I’m sure many of you are like me when it comes to seeing a blog post or YouTube video of a card you really love and want to CASE. We immediately go to our favorite stamp store to buy all of the exact supplies the card designer used on their card. While I admit it’s lots of fun to constantly buy new stamps, dies, etc., it’s not always financial feasible or practical. However, if we look through our existing supplies, we often have a way to create a similar design look using supplies we already have on hand.
With all this in mind, I thought I would put this concept into action in today’s post. The look I have chosen to create using different supplies in my stash is a falling snow background. This look is very popular on cards this time of year, but I don’t own a falling snow background stamp to create that look, so I thought this would be a great way to show how to achieve similar results using other supplies.
Embossing Folder and Sanding – This is the card that spurred the entire idea for this blog post. Someone mentioned the sanding technique in a recent discussion in a stamping group on Facebook. I realized I hadn’t used that technique in several years, so I decided to give it a try. I used a confetti embossing folder from Close to My Heart and then sanded off the tops of the confetti dots to make it look like falling snow. I had a little trouble getting some of the dots sanded down to completely white, but overall, I was pretty pleased with the result. Note: If you want to try this technique, be sure to use a white cord cardstock as you won’t get the same results if using solid core.
Stencil and Texture Paste/Embossing Paste – For this version of the card, I used a falling snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I applied a thin layer of Texture Paste from Ranger using a palette knife. I really love the look I got with this method.
Use a Border Stamp – Ok, as you may have noticed, this last card looks a bit different since it has a much more vintage feel than the others. That definitely wasn’t part of the original plan, but came about due to a bit of disaster recovery. LOL For this card, I used the snow stamp from the Falling Backgrounds border stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped it repeatedly across my card using my MISTI and their white pigment ink. When it came time to add the inlaid die cut pieces, I noticed a few areas of the pigment ink still weren’t completely dry, so I decided to heat it a bit using my heat gun. Unfortunately, I got a bit distracted during the process and ended up with a small scorch mark on my cardstock. Since I didn’t want to start all over again, I decided to just go vintage on this version and did some ink blending around all the edges using some Tea Dye Distress Ink. I actually really loved how this ended up turning out and was thankful I was able to salvage the card.
Even though I used different techniques on all three cards, they all still feel like the same basic card. I hope this helps inspire some of you to stop and consider items you may already have in your craft supplies when wanting to CASE a card created by someone else before just automatically buying the same supplies they used.
Until next time …