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Anatomy of a CASE

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This card was one of the stamp club projects at my stamp clubs these past few days -- and it was CASED from another SU demonstrator named Pam Speidel when I happened upon the layout on her blog here. CASE is a common stamper's acronym for "Copy and Share Everything" or steal if you think that way, but I like to think of it as sharing, especially when someone CASES one of my cards. I loved how it made use of the Memo stamp in the SU Office Accoutrements set from the Spring Mini Catalog. I immediately saw the possibilities of stamping up lots of pretty cards with the memo focal point blank so I could add the appropriate greeting at the last minute when I need a card in a hurry. Pam is a very clever stamper so look around on her blog.

I thought the creative process I went through to make my version was interesting since so many of us CASE in addition to designing from scratch -- and I told my club members I would share the process here. I wanted to use the Notations double-sided SU papers. The little strip with flowers had a reverse side in a celery green grid paper look. Scoring a little bit and folding that over then gave me just the contrast I needed to set the also white focal point apart from the paper strip. I originally even had the celery edge facing the outside edge of the card and realized after studying my elements during construction that just that little change made a big impact.

TIP: I do always score the printed papers when trying to fold over such a tiny edge if I want it to fold straight -- otherwise you get a very "ripply" edge and it's definitely not straight.

Other details worth noting -- the little paper strip dictated all the other colors used in the card.... So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Celery and Cool Caribbean -- all in the printed paper so why not use those on my card? The base is So Saffron. The memo image is Sahara Sand on Whisper White, then punched along the top with the Spiral punch for that office supply look just like Pam's. I used Everyday Flexible Phrases on the Caribbean tab made with the Round Tab punch and wrapped and attached it a different way -- with a regular stapler. Happy Everything set was such a perfect choice for the greeting in Celery and Cool Caribbean -- thanks Pam for making me see how great that set would look with it's two typefaces and choice of secondary words to go with "Happy". The flower is stamped first with Caribbean then punched around with a  1 & 1/4 inch circle punch -- layered onto 1 & 3/8 inch celery circle, then a So Saffron SU brad goes through both and it gets attached with a foam Dimensional "dot."

I also added a Faux Photo corner in Sahara Sand card stock because I felt it needed a little something down there and I like to use colors twice on a card -- either in ink, paper or embellishment. If you've never made these little corners they're so easy. Punch a 1/4 inch square punch first in the card stock, leaving room to center a 3/4 inch square punch around it so you punch the larger square with the 1/4 inch hole right in the middle. Then a simple diagonal clip with scissors from corner to corner and you have two photos corners. I just used one for a visual balance thing and because sometimes I don't go for symmetry on such things.

Well that's my "Anatomy of a CASE" -- thanks Pam and just remember to always give credit when using other's work for inspiration. If it's just personal use -- no real issue I guess, but still nice to not claim it as your own idea. But in a public forum such as online, it's just good manners to give credit where credit is due -- and you get to follow so many great blog links.

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