Geared Up Garage for CTS318

I love the simplicity of the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge that kicks off today – the single band down the middle and the sentiment banner give us so much room to make any card that fits our design aesthetic. Such fun! I reached for the Geared Up Garage Bundle and coordinating Classic Garage 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper for a clean and cool Father’s Day card. Here’s my card:

Geared Up Garage, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Father's Day cardAnd here’s the banner for the Retro challenge (this is a “Throwback Thursday” of the sketch from CTS218) that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Geared Up for Retirement. If you have loved the Classic Garage suite of products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog (but you haven’t yet stocked up), now might be a great time to purchase these items. The Classic Garage 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (used on three panels of this card) will be retiring on June 3 or when they sell out. Since these amazing papers are currently on a while-supplies-last basis, this would be a good time to grab up a couple packs:Classic Garage 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 148482While the Geared Up Garage stamp set and the coordinating Garage Gears Dies will be offered in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog (yay!), the bundle of the two (with a 10% discount) will end on June 3. You don’t want to miss that! Here’s a look at the Geared Up Garage Bundle from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog:Geared Up Garage Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150610
  • A Little Touch. When I stamped this sentiment with Tranquil Tide ink on Thick Whisper White, the image leaves a distressed inside of “happy” and “day.” While I like the look of the intentionally distressed sentiment, I pulled in some of the ink with my Blender Pen. I doesn’t fill in the sentiment – instead, it adds a lighter color to enhance the distressed texture. Here’s a closer look: Geared Up Garage, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Father's Day cardI accented my sentiment (which looks a lot like a Heinz mustard logo – it doesn’t hurt that I placed it over a panel of Crushed Curry) with two little banners from the Bunch of Banners Dies – which retire at the end of this catalog (or when they sell out).
  • Cool Color Combination. I love a monochromatic card – all gray or all blue is A-OK with me – but I don’t think you have to limit yourself to great colors when making a card for the man in your life. My Father’s Day card features a beautiful duo of colors on a gray backdrop. If you like this combination of Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide and Basic Gray, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide, Basic Gray

Bundles: Geared Up Garage  Stamp Sets: Geared Up Garage  Papers: Classic Garage 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Tranquil Tide, Basic Gray, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Tranquil Tide  Accessories: Garage Gears Dies, Bunch of Banners Dies, Blender Pen, 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.

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  1. Perfect use of this sketch and DSP!

  2. Great looking card Brian. My favorite part is the adorable banners you created coming out of the sentiment…..PERFECT!

  3. You really made magic with this paper. I love the blocks of color and masculine style!

  4. Such a simple but effective card. The white matte really pulls it all together!

  5. Great take on the retro sketch, Brian. Love the die for the sentiment. Enjoy your day!

  6. I love how you always find DSP examples in every suite to create a card that isn’t necessarily a representation of the overt designs/themes in the collection. You are really a master at that. Great card

    • Thanks so much, Linda! I had set out to use one of the pages with the gears, but this worked better for what I had in mind. Glad you like it. Thanks for your kind remarks!

  7. Interesting color combination! It works! Love how you enhanced the sentiment piece with Blender Pen. So clever.

  8. Once again, a card with spectacular colors! Love what you chose and the DSP papers work so well. I love the design too! Sometimes it’s good to go retro!

  9. What a great card!! Your colors are fantastic!

  10. I love this color combination. The clean cards you create are always perfect.

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