Peaceful Boughs for CTS349

There’s a gorgeous bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Holiday Catalog that I love very much but that I haven’t opened until I sat down to make today’s card. What a shame! The good news – it’s so gorgeous and popular that you’ve already seen it and likely already own it, so you aren’t missing out on anything. Phew! Here’s my card that features a spray of boughs and a gorgeous sentiment from the Peaceful Boughs Bundle:

Peaceful Boughs, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas cardMy simple sketch is the inspiration for this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card – I hope you’ll play along with this week’s challenge:

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  • Peaceful Boughs Bundle. Do you love a beautiful pine branch at Christmas? Such a beautiful image in nature or when brought inside for a Christmastime decoration! Whether it’s a branch of a tree or in the form of a wreath or some other decorative arrangement, pine boughs are such a familiar and beautiful thing this for the holidays. Here’s a look at the Peaceful Boughs Bundle:  Peaceful Boughs Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153033The gorgeous sentiment I used on the front of this card (from the Peaceful Boughs stamp set) is a real beauty with a lovely sentiment – “May the spirit of peace gently fill your heart and home in this most wonderful time of year.” I love it!
  • Layering and Adding Texture. After I cropped these pine branches with Shaded Spruce cardstock and layered them on my card, I was missing a little something. I wanted more texture or color – and I certainly wasn’t going to add more branches. That’s when it hit me – if I just sponged a little White Craft Ink on the branches, I could give the look of snow without overpowering the softness of the leaves. With a quarter of a Stampin’ Sponge, I added slow-drying White Craft Ink to the boughs and let them dry overnight. Peaceful Boughs, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Christmas card
  • Color Combination. The colors I showcased on this card are pulled right from the Wrapped in Plaid 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper – a gorgeous mix of Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Shaded Spruce. While the paper I chose for the band across the bottom of the card only showcases Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce, I knew a backdrop of Night of Navy would be gorgeous. Here’s a look at the Wrapped in Plaid 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper:Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog, 149596If you like this mix of Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Shaded Spruce, please save this for future inspiration:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce

Bundles: Peaceful Boughs  Stamp Sets: Peaceful Boughs  Papers: Wrapped in Plaid 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Night of Navy, White Craft Ink  Accessories: Beautiful Boughs Dies, Stamping Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Okay my friend…..So glad I’m not the only one who buys a stamp set and doesn’t use it right away. Your card is FANTASTIC BK.

  2. I like how you used the blue here and the frosting of the leaves is perfect!

  3. Your card is perfect for this year with that sentiment . The plaid is just the right choice to use and wowie on your frosted boughs !
    Love it !

  4. Brian, I love, love this card. The sentiment surrounded by all of that lovely greenery frames it beautifully, the pine branches with a little dusting of snow, look amazing.
    Your layout is awesome with the pop of red from that pretty DSP.
    Thank you for inspiring and for sharing.

  5. Rats-A-Roni! Another fantastic set I have overlooked. I immediately fell in love with the label die and the saying. So soft, so sweet, so beautiful – gotta’ have it. Thanks Brian.

  6. Brian, what a home-run! Simply Beautiful!

  7. The craft ink on the branches is perfect! Great design!

  8. This is GORGEOUS!! I think the highlight for me is the way you surrounded that FABULOUS sentiment with the pine boughs. BEAUTIFUL card!!

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