Our Beautiful Friendship

Do you ever have pieces of Designer Series Paper that you think are SO GORGEOUS that you just don’t want to cut into it? You want to wait for just the right moment to use the paper in just the right way. With this week’s “Bloom & Grow” theme challenge, I finally pulled out the flower print from See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper that’s one of my all-time prints. Here’s my card:

See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper, Beautiful Friendship, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

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  • See a Silhouette. There are some really bold colors in the See a Silhouette Designer Series Papers. While that might turn some people away, I see it as a challenge – how can I showcase these beautiful prints while minimizing the colors in some of the pages? Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the pack of See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper:  See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalog, 149443It’s the honeycomb page that I suspect turns people away from this paper, but all of the other pages are GORGEOUS (and the honeycomb print is beautiful when the colors are limited. The Mossy Meadow backdrop on the page of flowers I used today really pulls these colors together. I added a layer of vellum to further tone down the background panel so that the snipped flower on top could pop. DSP Sale Image 2Good news! See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper is one of a collection of papers from the Annual Catalog that are currently offered in a Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion. Click on the picture above to read more about the promotion (including all of the papers included) and to see some inspiration I’ve shared with these papers.
  • Beautiful Friendship and Layers. The gorgeous sentiment on this card is from the Beautiful Friendship photopolymer stamp set. I love this set! The images are DistInktive, which gives them a beautiful depth with each stamp. Here’s a look at the Beautiful Friendship stamp set:Beautiful Friendship, Stampin' Up! 149252And here’s a closeup of the sentiment on my cardfront:See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper, Beautiful Friendship, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHere are the layer measurements I used for this card (starting with the base of the card and working my way up to the top):
    • Poppy Parade – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″)
    • Thick Whisper White – 5-3/16″ x 3-7/8″
    • See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper – 5″ x 3-3/4″
    • Vellum Cardstock – 5″ x 3-3/4″
    • Layer of Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 3-11/16″ x 2-7/16″
    • Poppy Parade Cardstock – 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″
    • Whisper White Cardstock – 3-1/2 x 1-3/16″
    • See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper
  • Gorgeous Color Combination. I love the flowers in this paper and the beautiful textures used to showcase them. The colors, though, are gorgeous and perfect for this time of year. Poppy Parade really pops against the Mossy Meadow background and works so well with  Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry in the paper. If you like this combination of Poppy Parade, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Poppy Parade, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow

Stamp Sets: Beautiful Friendship  Papers: See a Silhouette, Poppy Parade, Thick Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock  Inks: Poppy Parade  Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals


I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. I’m in love with this bold color combination. This is my favorite dsp at the moment. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This was the 1st DSP I got when we could order. I love the bold almost batik feel to these papers.
    Every card you have shared with this DSP has showcased the great colors and designs that are part of the collection. Another standout project.

  3. Absolutely stunning. Love the vellum and snipped flower!

  4. Awesome color combination. This card is a masterpiece my friend.

  5. Gorgeous card, Brian! Love this color combo as well.

  6. This card really pops! Awesome!

  7. Beautiful card and perfect touch of vellum!

  8. Wow! What a beautiful card! The vellum is such a unique touch. I love this.

  9. A wowser of a card today for sure Brian. I’m so glad I bought this stamp set and the DSP is fantastic. The vellum is a perfect way to tone down these bright colors and the sayings are so beautifully done in that gorgeous script. Love it!

  10. You had me when I saw the vellum layer!! Beautiful card with that gorgeous paper! Love the color combination. Have a wonderful day!

  11. Thank you, Brian, for listing all the measurements for this card. That helps me SO much!

  12. How did you secure the vellum?

    • I added the top panel with dimensionals to the vellum first. I then added multipurpose glue on the vellum behind that panel and glued it to the background of DSP. The corners and sides are loose. I hope that helps.

  13. This is gorgeous……I think that paper is loud but you are the master…..the vellum tames it perfectly!

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