Orange Blossom for Thanksgiving

I’m covering the three big Fall Holidays in three days.  Yesterday I shared a fun Halloween card with Creep it Real and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (you can see it here).  Today I’m featuring a Thanksgiving card with gorgeous, Fall colors and some wonderful, new products.  Tomorrow, I’ll share a gorgeous Christmas project I made with my local stamp club this week.  Here’s my card:

Vintage Leaves, Orange Blossom, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Thanksgiving

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Hidden Sentiment.  The gorgeous sentiment on this card is perfect for Thanksgiving, don’t you think?  It’s not designed for Thanksgiving and is somewhat hidden in a fun stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  When I thumbed across it last week as I looked for sentiments for another project, I knew I’d have to use it for a Thanksgiving card.  That’s what brings us to today.  Yay!  Do you recognize the sentiment?  It’s hidden in a new stamp set that’s easy to overlook in the catalog, and it’s a goodie – Orange Blossom.  Here’s a look at this set:

    Orange Blossom, Stampin' Up! 143765

    Orange Blossom, Stampin’ Up!

  • A Rich Backdrop.  Since I first purchased the Merry Little Christmas, I have dreamed off sponging the black-and-white page of leaves (fifth page on the bottom row below).  I just love this pattern and knew I’d enjoy applying a small layer of ink.  Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Merry Little Christmas pack of papers:Merry Little Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King 144621Rather than sponging a light layer of color over these leaves (like I originally planned), I dragged my Cajun Craze ink pad over the paper to give it a rich, new coating.  Quick tip:  Cajun Craze is slow to dry, so I wiped the cardstock with a paper towel to make sure I didn’t get the ink on my fingers.
  • Fall Colors.  All the black on this card plays well with the Fall colors I used – my favorites for this time of year.  If you like this combination of Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze (say that five times fast!), please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inpsiration: Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze

Stamp Sets:  Orange Blossom, Vintage Leaves  Papers:  Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Cajun Craze, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Crumb Cake 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Vintage Leaves, Orange Blossom, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Thanksgiving

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  1. Beautiful card, Brian. I love the Cajun Craze with the black and the pretty yellow leaf. Great technique of coloring the leaves. I always learn something from you. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks so much, HJ! I initially pictured the leaves in Crushed Curry, but that was too bright. I am happy with how the Cajun Craze layered on the black. I appreciate your comments!

  2. You’re just full of great ideas Brian! Handsome card.

  3. Hi Brian,
    Nice card. Love the way you changed up the DSP, you made a totally new sheet.The color combo with the black is awesome too.
    Have a wonderful day.

  4. I love the layout and especially the sentiment!!

  5. The perfect sentiment for Thanksgiving. Love the DSP “refreshed” with new color. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s holiday!

  6. Beautiful autumn card!

  7. Love what you did with the Cajun craze and the dsp!

  8. I adore this beautiful card! I love how you colored the Designer Series Paper and the leaf and sentiment combo…well really the whole thing!!!

  9. You had me stymied with the designer paper. Glad you explained that. Not surprised you used a paper towel, rather than just letting it dry! Nice card!

  10. I absolutely love the Vintage Leaves stamp set and dies and this card really shows the beauty of the Maple leaf. I am in awe of how you can off center an image and still end up with a well balanced card. Just awesome – well, with you it’s just regular but to me it’s awesome. LOL In addition “there’s always something to be thankful for” is a phrase I use almost daily verbally.

  11. Lovely Autumn/Thanksgiving card for my most favorite time of the year!!
    Coloring on DSP is a great tip, you can customize the paper to your design and colors and the sentiment is beautiful and so true!!!
    Love it Brian, thank you for sharing.

  12. Always thinking “out of the box”, Brian… just love that about your cards ♥️

  13. Love this! Thank you for sharing the great tip about coloring the DSP!
    I would have sponged it too, but this idea is great!

  14. Ok, you took my breath away. This is simply gorgeous.

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