The Case of the Totally Cased Card!

By | 01/19/2013

I find it very relaxing to search around the internet for clever ideas and little tidbits of information that you find along the way.  I love having a cup of coffee on a weekend morning and browsing through the ideas on Pinterest.  Isn’t it addicting?!   All of those types of sites are.  They inspire us.  We pin things that we want to recreate ourselves.

patternedoccasionscardI love designing my own cards, but sometimes you find a picture that inspires you to try to recreate something someone else designed. That is called “casing”.

My card today is totally cased from my friend Shelly.  I joined Stampin’ Up! after finding Shelly’s work and realizing her card making style was very much like mine.  When I joined Stampin’ Up!, I joined with Shelly as my Upline.  (I’m a teacher by day and I would refer to her as my mentor.  Stampin’ Up! calls the person you join with your Upline!)  Of course,now she is not only the person I consider to be my mentor, but also my friend.  So when she sent me a picture of a recent card that she made, I told her I was casing it!

When you case a card, you recreate it.  Sometimes, you recreate it with a few touches of your own.  Like the one above.  I changed the stamp I used on my card.  The stamp is from the same stamp set she used.  Other times when you case a card, you try to recreate the card exactly as you saw it.  Like the next one.  Totally cased.  No changes at all!


It’s a great card!  Why change it?  When you create several cards using the same stamp set and the same basic color scheme or layout, you end up with a set of cards you can package and use as a gift for a friend.  I intend to use the other 3 stamps in this set and a different color palette, but with the same layout and design.  I will be using this as a thank you gift for a colleague at work who did something nice for me.  A card set is a great thank you gift!

Supplies used in the creation of these cards:

Paper:  Whisper White and Core’dinations Card Stock in Pool Party (#129321)

Ink: Stampin’ Write Markers in Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, and Rich Razzleberry

Accessories:  Simply Scored Tool (#1223334), Stampin’ Trimmer (#126889), Rhinestones, Vine Street Embossing Folder (#130492 Free with a $50 order starting Jan. 22), Island Indigo Ribbon (From the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button pack #130812, Free with a $50 order starting Jan. 22), Big Shot (#113439), Stampin’ Sanding Block (#129367), Snail Adhesive

Stamp Set: Patterned Occasions Stamp Set (#129621 Free with a $50 product purchase after Jan. 22)

The core’dinations card stock is card stock that is a different color on the inside of the card stock.  When you emboss it and then lightly sand it, it gives you a really fun look.

coreandsandYou can see that the embossed image on the left has been sanded and the leaves look whiter.  The one on the right has not been sanded and the leaves are glossier.  After embossing and sanding, I use the sanding cloth to wipe it down and remove the sanded paper fibers.  I like the extra texture this special paper gives you.  It comes in 3 colors in the Spring mini.  I have shown the pool party here, but it also comes in real red and primrose petals.

Please feel free to case my cards and projects!  I started blogging to share my ideas, teach you what I know and inspire you with my creations.  I would love it if you pinned my cards (the pin it button is below!), and I would love it if you shared my website with your friends!

Make sure to visit my Facebook page.  Please give me a “Like” and get the free printable journaling boxes that I created as a thank you gift.  I’ve also added another Freebie Friday printable inspirational poster.  You can print it on card stock and frame it!  If you missed last Friday’s Freebie, scroll back to print that one too!  They make fun gifts to inspire friends.  I created them using My Digital Studio software which I am really enjoying playing with.

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