Be Inspired Blog Hop: Texture

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun! The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you. I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!

The theme for today’s Be Inspired Hop is “Texture.” How fun is that?! Texture is an important element on cards – rough, smooth or shiny elements can take a card from plain to wonderful. I’m highlighting two techniques that help add lovely texture to our projects –  I hope you love as much as I do. If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from an amazing birthday card from my talented Australian friend Louise Sharp.

Can you spot the elements of texture in this card? Hint: they are not hidden. πŸ™‚

Beautiful Day, One Big Meaning, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Elements of Texture. There are so many ways to add gorgeous texture to a card. Two techniques are featured on my card today. For starters, I  ran a panel of Crumb Cake cardstock through my Big Shot with a Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create the lovely floral pattern on the top of the card. Such a simple way to add an impression to the paper. Here’s a look at this set of embossing folders:
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    Petal Pair TIEF, Stampin’ Up!

    After I stamped the big flower from Beautiful Day with Archival Basic Back ink (and let it dry), I spritzed the back of the flower with Stampin’ Mist and crumbled it in my hand. I did this over-and-over until the flower was fully crinkled. You can use water, but the Stampin’ Mist smells so good! I snipped the flower out and attached it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I crinkled the cardstock with Stampin' Mist for a lovely texture, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThere’s a third element of texture on this card – did you catch it? Take a closer look at the cardstock. Crumb Cake cardstock showcases flecks of subtle fibers that add a lovely texture without taking away from the smooth, neutral surface.

  • Thanks. This bold, graphic sentiment works perfectly with this bold, graphic flower, don’t you think? I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to “paint” the “THANKS” from “THANKS kindly” in One Big Meaning. The modern sentiment gave me just what I wanted for this card. One Big Meaning is an often-used stamp set – so happy to have this collection of sentiments in my stamp room. Here’s a look at One Big Meaning:

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    One Big Meaning, Stampin’ Up!

  • Soft Color Combination. My design for this card started with a Wisteria Wonder flower. The Pear Pizzazz leaves were an easy choice (I stamped the image twice and snipped out two flowers when the image only has one). I showcased them against a Crumb Cake backdrop to complete the trio of soft, gorgeous colors. If you are inspired by this combination of Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz

Stamp Sets: Beautiful Day, One Big Meaning  Papers: Wisteria Wonder, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White  Inks: Archival Basic Black, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker  Accessories: Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Mist, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project. I also hope you’ll continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my super-talented German friend, Janneke de Jong at Happy Stampin’. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:

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  1. Love, love the look of the crinkled flower Brian, that is a fabulous way to add texture to your cards, and of course, that lovely embossing folder just adds to it beautifully.
    As always, your eye for color combinations is amazing, the samples you share are tremendously helpful for me.
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I had a lot of fun with this challenge and was happy with how the flower turned out. I stamped TWO flowers just in case but was happy to use the first one. I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

  2. Great way to show different textures. Great job.. as always my friend <3
    Hugs from your german friend

  3. A Wisteria Wonder-ful flower. Love the added texture and the bold “thanks!”

  4. Oh my goodness, Brian. Your work on the flower is fantastic! Well done!

  5. Wow! I just ordered those embossing folders and hope I can come up with something as gorgeous as your card!

  6. Brian, your “textures” are super! Interesting that you used the Stampin’ Mist to dampen the cardstock. Who doesn’t love a good fragrance?
    I do love that the Crumb Cake has that thread running through it. It adds to an otherwise bland color. (Don’t get me wrong, I use it a lot.)

  7. Well call me inspired! The top bit of texture in the Crumb Cake is wonderful and that crumpled flower is fabulous!

  8. Beautiful…you know I love that purple! Great texture elements!

  9. Ah Brian – the perfect combination! Texture AND dimension! Your color combo is both soft and sweet yet bold and beautiful. I don’t know how you do it. Kind of like magic if you ask me. Gotta’ love it!

  10. MargaretAnn Hammond

    I love your card and will try your technique.

  11. Wow! What a pretty card! All the pretty texture is just lovely.

  12. Texture adds such depth to a card. You did it with embossing and man handling card stock ☺️ I think the colors you chose are beautiful together and work so well with your neutral background. Awesome job on all fronts Brian.

  13. Okay not only is this card fabulous, but you make me laugh BK! I have never thought to sniff my Stampin’ Mist, but now that you mention it, it does smell pretty good! lol So happy to be hopping with you today! ?

    • Thanks so much, Carolynn! I’m happy to entertain while teaching you to smell all of your supplies. πŸ™‚ I appreciate your comments and am happy to hop with you today! <3

  14. Love those two new embossing folders and your “crinkly” flower is beautiful Brian!

  15. TFS! Love quick & easy techniques!

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