Card Layers ala King

A Recipe for Successful Card Layers

I have been wanting to showcase Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper for a while and the sketch challenge at Paper Players this week provides the perfect opportunity to show off gorgeous papers.


Wide open panels like this are a great way to showcase a busy pattern, like in Affectionately Yours paper. By putting less “stuff” on it, the paper can really shine through.

Thoughtful layers are another way to help patterns really stand out. With coordinating papers and colors, Stampin’ Up! has a lot of options to help you do this. Nevertheless, I am still a bit of a newb when it comes to layering, so I turned for inspiration to the king of layers, Brian King, that is!

Card Layers ala King

Brian also participated in Paper Players this week and created a gorgeous paisley card for the occasion.  I loved the layered frame he added around the sketch and how it let him use two coordinating designer series papers in tandem.  Isn’t this gorgeous?

Card designed by Brian King, features Thankful Thoughts stamps and Petals and Paisley DSP.

I decided to use his recipe and try to make a card using layers in the style of Brian King.

For new to the scene card makers, this is called CASEing (Copying and Selectively Editing) a card. I copied Brian’s wide frame and skinny white borders, but I edited it to make it my own by using different papers, one less layer, and different shapes around the sentiment. It was a recipe for success!

Card design by Natalie Lapakko, features Affectionately Yours and a Watercolor Wings sentiment.

Card Recipe

It’s cards like this that make me wish I worked in Metric instead of this crazy Imperial System! I’m definitely exercising my math brain on this one! Here’s how you can make this card, and all the math is done for you!

  1. Cut a standard sized Whisper White card base. That’s 8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″, scored and creased at 4-1/4″.
  2. Cut Watermelon Wonder panel 1/8″ smaller than the card base. (4-1/8″ by 5-3/8″.)
  3. Cut the next smallest Whisper White panel 1″ smaller than the card base. (3-1/4″ by 4-1/2″.)
  4. Cut the Affectionately Yours DSP 1-1/8″ smaller than the card base, plus an extra 1/16″ for the gap we will be adding to this panel. (3-1/8″ by 4-5/16″)
  5. Cut the Affectionately Yours panel where you would like the gap to be. Mine is 1-1/4″ from the right side. I made sure to keep the pieces lined up so the pattern would match.
  6. Cut a strip for the sentiment at about 1/2″ or use a scrap that looks about the right width.  I always have strips of Whisper White around that haven’t quite made it to the recycling yet! Stamp the sentiment from the Watercolor Wings stamp set in Night of Navy ink. Trim the length to fit the sentiment.
  7. Trim a piece of ribbon slightly longer than the sentiment.
  8. Adhere everything together with snail adhesive except for the ribbon: use glue dots.

Brian and I have a similar method when it comes to deciding how big each layer should be, mostly by starting with a standard size and trimming in equal amounts from each side until finding the perfect size.  Brian made an excellent video about how he makes his layers that helped me and may help you too.

To Pop or Not to Pop

I thought about using dimensionals to pop out my inner layer and decided not to. Brian did use dimensionals on his card, so you can see what a difference it makes.  Now that I see them side by side, I’m rethinking my decision. On the one hand, my card will not be squashed in the mail, on the other hand, when is more dimension ever a bad choice?

I might have to go home tonight and do a little card surgery to add more pop to this card.

Coordinating Colors

I took my cue for colors from the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper. It has a built in color scheme! I chose to pull out Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron as the accent colors for my border and the ribbon. I think I may have accidentally grabbed a Pool Party ribbon by mistake. It’s just a little lighter and brighter than the mint. Oops!

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A Big Thanks

I’d like to offer a special thanks to Brian King today for the inspiration and the recipe for perfect layers!

Thanks also to you, dear readers, for visiting, liking, pinning, and commenting! If you get a chance, go check out Brian’s blog! I think you’ll like it!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Watercolor Wings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, Mint Macaron satin ribbon (c) Stampin’ Up!