Welcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop! Our team is a group of stampers who love to make beautiful things. Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy! If you hopped over from my friend Holly Stene, welcome to the next stop. For April, we have decided to CASE the Occasions Catalog. Fun, right?
I think CASEing is always a wonderful compliment to the original designer, don’t you?! But I also think there are some nice basic “rules” that go along with it. First, whenever possible I feel it is really important to give credit to the original designer if you are posting your card or using it for a class. I know how happy it makes me to know that I have inspired someone! I also believe in honoring the work that was done by the original artist. Even clean and “simple” cards can take a long time to design because finding balance is challenging. What is simple to copy might have taken hours to get right. Second, when I am CASEing, I look to change at least three things. That way the card is true to the inspiration but still has original elements.
For today’s card, I pulled out Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts and stamped onto Thick Whisper White with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I really love this adorable set and have not given it nearly enough love. I colored the image using Copic Markers but you could use Stampin’ Blends too. I thought this fun dotted paper from the Tutti-frutti DSP pack was perfect as a base and then added some retired Pop of Pink DSP behind the image. The sentiment comes from the stamp set and I attached the banner with a retired clip.
Here is my inspiration card from the catalog. What are my three changes? Different image and coloring medium, change of designer papers, change of accessory on the banner. So while my card is clearly a CASE, it has a fresh and original feel to it. I wish I knew which of the Concept Artists at Stampin’ Up actually designed this card but it is just fabulous!!
I am thrilled to be joining my Fancy Friends this month. It has been a while and I missed hopping with them. Next up is the incredible Jennifer Picard. I know you will love what she is sharing today!! Thank you for stopping in. Hope to see you again soon!
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Stamp: Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts (SU); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Tutti-frutti DSP (SU); Accessories: Mini Paper Clip (SU retired), Dimensionals