CASE the Catalog: Taking Inspiration from A Card in the Holiday Catalog

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you the card I made CASEing the Brightly Gleaming Note Card on page 30 of the 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  If you have never heard the term CASE before it means Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit.  The Stampin' Up! catalogs are filled with inspiration and tons of ideas; that are great CASEing material.  When you CASE a card you don't have to copy it exactly, you can simply take inspiration from it.  That's what I did today, I took inspiration from the sketch or design of the card and the use of the metallic elements.  Here's a look at my card and then I will share with you the card that inspired it.
Here's my the card that I drew my inspiration from.  This little Christmas note card features the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set and Night of Navy, Very Vanilla and Mossy Meadow cardstock along with some copper foil sheets, and the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper.  It also features one of the new Stars Designer Elements, one of the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements, and a copper embossed holly leaf and berries as the main focal image.
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For my card today I used the sketch from the card, but instead of designer series paper I used the Subtles 3d embossing folder to create texture on the card.  My card  base is a piece of Thick Whisper White cut at 5 x 7 scored at 3 1/2.  The embossed piece of cardstock was cut at 3 x 5 1/2.
I kept with the metallic theme of the card but instead of copper I went with silver. I love the look of silver with just about any other color.  But this time I paired it with Whisper White, and Smoky Slate.  After embossing the 3 x 5 1/2 piece of whisper white I took some Delicata Shimmery Silver ink and a sponge dauber and created a little metallic color on the textured whisper white.  I started out going around in a circle and then came back and change direction to blend out any lines.  I will say that the Delicata ink is a little warming in tone than the other silver pieces on my card.

I then added a 1/2" strip of silver foil behind the textured piece and attached the embossed piece to my card base.  Next I stamped the wreath from Seasonal Wreaths Stamp Set in Delicata silver ink and then coated it with silver embossing powder and heat set it.  I used the matching dies and cut it out.  I repeated this process with the large leaf in the same way but on a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock.  I also embossed and cut out one of the small leaf dies in silver foil.  Then the debate came do I color in the wreath with a little watercolor or do I leave it simple and let everything work together.   I went with the keep it nice and simple and elegant looking.

Once everything was cut out with their matching die it was time to start laying everything out.  So I decided on the placement and keep it just like the sketch.  Large element in the upper third of the card and the other elements coming off it toward the fold.  I attached the silver embossed Fall wreath with a little multipurpose liquid glue.  I then took the silver thread and wrapped it around my fingers a few times to make a nest of loops that I would adhere to the card.  If you notice back up in the reference photo the concept artist used linen thread for the loops.  I attached my loops with a little snail placed where the large leave would go. I attached the loops into the snail making sure to get the open ends in the adhesive.  I then added the large silver embossed leaf on three dimensionals over the loops.  But, the dimensionals not only act as a new level for the leaves but it helps to secure the loops in place as well.
To finish off my little elegant note card I added the silver foil embossed leaf to the larger leaf with a dimensional and added a silver heat embossed sentiment on a little whisper white cardstock.  I also decided to pop that up as well with a few dimensionals.  I went with a sentiment that reads Happy Everything from Seasonal Wreath Stamp Set.  I thought it was a perfect sentiment because you could use it for so many different occasions.  It could go for a wedding or well anything really.
That finished off my card I hope that you like my version of the Brightly Gleaming note card from the Holiday Catalog and I hope that you got a few little tips on how to use your catalogs for inspiration.  Your catalogs are so much more then just a book of products but is filled with tons and tons of inspiration that you can use to create your projects.
Happy Stampin' 
Rick 

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Rick's Saturday Simple Stamping Episode 31: A Simple Fall Wishing You Well Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you the next episode of Rick's Saturday Simple Stamping where we will be making a Fall themed Wishing You Well Card.  As you know if you've watched any of my Saturday Simple Stamping Videos these are cards designed with the beginner crafter in mind.  They don't use a lot of supplies and are mainly just stamps ink and paper.  If you are new to my blog welcome.  In this weeks episode I am going to show you how to create a super easy and quick Fall themed Wishing you well card.  Here's a look at the card we will be making today.
My post today is part of my little mini series 12 Days of Fall.  Where I have 12 Fall themed projects coming at you back to back.  

Today, we will be using the Gather Together Photopolymer Stamp Set (#150589) from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog; which is probably one of my favorite sets in the catalog because of this large leaf stamp.  You can do so much with it.  I can not wait to just stamp it and color it, but that's for another project right!  You can order the Gather Together Stamp set as part of a Cost Saving Bundle which comes with matching dies but we are not using the dies today since this card is all about #simplestamping.  But if you want to order the Cost Saving Bundle this is the code you will want Gather Together Bundle #153036; I am all up on saving an extra 10% when I can so it's worth mentioning the bundle if your like me.
With the Gather Together Stamp Set, whether or not you can gather together with those who are close to your heart, you can share some gratitude and love with them using the Gather Together Stamp Set. Loved ones near and far will feel your love and appreciation when they receive a handstamped card from you.  

