Courage, Strength & Bravery

Bravery: the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty.

While there are amazing acts of bravery around us every day, the term has almost become synonymous with the courage and energy one expends to fight against the physical invasions of cancer. Bravery not only defines those who win, but it honors the tenacity of everyone who fights to win. My card today features a variety of products that celebrate courage and bravery:

More Than Words, Ribbon of Courage, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • More Than Words. My card features two sentiments from a brand new stamp set that’s part of the brand new “Sale-a-Bration Coordination” release. The More Than Words stamp set was released on March 1 to coordinate with all of your favorite Sale-a-Bration stamp sets – there’s nothing like getting the most out of those sets! This set features a lot of wonderful sentiments that can be used for a variety of occasions. Take a look at all the fun sentiments in More Than Words:More Than Words, Stampin' Up! 150069Because More Than Words is a photopolymer stamp set, I could see where I was stamping to perfectly line up the sentiments. So many great options in this set. If you’d like to see all of the Sale-a-Bration Coordination offerings (including this set, several Framelits dies and a punch), click on the picture below:
  • Petal Promenade – Earn it for Free. On March 1, Stampin’ Up! added some new items into the selections for Sale-a-Bration earnings. One of those items is the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper:Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 146913To select this item as your Sale-a-Bration reward, use the code 152839. The pages in this pack of papers are perfect for wedding and sympathy cards. They are perfect, too, for supportive cards like the one I’m sharing today. If you’d like to review all of the new Sale-a-Bration options (including the new ones), please click here.
  • A Little Texture. I really wanted to use the beautiful floral paper for the ribbon on the front of this card, but it was too much (and we can’t have “too much”). Instead, I inked up the solid ribbon from Ribbon of Courage with Blushing Bride ink, stamped it off once and then stamped it on Blushing Bride Cardstock. Then I cropped the ribbon with the Support Ribbon Framelits Dies. That gave me the texture and subtlety I was looking for. I still reached for the paper, though, and cropped a heart from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. I positioned it on the center of the ribbon for a callback to the background pattern. Here’s a closer look:  More Than Words, Ribbon of Courage, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets: More Than Words, Ribbon of Courage  Papers: Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper, Blushing Bride, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Blushing Bride, Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories: Support Ribbon Framelits Dies, Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, Be Mine Stitched Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I love when the right mix of products come together seamlessly to create the card you want to create.

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  1. This card is AMAZING! It is just perfect and spot on with the message!

  2. Love, love how you stamped the ribbon and layered the coordinating heart in it’s center.

    • Thanks, Mary! I was not sure how the ribbon would look stamped solid on the cardstock, but I was pleasantly surprised. So glad you like it! ♥

  3. This card is stunning!! I agree with Mary about how you stamped the ribbon and put the coordinating heart on top. You are so clever! Have a great day!

  4. LOVE this card Brian, and the stitched rectangles add that extra touch!

  5. What a beautiful card!

  6. LOVE your intro statement on your blog post today Brian. Everything about this card will make whoever receives it feel your love.

  7. Chris from Pella

    This is stunning! The ribbon looks like velvet, I would want to run my fingers over it immediately. Everything is just perfect, words can not convey the feelings and emotions this card creates.

    • Thanks so much, Chris! I appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments. I was so happy with how the stamp added texture to the ribbon – I did run my finger over it. 🙂

  8. Fabulous. My heart was touched by your intro words, my eyes by the visual beauty of this card.

  9. Nicely done, Brian. Thanks for sharing!

  10. A beautiful card Brian!

  11. I don’t know what to say about this precious card Brian. When I saw it I became very emotional and touched by it’s beauty and your words.

    • Thanks so much, Grace! I’m so happy you like the card – as I created it, I hoped you’d like it. Thanks for your kind feedback. ♥

  12. Great, great card! Love the message, dip, layout, all of it! Very inspiring in many ways- thanks for sharing all of your creative ideas, Mr. King!

  13. What a beautiful, sweet card. I especially love the rectangles cut with the new Framelits.

  14. This is a beautiful, well designed card. One of the best off this genre I have ever seen.

  15. Brian, I absolutely LOVE how you put this card together! Bringing the DSP forward a tad was a great idea. The heart could easily be taken out of the background DSP as a paper saving technique. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful card.

    • Thanks so much, Heidi! I’m so glad you like the card – the elements were really easy to work with. I had to play around with them for a bit to get them exactly where I wanted them, but that’s the fun part of it all. ♥

  16. Brian this card will encourage bravery to who ever receive its. It doesn’t get much more beautiful than this!

  17. What a very special card! It conveys the thought perfectly.

  18. I say LOVELY MY FRIEND ♥️♥️♥️
    Hugs Frenchie

  19. Beautiful and encouraging message on a lovely backdrop. Anyone who receives this would have their spirits lifted.

  20. Gorgeous card and layering! You have a talent for creating with DSP!

  21. I too love the “texture” on the ribbon. Love the card and have several people that I know who have earned the sentiment. Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you so much, Cindy! I loved playing with this paper and was thrilled to see the texture that stamp left on the ribbon. So glad you like it – I am happy to share. ♥

  22. I saw this as a Pal Pic on the SU website of Mary Fish. It is absolutely beautiful. Honestly there are no words to describe it. Awesome, etc. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  23. Great card Brian! Love the layers, the stitched rectangles and the special touches on the ribbon too. I LOVE that DSP so you just kicked it up notches beyond! Awesome!

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