Wonderful Romance for CTS306

Yesterday I shared some fun color suggestions for the All My Love Designer Series Paper – a color guide for traditional red-and-pink Valentine’s Day colors (you can see that post here). Today I want to share a sweet card that focuses on the romantic side of Valentine’s Day (or any day you want to celebrate love). The colors, the image, the sentiment – all three help to build a card that overflows with love and romance. Here’s my card:

Wonderful Romance, Stampin' Up!, Brian King CTS306

I’m so excited that my sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch has been selected as challenge #306. Here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card – I hope you’ll play along with this week’s challenge:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Wonderful Romance. Then sentiment and gorgeous floral image on my card are from the Wonderful Romance stamp set, part of the Wonderful Romance Bundle. You want this stamp set – and if you are getting the set, then you’ll also want to amazing dies that coordinate. Here’s a look at the Wonderful Romance Bundle: Wonderful Romance Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150592This bundle is the headliner for a suite of gorgeous, sweet products. If you’d like to see all of the coordinating products in this suite, click on the image below:Floral Romance Suite, Stampin' Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog, 11023
  • Sponging the Background. The Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink stripes in the background of my card are applied with Stampin’ Sponges. Here’s a closer look at the front of this card: Wonderful Romance, Stampin' Up!, Brian King CTS306I used Post-It Notes Tape to build a border for the strip on my card. I applied a light amount of ink, starting with small circles and finishing with solid back-and-forth swipes: How to sponge stripes on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingLook how clean the line is when I peal back the tape: How to sponge stripes on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI positioned new strips of tape to build on the layers for this card front. I find that the edges of the cardstock hold more ink than the middle of the page, so I always cut my paper a little wider than necessary and then trim the edges when I’m done sponging. How to sponge stripes on a card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Romantic Color Combination. Although my card does not feature any of the gorgeous papers or vellum from the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper, I pulled inspiration for my colors straight from this pack of papers. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper:Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 148586How romantic are these colors?! Very Vanilla is a beautiful base for the softest pink and richest green – and together they are gorgeous. If you like this combination of Very Vanilla, Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Very Vanilla, Petal Pink, Mossy Meadow

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Romance  Papers: Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink  Inks: Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink  Accessories: Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Soft yet classy looking card Brian. Great technique and color choices too. Gonna give this a try. Thanks

  2. I love this set so much and love the sponging you did on your card. I was admiring the coordinating DSP just last night while stamping. The vellum sheet is so pretty!

  3. Beautiful, beautiful card! Love the sponging technique; will have to try it soon!

  4. Those sponged stripes are insane, BK. Just beautiful with the layered image!

  5. What a wonderful, creative background for the beautifully stamped image. Wow! Your sponging is awesome, as well as your sketch. Enjoy your day!

  6. Such a beautiful job with this sketch and the sentiment is perfect!

  7. This card is a labor of love. Beautiful!

  8. This is a beautiful card! Just stunning. And thank you for sharing this technique with us!

  9. The sentiment on this card is reason enough to purchase this stamp set.
    So soft, so romantic………….just a beautiful card all around. Great job Brian.

    • Thanks so much, Grace! I’m glad you like it – I’ve always loved this color combination and was happy to pair it with this gorgeous image. I, too, love this sentiment! ♥

  10. Love the soft colors. Great design could be for any occasion

  11. Great sketch for your group’s challenge. Love the sponging background technique! Lovely looking card today Brian!

  12. I agree with everything everyone said. Well Done. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Gorgeous…..so elegant…..and yep romantic……

  14. Wow, must give this technique a try! Nice job Brian.

  15. You used everything I love! Wonderful Romance stamp set, ink colors, masking and sponging. It makes me want to go make a card right now but I’ve already made two today…lol! Thanks for your great instructions too.

    • Thanks so much, Karen! I’m so happy that you like my card – and I’m happy that it inspires you. No reason to “not make a card” because you’ve made two today…♥

  16. Absolutely stunning sponging and color combination, what a gorgeous background for this beautiful image, those stripes look like velvet ribbons!!
    The sentiment on the side stamped vertically looks amazing, love that idea.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. Simply delightful. The outline image lends itself elegantly to your softly colored background. Thanks for the great sketch!

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