muted feel color wise works so beautifully. Using the vellum was genius. New beginnings can mean so many different things and this card would be appropriate for all of them. You hit it out of the park with this one.

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