Thinking of You with Beautiful Day

OOOOH-EEEE! It’s the eve of Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog. I’m excited to place my order tomorrow and am excited that my customers can, at last, have free rein of the new book. What fun!

During the transition from the old catalog to the new one, ordering will be unavailable after midnight (MT), and the new catalog should be up-and-running by noon (MT) on Friday. How exciting! After that, it’s on!

For this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, I turned to Beautiful Day (a stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions catalog that’s carrying forward into the 2018 Annual Catalog) to make a beautiful “thinking of you” card. Here’s my project for this week’s challenge:

Beautiful Day, Rooted in Nature, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for Donna Mikasa’s sketch challenge that inspired my card:

CTS274OK, so I referenced this sketch on my computer and then went to work on my card. It wasn’t until I was writing this post that I see the sentiment below the images. Ooops! I guess I’ll just go with it and call “artistic license”. <3

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Beautiful Day. Two stamp sets play a starring role in this beautiful card. Not only is the large flower from Beautiful Day the centerpiece of this card (it’s stamped off THREE times in Crumb Cake for a very light image), but it’s also stamped all over the Rich Razzleberry base of this card (it’s stamped off ONCE each time for a lighter look). Here’s a look at the Beautiful Day stamp set: Beautiful Day, Stampin' Up!, 145915The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set – sure to be one of the most popular bundles in the upcoming 2018 Annual Catalog. It’s pretty amazing! Here’s a look at the must-have Rooted in Nature Bundle (available starting tomorrow at noon MT):Rooted in Nature Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148353
  • Stamping Off. In my description of this card above, I mentioned that I “stamped off” some of the images multiple times – here’s a closer look at the stamped-off elements of the card: Beautiful Day, Rooted in Nature, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingHere’s what I mean by “stamping off” – with the background, I tapped the rubber stamp into the Rich Razzleberry ink to get a full coverage of color. I then stamped it on a piece of scrap paper to remove some of the ink before stamping it on the Rich Razzleberry card base. The flower in the center is stamped off three times with Crumb Cake ink to achieve a very light outline of the beautiful flower.
  • Warm Color Combination. I’ve been reaching for Crumb Cake a lot more than usual. It can allow bright colors to shine and can warm colors, too! It all depends on how you use it. I adore this combination of Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. If you like it as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive

Stamp Sets: Beautiful You, Rooted in Nature  Papers: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Archival Basic Black  Accessories: Detailed Trio Punch, 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. Beautiful day is a set with just a few stamps, but oh so versitile. You have shown it being used in 2 very different ways within the last month or so.
    I can’t wait for tomorrow … so excited for the catty and LOVE the new colors. Nee catty means new swatch books too, I love my Brian King swatch books!!!
    Happy New Catty Eve,

  2. That tone on tone background is simply gorgeous and I adore how you used the flower for the sentiment.

  3. Beautiful color combo and beautiful card, Brian!

  4. Tone on tone always looks fabulous, love how you created this background for your beautiful center flower.
    An awesome color combination, my dear.
    Love when you share your color charts, they are so very helpful, there are some combinations that I would never have thought of but they work beautifully, thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love the background you made and the color combo! Sweet card!

  6. Beautiful Day is a gorgeous set as you have so aptly shown us. It will be on my list for sure. The Rooted in Nature bundle however, has me jumping up and down (and that’s not easy at my age LOL) with excitement. I think next to Lovely as A Tree this bundle can be used for ANY occasion from sympathy cards to thank you notes to new babies birth. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Love your card today Brian and tone on tone backgrounds are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautifully done Brian. Great color and stamp set choices. I really love how you created your background.

  8. Stamping off is one of my favorite techniques and youโ€™ve done it proud. Perfect colors, great design.

  9. Such a beautiful take on the sketch, Brian! And those yummy colors add to the richness!

  10. Great card, Brian. Love the color combo and the tone on tone background. How clever to use the flower for the sentiment. Great take on the sketch. If all of us are on the edge of our seats, I can’t imagine what’s happening at SU headquarters. I’d love to be a fly on the wall. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks so much, HJ! As much as we demonstrators have to do to prepare for the catalog launch, I can’t imagine the amount of work they put in. I’m sure it’s wonderful to see their “baby” come to life. <3

  11. I feel like all my comments include my love of your color combo of the day, but I guess itโ€™s because youโ€™re so good at it! Beautiful and classic. Love the superimposed sentiment!

  12. This is so pretty!! I LOVE the tone on tone background but I think my favorite detail of the card is how you stamped the sentiment right on the flower. It looks like it was made for that!! Beautiful design!

  13. I love this! Beautiful take on the sketch!

  14. I am loving this colour combination. Iโ€™m definitely saving this to use sometime soon. Lovely. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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