It’s Sunday, people! So that means CASE-ing the Catty time! This week is all about picking a favourite project featured in the Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue and giving it a Mini Catalogue twist.
Always the hardest part of these sort of challenges is narrowing down which of the many amazing projects in the catalogue it is you want to CASE! I usually look for either a great layout or an interesting technique to try, and with that in mind it was this card on page 128 that caught my eye, at the top left of this image below.
The technique that drew me in is one I haven’t busted out for a while but it is great fun – inking up your embossing folders. This sounds scary – and messy – if you haven’t tried it, but it is really simple and fun. Simply rub an ink pad over one side of your embossing folder, insert the piece of paper you want to emboss, carefully close the folder then emboss as usual. As long as you clean up your folders straight away (I use a baby wipe and then rub with a dry microfibre cloth) and make sure you give your paper adequate time to dry, it’s really not messy at all!
What’s especially fun when playing with a technique such as this is the way your ideas and projects evolve as you go along. You can see this with my three cards.
For the first, I’ve followed the layout and I think the vibe of the example card, with the scenic panel and the ink embossed layer underneath – although not being nearly so artsy, I used a piece of my favourite DSP from the Mini Catalogue, from Trimming The Town (I can not get enough of this suite!). My inky panel is made with a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock, Pretty Peacock ink, and the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.
The base card is also Pretty Peacock, and for the sentiment, I just trimmed a little section from another sheet of the Trimming the Town DSP.
My second card is the happy result of a stamping boo boo. I grabbed what I thought was a small piece of Pool Party cardstock, swiped my Misty Moonlight ink pad on the inside of the Tasteful Textile 3D folder, then ran the card through, which felt a little tight. Turns out it was a folded piece of cardstock so a full card size. But you know what? I liked the way it turned out! It is embossed all over and has this cool ink swoosh across part of the front. So I just rolled with it!
You can see here how the colours of the ink vary with the texture from the embossing folder – it is such a cool look.
I again used a piece of the Trimming the Town DSP for my scenic centrepiece, and one of the tree hillsides from the Home Together Dies across the bottom. I cut one of the small greetings and frames it on some Whisper White cardstock for my sentiment. I’m still not sure this works, it is so small, but I didn’t want anything too intrusive and putting a little of the red ribbon behind it seemed to lift it enough to stand out.
My third card isn’t exactly to the brief as it features an Annual Catalogue suite as well – Whale of a Time. But I was thinking about using multiple ink colours at once and I thought the High Seas 3D embossing folder (currently available on the Clearance Rack) could work really well for this. And it did! I used a combo of Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, and Night of Navy inks in the folder, and Whisper White cardstock. The panel turned out so well I trimmed it down with a Stitched Rectangle die and added it to a white card base. The whale is cut straight from the Whale of a Time DSP with the Whale Punch and the stamps also come from the same suite. I thought this card turned out super cute, if I do say so myself.
If this or some other project tickles your fancy this week then please create something and share it with us over on the CASE-ing the Catty Facebook page.
Next up on the team hop is the always fabulous Sandra, hop on over with me to see what combination of Annual and Mini catalogue she has creatively brought together for us this week.
Thanks for stopping by,