Pick a Pattern with Retiring In Colors

Back in 2017, when we were first introduced to the 2017-2019 In Colors, I made a card that has featured three of those new colors behind strips of the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape. I loved how that card turned out – and it has stuck with me since. Every so often I think, “I need to remake that card.” Well – as those colors AND the black-and-white washi tape are set to retire, now’s as good a time as any. Here’s my 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card:

Incredible Like You, 2017-2019 In Colors, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the original card that inspired this new one (you can click on the picture below to read more about this card):

Confetti Celebration, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI used the same technique that put the Washi Tape on the 1″ strips of cardstock but played with the placement of the strips a little bit. I kept the circle sentiment and neutral backdrop.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Pick a Pattern. Do you remember the Pick a Pattern Suite from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Annual Catalog? While the Designer Series Paper, stamp set and most coordinating accessories retired at the end of the catalog, the black-and-white, multi-sized Pick a Pattern Washi Tape carried forward into the 2018 Annual Catalog. Such fun! The washi tape, though, goes away at the end of this catalog (or when supplies run out). Here’s a look at the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape:Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Stampin' Up!, 144166The sentiment on this card is one of my favorites from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog – and it’s also retiring soon. Here’s a look at Incredible Like You:Incredible Like You, Stampin' Up!, 148708
  • A Layer of Washi. This card was such fun to construct. I simply taped down this 1″ piece of washi tape over 1″ strips of 2017-2019 In Colors. How easy is that?!Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThis closeup picture shows you how shiny these strips are on the card – non-messy shine is always a good thing on a card, right?Incredible Like You, 2017-2019 In Colors, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Retiring In Colors. I’ve been posting a lot about the retiring 2017-2019 In Colors this week. What a beautiful collection! If you need to restock on any of these papers, inks or accessories, now’s your time to do it!Stampin' Up! 2017-2019 In Colors, Brian KingI’ve already posted two love letters to Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig – others are coming soon. If you missed those, you can see them here:

Stamp Sets: Incredible Like You  Papers: Gray Granite, Thick Whisper White (base), Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide  Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories: Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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  1. Ohh!! aren’t you so clever!!! For a moment before I read your post, I thought these stripes were DSP, I think it’s a great way to customize Washi Tape to coordinate with whatever colors you are using on your projects.
    And also, it’s a great way to use your scraps, which I know all of us have a ton of.
    Thank you for sharing this awesome and clever idea, Brian.

  2. Great showcase of the retiring colors. Fun use of washi tape. Love the sweet sentiment. Enjoy your day!

  3. Washi wonderful! Love how beautiful the blocks of retiring colors look together!

  4. At first glance….I totally didn’t know this was Washi Tape. AWESOME idea my friend. Thanks for sharing!

  5. First version, cool. Second version, cooler. Want to try for a third – coolest- version ?

  6. Brilliant! What a great card design and so clever with the washi tape! It really has an upscale design element to it. Love it!

  7. Wow, what a fun and clever use of washi! You had me running to my supply of washi tape to see if I had this one!

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