Thankful for You for FMS208

Over the past weekend, the Fungeon was brimming with positive stamping energy.  Everything seemed to go my way, so I achieved a solid head-start on my projects for the week.  Yippee!  Even though my flurry of creating gave me enough projects to generate posts through this weekend, I knew I’d have to adjust things a bit the minute I saw Cindy Hall’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  What a fun sketch – I knew I had to play along!  Here’s my card I created for this challenge:

Thankful Forest Friends, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS208

And here’s the banner for Cindy Hall’s sketch that inspired my card:FMS208While I added a little layering behind the largest rectangle (I wanted it to mimic the layering on the base of the card), I took a little “artistic liberty” with the smaller of the two rectangles.  In my vision, that smaller rectangle looks a lot like an acorn.  🙂

Thankful Forest Friends, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS208

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Into the Woods.  Straight out of the gate, the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper did nothing for me.  The patterns seemed a bit busy and contained too many colors.  After we handed away a bunch of packs of this paper during our World Card Making Day event, I started to feel a connection to the paper.  In all actuality, there are some really great patterns and colors in this stack – a definite must-have.  This hand-painted, Soft Suede wood grain print is a perfect accent for my fall-themed “thank you” card.  It really sets the groundwork for the rest of this card, don’t you think?

    Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock.  I might be late to the game on this one, too, but I have really fallen in love with Stampin’ Up!’s Thick Whisper White cardstock.  Before this product was introduced in the 2015 Annual Catalog, my card bases were always crafted with colored cardstock.  I still primarily work with colored cardstock as the base, but it’s really nice to have the option of white every now and then.  Even if I don’t go with the Thick White, it’s nice that she’s there for me if I ever need her.  <3

    Thick Whisper White cardstock, Stampin' Up!

    Thick Whisper White cardstock, Stampin’ Up!

  • Acorn Builder Punch.  I used Scotch tape to mask the stamp so that I could place the words exactly where I wanted them and to remove the leaves from the image.  If you missed my video about isolating images on a stamp, you can see that here.  I wanted a unique way to accent the word “you” but was stumped.  I reached for circles and scallops and ovals before realizing the Acorn Builder punch would give me the exact shape I wanted AND would coordinate perfectly with the Autumnal feel of this card.  So glad I had that on hand!

    Acorn Builder punch, Stampin' Up!

    Acorn Builder punch, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Thankful Forest Friends  Papers:  Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White  Inks:  Mossy Meadow  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Acorn Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Another fantastic Brian King card undoubtedly headed for me (LOL)! Love the stamped acorn!

  2. Suzie Patt Cullen

    The acorn-punched sentiment base was a great idea, Brian. Sketches are meant for “thinking outside the box” and you do so well with that! 🙂

  3. I like your use of the acorn punch on this card.

  4. I’m simply ‘nutty’ over this card! 🙂

  5. Great and I had same idea with background DSP…love the placement of sentiment!

  6. I love this card. If I received it I would have to squirrel it away for inspiration (get it?, squirrel it away). Another great job Brian.

  7. I love the “texture” that DSP gives your card. And what a great background for you acorn! Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  8. Great card design, Brian…love the acorn!

  9. This is fabulous Brian! I love your mix of paper combined with the acorn and sentiment! Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

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