Picking the Tree for Freshly Made Sketches

When I was really young, my family packed into our bright green Volkswagen Van and traveled to a big Christmas tree farm to select our tree each year.  It was always a fun for us children – possibly because we weren’t responsible for paying and didn’t have to do any of the heavy-lifting.  Oh, the nostalgia!  I haven’t had a live Christmas tree in several years, but this year, I’ll be checking out the tree sales, using my hard-earned cash on a tree and strapping a tree to the roof of my car.  Here’s a fun card I made to honor this annual ritual that’s just around the corner:

White Christmas, Holiday Home, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS159And here’s Jen Mitchell’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge that inspired my card: Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Heating it Up. You already know that I adore White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  You also know that I love to snip out tiny images.  Right?  If you didn’t, then now you do.  With this project, I combined two of my loves an embossed this card on Real Red and Basic Gray and the tree on Garden Green.  I snipped them all out and pieced them together.  What fun!
    White Christmas, Holiday Home, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS159
  • Cooling it Down.  I love the white spots on this Garden Green piece of Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper.  While the green background is not blue or black (as would be a typical color for a snowy skyline), I think it’s beautiful and is still reminiscent of  a snowy sky.  So guess what I did?  I made it fit as a snowy sky.  Yay!
  • Icing it Over.  To add a special effect to the windows of the tree-toting car, I simply colored them in with my Stampin’ Chalk Marker.  I considered lots of options – cropping out the windows, adding white paper over the windows.  The marker, though, gave me the effect I wanted.  Woo hoo!

White Christmas, Holiday Home, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS159Stamp Sets:  White Christmas, Holiday Home  Papers: Garden Green, Real Red, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Nordic Noel Designers Series Paper  Inks:  Garden Green  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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A New Video and Believe for FabFriday

Sometimes the simplest elements on a card can have the most impact.  This week’s FabFriday sketch is super-simple (my favorite kind), which leaves the playing field wide open.  I created a fun Christmas card that features a bold strip of Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper, images from two photopolymer stamp sets, and a sentiment from Good Greetings.  I’m also sharing a new video today that showcases a new, fun technique that I call Floppy Photopolymer.  Here’s my card that combines them all:

Calling All Heroes, Holiday Home, Good Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri53

And here’s the FabFriday sketch that inspired my creation:

FabFri53 SketchYou know it, and I know it – the star of this project is the cityscape with its hazy base.  What do you think?

Calling All Heroes, Holiday Home, Good Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri53I just love how this looks.  This haziness was created with a technique derived by my upline Pam Morris through a combination of brilliant inventiveness and her [intense] desire to stay seated while she was stamping – I explain it all in this Floppy Photopolymer video:

This is also a good time for me to remind you that Good Greetings is only available through October 31 (when you place a $300 order or combine orders with friends to reach $300).  It’s a great set, and I don’t want you to miss out.  Click below to see these images in my Online Store.I hope you are inspired by this super-fun technique, and I hope you’ll try it out yourself.  If you don’t have Calling All Heroes, you can try it out with other images where you want a rough, hazy edge.  I also hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday Challenge to check out the projects by the other design team members.

Stamps:  Calling All Heroes, Holiday Home, Good Greetings  Papers:  Old Olive, Basic Gray, Real Red, Whisper White, Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Real Red  Accessories:  Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Brian

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