In my last post, we discussed how it is okay to CASE – Copy And Share Everything. CASEing gives you a lot of freedom either to copy the design exactly or to experiment with a few simple changes to suit your needs and style preferences.
Here are some simple changes to re-invent a CASEed design and to make it yours:
- Change the orientation of the design layout or sketch. Switch between a portrait and landscape design. Or, shift the focal point left or right, up or down.
- Mat your focal point or mat your card with layers of cardstock. Just like a picture frame, using a mat (or mats) in a coordinating color adds interest and makes your design pop!
- Add texture and dimension to your design. There are many ways to do this… such as adding ribbon and a tag. Or, you can add some pearls, rhinestones or enamel dots. Or you can paper piece your stamped image and pop those pieces up with dimensionals or fun foam for a 3-D effect.
- Add some bling. Everyone likes a little sparkle and shine. Some sequins, or charms or some metallic paper can be just the ticket to re-invent a CASEed design and make it your own!
- Change the color combination on the design you’re CASEing – go brighter, or darker, or softer. Or, try using different shades of the same color for a more dramatic, monochromatic effect! Another way to change the color combination is to switch the order in which the colors are used. Many designs use three colors: a major unifying design color, a minor complimentary color and an accent color to apply the finishing touch. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how switching the order of those colors will change the entire look of the card.
- Incorporate designer series paper in your design. You can even create your own designer paper using inks and stamps that compliment your design.
- Use same or different embellishments – and in different numbers! Just remember, odd numbers are more visually appealing!
- Use more white space which naturally draws the eye to the focal point of your design. When in doubt, follow the KISS principle – keep it super simple – it works every time!
- Incorporate a new technique while making a CASEed design. There is probably a new trendy technique that you’ve been wanting to try. Or, maybe you have a favorite tried and true technique (like sponging, dry embossing or heat embossing). The point is that there are lots techniques that you can use on your CASEed design to make it more unique.
And finally, while there are no hard and fast rules to CASEing, please kindly give credit to the designer who is your source of inspiration. If you post your CASEed design on social media, please send along a short note to that designer to let her (or him) know how you used their design, how you may have improved upon it and where you shared it. It is a simple act of kindness that you may appreciate one day – because in the creative world of paper crafting — eventually, your designs will be CASEed too!!
Here is a A2-sized card CASEed from the very talented Mary Fish. I love her clean, crisp design using Beautiful Branches Thinlits and the striking combination of Old Olive, So Saffron and Basic Black (one of my favorites) which she paired with Dapper Denim, a new In-Color. Using the some of the changes mentioned above, I changed Mary’s design (left) to create my design (right).
First, I changed the size of the card from A2 to A7 and incorporated more white space. I also changed the So Saffron rectangle into a banner. Since I didn’t have any black metallic sequins, I added three vertical hearts punched in Real Red. After all, CASEing is one part inspiration and one part what you have available! Thank you, Mary, for letting me use your design in today’s post!
P.S. If you’re still looking for inspiration with a personal touch, please contact me about my monthly stamp camps. I promise you a fun time creating cards, learning new techniques and, of course, maintaining a stash of ready-made cards.
Until next time, happy crafting!