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!


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  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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