My card base was made with a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock (#119686) cut at 4 1/4" x 11" scored at 5 1/2.  Remember that your card bases are usually a half of sheet of cardstock cut in half.  Here, I created a top folding card which is why it's cut at 4 1/4 x 11.  I will usually score the cardstock in half first then cut it.  This just makes it easier when you go to cut your card base; you then don't have to go back and score two card bases because they are already done by doing it this way.  And, you just score it in the middle one way or the other; either at 5 1/2 (for a top folding card) or at 4 1/4 (for a side folding card).  
Next, I cut a two pieces of Whisper White Cardstock (#100730) one at 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 and one at 4 x 5 1/4 (for the inside).  I cut my layering piece from Crushed Curry Cardstock (#131199) at 3 3/4 x 4 3/4.  When you watch the video you will notice that I cut the Whisper White and Crushed Curry Cardstocks at one measurement then went back and cut them down to the measurements above.  I needed them to be just a little smaller.  I am also using two pieces of the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper (#150454).  One is 1" x 4" and the other is just a 1/2" x 4".  I actually cut these from the same larger piece of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  This is a great thing to do with the designer series paper from Stampin' Up!.  Because, one I don't have to worry about them matching my project: Since we have such great color combination it all works together.  And secondly I know that both pieces will go together because they are from the same pack and sheet.  
 On the 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 piece of whisper white cardstock I started out by stamping the large leaf from the Gather Together stamp set in Crushed Curry Ink (#147087) in three different places.  You want to create a visual triangle when you do this type of stamping.  Next I added in the same leaf with Pumpkin Pie Ink (#147086) starting to fill in other areas on the focal image.  To finish off the focal image I then added some Cajun Craze Ink (#147085) in any areas that was left open.  This filled in the rest of the white space n the card front and finished my focal image.  To finish off the card I added the stamped focal image onto the piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock, and then layered that on to my card base.  I then took the two pieces of the designer series paper and on the larger one I stamped my sentiment in the middle in Cajun Craze ink.  After stamping the sentiment I cut the two ends into fish tail banners.  I added that to the front of the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755) as you all know that's my go to adhesive.  Once I had the first piece of designer series paper with the sentiment attached to the card front, I added the smaller piece cut with the same fish tail banner.
To finish the card I added the larger piece of Whisper White that I had stamped the large leaf at the bottom left and the top right in Cajun Craze to the inside.  This helps to tie everything together and adds a place for my personal message.

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Falling Leaves Wishing You Well Card featuring the Gather Together Stamp Set



Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you another project for my 12 Days of Fall Mini Series.  This card features the Gather Together Stamp Set, and the Come To Gather Designer Series Paper.  This fun Fall themed suite of products is perfect for this time of year with the rustic changing colors and the crisp cool air.  Here's a look at the card I made.

I started out my card with a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 to make a top folding card.  I then took a piece of Whisper White cut at 2 1/4 x 5 1/4 and stamped the large leaf and dotted textural stamp in the background using Pretty Peacock ink.  Once the stamping was complete I attached this to my card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I next took a strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock cut at 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 and positioned it where the edges were touching in the middle tightly.

I then added a strip of the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper cut at 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 to the center of the Pretty Peacock strip I just added.  To that I added a 1/2" x 5 1/4" strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock and layered on a 1/4" x 5 1/4" of Terracotta Tile Cardstock to add a little more interest  and color to the card.  At this point I needed something to act as an embellishment so I took scraps of Terracotta Tile, Mint Macaron, and Merry Merlot cardstocks and spritzed them with a little water and used the leaf dies from the Gather Leaves Dies and ran them through my Die cutting machine.  This allowed for a little darker color on the inside of the vines of each of the embossed and die cut leaves.  I added a my sentiment on a 3/4" strip of Whisper White cardstock stamped in Pretty Peacock ink and popped it up on dimensionals.  I added the three leaves around the sentiment to look like they were falling using dimensionals also.
To finish off my card I added a piece of whisper white cut at 4 x 5 1/4 stamped with one of the large leaves in the corner.  That was attached to the inside of the card with adhesive and once I decorate the envelope this card will be ready to go.  

Thanks for dropping by today I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day and I will see you tomorrow for another episode of Saturday Simple Stamping.  If you need any of the supplies you have seen today you can find them in Stampin' Up! Shopping List below.  
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