CASE – Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit
In the world of paper crafting, there is no shame in copying. In fact, Stampin’ Up! encourages it. As the card designer, you can copy a project exactly or you can change some of the elements to adapt it. For instance, you could substitute a different stamp set, use different colors of inks and cardstock, change the layout (portrait or landscape orientation) or relocate images (from bottom-right to top-left).
And, the best place to look for inspiration is your catalog! Here is the card image from page 70 using Birthday Blooms stamp set.
For the background, the floral image is stamped twice with Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock. The floral image is them stamped on Thick Whisper White card stock using Crumb Cake. A blender pen or aqua painter was used to apply Old Olive to the leaves. The floral image was fussy-cut and popped-up on dimensionals with the sentiment stamped in Soft Suede.
Using the above catalog image for inspiration, I created the background piece as described above and added a birthday sentiment from the same stamp set. Next, I made a design decision to heat set the floral image using gold embossing powder on Thick Whisper White cardstock to create a raised gold outline image. I used my aqua painter to color the image using Melon Mambo and Old Olive. I also used my watercolor pencils to deepen the color when necessary. I then fussy cut the image, adhered it to the background piece and matted it with Melon Mambo cardstock.
And when I was done, I had a lovely birthday card for my wonderful daughter!
With CASE-ing, you can take an idea from any kind of project and create something completely different. For example, the method used to create the card background above (Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock) can be used to dress up a plain paper gift bag with a similar or contrasting ink color.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!