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This month, the theme is “CASE the Catalog” so the Design Team chose a card from the new Annual Catalog and has CASEd it with their own creative twist. We really hope that you are inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I had so much fun perusing the Annual Catalog looking for a sample to CASE. It was my 3rd or 4th time through when I stumbled upon the card that used the Shaded Shadows dies and watercolor technique. Here is my version of the card on page 103.

And here is the catalog and my version of the card.

SUPPLIES

  • STAMPS
    • CATALOG – Shaded Summer (#155783), Watercolor Shapes (#156968)
    • MY SUBSTITUTION – Season of Chic (#158810)
  • PAPER
    • Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (#149612), Basic White Thick Cardstock (#159229)
  • INK
    • Versamark Pad (#102283)
    • Classic ink Refills – Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Petal Pink
  • TOOLS
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
    • Summer Shadow Dies (#156618)
    • Heat Tool (#129053)
  • EMBELLISHMENTS
    • Metallics Embossing Powder (#155555)
    • Simply Elegant Trim (#159191)
    • Trinkets Adhesive Backed Flowers (#159191)
  • TECHNIQUES
    • Heat Embossing
    • Stamping Off
    • Watercolor – Catalog sample used a wash, I used a smoosh

PIECES & PARTS

Background

I did not have the Watercolor Shapes stamp set so I used a dauber and Mint Macaron ink pad. Anything that will give you a roundish image would be a good substitute. Stamp off onto a piece of scrap paper (or another background for future use) and then add round images flowing from the upper left to the lower right corners. Leave white space in the other two corners.

Watercolor

I added drops of ink refill onto a craft mat and smooshed the watercolor paper into the ink 3 to 4 times. Dry the ink between smooshes. See this post for more details on ‘smooshing’. No need to be exact with your smooshing. Just wipe the surface clean between colors. Is there a neater alternative? Sigh, yes. You could die-cut your images first then use a Water Painter to add color. But what fun is that?

Die-Cuts

Cut the images from the appropriate watercolor paper and layer. I did not try it but I will bet you could add Adhesive Sheet on the back of one of your Fluid 100 Watercolor paper sheets and then die-cut the top layer to eliminate the need for a liquid glue mishap.

Embellishment

Separate the gold strands from the Simply Elegant Trim to get the wispy strands of gold thread. This will take a little work. It is easier to cut a 2-1/2″ – 3″ section and untwist and pull the strands. I somehow wiggled the yellow core out of the center and then I was able to separate the strands. After liberating the strands, stick them on a glue dot to regain control.

Sentiment

I preferred the sentiment in the Seasons of Chic stamp set. Stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with gold on a 1/2″ strip of Thick Basic White cardstock. Create fish tail ends by snipping up the center and then snipping at an angle from the corner to your center cut. TIP: Use the Embossing Buddy to wipe all the unseen residue from your strip before stamping and heat embossing. BONUS SHOPPING TIP: The Embossing Buddy is back in the Embossing Additions Tool Kit (#159971 July-December 2022 Mini Catalog).

Assembly

Just layer up the card as shown. I added a little layer of Mint Macaron cardstock. And don’t forget to add a little something to the inside message panel and the envelope.

Here is another version of my Pal Blog Hop CASE the Catalog card. I lost control of the little gold strands in this one. They kept sticking to everything until I learned to corral them with a glue dot. LOL!

I hope that you enjoyed my Pal Blog Hop entry for CASE the Catalog. I would love to hear your thougths. Please leave me a comment.


More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on July 13th. Our theme will be “Create Your Own Background” when our Design Team creates a background using any technique they wish, such as stencils, stamping, watercolor, and embossing but not DSP.

Until then, have fun in your craft space!

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