Pals Guest Stamper: Brian King

Where cards are King!  Brian King, a member of my Stampin’ Pretty Pals (his direct upline is Pam Morris), shares his clean, balanced paper crafting style with you today.  My eye goes straight to the “marbled” background (keep reading for how he did it) and the way he used die cuts to give drama to the sentiment.

Brian’s Notes:
  I tea-stained the Very Vanilla card stock on this 5″ x 5″ card, which gives it a beautiful marbelized effect.  After making a cup of tea over the weekend, I set the tea bag aside to cool a bit and then tapped it onto the card stock.  It was that easy!  The card stock curled up a bit as it dried, so I had to secure it to my card front with Sticky Strip.  I also played around with the Apothecary Accents Framelits to layer this border around the sentiment. 
Stamp sets:  Tea Shoppe  Paper:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Early Espresso  Accessories:  Scallop Square Bigz Clear, Apothecary Accents Framelits, 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Early Espresso), Stampin’ Dimensionals, 3/16″ Corner punch, Sticky Strip 
Be sure to visit Brian’s blog for more details and a closer look at his fabulous work.
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  1. Carol Carriveau

    Brian is amazing at creating and sharing! I found his blog from your blog and love his sharing ways….and love this card he did for you. Just goes to show that you are a fabulous mentor – to all of us – thank you!

  2. What a fun tip :o) Love the look, so thanks for sharing!!! Great job, Brian! Can’t wait to check out your blog :o)

  3. What a great card. I love learning new techniques. I will be trying this soon!

  4. Thanks to you Mary, for introducing me to Brian’s work–I follow his blog daily–after your of course! 🙂

  5. Well, this is just the best creative recycling idea ever! Great card, Brian!

  6. Chris R. from Iowa

    TEArific!!! I have seen some of his cards before but I just took quite a bit of time and looked at his blog. I loved it! This is a really great card! Thanks Mary for showcasing his work!

  7. This is a great card Brian made and over on his blog he dubbed you the “Queen of Stampin’ Up, ha ha, I love that!

  8. I love this background idea. My next technique night features different backgounds and I think this will be one of them. Thanks for an impressive card and a great idea, Brian.

  9. Very nice and thank you Brian for sharing your idea with the tea bag. Can’t wait to give it a try. Nice to know you can get more then one use of that tea bag. Thanks for sharing Mary!

  10. What a fabulous idea and card! As I was reading about how Brian did the tea stain, I immediately thought “what a great idea for a stamp day with friends”. We can have tea a cookies first, then tell them to save the tea bag, then we can make a card. This is really a super card.. Great work Brian…and thanks for sharing Mary!

  11. Gorgeous Brian, love it!

  12. Brian what a great card and you got too uses out of your product – cup of tea and a tea technique all in one you couldn’t ask for anything more. love it! Going to check out your website thanks for sharing!

    Inky Hugs,

  13. Ooooh Lala love it Brian !!! It’s so elegant , love those colors together, and the tea , love that to must try it !!! Thanks Mary for sharing ..
    Hugs Frenchie .

  14. Simple and Seriously Clean lines is what this card is all about. LOVE IT! And who would have thought to use a tea bag while papercrafting. MANY THANKS for sharing Brian’s wonderful card with us.

  15. Hello Mary: WOW!! I love the very soft design on that piece of Very Vanilla CS. What a wonderful idea, so simple and easy to do. I imagine that different tea flavors will give different tones on the paper. I have to give this a try. Thank you and Brian for sharing it.

  16. I’ve followed Brian since his first Debut here! I find his style very like your own, it’s a joy to see clean & simple cards come together that look so smart. Reading his post every morning & finding his little snippets of humor make my day! Thank you Mary for sharing his work!

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