And it’s back to CASEing the Catalog today! You’ll remember that CASE means Copy And Share with Everyone, and that I’m doing that this week with the Cheerful Basket Stamp Set.
Sometimes the Layout Appeals
You might remember that my last article showed how I focused in on the colors of the sample I ended up CASEing. For today’s card I found a layout that I thought was pretty cool. It’s a pretty simple layout, with a slice taken out of the central layer and moved just a short distance away. Keep this layout in mind because it’s something that can add interest to a plain layout no matter what paper or stamp set you’re using.
Figuring Layout Measurements – a Hint
Do you ever look at a sample in the catalog and wonder what the measurements are? Of course you do. And so do I. If you’re like me and have a good sense of mathematics – algebra even – you can take the measurements from the catalog sample and have a pretty good idea of what all the layer measurements are. But even more important is figuring out what the original size of the card is. It only took me a minute or so to realize that this is not your standard A2-sized card. The biggest hint is that it looked squished down a bit – not as high as it should be if it’s an A2-sized card. That’s a good clue that this card is a Note Card. In Stampin’ Up!’s world, a note card is 5″ x 3-1/2.
But you also didn’t need to know that to figure out how to layout this card. Just take a piece of Designer Series Paper (or cardstock), cut it 1-1/2″ to 2″ narrower than your card base, cut off a 3/4″ – 1″ strip, and voilà, you have your layer.
For this card with this stamp set, I didn’t particularly care for Coastal Cabana as the color for the layer over the green background. In fact, I decided I’d rather have a darker green background, too. So I chose Old Olive as my main color, then went with Calypso Coral as the layer color. As with all the colors in Stampin’ Up!’s palette, it’s easy to find monochrome Designer Series Paper prints in the 6″ x 6″ color paper sets.
My next chore was to figure out how to color in all of the crafting products that I was going to put into the basket. I was going to try to keep it to 3 or 4 colors. But then I though, hey, that’s not how my work stations looks. Just color them with whatever’s at hand! So you’ll see some Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Mango Melody, and even some Gorgeous Grape peeking out from the back. I love the way it looks. I did intentionally makethe “stamp pad” and main piece of ribbon Calypso Coral so it connected a bit with the background color.
The Final Touches
I finished the card off with a bit of the Old Olive Twill Ribbon that’s offered in this catalog as a bundle with some Sahara Sand Twill ribbon. Then I added a sentiment from the stamp set that I die-cut using one of the hexagons from the Beautiful Shapes Dies. The final final touch was to stamp the stash of craft products in the lower right corner of the Basic White cardstock I added to the inside of the card (for notes/signature).
There’s One More Coming
I hope you’ve enjoying seeing how I’ve used the Cheerful Basket Stamp Set with layout intended for other stamp sets. Next time I have a slimline card that’s way different from these first two. Check back in a couple of days for that sample!