Lighthearted Leaves – a Sneak Peek

Adult coloring books are all the rage these days – they are advertised as stress relievers and relaxation assistants, but they can also be a lot of fun.  If you don’t believe me, just ask some adults who own adult coloring books (they are certainly experts on the matter).  Anyway, there’s something really calming about finding the repetition in patterns and adding your color-spin that makes coloring such a wonderful escape for adults.  What does this have to do with stamping?  By combining adult coloring with stamping, I’ve created a super-chic project that’s sure to make the creator AND the recipient happy.  Here’s my card:

Lighthearted Leaves, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Lighthearted Leaves.  The moment I saw this stamp set in the upcoming Holiday Catalog, I knew I would be coloring this gorgeously detailed maple leaf.  The shapes and patterns inside this leaf are reminiscent of an artist’s doodle – or the recently popular zentangling.  With the new Archival Basic Black in (also available int he new catalog),  this leaf is PERFECT for stamping and coloring with Stampin’ Write Markers – and the images pair with the Leaflets Framelits Dies that debuted in the Annual Catalog this year.  Perfection!

    Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!

    Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Archival Black Ink.  Another new product in the Holiday Catalog is Archival Black Ink – everything you want black ink to be.  It gives a deep black image every time, cleans easily and pairs perfectly with our Stampin’ Write Markers – no bleeding, no running.  The black ink is almost instantly dry and ready for coloring.  Please meet my new, go-to Black Ink:

    Archival Basic Black Ink, Stampin' Up!

    Archival Basic Black Ink, Stampin’ Up!

  • Fun Fall Color Selection.  It’s always fun to create new color combinations that just work well.  To color this leaf, I chose from a variety of color families (Brights, Regals and Subtles are represented – and the black counts for Neutrals).  I chose an orange, a yellow, a red, a purple and a green – here are the colors I used for this card:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tangelo Twist, So Saffron, Rose Red, Pefect Plum, Old Olive

Stamp Sets:  Lighthearted Leaves  Papers:  Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Tangelo Twist, Rose Red, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Tangelo Twist, So Saffron, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Old Olive)  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Leaflets Framelits Dies, Hexagon Punch (for banner tip), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tips for coloring with Stampin' Up! Write Markers, Brian KingThanks for stopping by today!


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  1. I really love how the leaf stands out against the DSP you’ve chosen. What a super card. Thanks for sharing the colouring love!
    Fiona (Crazy Crafters)

  2. Exquisite!
    Stephanie (Crazy Crafters Team)

  3. Love love love!!!!! This is stunning Brian. You are amazing. (Crazy crafters)

  4. Love the colours Brian……such a beautiful card. (Crazy Crafters)

  5. I love the colours, the stamp is so clear and defined, looks like a stained glass window. Gorgeous card!

  6. Beautiful colour palette .. Thanks for Sharing
    Nicole (Crazy Crafters)

  7. Brian I can say I am ONE OF THOSE ADULTS however i dont own a adult colouring in book. I like you have stamps to play with so colour those often. I love your card it is gorgeous. The colours are very striking and looks great. I love the whole design and can see me CASEing it and will link it back to your blog. Cant wait to see your next project. Tamie (cc) xx

  8. Just STOP it!! I wasn’t going to get this stamp…..and now, as a colouring-in b-book-for-adults fan…now I HAVE to buy this stamp!!! 🙂

  9. Lovely colouring Brian. Looks like another set to add to my wish list.

    Rosalie (Crazy Crafters)

  10. I REALLY love your card!! The colours are amazing, exactly my style! I love the DSP behind the leaf too. It contrasts so beautifully. Awesome card, once again! Regards, Nicole (Crazy Crafters!)

  11. Lovely Brian, What a great Idea, and the colours look amazing together 🙂 (Crazy Crafters)

  12. Oh yays, adult colouring is big at the moment and I for one love it. Your card design is colourful and bright. I think you’ve started something here, I’m flicking through the new Holiday catty to see what I can colour 🙂

    Sue (Crazy Crafters)

  13. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Amazing, Brian!!!

