Stampin’ Up!’s Botanicals for You

Karren Johnson has created a super-fun sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge – a simple rectangle that allows the sentiment to take center stage.  What fun!  After seeing that none of the Design Team Members used Stampin’ Up!’s AMAZING Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Botanicals for You, I knew what I’d make.  Here’s my card:

Botanicals for You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS221

And here’s the banner for Karren’s challenge that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sideways.  My super-simple Valentine’s Day card follows Karren’s sketch – in “portrait view” rather than “landscape view.”  I flipped Karren’s sketch on its side so that I could use Botanicals for You without making you twist your neck to see it.  Aren’t I sweet?  🙂  This is totally allowable in sketches – the layout is there for inspiration, not duplication.  The project I shared yesterday followed the same “going against the grain” approach (you can see it here).  That project also featured Ovals – I guess I’m just stubborn like that.  🙂FMS Final 221-001
  • One Stamp, Two Inks.  To create this slight shift of color from Real Red to Melon Mambo, I simply inked most of the top of this sentiment with Melon Mambo (the lighter of the two colors) and then inked the rest with Real Red.  I made sure I created a visible line down the middle that I could duplicate in the background piece of cardstock.Botanicals for You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS221
  • Valentine’s Day Colors.  While this sentiment isn’t defined for any particular holiday or reason, the colors I used inform that it could easily be a Valentine’s Day project.  Perhaps it could be given along with a box of chocolate?  🙂  If you like this unexpected combination of colors, feel free to save this:  Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Real Red, Melon Mambo, Whisper WhiteYou can see more Valentine’s Day color combinations here.

Stamp Sets:  Botanicals for You  Papers:  Real Red, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Real Red, Melon Mambo  Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Earn Botanicals for You for FREE during Sale-a-Bration.  This amazing stamp set – with lots of fun sentiments and images – can be earned during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase of the Stampin’ Up! products you already love.  For more information about Sale-a-Bration, click here.

Botanicals for You, Stampin' Up!

Botanicals for You, Stampin’ Up!

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. I think I may need to copy this. So fresh and love the transition of the two colors in ink and paper!

  2. I really like the two colours together, they are really harmonious and give the card such a fresh look.

  3. Brian, this is beautiful. It is fresh and clean, but very different.

  4. A great stamp you made even greater!

  5. Love it ! The color transition is a wowie !

  6. I’m with Mary, I will be CASEing this card! So pretty and perfect ?

  7. Bright and bold…..hmmm….sounds like someone I know! I love the subtle shading of one color into another!

  8. I love the way the sentiment is the star of this card! And the subtle color shift of the background is fabulous! Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  9. Love the colour transition, so subtle yet effective. Will keep this in mind for the future – you have so many great tips and tricks

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  11. Gorgeous! You’ve used the perfect sentiment for our challenge and the colours are really lovely together. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

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