Beautiful Day for FabFri132

Oh, I love a wonderful color challenge! The FabFriday color challenge that kicks off today is a fresh mix of Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party and Soft Suede. Love! I reached for my Stampin’ Blends (three of the colors are found in the Blends) to make a delightful card for a delightful friend. Here’s my card:

Beautiful Day, Petal Palette, Tree Rings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri132And here’s the banner for the FabFriday color challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Soft SuedeTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Stamps. My card features images from three must-have stamp sets. If you don’t have these in your collection, please take a look and reconsider. 🙂 The focal point is the giant butterfly from Beautiful You – how gorgeous! The thick, rough borders make him easy to snip out and mount on the card front (or as a beautiful element on a gift). Here’s a look at the Beautiful You stamp set: Beautiful Day, Stampin' Up! 145915The gorgeous background is from the Tree Rings background stamp set – I’ve had it for a while, but this is the first time I’ve inked it up: Tree Rings, Stampin' Up! 143964The sentiment comes from my favorite stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog – Petal Palette. Here’s a look at that set:Petal Palette, Stampin' Up!, 145788
  • Classic Ink with Stampin’ Blends. Stampin’ Blends are Alcohol Markers that can’t be used with our dye-based Classic inks – they will cause the inks to bleed. So how did I color this butterfly that’s outlined with Soft Suede ink? Here’s a quick summary of how I was able to create an image with both inks:Using Stampin' Blends with Classic Inks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Multiple Stamps. My card features a little bit of stamping off to achieve a softer look and multiple stamping to achieve a darker look. Has there ever been anything as exciting as that!? To create a soft background with the gorgeous Tree Rings background stamp, I stamped the image off on a piece of scrap paper once before stamping on the Very Vanilla cardstock. Such a simple way to generate a soft look. To reinforce the depth of the butterfly outline, I stamped it three times with Soft Suede. Because my image as lined up on my Stamparatus, I was able to concentrate the ink in the same place over and over. The triple-inked outline almost looks black in the photos, but it’s a gorgeous shade of Soft Suede.

Stamp Sets: Beautiful Day, Tree Rings, Petal Palette  Papers: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Thick Very Vanilla  Inks: Soft Suede, Stampin’ Blends (Old Olive, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry), Tuxedo Black Memento Ink,  Accessories: Stamparatus, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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. Another great combination of colors, love their warmness together. Will try it soon.

    • I love the addition of the warm brown with these bright and soft shades. I am happy for the inspiration from this challenge. Thanks for your comment, Sharon!

  2. MargaretAnn Hammond

    Beautiful and thank you for sharing how you got the colors on the butterfly

  3. Gorgeous butterfly. However, my favorite, favorite part is how it’s paired with the Tree Ring background!

  4. Oh my friend, that is sooo BEAUITFUL, love love it , it’s a WOW BEAUTY,
    Tfs hugs Frenchie ♥️

  5. Oh, Brian! What a great idea for stamping the butterfly! I just got my stamparatus in last night and am preparing to open it. Wow! Thanks for the good idea. I can’t wait to try this idea out.

  6. Clever stamping..beautiful butterfly! I love how that background stamp makes a perfect border mat…genius!

  7. Jennifer Spiller

    Brian- this is the most beautiful card ever! The ink/coloring technique is Awesome! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for always sharing your amazing cards with us! #bestbkcardever #tilltomarrow

  8. Pretty card Brian, and I’m with you, Petal Palette is my favorite in the catalog, and my ALL-TIME favorite! Looking forward to getting the Stamparatus….

  9. I love that beautiful butterfly! And who knew those logs would be fabulous in the background? You did!

  10. Brian, This background is so fun with the butterfly, and wow, your process for stamping the butterfly is so smart! Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Love this! I would never have thought to use the Stamparatus that way for the butterfly. It adds a whole new level of stamping with blends. Love the log background 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Debbie! So glad you like the card. There are so many great uses for the Stamparatus and similar tools. <3 I appreciate your comments.

  12. Thanks so much for the tip using the DU Classic inks with Blends, Brian!!! You made my day! ?

  13. You’re so clever – great Stamparatus tip!! This butterfly has actually never appealed to me until today. xx

  14. Gorgeous, plain, simple and to the point, it’s gorgeous.

  15. Brian, I wasn’t calling that gorgeous card plain. I’m sure you understood what I meant.

  16. Gorgeous card Brian, this butterfly looks like a stain glass masterpiece, beautifully colored and, your design as always, is perfect, that DSP fits just right.
    Thank you for sharing.

  17. The card is really beautiful, Brian! And thanks for the tip to stamp the outline last! That really makes the card pop.

  18. This is one of my favorite cards using this butterfly image, Brian. I just love it and will try it as soon as I get this stamp set today! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Yay! Thanks for letting me know, Barb! I love this butterfly and hope it carries into the new catalog. It’s a beauty! Hope your card turned out great!

  19. Love your card and especially the color combo. I litereally just pulled those ink pads out and you’ve inspired me to create:)
    ARe you a KC Royals fan? We use to live in KC many years ago, but still have family there. One of our daughters is graduationg from KSU.

    • How wonderful! Thanks so much, Sandy! I’m not from Kansas City – the “Royalty” name is my team name (a play on my last name King). I’ve been there several times for work travel and enjoyed every minute of it. 🙂

  20. So beautiful, Brian. Love it!

  21. The technique of using momento ink first (because if you’re going to use blends, you have to…) and then Stampin over in classic ink is genius! I must admit, I had to re-read it a few times to figure out why (I have. A glass of wine in my hand… it’s not my fault!) but, it opens up many possibilities! Awesome card Brian!

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