  14. Absolutely love the leaf. I color mandalas all the time
    My daughter used the coloring for self
    Healing and relaxation

  15. Oh yes!! coloring is relaxing and fun, it’s one of my most cherished things to do. I’ve seen those adult coloring books and the look awesome.
    Love your card, the beautiful color combination and the way you framed this colorful leaf.

  16. Your card is stunning!

  17. This technique has made for a stunning card-So clever Brian- I can wait to get this set!!! (Crazy crafters)

  18. Oh Brian, I love it , you did so nicely, love the fall colors ! And love how you Matted it !!! Tfs, I love coloring too, so relaxing!!!!
    Hugs Frenchie

  19. What a great card for fall. That stamp set is on my list!

  20. Chris R. from Iowa

    I saw this set in Mary Fish’s holiday haul video and immediately thought of you wondering what colors you would chose. These colors are so fun and just perfect for this card. Love the set and love the card. Thanks for the info on the new black archival ink pad. Have a good time coloring some more leaves.

  21. Beautiful card Brian. I’ll make a deal with you – I’ll do the stamping and you can do the coloring! LOL

  22. This set was not even on my radar until now! I love how you colored it. So I guess it’s on the list now.

  23. LOVE it…..I really enjoy coloring (not snipping so much)…I rediscovered that with the blendabilities….Darn….I thought I had my holiday cards planned!

  24. I love to color and the leaf set is so awesome! Your card is perfect with the colored leaf and great design!:-)

  25. Your card really made me smile today(sad because I moved my girl back to school and needed that smile) set comes today and it is the first I want to play with but even more now after seeing you post! Thanks so much for the inspiration !

  26. Beautiful colors, and what a great stamp set! Fabuloso card. ♥

  27. I love the adult coloring books and seeing your post puts that set on the top of my list. Some how the “adult” coloring book leaves for other interpretations (shameful where my mind goes). LOL I think they should call it “Grownup Coloring Books for the Kid in All of Us”. Just a thought. Your cards are always very inspirational to me. Thanks you.

  28. Are you kidding me? This is AWESOME. !! And now.. I have ONE more set I need to buy. Honestly I was not going to get this set.. as I have other leaf sets.. but you absolutely changed my mind! Fantastic!

  29. Coloring is my most favorite thing to do, right up there with sponging and masking. Your card is awesome! I haven’t purchased this set yet, but it’s on my list. Love your colors Brian. Cool card!

  30. Love, love, love the stamp set. First one I chose from the new cattie, and arriving this afternoon. After seeing your gorgeous card, I can hardly wait to get my markers out and color. Stunning card.

  31. Great coloring, Brian. I love this stamp set and will have to put it on my wish list. Gorgeous card!!

  32. Holy moly! Adult colouring in, cardmaking AND Stampin’ Up! all in one Brian post… totally amaze balls, Looooove this card Brian, the colours are just beautiful.

  33. Love the card!
    Love your vids too, and the ones with your mum.

  34. Oh wow stunning colouring Brian! How uncanny I bought 2 adult colouring books over the weekend I could have probably just made my own!

  35. I have to say that you have picked my favourite colours! Love the background, too. Now I need to order that Stamp set, funny enough it’s on my wish list. By the way, love all the cards! (Crazy Crafter)

  36. Nancy in Colorado

    Hey Brian
    I took your advice on my freebies so now with this example, this set will be on my preorder! I just got interested in the art of zen tangle, this set and the dove will be awesome!

  37. Gorgeous coloring Brian. Love this card!
    Cheers Angela (Crazy Crafter)

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  39. Love this card, Brian! What a beautiful “coloring” job! Now I’m thinking about this pretty stamp-set…..hmmmmm. I’m inspired by your creation.

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