Saturday, January 30, 2016

Casing Adorable Elephants

I've been on a stamp buying freeze for over a year now but when My Favorite Things sent me a $10.00 off code for my birthday, of course I had to use it!

I fell in love with their new set "Adorable Elephants".  Seriously, could this set be any cuter?  

Whenever I get a new set, I like to first just case designer cards until I get more comfortable coloring the images, and figuring out all the possible things I can eventually do with the set myself.   Both cards I am showing today were cased.

The first one I cased from Barb.  You can see her card HERE.  The layout is copied exactly but I made changes based on what supplies I had.

Because I didn't own the same background stamp, I used a different background stamp from my stash.  It is retired Stampin' Up! "Beyond the Basics" stamped in Lovely Lilac Ink.

I added Crystal Effects to the balloon, because I always prefer my balloons to have a shiny appearance.  I popped the balloon, clouds (cut with an MFT die), elephant, and main image panel all up on dimensionals.

I only used one banner for the sentiment instead of two like Barb did, because I always prefer a less cluttered look to my cards.

The designer paper is also slightly different.  It is from Crate Paper and is called "Farm-House".

I create my own metallic dots by punching holes out of card stock and then applying Crystal Effects to them.  You can save a lot of money that way and you get the exact same look!  Plus, you always get the exact color of metallic dot you want!  The home made metallic dots look just like the real ones too!

 My next card I found off the MFT website.  It was designed by Kay Miller, and you can see her card HERE.

For this card the layout is exactly the same, I just switched out the paper and eliminated the water color background because that's just too much work for me.  I used a water color designer paper instead.  You get the same look with half the amount of work.

The paper is from Prima "Fairy Flora".  Like Kay, I popped everything up on dimensionals:  the balloons, the elephant, the butterfly, the flowers, the sentiments, and the circular panels.  Unlike Kay,  I put Crystal Effects on the balloons and Stickles on the Butterfly.

All the shapes were cut with Spellbinder's Nestabilities or MFT dies.  I added three pink sequins to finish the card.

Casing designer cards is a great way to not only make quick and easy cards when your pressed for time (coming up with a design is always the most difficult part), but it's always a great way to get accustomed to a new set and discover all it's possibilities.

Have a great day!  Amy

1 comment:

  1. How nice of MFT to send you a gift certificate! The stamp set you picked is so cute! Love these cards! I might have to case them too! Great idea to make your own metallic dots.


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