Sunday, September 15, 2019

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.
image by Stampin' Up! 
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' 

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