Thinking of You with Rooted in Nature

Black, orange and purple – a perfect color combination for Halloween. For the FabFriday challenge that kicks off today, though, I used these shades to make a beautiful thinking of you card. I added a panel of Crumb Cake to the Crumb Cake base to further reduce the Halloween feel of the color combination. Here’s my card:

Beautiful Blizzard, Rooted in Nature, Another Wonderful Year, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thanking of you card

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inpsiration: Basic Black, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Great Sets. My card features three great stamps sets that are new in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog or 2018 Holiday Catalog. The sky is stamped with the Beautiful Blizzard stamp set, part of the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle in the Holiday Catalog:Beautiful Blizzard Bundle, Stampin' Up! 149921The gorgeous, serene tree is stamped with an image I love from Rooted in Nature stamp set, part of a new bundle in the Annual Catalog:Rooted in Nature Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148353And the “Thinking of you” sentiment is from one of the best sentiment sets we’ve ever had – Another Wonderful Year – from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog:Another Wonderful Year, Stampin' Up! 146695
  • Coloring the Sky. There are few things as gorgeous as an evening sky when the sun is setting. The world is so peaceful and quiet when the sun sets in the sky (unless you are playing loud music while the sun sets). The light shades of an orange and purple sky are so calming, which makes a perfect backdrop for a thinking of you card.  Beautiful Blizzard, Rooted in Nature, Another Wonderful Year, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thanking of you cardI started by spreading the Pumpkin Pie ink onto the stamp with a Sponge Dauber. I pulled the ink from the top of the stamp toward the middle to ink the color in varying amounts. After I cleaned the stamp, I inked the bottom with thin amounts of Gorgeous Grape and stamped those down. Using a stamp positioning tool allowed me to get the stamp in the same place on the cardstock each time and allowed me to prevent the colors from mixing into a dirty brown.
  • Layers. The focal panel of this card is a scene on a 4-5/8″ x 3-3/8″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. The layers behind, though, help to support the scene and frame the simple layer with warm colors. Here’s a breakdown of the layers on this card (starting with the base of the card and working my way up):
    • Crumb Cake – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″)
    • Basic Black – 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Crumb Cake – 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″
    • Basic Black – 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
    • Whisper White – 4-5/8″ x 3-3/8

Stamp Sets: Beautiful Blizzard, Rooted in Nature, Another Wonderful Year  Papers: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White  Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black  Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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

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  1. Beautiful card! I love the sunset colors you gave the sky.

  2. Not just the tree is serene…what a beautiful card. Thank you for not taking the predictable route with the 3 colors. (But that’s why you’re the KING, n’est ce pas?)

  3. Bravo in turning these colors into classic elegance. Reminds me of a sunset with the silhouette of the tree.

  4. What a calming, lovely card. Thanks for the tips on how you did the sky with one stamp and for the measurements of the layers. Love it. Have a wonderful day!

  5. GORGEOUS combo of three different stamp sets!

  6. Gorgeous card Brian, I love your sky. Looks watercolored.

  7. Oh Brian – what a spectacular card you’ve made to share with us today. I have to agree that this card is very calming and serene and wouldn’t you know, I have a friend a variation of this card would be absolutely perfect for right now. How did you know?

  8. It’s a stunner! Especially love the clouds. You are a genius!

  9. I can’t stop saying wow! Wow! Wow! I love the evening sky you created (or twlight). Awesome card!

  10. Your wonderful matting makes your card look like at framed photograph.

  11. Brian, this card is stunning! This is the first time I’ve seen anyone use that blizzard stamp, and until now I couldn’t imagine how it would be used. And now I want it… šŸ˜‰ Beautiful composition!

  12. Woop, you’ve done it again! ?Awesome card, Brian!

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