Garden in Bloom for GDP137

We had a gorgeous weekend with the most beautiful weather you could ask for. It’s warm but not hot – that two week (if we are lucky) window between pollen and heat. 🙂 I love a bright, bold color color combination in Spring, and this week’s trio of Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party at the Global Design Project gives me just what I want for a cheery card that’s packed with sweetness. Here’s my card:

Garden in Bloom, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP137The sentiment says, “Hope You are Feeling Special Today…” and the coordinating sentiment on the inside says, “…because that’s just what you are.” How sweet! And here’s the banner for the GDP color challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool PartyTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Garden in Bloom. The Garden in Bloom stamp set has been around for several years. Even as it is about to retire at the end of this month, though, it still feels so fresh and new. The images of flowers, butterflies and bees are classically beautiful and perfect for Spring. The images line up perfectly for a watercolored look – and who doesn’t love a project that looks like it took more time and creative energy than it actually did?! Here’s a look at the Garden in Bloom stamp set: Garden in Bloom, Stampin' Up! 139433To review all of the retiring items (there are definitely some products you need on the list), CLICK HERE. To read more about the retiring items and colors, CLICK HERE.
  • Layering. With two-step or multi-step images (where you stamp one layer on top of the other), Stampin’ Up! gives us some “secret” guides to help us line them up properly. The little arrows on the photopolymer film and on the stamps help us to line up the two-step and multi-step images. Here’s a little graphic I made to show these arrows: Lining Up Two-Step Stamps, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s a closer look at the finished product:Garden in Bloom, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP137
  • Measurements. I mostly make standard cards that are 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, but every once in a while, I like to play with different shapes. For this sweet, Spring card, I made a 4-1/4″ square card – while it would cost extra to mail it in a square envelope in the United States, it still fits in a standard medium envelope. Here are the measurements for the layers on this simple card (starting at the base of the card and working up):
    • Pool Party – 4-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″)
    • Whisper White – 4″ x 4″
    • Basic Gray – 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″
    • Pool Party – 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″
    • Lemon Lime Twist – 3-1/4″ x 2″ (cut at an angle down to 1″)

Stamp Sets: Garden in Bloom  Papers: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Gray, Whisper White  Inks: Archival Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist  Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

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  1. As always Brian, your mattes put your card “out of the park.” So pretty!

  2. These colors are so summery together! I am ready for summer! Sweet card!

  3. I saw the card colors before I read the text and thought, “Oh, I hope that’s a color challenge!” Gotta get to work! Love these colors, great card.

  4. Beautiful layout. I adore the diagonal and fresh color palette!

  5. It is a great spring color combo and you did this retiring set justice..beautiful card!

  6. So nice to see beautiful floral cards Brian, especially in those lovely spring colors. I love the holidays but it sure is nice to see flowers blooming again on paper as well as in the yard. It’s so refreshing and the colors for today’s card just scream spring! Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a fun way to Mat, I need to change up my card sizes more often. Love this color challenge. I hate to see this sentiment retire.

    • Thanks so much, Katrina! I always play around with several pieces in several sizes before I settle on one I like – glad to see it’s so appreciated. <3

  8. I love this card ! It is fresh and colorful and who wouldn`t love to get that sweet sentiment ! I have this stamp set and bought it for that fat and sassy BEE that gets overlooked in all the other wonderness of the other stamps . The flower is a “show off ” in just about any color you choose to stamp it in ….Sorry it is retiring ,but glad I have it !

  9. Hi Brian, I must get my set out and ink it up a few more times! I have only used one layer but now I’m super excited to try the two layers. Thanks a bunch.

  10. Another stunning example of your color expertise. The flower looks like it was picked and added to the card. Great job

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