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.
- CATALOG – Shaded Summer (#155783), Watercolor Shapes (#156968)
- MY SUBSTITUTION – Season of Chic (#158810)
- Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper (#149612), Basic White Thick Cardstock (#159229)
- Versamark Pad (#102283)
- Classic ink Refills – Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Petal Pink
- Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)
- Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
- Summer Shadow Dies (#156618)
- Heat Tool (#129053)
- Metallics Embossing Powder (#155555)
- Simply Elegant Trim (#159191)
- Trinkets Adhesive Backed Flowers (#159191)
- Heat Embossing
- Stamping Off
- Watercolor – Catalog sample used a wash, I used a smoosh
PIECES & PARTS
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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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!
Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
- Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
- Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
- Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
- Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
- Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
- Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
- Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
- Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
- Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
- Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Amanda Howard at Papercrafting With Amanda
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
QUICK SHOPPING LINKS
I can’t believe I have never thought to die cut from watercolored paper before; I love the slight color variation that gives the die cuts!
I am so glad that you like the watercolor paper die-cuts. Any paper (or fabric) works great die-cut and included in your project. Have an awesome day!
Thanks for the detailed explanation! That is super. Pretty card!
Thank you for visiting the hop. 😀
Love your CASE and the little details you’ve added.
I enjoy making lots of pieces and parts and then assembling focal clumps. This CASE and sample were right up my alley. Thank you!
Thank you so very much.
Ann, this is such a lovely card! Love the colors you chose, and beautiful job on the card!
I give all the credit to the beautiful samples and talented designers.
I agree – I’ve missed so much in the catalog even though I’ve been through it a bunch of times. Your card is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the tip about the gold strands. Reading that was an AH-HA moment for me.
Hi Ann I love yr design I am having fun going through the blog hop these card are wonderful
Welcome to the Blog Hop and Thank you for you for kind comment. It was so much fun to find something to CASE from the many beautiful samples in the catalog.
Very glad you got an ah-ha moment. Everytime I look at the catty I see something new. How is that? lol
I really like this card and how you used the ribbon.
It took me awhile to figure out how to unravel that ribbon. It’s just like untwisting rope.
Gorgeous Ann!! I love that set and appreciate the step by step instructions on how to make it.
Thank you very much.
Beautifully done, Ann! Love your watercoloring!
Thank you, Tricia. Smooshing is so much fun. Never the same. Always unique.
Your card is SO pretty. I love the way you used the DSP to make it.
Thank you. You could use DSP but I did a watercolor paper ink smooshing.
Ann, so funny that we chose the same sample! Love your card!
LOL – We were channeling the same creative spirits. Love your card too!
Such a great card and I love your photo with it next to the page in the catalog!
Thanks, Stesha. And thanks for teaching me smooshing too 🙂
Beautiful card and smooshing! Love it!
Smooshing is fun and a little messy. I have a little library of smooshed paper. Thank you!
Loving the watercolors, these are my Favorite cards by far, this Hop is hopin’ !!
It is always fun to CASE the catalog. Glad you are hoppin’ !
Loved your smooching…. they made the flowers just look so adorable!
Thank you. I have a bin of smooshed watercolor paper to use for all kinds of die-cut. Never the same twice. LOVE it!
This is wonderful! I love the watercolor flowers. They give such great details!