First Frost for FabFriday

I’m cursed. Every time I admit to you that I don’t make many flower cards, I find myself challenged to make more flower cards. While I had lots of fun with First Frost and the Frosted Bouquet to make this card for the FabFriday color challenge that launches today, it wasn’t what I initially had in mind. Somewhere in the back of my head, though, I pressured myself to give it a try. Here’s my card:

First Frost, Frosted Bouquet Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the color challenge that inspired my card:

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Whisper White, Merry Merlot, Seaside Spray, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy MeadowTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • First Frost & Frosted Bouquet Dies. The First Frost stamp set and coordinating Frosted Bouquet Dies were first introduced in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog and then reappeared in the 2019 Annual Catalog. While they were initially sold as a bundle, the bundled pricing went away at the end of the holiday catalog period. That’s the same here – every bundle in this year’s Holiday Catalog (including ones that will carry into future catalogs) will no longer be offered with the 10% off price for the bundle after January 2. Here’s a look at the First Frost stamp set: First Frost, Stampin' Up! 148913Here’s a look at the coordinating Frosted Bouquet Dies: Frosted Bouquet Dies, Stampin' Up! 151800
  • Build-a-Bouquet. I’ve never felt comfortable with building a collage of sprigs, leaves and flowers. As a mostly-clean-and-simple designer, collages go from simple to messy in a flash! I stamped and cut out a lot of pieces from this stamp set and coordinating dies before deciding on this layout that gives the right balance of colors, textures and shapes. Here’s a closer look at the bouquet that pops out from behind the sentiment:First Frost, Frosted Bouquet Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAfter everything was glued down, I added two little banners to the right of the sentiment and under the leaves to provide a “foundation” for the flowers.
  • Double It Up. After I popped up the Merry Merlot flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the bouquet some dimension and lift, I needed my layered sentiment to pop up a little so it would be higher than the flower. Here’s a look at the finished product:First Frost, Frosted Bouquet Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTo achieve that effect, I simply doubled up my Stampin’ Dimensionals. They lined up perfectly to add that little lift I needed here. Here’s a closer look at my Stampin’ Dimensionals stacked on each other just under the Mossy Meadow layer of the sentiment: First Frost, Frosted Bouquet Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets: First Frost  Papers: Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Seaside Spray, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers (Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow)  Accessories: Frosted Bouquet Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the FabFriday challenge blog 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. WOW! What a striking choice of colors! Love it for the holiday season.

  2. That blue background just make the flowers pop! Great flower card!

  3. This is a stunning card, Brian. I love the colors, the wide border of merry merlot and the sweet sentiment. The banners really do ground the beautiful flowers. Have a great day!

  4. Oh, oh, oh! Beautiful card Brian, love that color combo! Have a great weekend.

  5. This is a beautiful card! I think you have done a great job with florals on this card. I love the colors and the framed sentiment.

  6. Great job Brian, love the color choices!

  7. Love how you layered the bouquet!

  8. Wow those colors are fabulous in your bouquet! Beautiful!

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