I am excited to join this fabulous group of stampers for another blog hop today. You may have arrived here from Tanya Rees, or if you are just getting started with me, welcome! This month we are CASEing the Stampin' Up! catalog in our monthly hop. The Catalog is so much more than just a book to order products; it is a treasure trove of project ideas and inspiration! Since becoming a demonstrator, I have saved every catalog to get project ideas from. If you aren't familiar with the term "CASE", it means "Copy And Share Everything" or "Copy And Selectively Edit," which is what I have done here.
I chose to CASE a card from a product I don't own to show you how you can get inspiration from a layout and make it your own. The card shown from the catalog was made using the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley on page 39 of the Holiday Catalog. My layer measurements aren't exactly the same as the original, my deer is larger, but that is how you CASE...you draw inspiration. CASEing could also mean using the same color scheme and making a totally different card. I always try to make my project a little different to add my own personal touch when I CASE something.
I did a watercolor wash in Shaded Spruce, then once it was dry, stamped the flower image with the absolutely yummy new Gold Delicata Ink. I also stamped a pine cone image to add interest on my card base, and the garland on the Cherry Cobbler circle with the gold ink as well. I added some die cut gold foil flowers in place of the star elements on the original card.
Tips and Tricks:
- Card Base-8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4, Shimmery White layer 3-1/2 x 5, Vellum layer 3-1/4 x 3-3/4, DSP strips approximately 1 x 4-1/8 and 1/2 x 3 (just cut them to what length look good to you)
- Use Shimmery White cardstock, Thick Whisper White, or Watercolor paper when you plan to do any watercoloring, they absorb water well and won't buckle like regular Whisper White. Also, when doing a "wash" like I did in the background, add water to the paper first before applying the ink.
- If you want a darker color for the wash, less water=darker ink, more water=lighter ink. I just pressed an acrylic block into my ink pad and picked up the ink from there with my aquapainter.
- Use a layer of vellum to soften a background. Apply adhesive behind elements adhered to the vellum to hide it.
Hopefully you have been inspired to take a new look at your catalog and see what projects catch your eye, and how you can recreate them and make them your own! Next up is Eimear Carvill. I know you will love what she has in store!
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