In the world of paper crafting, it is perfectly fine to CASE – Copy And Share Everything. Some people are naturally creative, while others may need inspiration in order to spark their creativity. CASEing is one of the best ways for new stampers to learn the craft. For many stampers, CASEing is a great way to find inspiration, to jump start your creative juices when you have no clue what to make, or to be creative when you are short on time.
The very best place for inspiration is the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog. It is filled with tons of terrific ideas to CASE – great layouts to showcase your stamps, clever project ideas to make, fresh color combinations, new ideas on how to use embellishments, etc. And, the good news is that you probably already have many great SU products in your craft room just waiting to be used! There is no shame in CASEing a design exactly (same stamp, same theme, and same colors) or in using the same design with a different stamp set or different theme or different color combination.
Sketches are very popular to CASE. Sketches provide a general design layout that is open to interpretation!! So you have the freedom to use the sketch exactly as presented or change it anyway you want!! If the sketch calls for a circle design element, it is perfectly acceptable to substitute a square, a wooden heart embellishment or another design element that better suits your preferences or that uses products that you have available.
While I may start with a CASEed idea – such as a sketch, I may end up with something entirely different after my design decisions and product substitutions. For example, Connie Stewart recently published this sketch on her website Simply Simple Stamping and on her Facebook page Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild where she hosts a weekly weekend challenge. Connie posted these guidelines with her sketch:
- The colors mean nothing – get creative!
- The rectangles can be anything – Designer Paper, a banner, anything! My measurements for the rectangles are 1 ½” x 3″
- Those dots could be Washi tape, a stamped border, or Designer Paper
Well, I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day theme card…..and this sketch sparked an idea. As suggested, I used designer paper but I cut my pieces a little longer because I like making A7-sized cards. My three rectangle pieces measure 1 ½ x 3 ½. While the sketch aligned the three pieces at the very top of the card, I choose to depart from the sketch. Instead, I double-matted the three rectangle pieces on Whisper White cardstock (cut 3 7/8” x 5 ¼”) and Crumb Cake cardstock (cut 4 1/8” x 5 ½”), and then centered and adhered the double-mat piece on a white A7 card blank. Here is my design:
Next, I die cut the letters L-V-E in Rose Red (about 1 ½” tall), and a small heart in Crumb Cake. I had to play around with the exact placement of the letters and heart. After I got it just right, I glued everything down. As a finishing touch, I overlaid a small wooden heart. So while not an exact copy of Connie’s sketch, my card is definitely inspired by her sketch!
Design Details: SU Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack, a wooden heart from SU Sending Love Embellishments, Snail Adhesive, Fine Tip Glue, 1 ½” tall Alphabet dies, small heart framelit, and SU cardstock in Rose Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.
If you’re looking for inspiration, please check out Connie’s site at Simply Simple Stamping and these other blogs which host regular challenges CASEing design sketches, color combinations and themes:
- Simply Simple Stamping (Connie Stewart)
- Fab Friday Stampin Challenge
- Paper Craft Crew
- Global Design Project
- Pals Paper Arts
- Watercooler Challenge
Stay tuned for my next post on “CASEing Part 2: How to Change a CASEed Design“