Climbing Orchid for FabFri124

I love Tangerine Tango, and I love Pumpkin Pie.  I see the difference between the two oranges and appreciate what each brings to a project.  I don’t often, though, think of putting the two together.  The new FabFriday Color Challenge combines Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie (not a common pairing) with Fresh Fig.  I was excited to sit down and play.  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Climbing Orchid, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri124And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tangerine Tango, Fresh Fig, Pumpkin PieTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Climbing Orchid Bundle.  I tend to think of orchids as white or soft, soft pink – but they come in all colors.  My orange orchid inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends advertisements – this is a GREAT set to showcase your new markers (available November1).  What a great bundle!  This bundle can be used for sweet cards or gorgeous 3-D arrangements.  Here’s a look at this amazing, new bundle (you can click on the picture to see some great samples in my online store):

    Climbing Orchid Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Climbing Orchid Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Find the Colors.  Are you able to distinguish the various colors on this card?  The three colors are accented with Early Espresso (from the cardstock used to crop the Seasonal Layers branch) and Very Vanilla (from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper panel and cardstock layers) and .  That’s right!  The background of this beautiful card is from a spooky Halloween-themed pack of papers.  Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in Spooky Night Designer Series Paper:Spooky Night, Stampin' Up!, Brian King 144610Just for fun, I thought I’d list the places where each of the colors is used.
    • Pumpkin Pie – cardstock on for base, panel of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Write Markers on sepal and petal of the orchid (that’s right – I researched the anatomy of an orchid before writing this post)
    • Tangerine Tango – cardstock for thin border around Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, cardstock for word “hope” that was cropped from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, ink on lip of flower (that’s the center)
    • Fresh Fig – band of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Stampin’ Blends – November 1.  Stampin’ Up! has released a new set of alcohol markers to demonstrators – they will be available to customers starting November 1.  I couldn’t be more excited – I’ve used these Stampin’ Blends on so many projects since I first received the new markers!  The alcohol markers (offered in a dark and light shade of select colors) are so easy to use – they give such a uniform wash of color (with one marker) or beautiful depth and texture (with more than one color).  Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingWith nestable, press-fit lids, these markers are designed to stay sealed so the markers stay inky long-term.  I used the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends on this beautiful orchid and then reached for the Color Lifter to strategically pull away some of the color on the petals – it helped to lighten things up a bit.  SO easy!

Stamp Sets:  Climbing Orchid  Papers:  Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Thick Very Vanilla  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Stampin’ Blends (Pumpkin Pie, Color Lifter), Tangerine Tango  Accessories:  Orchid Builder Framelits Dies, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ DimensionalsClimbing Orchid, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri124

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Great interpretation of this week’s challenge. Love the colors too.
    Love your card!

  2. This is definitely a WOW card! I would never have put the two oranges together but they work beautifully. I think of the whole combination as a Halloween combination, but you proved me very wrong! I love this card.

  3. Great take on the color combo challenge, Brian. I would not have chosen those colors on my own, but they work great together. The background DSP really grounds the pretty orchid. Great job! Enjoy your day!

  4. Wow! These colors steal my heart and I love how you used the designer paper in a “non-Halloween” way!

  5. This is fantastic Brian! I love that you’ve used the Halloween DSP with the Orchids, showing how well everything works together! xx

    • Thanks, Lisa! I was so happy with how well it coordinated – I’ve never looked at this page of paper as a particularly “spooky” page, so I was happy to use it here. 🙂

  6. I love the two oranges as well. I would not have paired them so thank you for the inspiration! Beautiful card!

  7. Love this card, this stamp set is just so beautiful, this images are so true to the real flowers, I love it.
    And this combination of colors is so very Halloweeny but you stepped out of this mood and created something totally opposite.
    I must confess that when I saw this colors Halloween just popped in my mind, perhaps it’s because it’s almost here but you created something totally different and I love it.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I almost always try to step away from the “intended” use for colors with these challenges. This flower was my starting point, so I knew I’d have to pull FAR away from Halloween.

  8. Love, love, love.

    However, as a fan of the Exploding Kittens game, I just realized you could cut off the top of the H and make it a NOPE card! 😀 I can think of lots of situations that call for a nope card.

  9. Burst of beauty ! What a color combo discovery !
    So so different ! Orchids and orange variations ….plus a shot of exotic Fig ! WHOA !
    A winner !

  10. I love how you used the Halloween DSP for a definitely non-Halloween card. I also think pairing the Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie can be tricky but you managed quite successfully!

  11. Wow, I’m surprised that I like the two oranges together. Nicely done!

  12. GORGEOUS! Brian, I never would have thought of those colors together.
    Thank you, young man.

  13. Love how you played these colors and your coloring on the flowers…you do this set justice each time you use it!

  14. It’s amazing how well Tangerine Tango and Fresh Fig play together. This card is beautiful. Great job Brian

  15. I looked at the color combo and thought eeeeewwwww! Then I looked at your card and thought WOW! You ARE amazing!

    • Same here. I almost felt punished by having to make something with these colors, but I had lots of fun. The Design Team cards are wonderful, too! Thanks, Grace!

  16. It is a rare man who sees differences in color families! My ex used to ask me to wear my “red dress” but I didn’t have one! It was fuschia but to him it was red. I never would have thought to use orange for orchids but this is striking. I can see the color differences too and why one just serves to accent the other. Beautiful job.

    • Thanks so much, Nancy! I have always enjoyed colors – I don’t switch things up with my wardrobe (mostly just blue shirts), but I have love colors. So glad you like my card. Thanks!

  17. This is such an awesome card! I love bright colors, so this scheme is right up my ally. I would have immediately thought of Halloween for these colors, especially at this time of year, but I like that you rebelled against the expected (probably because I’m a rebel, too). This is so creative and inspiring!

    • You and I are such rebels, Natalie! I really enjoyed the challenge of a non-Halloween card with these colors – so glad you like my card. It’s always nice to hear from you.

  18. Oh what a beautiful card my friend, your so creative, love it
    And them fall colors go sooooo, welll together, Tfs my friend
    And thank you for your lovely comment on my dear granddaughter,
    Hug to you and yours ,♥️♥️
    Have a beautiful weekend ♥️

  19. This is simply GORGEOUS, Brian! One of my favorites of the many cards you’ve posted. ?

  20. Wow! This card is stunning, Brian. Love it! Thanks for sharing your amazing design talent with all of us.

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