CASEing Projects

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! provides demonstrators with lots of samples and projects (outside of the catalogs)? They do a lot for us to help out our creativity. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is the quarterly magazine called Stampin’ Success. We also get weekly emails with projects and other information.

I decided to sit down one day and copy projects shown in the latest Stampin’ Success magazine. I decided to focus on two sets, based on the stamps I already have. (I did have to substitute sentiments, though; I don’t have the one they used.)

Set 1:

Stamp set: Painted Harvest, Better Together, Petal Palette

Ink: Petal Pink, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Pear PIzzazz

Paper: Whisper White, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Soft Sea Foam, Subtles 6×6 DSP stack

Accessories: Leaf punch, Tailored tag punch, Whisper White baker’s twine

Aren’t these fun? The hardest part for me was to cut out the sunflowers. I like definite lines when I fussy cut, and for these, you have to “make up” some of it. The flower is built up from two layers of color, strategically placed to create shadows for petals. No lines here!

The flower center is So Saffron ink, but stamped off once before stamping on my projects.

I also had to guess about the dimensions of the different layers. The final card size is given, though.

Set 2:

Stamp set: Animal Outing

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party

Stampin’ Blends: Bermuda Bay light, Daffodil Delight combo, Bronze, Ivory, Crumb Cake combo, Granny Apple Green light, Smoky Slate light

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Call Me Clover, Lemon Lime Twist, Tropical Chic DSP stack, Animal Expedition DSP

Accessories: 1-1/2″ circle punch, Layering Circles framelits (largest and 2nd largest circle), Animal Friends thinlits, Linen thread, Tailored tag punch, Pattern Party decorative masks

Aren’t these cute? I did make a few modifications, the biggest being that I used die cut leaves instead of the Leaf ribbon that they did. In particular, they made a background for the giraffes with the Leaf ribbon. Here’s a closeup of what I did instead.

So, don’t forget, there is a great offer going on right now to sign up as a demonstrator! Pay $99 + tax, get up to $187.50 in product, and get a 20% discount on all of your future orders until the end of December. Don’t worry if you don’t feel creative. You’ll get lots of help, plus a discount on your supplies!

Oh, and the DSP used on the second set of cards is part of the “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” promotion.

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A Sketch Two Ways

The current Fab Friday Challenge is a sketch challenge. I like those! I especially like this one. It’s generic enough, that it was easy to come up with different ideas. Here are two.

Card 1:

Stamp set: Rooted in Nature

Ink: Petal Pink, Soft Suede, Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, Poppy Parade

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories: Leaf punch, Burlap ribbon, Subtle dynamic textured impression folder

I first inked the trunk cross section with Petal Pink, and sponged Soft Suede along the edges before stamping. After cutting it out, I inked the edges again in Soft Suede to blend out the white. Makes it look like bark, and it finished the whole piece.

I added a cluster of leaves to the side of the trunk. Like would happen sometimes: you cut a tree down, but it sprouts again at the bottom. Doesn’t want to give up! Hence, the sentiment I chose.

I didn’t feel like using any DSP in the background, but thought plain cardstock was, well, too plain. I decided on embossing with the Subtle embossing folder, done in both directions, for a subtle canvas look.

Are you wondering where the Mint Macaron ink is? I sponged Mint Macaron on the leaves. I stamped the leaf detail stamp and punched it out, then decided it needed some color. I didn’t realize that there is a stamp for filling in the color for the leaves…heh.

Card 2:

Stamp set: Little Elephant, Banners for Everything

Ink: Basic Gray, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce

Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Elephant builder punch, Classic label punch, Stamparatus

Isn’t the elephant cute? I swear, this is the first set/bundle I latched onto when I first looked through the catalog. Not sure why… no kids to craft for!

I stamped the elephant and the spray of hearts onto a square. I stamped the elephant again onto Smoky Slate cardstock and punched out the ear. The ear is then popped up on the elephant with a mini dimensional.

I decided to stamp the “ground” in two different greens; once on the panel with the elephant (so he/she is not floating in space), and on the background. I stamped under the elephant “free hand”, but decided to use the Stamparatus to make the background one straight. Much easier than using a Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Stamparatus tip: I do use the old Stamp-a-ma-jig sheets to test the positioning of the stamp in the Stamparatus. You can see where on the cardstock the image will go. But, you can also have just the clear sheet down to check how straight an image is by comparing with the base’s grid lines.

I created a sentiment with the Banners for Everything stamp set, and adhered next to the elephant. I first positioned them with glue dots. I added dimensionals to hold them in place when adhering the elephant panel to the card base.

I used all white for the background to make the elephant pop out more. And, for a more clean and simple look.

Partial Cut Letters

When I first saw the Layering Alphabet edgelits, I knew I would be getting it. I had been waiting for a smaller alphabet die for different techniques. I discovered one technique could NOT be done (using the negative of the die cut letter), because each letter includes a small cut that matches the diagonal base die of the set. But, I did find that partial die-cutting still works.

