Royal Peacock has a Happy Birthday!

Royal Peacock card front with stepped-up details

Royal Peacock (also known as Noble Peacock) was one of the product suites that immediately caught my fancy after Stampin’ Up! introduced their newest annual catalog.  What’s not to love?  It contains gorgeous imagery with a 2-step style, STUNNING coordinating designer series papers/embellishments, and great dies to make cutting and accessorizing a snap!

The concept for this card started off with a personal challenge to participate in Stampin’ Up!’s #simplestamping challenge for the month of August.  August “#simplestamping” challenge means simple and clean stamping that incorporates just stamps, ink and paper.  I took that to mean no designer series paper or additional bling (ribbons or gems).  Plus it had to be a “birthday” card.  The sample that was provided with the challenge was definitely not my idea of simple stamping.  So a personal challenge ensued!

#simplestamping details

This #simplestamping card relies on just ink and cardstock to provide interest to the stamped images.  A portion of the front cardstock panel was isolated with tape to provide clean lines for the sponged background of Granny Apple Green ink.  The first stamp was inked in Blueberry Bushel and the second image in Bermuda Bay.  Although I used a stamparatus to help with alignment, it is not necessary.  My aging eyes don’t see as well as they used to, LOL!  The cardstock frame is Old Olive cardstock.

A close-up of the stepped-up main image:

Royal Peacock close-up card front

This stepped-up version of my Royal Peacock card utilizes the absolute gorgeous designer series paper that is part of the Noble Peacock Suite of coordinating products.  I have stilled dialed back the bling that could be added since this card is intended for my Dad.  But I have a month to think about it, so let me know if you think I can add ribbon and gems!

I had intended to participate in The Paper Player’s sketch challenge #452 this week.  So, that sketch is the basis for my card design.  Thank you, Anne Marie, for the inspiration.  If I don’t hurry with this post, I will be too late to participate, LOL.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.  In the meanwhile,

Have fun stamping,






4 thoughts on “Royal Peacock has a Happy Birthday!

  1. Joanne James

    Two fabulous cards Katy! Your stepped up version contains all that is beautiful in this suite, with those fabulous foils and diecut feather really adding a touch of luxury and works our sketch a treat. My personal favourite though is your #simplestamping card – that is stunning for just stamps, ink and paper! I love the sponged square to draw the eye to that wonderful peacock; this card really does show that simple doesn’t have to be one layer either. So glad you finished in time to play with us over at The Paper Players this week!

  2. Anne Marie Hile

    Your cards are gorgeous, Katy! I love all of the glitz and glam on the stepped-up card. Thanks so much for joining us this week over at The Paper Players!

  3. Debbie Mageed

    I somehow missed seeing this gorgeous card, Katy! So glad I had to check your link for the blog hop so I could find it. This is a bundle that I have worked very hard to resist but you make it much, much harder! I love how you layered the beautiful DSP. I now realize that I bought the foil but not the DSP so will be adding that to my next order. Dad would not mind ribbons or bling at all – Go for it!! Off to pin this beauty!

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