More Design Notes – Pressed Petals

On Thursday I shared a simple and fun card I made for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. I was so wow’d by the products in the gorgeous Pressed Petals Suite (I used the Specialty Designer Series Paper and Specialty Washi Tape), that I couldn’t fit all I wanted to say into one post. I shared several fun design elements about this card, but I’m back with a second post to share a little bit more.

If you missed the original post, you can see it here.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Small Changes. I’m a big believer that small changes can make a really big difference. I don’t often glue down a card until everything about it makes me happy, giving me time to make updates, as necessary. This card was an exception – I didn’t see some of the imbalances until I was photographing the card. The changes are small, but they are big enough to get me back downstairs to completely remake the card. Here’s a graphic to show the small changes I made between versions of this card:Small Changes Can Make a Difference, Pressed Petals, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI loved the elements of the first card, but the proportions weren’t making me happy so I made three adjustments (all changes were relative to the floral centerpiece): (1) I reduced the panel sizes a bit so that the flower didn’t appear so small in the middle, (2) I repositioned the sentiment to the end of the sentiment banner, extending it away from the flower) and (3) I added more leaves to the cover more of the card (again, made the flower more prominent on the card). I’m not sure all changes were necessary, but I thought it would be fun to show you both cards.
  • Punched Element. Donna Mikasa’s sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch gave us a small panel in the top, left of the card design. I wanted my small panel to have an intricate design that worked with the sophisticated feel of this card, so I reached for a punch I don’t often use. Couldn’t have been happier about it. Everyday Label Punch, Stampin' Up!, 144668Instead of punching out the entire image and layering it under the Pressed Petals panel, I slid the piece of Soft Suede cardstock part-way into the punch and punched along the straight edge. I then glued that piece to the side of the Pressed Petals panel.Build Fun Elements for a Card by Using Parts of a Punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Flower Centers & To a Wild Rose. While sharing about this card, I’ve spent all my time talking about the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer and the Pressed Petals Designer Washi Tape that I haven’t focused on two other new products that helped me pull this card together…the Perennial Essence Floral Centers and the To a Wild Rose Bundle. Both are super-fun. The Perennial Essence Floral Centers are a new accessory in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Annual Catalog – the fuzzy yellow adhesive-backed elements are PERFECT for the center of any flower: Perennial Essence Floral Centers, Stampin' Up! 149442The leaves and sentiment on my card are from the To a Wild Rose Bundle – a very important part of this card. Here’s a look at this amazing bundle:To a Wild Rose Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 151073

Bundles: To a Wild Rose Stamp Sets: To a Wild Rose Papers: Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Thick Whisper White Inks: Merry Merlot, Tuxedo Black Memento, Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends Accessories: Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape, Wild Rose Dies, Perennial Essence Floral Centers, Everyday Label punch, Classic Label punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you like these additional design notes about this fun card.


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  1. margaretann hammond

    Last night I placed an order for the washi tape but forgot to order the center of the flower and will place that today. I do love your card

  2. WOW! What a beautiful card. I was stymied for a minute about the little background piece. Aren’t you the clever guy to use the Everyday Label Punch!

  3. I like your changes . It was interesting reading about your WHYS and the first card beside the altered one is very helpful in seeing the differences. Also I am wondering if you can use a Blend on Washi Tape ? I think the flower is so creative ,but was wondering if I could change the color just for variety ? Just wondering ??? Of course it would have to be a dark purple or such ! Pretty card !

  4. Small changes……but Big results. LOVE what you created (and re-created) Brian.

  5. The changes were exactly right. But of course WE would never even notice it without your generous exposition. Such small but significant adjustments are why you are the KING. Love the 2nd card even more than the first! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Fun to see how to use the pressed petals. Love that you showed us two versions of the same card. It’s all part of the process…and what a BIG difference the little changes made.

  7. Brian, I just love these “before & after” posts. It is so helpful to see how small adjustments can have such a large effect on the overall finished card. Thanks so much for leading by example πŸ™‚

  8. All I can add to the above comments is – You are Amazing!

  9. Love the cards. Thanks for the tip about using parts of punches to get different designs. The washi tape is going on my list. How clever! Enjoy your day

  10. 2 fabulous cards for these products. Those little petals make me smile!

  11. With those subtle changes, it’s almost as if the flower grew! Amazing!

  12. Wow! Small changes do make a difference. It so does having a good eye for design, which you clearly have! Thank you for sharing this. It’s a big help.

  13. Before and After looks. I love it. I’m glad you post these because it clearly shows how the After look is elevated and more eye-appealing.

  14. Loved it before… Love it more after! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  15. Love this Brian ~ so many good pointers! And the card is my favorite color, pink!!

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