Sheltering Tree for FMS259

My dear friend, Linda Callahan, is hosting this week’s sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  While I already played along with her sketch challenge with a sweet Christmas card – you can see that project here –  I wanted to play along again.  This time, I took a more sophisticated approach to her sketch and used rich colors to make a sweet card with beautiful Fall colors.  Here’s my card:

Sheltering Tree, Jar of Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

FMS259Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Cropping the Tree.  The collection of leaves that accompany the Sheltering Tree set create a broad cover (in the form of a large oval) over the tree trunk and branches.  You can see the way these images work together on this card from a couple of weeks ago:  Sheltering Tree, Best Birds, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP056For today’s project, though, I wanted the leaves to play an important (but less important) role in the image.  I simply stamped the leaves a bit to the side.  While it might look a bit silly pre-crop, you can see the difference once the excess leaves are cropped away with the Layering Circle Framelits Die.Sheltering Tree, Jar of Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Take it to the Limit.  Linda’s sketch contains two bands behind the focal circle.  I like bands – there are so many ways to showcase them.  For my card on Friday, I showed the bands the way they are presented in the sketch.  For today’s project, I decided to create the same bands but to extend them to the edges of the gorgeous piece of Moroccan Designer Series Paper.
    Quick Tip:  Glue down strips that are a little longer than the panel and snip the edges along the panel BEFORE you glue the panel to the card base.  You’re welcome.
  • Sophisticated, Solemn Colors.  As I completed my card, I was pretty certain that this is the first time I’ve used this combination of colors.  They are so sophisticated and such a great combination for this time of year.  I also used them on this cardStampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Sheltering Tree, Jar of Love  Papers:  Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze  Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sheltering Tree, Jar of Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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!

Brian

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11 Comments

  1. I adore how you cropped the tree. Adds a sense of intimacy to such a pretty card!

  2. Love it ! The richness of the colors and how you cropped the tree really makes this card stunning !!

  3. Brillant idea to offset the leaves as the result is stunning. I continue to be in awe of your creativity. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

  4. Very classy indeed! I love when images are just a bit off center!

  5. Love the feel of this warm card! Nicely done my friend!

  6. I like the warm colors on this card. For some reason I’m thinking of a nice cup of hot chocolate right now .
    Have a nice day.

  7. Cropped this tree to perfection. Stunning!!!

  8. Brian your tips are truly a gift!

  9. Love these warm colors and the placement of the tree, which creates a lovely balance. And the pattern on the background paper grounds all of the elements together. Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  10. This is a gorgeous and sweet card. The rich colors combined with the sentiment make it feel very nostalgic. I love it!

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