SNEAK PEEK: Cookie Cutter Halloween for PPA315

Blue, green and yellow – any combination of these three shades will make a beautiful card.  Don’t believe me?  Try it!  For this week’s Color Challenge at the Pals Paper Arts, Michelle Gleeson has selected Old Olive, Dapper Denim and So Saffron.  What a wonderful combination!  I skimmed my collection of images to see what I could use in a Fall-themed project.  I landed on Cookie Cutter Halloween from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Yippee!  Here’s my card:

Cookie Cutter Halloween, Touches of Texture, In the Meadow, Oh Happy Day Card Kit, Brian King

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

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Old Olive, Dapper Denim, So Saffron

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Cookie Cutter Halloween.  Have you had the privilege to flip through Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog?  My customers have begun to receive them, and the feedback I’ve received is amazing.  This little scarecrow gave me the perfect opportunity to use these three colors together – blue pants, green shirt and yellow, straw body (all colored with a Blender Pen).  This set pairs with a Cookie Cutter Punch that’s also available in the new catalog.  What a great pairing!  You can click on either of these pictures to see the items in my online store and additional projects by Stampin’ Up!’s concept artists:
    Cookie Cutter Halloween, Stampin' Up!

    Cookie Cutter Halloween, Stampin’ Up!

    Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Detailed Floral Thinlits.  Last week, I shared a super-simple, ultra-sweet project with the Detailed Floral Thinlits (you can see that project here).  I used the same Thinlits in this project – do you want to guess how I incorporated them?  Here’s a peek at the Floral Phrases bundle while you make your decision:
    Floral Phrases Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Floral Phrases Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    Did you guess it?  Of course you did.  I used the Edgelits Die in the top, left corner of the photo above to crop the Old Olive panel and again on the Dapper Denim panel (in the same direction) so that they fit together perfectly like a puzzle.  It created a perfectly simple, filled with shape backdrop for my festive scarecrow.

  • Added Texture.  You might not be able to see it in the first photo, but I’ve added a lot of subtle texture to the background panels on this card.  I created a speckled sky by lightly stamping Touches of Textures with Dapper Denim ink (stamped off a couple of times first) and a textured ground by stamping grass from In the Meadow in Old Olive (stamped off once).  These small additions can really add a lot to a simple card.Cookie Cutter Halloween, Touches of Texture, In the Meadow, Oh Happy Day Card Kit, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Cookie Cutter Halloween, Touches of Texture, In the Meadow, Oh Happy Day Card Kit  Papers:  So Saffron, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  So Saffron, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, Watermelon Wonder, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts site 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 love this scarecrow and would never have thought to use this color palette for him. And using the Flurish Thinlit border, simply brilliant. I love seeing how you use SU colors and stamp sets in unique ways. You are always inspiring Brian.

  2. Saying “hello” right back at you for your adorable scarecrow guy! Even diggin’ the grass!

  3. What an eye opener to using the edgelit without the thinlet. Cute card

  4. Super cute card Brian, love the scare crow.

  5. Wow! I never would have guessed that you used a blender pen on the scarecrow – he looks perfectly water colored to me:-). Super cute card! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Adorable!!! Just the cutest little scarecrow ever

  7. Love this! And I love how you see the most unusual possibilities in all styles of stamps.

  8. You sold me on the color combo Brian!

  9. Love how you used that cute little guy Brian! The way you did grass is just so fun.

  10. This is a really cute card, Brian. I love your creativity in using the floral thinlit to make the curve of the grass, then stamping the grass and sky to add texture. Such good tips.

  11. Hi Brian:

    This stamp set was the very first one that is on my list for my order from the Holiday Catalog. I just love these little guys and your card couldn’t be more perfect! Your color combo, as always, is just fantastic and I do keep a list of them titled “Brainy Brian’s Beautiful Color Combos”! LOL You have yourself a day as bright as you are my friend!

  12. To use the Detailed Floral die for the edge of the grass – genius!

  13. Just the cutest thing since puppies! Oh my! I love this little guy and using the flourish framelits for the grass is genius! But of course, that’s because Brian did it! 🙂

  14. Adorable scarecrow, Brian. I love the landscape tip too!!

  15. Love the scene you created! I getting the set for the scarecrow only!

  16. He is adorable, Brian! Love the way you used the Detailed Floral thinlits. Brilliant!

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