Friendly Expressions for GDP145

Today’s project (for this week’s Color Challenge at the Global Design Project) features a handful of the most exciting products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog – I LOVE this new stamp set, the selection of 2018-2020 In Color Embossing Powders, the fun marquee frame dies, patterned papers in all colors and these amazing, tinted pearls. That’s a lot of products for a clean-and-simple card, don’t you think? Here’s my card:

Friendly Expressions, Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP145And here’s the banner for this week’s color challenge  – Grapefruit Grove, Fresh Fig and Mint Macaron) that inspired my card (this challenge goes live at 7am EST):

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Grapefruit Grove, Fresh Fig, Mint MacaronTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Versatile Sentiments. I love the mix of sentiments in the Friendly Expressions stamp set – what a lovely mix of friendly expressions! There’s something for everyone is this mix of phrases – and I love the combination of scripted and printed fonts. Here’s a look at the Friendly Expressions stamp set: Friendly Expressions, Stampin' Up!, 146673These sentiment can easily be masked to create any combination of phrases. I stamped this sentiment with a juicy Versamark ink pad on Fresh Fig cardstock and sprinkled it with Grapefruit Grove Embossing Powder – that’s right, Grapefruit Grove Embossing Powder. I love that Stampin’ Up! is offering new powders in these new In Colors – what fun! Here’s a look at these new Stampin’ Emboss Powders:2018-2020 In Color Stampin' Emboss Powders, Stampin' Up!, 146955
  • Shining Lights. The last time I featured the Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, I allowed the lights to shine through (you can see that post here). For today’s project, though, I accented the frame with Grapefruit Grove Pearls in the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls. Here’s a look at these pearls: Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, Stampin' Up!, 146927The pearls are offered in the following colors (from left to right): Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Tranquil Tide and So Saffron. Here’s a closer look at my finished project – that’s a lot of pearls for it’s worth every one.Friendly Expressions, Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP145
  • Layer Measurements. I know, I know. I always say my cards are clean and simple – even when there are many layers on them. As long as I achieve a look that is clean, I can have 28 layers and be happy. πŸ™‚ Here are the measurements for the layers of cardstock on this card:
    • Fresh Fig – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″)
    • Thick Whisper White – 5″ x 3-3/4″
    • Fresh Fig – 4-5/8″ x 3-3/8″
    • Subtles 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Mint Macaron) – 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″
    • Thick Whisper White and Fresh Fig – cutouts from Broadway Lights Framelits Dies

Stamp Sets: Friendly Expressions  Papers: Fresh Fig, Subtles 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Mint Macaron), Thick Whisper White  Inks: VersaMark  Accessories: Broadway Lights Framelits Dies, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge. This challenge goes live at 7am EST.

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  1. Perfect mating, pearl placement and embossing! Awesome card!

  2. Marvelous how you used the Grapefruit Grove embossing powder and coordinating pearls!

  3. Wow! Loads of products, yet still a very clean, gorgeous card. Would never have thought of this color combo, but you’ve made it look so natural.

  4. Great take on the color combo. I love your cards using Broadway Lights. Embossing powder is one of my fun go-to products for bling! Love this card. Enjoy your day!

  5. Hi Brian, I have just discovered your blog and I love your cards and techniques! Do you have boards on Pinterest that I can follow? (I have ready signed up for your newsletter)
    Thank you!

    • Hi Carolyn, Thanks so much for your message! And thanks for signing up for my newsletter. I’d love for you to sign up for my blog posts (they’ll be delivered to your mailbox every day). You can read them from there and delete them if you aren’t interested (but I try to not create uninteresting posts). πŸ™‚ You can sign up in the right column of my blog. If you click on the little “P” above my face (again, in the right column), it will take you to all of my Pinterest boards. Thanks so much! Please reach out to me if you have questions about anything.

  6. Truly a fun card, love the grapefruit grove with the fresh fig!

  7. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Great card, Brian. I love the Fresh Fig and the Mint Macaron together!
    And I love the Artisan Pearls … great color choices for those. Have a WONDERFUL 4th of July πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ‡πŸŽ† πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    • Thanks so much, my friend! This was the first time I opened up the Artisan Pearls. Love them and adore the color selection. <3 Hope your Fourth of July is wonderful, too! <3

  8. Love the embossing! Can you believe that I forgot order those new powders? (Until today!)

    • I always forget to add-on the accessories – if I have the papers and stamps/bundles, I usually feel like I’m done. πŸ™‚ You’ll enjoy them, Dianne!

  9. I love what you’ve done with this color combo! So many beautiful layers, and I love the colored pearls πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to get some of the in color embossing powders , they really add a pop to this card. Great card, Brian!

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