Beauty Abounds for GDP168

It’s time for another CASE the Designer Challenge with the Global Design Project. There are so many places to find inspiration for the projects we make – I love the opportunity to create a project that’s inspired by the art of my fellow team members on GDP. Always a joy! This week we are CASEing one of my good friends, Sarah Berry. What fun!

Here’s my soft, sweet card for this week’s challenge:

Beauty Abounds, Floral Frames, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP168And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP168When we CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit), we find inspiration in a project – theme, color combinations, layout, products used – and create our own project by making changes to make it our own.  When CASEing, it’s important to give credit to the original designer – it doesn’t take away from your project at all.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Simple CASE. I love the simplicity of Sarah’s card – even though there’s nothing simple about all the stamping she did to build that gorgeous wreath. The wreath is the focal point of this clean card with a sweet, centered sentiment. I knew from the start that I’d create a simple card with a similar layout. I love the white layer on a white backdrop and all the clean space on her card, too, so I knew I would have a large space of white on my card. Beauty Abounds, Floral Frames, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP168I stamped this sentiment in the center of a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I cropped the sentiment with a Stitched Shapes Framelits Die and removed the circle. I stamped the bokeh dots and then replaced the circle. I added a Petal Pink base to pull from the Petal Pink spots in the center of the card.
  • Two Great Stamp Sets. The sentiment that’s a focal point of my card comes from the Floral Frames stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog, but it’s the soft bokeh dots that really define this card. These dots are a part of the new Beauty Abounds stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog. While I didn’t use the dies that coordinate with either of these stamp sets, both are offered as a bundle. Here’s a look at the Floral Frames Bundle from the 2018 Annual Catalog: Floral Frames Bundle, Stampin' Up! 148406Here’s a look at the Beauty Abounds Bundle from the upcoming 2019 Occasions Catalog: Beauty Abounds Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150617This set is filled with great sentiments, and the dies give us some amazing, layered butterflies. I worked with these gorgeous bokeh dots (I used a Stampin’ Sponge to add ink to the stamp set for a softer, crisper image) – and look forward to playing with the other elements in this bundle.
  • Sweet Colors. I knew I wanted soft, sweet colors for these bokeh dots – and there’s no sweeter combination that pink, green and yellow. If you like this combination of Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Daffodil Delight, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets: Beauty Abounds, Floral Frames  Papers: Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black  Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, 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.

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  1. An iconic “King” CASE: the colors, the layering, perfect blending of different stamp sets–you hit it out of the park. Love this big time.

  2. LIVE ur soft sweet card. Oh so great. Have a good day. ??

  3. Absolutely fantastic. Love the bokeh background!

  4. This is as sweet as can be! Love love love the soft bubles around the sentiment! Wonderful case of her card!

  5. Love the soft colors and the bubbles! So cute!

  6. I love how you cropped the circle and then replaced it. Gives dimension without popping it up. Clever!

  7. Great idea with gorgeous results. This card is as soft and sweet as it can be. TFS this beauty with us!

  8. Fabulous card today Brian. The color combination is so soft and soothing and makes me think of Easter and babies – I don’t know why. LOL

  9. Beautiful color combo. Classic sentiment, love it. Gorgeous, “bubbly” card! Thanks for sharing Brian!

  10. Simply beautiful! The pastel color combination is wonderful. Makes me wish for spring instead of snow right now!

  11. Those colors remind me of summer popsicles. Love the softness and sweet sentiment. Great job! Have a wonderful day!

    • Thanks so much, Hilda! I have been playing with so many Fall and Christmas colors for so long – it was fun to go soft and sweet. <3 So glad you like it.

  12. I knew I loved this bundle at OnStage,( I cried when we saw it), I knew I had to have it! Your sweet and soft card just reinforced that! I llove it! TFS!

  13. I love love love these colorful bubbles ! They look like something out of a FAIRY TALE BOOK !!

  14. Brian, I really like what you did with the Beauty Abounds dots. How did were you able to sponge just one color onto the stamp for each of those dots?
    Is there a trick to doing this?

    • It’s simpler than you might think. 🙂 There are two stamps in the set with the bokeh dots. I fully inked the stamps and stamped them in different directions to achieve different looks. Hope that helps! <3

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