Since it’s Sunday, let’s start this off with a confession, shall we?? Normally I am fairly organised about my CASE-ing the Catty projects and get them made, photographed, and written up at the beginning of the week. (Usually. Sometimes I leave the writing up part until Sunday.) But this was such a crazy week that the first chance I had to look at the challenge for the week was at 2pm today, Sunday – and we go live at 5pm! Thankfully this is CASE-ing the Catty and we have these fabulous layouts on page 22 of the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue to CASE this week.
I picked the blue penguin card for my layout inspiration and made my version in about 15 minutes! One of those project where you don’t think too hard about it, grab one stamp set, pick a colour palette (i figured I couldn’t go wrong with traditional red, white, green, and gold), and go for it. And hope what you come up with isn’t too much of a disaster!!
What I most love about the penguin card on page 22 is that inky background. If you have been here on my blog before you’ve probably figured out by now that I just love me some ink blending. So the first thing I did was grab a piece of Whisper White cardstock, blend on some Real Red ink (keeping it darker at the top and lighter towards the bottom), then splatter on some water and dab that with a paper towel. I hit this with my heat gun for about a minutes to speed up the drying. SU!’s inks dry pretty much instantly but when you are applying more like this and when you are working quickly it’s worth taking the time to heat set it so that you don’t end up with a big smudgy mess – or red hands.
I wanted to replicate the single feature image like the penguin, and when you are in a hurry nothing beats a good punch. Mr Moose volunteered to be the hero today. I gold heat embossed the solid moose image from Merry Moose then punched him out with the coordinating Moose Punch.
I then took a white Stitched Circle die that I already had sitting on my desk, leftover from something else, and stamped the large tree image from Merry Moose in Granny Apple Green and the small tree in Shaded Spruce.
Once I put these elements together I decided the card front needed a little more bling to tie it in with the gold moose. I contemplated stamping and gold heat embossing some of the stars from Merry Moose, but then elected to splatter some Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint all over it because its super fast to do, gives lots of textural interest, and I just love me some splattering (hot tip: when you splatter ink or Shimmer Paints, in particular, make sure to cover up important things on your desk first, like other non splattery projects, or your phone, and clean everything up straight away).
For the sentiment, I grabbed a strip of Vellum from my desk scrap pile that just so happened to be the exact size, and stamped it with Momento Black ink, using my Stamparatus to hold down that slippery Vellum and carefully stamp the image without any movement. I then again hit it with the heat gun to speed up the drying process.
So there we go! The whole lot was then stuck down (with mini dimensionals under the moose) and attached to a base card of Merry Merlot, and that was my card done in about 15 minutes. Sometimes deadline pushing crafting turns out really well, and I hope this is one of those times.
Now don’t be like me and leave it to the last minute to share your CASED layout from page 22. Pop on over to our Facebook page and upload your project straight to the wall by Monday, November 18.
Next up is the wonderful Judy, who I know is far too sensible to leave her creating until the very last minute, and will keep this inpiration train going. Keep hopping through the whole crew to get plenty of crafty ideas.
Thanks for stopping by,