Falling Flowers & Orange Blossoms for CTS246

As you know, I play along with the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge almost every week.  I love their sweet and simple layouts and enjoy the cards that pour in from the design team members and participants.  This week’s sketch offers a different approach for a sketch – there’s texture, and I love it!  I reached for three non-Autumn sets to make a sweet Autumn card.  Here’s my card:

Orange Blossom, Sheltering Tree, Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS246And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Stamp Sets.  I love the watercolored background and leaves included in Leigh’s sketch this week.  It set my mind racing to build a fun and creative way to showcase it.  I came back to three stamp sets that helped me to create my card.  The background is stamped with the “tree leaves” from Sheltering Tree (stamped in Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry) and the tiny stamp of leaves (stamped in Cajun Craze).  Here’s a look at Sheltering Tree:
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    Sheltering Tree, Stampin’ Up!

    The leaves and buds that pop out from the sentiment banner are from Falling Flowers – one of my favorite sets to work with when I need a good floral (cropped with the coordinating May Flowers Framelits Dies and colored with a Blender Pen.  Here’s a look at Falling Flowers:

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    Falling Flowers, Stampin’ Up!, 139556

    This gorgeous sentiment is pulled from the Orange Blossom stamp set (I think it’s a perfect saying for this time of year):

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    Orange Blossom, Stampin’ Up!

  • Pop It Up.  After I glued down the three branches and buds under the Crushed Curry band, I knew I couldn’t just glue it down to the card front.  As such, I popped up the entire panel with the sentiment and the flowers.  After I attached it with Mini Dimensionals, I snipped the end of the Crushed Curry band along the side that meets the right side of the card.  Here’s a look at the messy back of this panel:Orange Blossom, Sheltering Tree, Falling Flowers, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS246
  • A Regal Combination.  The combination of Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry is a CLASSIC combination for Autumn.  I softened the colors in the background by LIGHTLY stamping off the Sheltering Tree stamp (if you stamp off a photopolymer stamp too hard, you’ll lose all of your ink) and applied color to the leaves and bud with a Blender Pen.  Here’s a closeup of these leaves (with a little bit of the background included):  Create light colors with a Blender Pens and by stamping off, Stampin' Up! Brian KingIf you love this color combination as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry

Stamp Sets:  Orange Blossom, Falling Flowers, Sheltering Tree  Papers:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  May Flowers Framelits Dies, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge 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. Love your card ! I do not have the Orange Blossom set YET ….but have the other two . I think that sweet Orange Blossom set got lost in the catty . Lisa P. brought it to my attention and as you say that sentiment is SPECIAL .
    Plus….I forget to use my Sheltering Tree !! THANK YOU !!

  2. Beautiful take on the sketch! I love how you placed the leaves both behind the sentiment strip and in front of it!

  3. what a sweet mix. i love what you did with the Sheltering Tree “leaves” in the background.

  4. Really clever how you did your background! Love this

  5. Great card today, Brian. I have loved the versatility of Sheltering Tree since I first saw it and love how you used it for the background of your pretty flowers and sweet sentiment. Have a great day!

  6. Just lovely! Amazing use of the image from Sheltering Tree!

  7. Hi Brian:
    Finally back to a life with electricity, internet and phones. Yeah. The saying you used today is my favorite and it also is found in the You Brighten My Day set but with a much different font. I think Cajun Craze and crushed curry should be married! LOL Such a beautiful combination of colors. Loved this card and your leaf placement is just so absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks so much for the comments, Grace! I’m so glad your power is back on. That was a crazy amount of time to be without power – I hope you got a lot of crafting in during the daylight. <3 Glad you like this card. Thanks for all the kind feedback.

  8. Great card Brian, simply beautiful.

  9. Gorgeous colors on your beautiful card Brian, that combination is a winner.
    Love it when you combine several stamp sets to create your cards, the Sheltering Tree one is perfect as a background for your lovely Orange Blossom spray.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! That’s the upside to having lots of stamps and knowing what’s in each set – I can pull from so many at one time. 🙂 Thanks for much for your kind comments.

  10. That background is killer-diller! You’ve made watercolor effects easy-peasy for some of the painterly-challenged I serve in my group. Thank-you. Another card outta the park!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you like it, Annie! I was happy with how it turned out. I love the soft background with the bold leaves. I hope your club group loves it!

  11. Wow! Spectacular card. The design, color, everything is absolutely gorgeous!

  12. I am thankful for pretty fall cards like this one! Love the background you created!

  13. Just beautiful, Brian, and Fall-perfect — – but so easily changed for all seasons. You always give me great ideas for stamp sets I had not considered and you have a great eye for color.

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