Today’s card is a simple, but stylish, card made with partial die-cutting. I used the letters to spell out a word.

Stamp set: none

Ink: none

Paper: Whisper White thick, Berry Burst, Basic Black, Gold foil

Accessories: Layering Alphabet edgelits, Celebrate You thinlits

Partial die-cutting involves just that: a partial cut using a die, often made to hang off the edge of cardstock.

I spelled out the word “thank”. I first cut out the letters from a full-adhesive post-it note, so that I could position the letters. After my first experiment, I discovered that having the die cut letters for positioning helps make the letters be more straight and evenly spaced. (I used the dies directly initially.) I drew in my “horizon” line and positioned my letters along that. I was able to cut the letters out in two passes.

You will have to trim the left edges of each letter, since they are intended to be used (connected) with the diagonal base die. For the letters with curves, I sketched in the letter before trimming with my paper snips.

I used my paper snips to trim along the “horizon” line, too. I realized later that I didn’t trim perfectly straight. Oops.

I chose to glue the die-cut panel flat to a card base. I finished off the sentiment with a “YOU” die cut from gold foil using the Celebrate You thinlits.

I added two borders to the card to add interest: one in Basic Black and one in Berry Burst. They both frame the “YOU”, which I think makes the card look more stylish.

One of the borders is actually glued to the inside of the card.

I trimmed 1/4″ off the front of the card base, and allowed the border to show through. The border ties the inside of the card to the design on the outside.

You could also create this card using the “celebrate” die in the Celebrate You thinlits set, instead of spelling out “thank” with the individual letters. It would be a little bit simpler, because you just have to trim out at the “horizon” line after running through the Big Shot once.

Use up the Negative!

The negative space of a die cut, that is.

Remember the watercolored background I created to make a die cut on a card from this post? I save all of the inner bits with the negative by placing a full adhesive Post-it behind before removing the die.

I couldn’t wait to add black to all of the bright colors.

Stamp: none

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Basic Black, Watercolor paper

Accessories: Basic Black shimmer ribbon, Thank You thinlits

I really like the contrast between the bright colors and the black. I originally was going to use black for the card base, too, but thought that was too much.

I first glued down the main negative piece of the die cut. Then, I placed all of the inner bits in place by putting back a die cut. That way, the bits are aligned properly. Then, I glued in the actual die cut.

The “thank you” die cut is actually three layers to give it some dimension. This is my favorite thing to do with word die cuts right now.

One thing I wish I did was to add a piece of adhesive sheet behind the watercolor paper where I die cut. Would have made putting in all the inner bits so much easier.

The other thing I wish I did differently is to use one layer of the die cut when putting all the inner bits onto the project. I had already glued all three layers together. But, they never quite align perfectly. Some of the smaller pieces were hard to get past the uneven layers. But, it all turned out okay.

Oh, I wanted to show you what the background looked like before adding the black die cuts. Really soft. That could work, too, but I like the boldness of the black.

Using the Rest of the Multiples

In my last post, I mentioned that I quickly made 4 backgrounds in my Stamparatus, by stamping on two pieces of cardstock at the same time. Today, I’ll show you the rest of the cards I made with those pieces.

As a refresher, this is what my backgrounds look like.

Card #3

For this card, I thought it would be neat to use the background on the inside of the card. To make the card more interesting, I’ll make it a gatefold card.

Stamp: Wood Words, Rooted in Nature

Ink: Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crumb Cake

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Highland Heather, Blushing Bride

Accessories: Stitched Labels framelits, Sponge daubers

I added a border at the top and bottom of the flaps with the same stamp from Wood Words. It echoes the stamping on the inside, and helps frame the die cuts.

I like the cute heart within the stitched circle (they are separate dies). The large label tucks under the circle in the lower corner, to help keep the card closed.

The sentiment was inked using the “rock and roll” method. I used a sponge dauber to soften the transition between colors, because I found it a little too harsh.

Here is the inside of the card, so you can see that I really used one of the background pieces.

Card #4

For this card, I decided to use my background as a DSP, at the bottom of a multi-layered card. So essentially, all you see is the pattern peeking out all around the edge of the card as a consistent border.

Stamp: Around the Corner

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black marker

Paper, Whisper White thick and regular, Basic Black, Brights DSP pattern stack

Accessories: Balloon builder punch

I really wanted an excuse to use the Around the corner stamp set. I got this from Prize Patrol at OnStage. But, I couldn’t figure out how to use it. I think because it creates frames, but nothing to put in the middle. Well, there are little images, I suppose. I went for adding punched out balloons for the birthday theme. I drew in the strings.

Now that I have shown you 4 designs for the backgrounds I made, you could stamp lots of your own backgrounds and make a ton of cards!

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