Season of Thanks for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Many of my Stampin’ Up! team members (not only those with blogs) share their gorgeous projects in our team’s Facebook community – there’s such amazing and inspiring creativity in this group! I’m always excited when my team’s blog hop rolls around, though, because I get to share some of their amazing work with you. I’m just as excited to see their projects as you are, and I am proud to share them with you.

October 2020 InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Thanksgiving, so prepare yourself for Autumn landscapes, warm colors and sweet reminders of all the reasons we have to be grateful this time of year. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Season of Thanks with Love of Leaves

I can’t say this enough – Autumn is my favorite time of year! I love the change of season from Summer to Fall.  The crisp air makes me so very happy, and gorgeous Fall colors can’t be beat. I love when the leaves change from vibrant greens to gorgeous hues of yellows, oranges and reds. Today’s card shows the transition of leaves from green to Fall colors. Here’s my card:

Love of Leaves, Gather Together, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Perfect Layering. The leaves on my card are perfectly aligned between the colorful images on the inside panel and the green images on the base panel. You might not have noticed it at first, but the leaves reach from one panel to the next. I want to share with you how I did that. Here are the two panels I created: Love of Leaves, Stampin Up!, Brian KingHere are the steps I took to create these panels with same leaf placement on each:
    • I cropped two panels of 3-3/4″ x 5″ Thick Whisper White cardstock.
    • I used my Stamparatus to line up each leaf (one at a time) where I wanted it on the card panel to build a balanced pattern.
    • I inked up the leaf with one of the greens and stamped it on the first card panel.
    • I cleaned the stamp and inked it with one of the colors, stamping it on the second card panel.
    • I repeated this process for each of the leaves. This allows each leaf to be positioned in the exact same place on each of the panels.
    • I used the Hippo & Friends Dies to crop from the center of each piece and layered them on my card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    • Confession time: the very center of the stamped image is quite a mess, so I covered it with another die from the same layering, stitched dies. So happy with how that turned out.
  • Three Bundles. My simple, layered card features elements from three wonderful bundles – and each it worth a look-see. The leaves on my card are stamped with the watercolored leaves from Love of Leaves, part of the Love of Leaves Bundle. Here’s a look:Love of Leaves Bundle, Stampin Up! 155195The sentiment, a favorite of mine, is from the returning favorite bundle, Gather Together. Here’s a look at this amazing, Fall-themed bundle:Gather Together Bundle, Stampin' Up! 153036I love the layering dies in the Hippo & Friends Dies, part of the Hippo Happiness Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s 2020 Annual Catalog. Here’s a look at this wonderfully fun bundle:Hippo Happiness Bundle, Stampin Up! 154080
  • Autumn Colors. While the leaves on the green panel are stamped with four great greens (Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green and Shaded Spruce), it’s the warm Autumn colors at the center of this card that make me so very happy. Love of Leaves, Gather Together, Stampin Up!, Brian KingIf you like this mix of Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake and Merry Merlot as much as I do, I hope you will save this for future reference:  Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot

Stamp Sets: Love of Leaves, Gather Together  Papers: Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green, Shaded Spruce, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot, Early Espresso  Accessories: Hippo & Friends Dies, Stamparatus, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  3. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
  6. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  7. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  8. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  9. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  11. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  12. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

Here’s a link to all of the products I used on today’s project:



  1. Love your card and technique Brian.

  2. This is such a unique look. A little bit like a modern painting. It is wonderful!

  3. what great colors and technique to show it off! Great minds I guess today, my card uses the Love of Leaves and Hippo dies too. They just go so well together for fall. You’re card is beautiful

  4. I love the technique – you executed it flawlessly.

  5. Awesome card,,, love the detailed cutting!

  6. Beautiful card Brian. Thanks for the steps on how to create this.

  7. Simply said, I love this. Thanks for the directions. Now I must take a leaf and blow on to the next.

  8. Wow, so cool! Love the colors, warm and welcoming-much like you!

  9. Brian! I love your card. It is striKING and stunning. The Early Espresso frame captures all of your color choices beautifully.

  10. Oh WOW! I just love the way you created this unique way of seasonal transition of the leaves!

  11. Truly clever, Brian! And thank you SO much for explaining how you did that… I’d have been awake all night thinking about it after spending the day trying to recreate it unsuccessfully. ?

  12. Wow Brian. It is not very often that we see a new technique, especially one that is so cool like this. Beautiful card and I can’t wait to try this!

  13. Absolutely breathtaking card today Brian. You continue to amaze me every day.

  14. Love your card, Brian. I think my Love of Leaves bundle arrives today. Guess what I’ll be doing!

  15. Turned out great!

  16. Super fun! Love the Mix-n-Match Technique.

  17. Very clever idea for fall! Perfectly assembled for a beautiful autumn card!

  18. Such cleverness! You always amaze!

  19. Well, look at you! All clever and stuff! This is an AWESOME card, Brian. And thank you for the info on how you created it, because I must give this a try! Perfect!

  20. This is fabulous! The best part is you can get more than one card, maybe four out of these two stamped panels!!!

  21. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing the details of the technique. As always, I love your eye for color combos.

  22. I love this technique and the color combination is gorgeous! It is going to be making an appearance soon on one of my cards! Thanks for organizing the hop!

  23. Stunning! Truly beautiful! Love the technique you used!

  24. What an interesting technique! May have to play with that. Great card and great blog hop today! Thanks for organizing it!

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