A Partridge for Freshly Made Sketches – a Sneak Peek

Before I share today’s card for Freshly Made Sketches, I want to thank Jennifer Brum for selecting my card as a Perfect Prince in last week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I love these design challenges and am always honored to be recognized.  To see my winning card, click here.  Woo hoo!

Linda Callahan has created another super-clean sketch for us this week – a horizontal band with some sort of shape in the lower, left corner.  Here’s my card:

Partridge & Pears, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS150 And here’s Linda’s sketch that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Markers.  With the introduction of Stampin’ Up!’s Blendabilities earlier this year, I’ve been doing a lot of coloring.  So fun, so relaxing.  For this product, though, I decided to give my Stampin’ Write Markers a spin.  I’ve never really used them for much other than painting on stamps.  I am really happy with how this turned out.  I used  Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Rose Red Hello Honey and So Saffron.
  • Color Combination.  I didn’t set out to create this card with a specific color combination in mind, but three colors really popped out when I started coloring this tree:  Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz and So Saffron.  I chose Rose Red for the berries to add an earthy, regal red – not too bright, not too rich.  I think this combination of colors is so soothing and perfect for a Fall card.  Feel free to save this combination for your own use:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Trimming the Tree.  I stamped this tree close to the bottom of the white panel.  I then trimmed about 1/4″ from the bottom, making sure my trimmer didn’t crop off the trunk of the tree.  I carefully snipped around the trunk to allow it to hang below the panel.  I embossed the Baked Brown Sugar banner with White Stampin’ Emboss powder, stamped the base of the tree right where I wanted it to cross the banner and then trimmed out the tree from the banner.

Sometimes it’s nice to pretty-up the envelope so that it pairs nicely with the card inside:

Partridge & Pears, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS150

Stamp Sets:  Partridge & Pears  Papers:  Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Stampin’ Write Markers (Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Rose Red Hello Honey, So Saffron)  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Tomorrow.  After my selection as the winner of Merry Mondays Challenge last week, I am honored to be a guest designer on tomorrow’s Merry Mondays blog.  So excited to share tomorrow’s project with you.


  1. wow – i really don’t know how you do it – amazing!

  2. I didn’t like this stamp – but now I do . Thank you, Brian . Anita

  3. Hi Brian, Love this card. The lines are very prominent. Like that it is not the traditional red and green colors. Very nice.

  4. Great job, Brian! And your stamping on the back of the envie is delightful.

  5. Love the colors…so soft and peaceful.

  6. I fell in love with this stamp set the moment I saw it, and you have truly done it justice. Great job coloring young man, I’m sure those Stampin Write markers are saying
    “Thanks Brian show those demos the old kids on the block can get the job done too”. Super job Brian

  7. Just beautiful Brian! I love the way you brought the bottom of the tree over the flagged strip. Your coloring is magnificent and, as always, your layering is perfection personified! It’s nice to start the day with such a gorgeous card. 🙂

  8. You make beautiful cards, Brian!

  9. very pretty, love your colour combo, and I will use it. Thank you!

  10. Brian, you are just too talented! Love this card!

  11. Perfect stamp set for a clean card, thanks Brian.

  12. Nice colors, Brian! I especially like the idea of trimming the bottom of the trunk!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful card!

  13. Mary Alice Bellis

    I LOVE THIS CARD! I never even saw that stamp until you posted it. Funny how some things just don’t catch your eye until you see somebody else use it. I just love your color selections, and the simplicity of the layout give such focus on the tree. Great as usual, Brian.

  14. Fabulous color choices and a delightful card!!

  15. That is a great color combo for fall. And as it turns out a great color combo for a little Christmas sing-along! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  16. So pretty! And I am surprised that you didn’t snip the bird….Mr Mc Snips! I love the clean lines at the bottom. And the color scheme. I’m starting to like BBS just in time for it to retire, lol.
    Happy stamping Sunday!

  17. Like Anita, I passed on this stamp originally, but with your soft colors, it’s just beautiful!

  18. I love simple and cute. Fantastic colors too Brian.

  19. P retty and softly colored . I popped in twice today ….once to look at your card on my Kindle tablet and came back later to leave some wonderful comment …there was a strange ad that kept blocking saying that this site was done by Gator ????? ODD???
    Anyway I like your card and I really like this stamp !
    Nighty night !

  20. The first day of Christmas never looked so good!

  21. Just stunning. Where are the Lords a Leaping now???

  22. I didn’t have a chance to comment yesterday so, hopefully you will see this words anyway.
    I love this card and the way you applied the color to this pretty image, as soon as I saw it, the Christmas song came to my mind.
    Thank you for sharing.

  23. Brian this card is fabulous! You have made this image shine in a way that I never could – totally love your colouring! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

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