Thinking of You with To Have and to Hold

There are two stamp sets in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog that feature images of the backs of people’s heads – To Have and to Hold is a wedding-themed set, while Artfully Aware is themed around love and support for those in need. For today’s card, I used the sweet couple in the To Have and to Hold wedding stamp set to create the supportive feeling of Artfully Aware. Here’s my card:

To Have and To Hold, By the Bay, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thinking of you cardTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Two Stamp Sets. I love the beautiful sentiments in To Have and to Hold – they are perfect for wedding wishes or sending love around an anniversary. “Love you a lot” is perfect for Valentine’s Day, and “Happiness fits you well” is a perfect term of congratulations, don’t you think? Here’s a look at the To Have and to Hold stamp set:To Have and to Hold, Stampin' Up! 148638I stamped the arrangement of flowers at the base of the Crumb Cake panel and then positioned the couple just above the flowers. The small “Thinking of You” from By the Bay was perfect for my card. By the Bay is one of many Sale-a-Bration options with a $50 purchase. Here’s a look at this set:By the Bay, Stampin' Up! 149739
  • Coloring on Crumb Cake. When I set out to make this card, I intended to leave the flowers and couple uncolored. As I sat with it for a bit, I decided to color the flowers with colored pencils. Then I decided to color the couple. The coloring wasn’t in my plan, but I’m so happy with how it turned out:To Have and To Hold, By the Bay, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, thinking of you cardI used some colored pencils from the Watercolor Pencils (Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Early Espresso) and one pencil that’s exclusive to the Lots of Happy Card Kit. I colored the images and then blended them into the Crumb Cake with a Blender Pen. What fun!
  • Color Combination. The Crumb Cake background of this focal panel helps to define the warmth I wanted the card to show. If you like this color combination of Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake

Stamp Sets: To Have and to Hold, By the Bay  Papers: Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  StazOn Black  Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Lots of Happy Card Kit, Blender Pen, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

What do you think? I hope you like today’s card.

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  1. I love coloring on crumb cake and this is soft and beautiful. Thanks for sharing such a heart warming card!

  2. Beautiful color combo and great coloring job Brian!

  3. I think it makes it even more artfully with the crumb cake background! Great color choice too!

  4. I like it. Good job, Brian, and thanks for sharing!

  5. two things really set apart the softness of this card – the boldness of the background dsp & the coloring on the crumb cake. as for the warmth of the card – you nailed it! I think the couple may have become lost had you not colored them. all I can say is bravo maestro!!!

  6. Love this sweet card, Brian, with the pretty flowers in the scene. Your coloring is great and pencils make it so soft and calming. Enjoy your day!

  7. This is a beautiful and sweet card, love the colors and your coloring of this sweet couple and the flowers, I’m glad you did it otherwise both images would have been lost.
    And of course, the framing of this image is spot on.
    Thank you for sharing.
    PS. The “By the Bay” stamp set was my freebie from the Sale-a-bration catalog and I LOVE IT!!!

  8. This is so soft and pretty! Love the colored pencils on the Crumb Cake!

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