Wonderfully Romantic CASE

An often overlooked source of inspiration for your crafting projects is the Stampin’ Up! catalogs. When I receive a new bundle, stamps and dies, I like to stamp each stamp with black ink and run each die on some scrap paper so that I can see what they look like. Frequently, I will be inspired and a card will pop up in my head like a picture. Other times, I feel a little overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. The Wonderful Romance stamp set and matching Wonderful Floral dies were just such a bundle. They are so detailed and beautiful, I really wanted to create a project that would show them off. Well, Stampin’ Up! had done my work for me.

My Version

Like the example, this one uses Soft Sea Foam and lots of die cut layers along with stamping. I started with a base of Thick Whisper White so that I would have good support for the floral bundle. Then I added a 2″x5.5″ strip of the Petal Pink printed vellum from the Floral Romance DSP.

Next, I used a 4.25×5.5″ piece of Soft Sea Foam and used the leafy edger die to add that lattice and leaf detail. The cool thing about that die is it only cuts the edge. You don’t have to glue the piece back on to the paper.

I wasn’t sure how the design team at SU did the big floral spray. It’s a stamp with a matching die, but their coloring was so beautifully done. I heat embossed the stamped image with Clear embossing powder on Whisper White and then colored in the image using a combination of Highland Heather, Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I have to say, at this point, I didn’t love it, but I kept going.

Lots of die cuts

When I do this type of card, I tend to cut more pieces than I think I will need. I also tend to use groupings of three. The large leaf sprays and individual leaves were cut from Pear Pizzazz. The small bud sprays are Mossy Meadow. I also stamped some small flowers in Petal Pink. The die set comes with multiple dies for this image so that you can cut several efficiently —s.uch a time saver.

Now that I had all my dies, I started assembling. First the strip of Vellum DSP, I used snail adhesive on the left side and some glue dots strategically placed in the swirls on the right side and adhered it to the right-hand side of my card base. Before I layered on the Soft Sea Foam, I stamped the large leaf spray in Pear Pizzazz twice so the tips of the leaves would be visible. I also added some texture with the background dots stamp in the same ink. I used snail to adhere that to the front of the card.

Next, I added the hand-colored spray. I used Dimensionals away from the edges of the piece so that I could tuck leaves in and around the spray. I used a combination of glue dots and liquid glue to get them all added. The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig. I used a Dimensional on the right-hand side of the sentiment and snail on the left-hand side where it would stick to the spray. This kept the sentiment level with everything else.

Finally, I added some pearls to my Highland Heather flowers and some Wink of Stella to my die cut Petal Pink flowers because It Sparkles!

I had a lot of fun making this card. If you’d like your own Floral Romance bundle, shop with me.

Post Script CASE

P.S. You’re the Best is a fun stamp set in the Annual Catalog. I especially like the typewriter that allows you to stamp a sentiment on the paper part of the image. It begs for customized messages beyond what’s in the set. I decided to pair it with the Post Script background set. Made sense to me. P.S – Post Script. Ah, the ways my mind works. Of course, I dove into Pinterest for inspiration and found a great card made with the same background and using the Crafting Forever stamp set. You can see my inspiration from Carmen Morris here.

My CASE

Stampin' Up! P.S. You're the Best paired with the Post Script background stamp. A CASE of Carmen Morris's card.

For my card, I started with a base of Mossy Meadow. I liked the touch of black in Carmen’s card so I kept that and paired it with Copper Foil for a little more sparkle. The Post Script background is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock.. Using the same ink, I sponged the edges. I liked the aged quality and wanted to incorporate that in my card.

Next I added another strip of Copper Foil, 1-1/2″ wide. Over that I layered a 1/2″ strip of kraft paper (left over from the Holiday catalog 12×12). I ripped the end and sponged that as well.

The typewriter is from the P.S. You’re the Best stamp set. I added the “P.S” and the “you’re the best” sentiments in Memento Tuxedo Black. The image was too large for the Stitched Shape Ovals, so I used the new Stitched Rectangles in the Occasions catalog. These dies will get a lot of use. I sponged the edges of that piece in Soft Suede so it wasn’t quite as dark as the background. I used Dimensionals to adhere it.

For a final touch I added three green rhinestones from a Christmas card kit. You could achieve the same look using a Mossy Meadows Stampin’ Blends marker and our Basic Rhinestones. This would make an excellent thank you card for any gender recipient.

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Rooted in Nature – CASE

One of the best ways to get ideas for your cards is to look at the cards other crafters are making. CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything. Most of us post somewhere on social media. I found today’s inspiration on Pinterest looking for great cards to include in care packages for our troops. I love to make ultra-feminine cards with lots of bling. I used Melissa Kerman’s Rooted in Nature card as a starting place for this card.

Her card used a stamped background. To simplify so that my craft group could make these quickly, I substituted the leafy paper from the Nature’s Poem DSP pack. It gave the same feel of movement and texture, but was much faster than stamping the individual leaf stamps in the set. I also stamped the sentiment using a single color, Tranquil Tide, to match the DSP and the card stock layer below. I used a combination of a 2″ Circle punch and the Starburst punch for the sentiment layers.

The card base is Soft Suede. I used it for the base medallion, and it matches the banner strip that is also from Nature’s Poem. The last change I made to the card was the addition of some Copper Trim. I used an 8″ length and teased it apart so that it became more of a net than a ribbon. Stretching the trim always shortens it, so use a much longer piece than you think you will need.

If you do find a project to CASE, please try to give credit if you share your creations. I would love to see any projects you make based on the posts I’ve done. Happy Crafting.

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