The CASE-ing the Catty crew are excited to be back in 2016 for of our weekly Blog Hop, with a whole new look and even more projects to inspire you.
Each week members of the CTC Crew create projects using the Stampin’ Up! catalogues as inspiration.
This week the CTC Crew are choosing their fave projects to CASE (Copy And Share) from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue. You may have arrived from Julia’s blog, or you can start your journey here.
I loosely took my inspiration from a card on page 26 of the Occasions catalogue and one from our demonstrator magazine, but mainly I’m sharing one of my favourite items which is the Botanical Builder Framelits dies. Plus a pretty cool trick!
Here are the dies…
See the long vine or leafy die? It cuts an edge and also cuts out some of the leaves.
This is what happens when you put the die on the edge of a card front:
What a great look!
Now here’s for the cool trick (well, I thought it was pretty cool when I discovered it by accident). For want of a more imaginative name I’ve called it the ‘Cut & Emboss Technique’.
The die left an indentation on my card front (it happens sometimes, no big deal) so I ran it back through my Big Shot with an extra shim and no dies. Did you know that you can remove most of the marks left from dies by doing this? Give it a try. You may have to play around with shims (extra layers of cardstock) to get the right pressure, but it works very well.
This time I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally had my card closed, so both the die-cut front and plain back of the card went through the Big Shot at the same time.
I was annoyed with myself at first but then discovered that the die cut edge embossed the pattern right onto the back of the card!
So when you open the card, there is an exact replica of the die cut, with one part embossed and the other debossed. It is such a cool effect when you open the card.
As I mentioned, the card I made is actually a cross between one of the samples from our inspirational demonstrator magazine (Stampin’ Success) and the sentiment inspiration from this card on page 26 of the new Occasions catalogue.
I do love that sentiment, as one of my intentions this year is to do exactly that… enjoy the little things. This stamp is from a set called, appropriately, Enjoy The Little Things.
I hope you enjoyed my project this week. Please leave a comment if you stopped by today – and let me know if you’re going to give the Cut & Emboss technique a go!
There’s more fun in store for you over at the next blog on our hop with the fabulous Jackie – just click on the ‘next’ box below. And if you get stuck along the way you can always visit the main CASE-ing The Catty blog here.