Hello and welcome to this week’s CASEing the Catty Blog Hop.
This week we are all CASEing one of our favourite projects from the new 2016 Sale-A-Bration Brochure – which was released on Tuesday 5th January. You can read about Sale-A-Bration (SAB) on the Stampin’ Up! web page
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Remember to click on through this week’s CTC crew to see plenty of inspirational projects that the crew have created for you – there’s a full list on the CTC blog page if you get lost along the way.
The items that are available to earn for FREE during the 2016 SAB period (5 January – 31 March) are stunning and I didn’t get past the cover in choosing a favourite to CASE!
I was drawn to the bright card in the centre of the cover and thought it could do with some Pals Paper Arts treatment! This is a challenge site that “Showcases the Art of Papercrafting” – which this week features a colour challenge by Brian King – #PPA283.
After using a similar palette last week (you can find my “Enjoy the Little Things” CASE here) I was interested to see if I could work with PPA283 and the gorgeous Botanical for You stamp set – but without any DSP!
Here’s my CASE
I’ve kept pretty true to the original design but obviously changed the colours – a lot! The colours are those in the It’s My Party Suite.
The Baker’s Twine combo was the perfect accompaniment – though I’ve only put two wrap-arounds as it is a very thick twine compared to our standard Baker’s Twine which was on the original.
I’ve added some texture to the Melon Mambo mat with the elegant dots embossing folder.
Here’s a little tip. See how I’ve put the de-bossed side up rather than the embossed side? Well I do that so that the card sits off the page a little. It’s like popping it up on dimensionals but not as much height as you would get if you’d used dimensionals – I like the effect this gives.
I originally stamped the large sentiment in Black Momento but decided I wanted to restrict the black on the card to be highlights rather than be a featured colour. Hence the black in the twine, the washi, the sequins and the smaller sentiment.
If you are wondering where I got those black sequins from – a trusty Project Life Accessory pack – Love Story. I do get lots of use out of both the Love Story Card Collection and the Accessory Pack which has a hugely versatile colour palette – Basic Black, Basic Grey, White and Silver!
But back to that large sentiment – I stamped it in Versamark to get tone on tone colour, and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to get that shine!
I decided to use the Botanical Builder Framelits rather than butterflies that were on the original card. In the picture above you can see one of the shapes – there are 14 Dies in the set! There are leaves, flower petals, flower centres and even a leaf border! Heaps of options – and you can use them individually or build up layers – just as the name suggests!
It’s hard to tell in the photos above but I have cut the shapes from the Botanica’s vellum stack – another gorgeous SAB item that co-ordinates with the Botanical Garden Suite of products – and which you can earn for free during SAB! I then sponged the shape with some Mint Macaron ink on a sponge dauber. I found the vellum to be a better weight for my card rather than card stock. I considered some It’s My Party DSP – but I’d said I wasn’t going to use DSP in this project – well vellum isn’t DSP – right?
What you can’t tell from the above photos is the way some of the dies in the Botanical Builder framelits cut a 3D type flower – it cuts two petals at the same time. In the photo of the whole card above this is shown by the dark pink rim of the petal and the paler inside (both sponged with Melon Mambo – the outer just has more ink added). This looks like a single layer in that photo – but check out the photo below.
This flower’s bottom petal is like two layers – the dark outer rim I’ve bent downwards, and the paler inner part of the petal I’ve bent upwards – giving a 3D effect. I’ve then added another Melon Mambo sponged petal and placed a Mint Macaron sponge flower centre on top.
I did joint these 3 layers together with a SIlver Mini Brad to keep them securely together but as I wanted black centres, I then adhered a black sequin onto the brad using the Fine Tip Glue Pen with the sequin placed curve down. I love how the Fine Tip Glue pen dries clear and non-tacky.
I sure did have fun with this CASE and colour combo – a bit of a challenge for me – as I’m not really a pink sort of a girl!
Next up you will see a very different colour palette in Rachel Palmieri’s CASE – using The Sky is the Limit stamp set – stunning!
And remember if you get lost along the way – head to the CTC Blog Home Page where you will see all those involved in this week’s CASEing the Catty Blog Hop and make sure you haven’t missed any of the great creations!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy all the other posts in the hop!
Until next time
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