We Three Trees

I’m trying out a new sketch challenge today because it fits so well with an idea I was already percolating in this always-crafting brain of mine.  When Justin shared his card from The Paper Craft Crew this week, I knew it would give me the motivation to complete this card I’d been thinking about for a while.  I’ll share the card and then talk about its components.  Here’s my card:More Merry Messages, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PCCCS#63

And here’s the Paper Craft Crew sketch that inspired it:Card Sketch #63Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Those adorable trees.  Do you recognize these adorable trees?  You might be scratching your head and saying, “Brian, where did you get these trees?  Have you created a card with non-Stampin’ Up! items?”  Absolutely not!  I purchased the Season of Style This & That Designer Stickers to accompany my Season of Style This & That Journal.  These three trees are stickers in this kit, along with a bunch of other holiday-themed designs.  I stuck them on a piece of Whisper White card stock, punched them with a circle punch and layered some additional pieces underneath.  I stuck down the trees before punching so that I can make sure they are perfectly aligned – once the tree is stuck down, it’s stuck.  No second chances.Season Of Style This And That Designer Stickers
  • Color balance.  Yesterday I talked about not gluing things down until everything’s done.  Here’s a great example of why that’s important.  I originally laid out Cherry Cobbler, followed by Crumb Cake and then Old Olive.  Once I had my Cherry Cobbler button placed on the baker’s twine, I knew I needed to balance the red a bit better.  Doing the old switcheroo by moving Old Olive to the left and Cherry Cobbler to the right achieved the balance I needed – not too much of one color in one place.
  • Card size.  Once I had my punches determined, the card didn’t look right as a standard size.  I played around with different shapes and determined that a 4″x6″ card front worked best.  In “olden times” we’d be stuck with a card and no envelope to stick it in.  With the new handy-dandy Envelope Punch Board, though, we have tools we need to tuck that card away in a beautiful envelope.  Thank you, Envelope Punch Board, for allowing me to make cards in almost every size possible. 

More Merry Messages, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PCCCS#63

Stamp sets:  More Merry Messages  Papers:  Old Olive, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Season of Style Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Cherry Cobbler  Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Designer Button, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Season of Style This & That Designer Stickers

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  1. Cute card. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I can’t live without it! I absolutely love this card with three little trees! And the Crumb Cake is a nice change of card base color.

  3. Very nicely done Brian! I love your little tress, and yes, I was thinking that you had gone rogue! Glad you were inspired by our sketch this week!

  4. Stickers… I keep forgetting we have those! Great card, I love components in groupings of three’s.

  5. Happy Sunday, Brian. I was trying to figure out what stamp set had this cute little trees until I kept reading and found out they were stickers, how clever. Lovely CAS Christmas card, thank you for sharing.

  6. Love this card!

  7. Wonderful. Love it, so simple, but elegant

  8. Love-Love-Love! 3 Trees are cute-cute-cute! The “King” rocks!

  9. This is really cute ! You got the creativity sparks activated for me this morning . I like your process details . We all go through these in card making and I think sharing how you ended up doing a certain assembly or color spread is so interesting . I think a good teacher gives the WHY they did a certain thing helps clarify as well it helps us to remember . Thank you ! Also Justin shared how he made a box with his EPB (Envelope Punch Board ) on his blog . I am so glad I bought mine ! Happy Sunday to all !

  10. I love Crumb Cake it goes with anything. Personal opinion, which I posted on Justin’s also. Indeed your card is adorable! Easy peasy. I think this is a very good card to mass produce. Although I don’t know how many stickers you get in the Season of Style Kit, I do not have it. Loving the envelope too! So hard to believe it time to start thinking about Christmas Cards! Farthest thing from my mind right now. Enjoy you day!

  11. Very cute, love your color combo. Crumb Cake…….never go wrong color

  12. Super cute card, Brian! I always forget about the “kits and stickers” in the catalog. Mostly because I normally don’t do binders or scrapbook pages. But getting them to make cards is such a great idea. Your tip on moving that Cherry Cobbler tree to the right is a something I would have never thought about. You always have such great tips and tricks for us…. Thanks for making my morning inspirational!

  13. Wow yes Brian , love them ,I love you envy ….. Perfect !!
    Hugs frenchie

  14. Love this, Brian….I forgot about this sketch and I definitely love things with threes! Awesome card and envelope!

  15. Brian, what a great card. Love those little trees and the scallop circles makes them pop! This is so clean and fresh!

  16. Very cute! I love the colors you chose and the button with the twine “ties” it all together šŸ˜‰
    My envelope punch board has been on backorder! Can hardly wait for it to come!!! Love all your DSP envelopes, Brian. Until I saw the envelope punch board, I was just so happy with the envelope liner Framelits, though! šŸ™‚ There’s that “enabling” happening, again!

  17. Really cute card and easy to replicate.

  18. Hi Brian,
    I’m very “Impressed”… Love that card! The colors are Awesome!
    The envelope is too good!
    With your motivation and wit, you discovered that “You’re Pretty Great”, huh?!!

  19. Love your posts and love this card! Thanks so much for all the inspiration.

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