Hello CASE-rs and welcome to your next stop on this week’s CTC blog hop where we are concentrating on these gorgeous layouts from page 101 of the 2019-20 Annual Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! There’s a lot of inspiration in just this one picture!
For my CASE I’ve been inspired by the card at the far right.
I’ve created two cards with the same layout and similar elements but different colours and two different techniques for stamping the main image.
My first card is closest to the example from page 101. I really loved the die cut vellum on the card but I don’t have that die (yet – definitely just a ‘yet’ situation). It reminded me that I haven’t made any cards with embossed vellum for ages, though, and that can be a really fun look. So I made the background layer with the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder and adhered that to a base card of Rococo Rose. The Stitched Label is in Pretty Peacock and the ribbon, faceted dots, and sentiment panel are all in Rococo Rose as well. I love the way these two colours look together.
For the main image, I have stamped the unicorn from Leave A Little Sparkle in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut it with a stitched circle. Although the images in this stamp set sing out to be coloured in they are also so detailed and beautiful they look great stamped just in a solid ink as well.
My next card follows the same layout but uses a base card, ribbon, and faceted dots in Purple Posy. The vellum is embossed with a retired star pattern embossing folder, the stitched label is in Night of Navy, and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays is stamped in Highland Heather ink that has been stamped off first (this is the hack for Purple Posy ink that is doing the rounds of the SU! world while we still wait for PP ink to pass quality control and be released).
The big difference here is the way I’ve stamped the main image. If you look closely at the bunnies on the example card they have a soft, watercoloured look to them. I’m not entirely sure how the Catty version has been done, but for my version I spritzed some watercolor paper with water, stamped the image onto the wet paper with Gray Granite ink, and then added another spritz or two of water. This lets the lines of the stamping bleed out so it looks more like it has been drawn or painted than stamped. This is a really fun technique but also a little unpredictable so what I actually did was cut three pieces of paper and apply different amounts of water to each, to see which one I liked the look of the best.
My recent stamping resolution is to pay more attention to the insides of the cards and to the envelopes as well. I used to always make matching envelopes but have gotten out of the habit of doing so. For these two cards I just stamped the large unicorn image from Leave a Little Sparkle on the back of the envelopes using the Stamparatus to position it and then stamp under the top flap as well.
The two cards have turned out quite differently – one more bold, the other more ethereal. I’d love to know which is your favourite version – leave me a comment and let me know!
Don’t forget to CASE one of the fabulous layouts on page 101 and share it with us on the CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.
Next up is the fabulous Tina with her revved up CASE, hop on over to see her then the rest of the crew’s projects this week.
Thanks for stopping by,