On the CASE: Birthday Banners

Jul 19, 2017Birthday Cards6 comments

On the CASE: Birthday Banners

Jul 19, 2017Birthday Cards6 comments

Welcome to a new series – On the CASE with Ann & Nicole!

My dear friend, Ann Schach, and I roomed together for a recent Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. In the wee hours of the morning, while pouring through the new Annual Catalog, we talked about joining forces and doing a blog series where we would both CASE the catalog and share our insights with our readers. We decided that because our styles are so different, that we’d be introducing something new to our followers, and chances were that we wouldn’t want to CASE the same projects.

So, here we are, a few months later, organized and ready to share our first projects! We wanted to come up with a catchy title for the series. We decided on “On the CASE” – like two sleuths, uncovering all the clues and details of each project. Of course, we want YOU to CASE the catalog too – it’s such an amazing resource for project inspiration! So, we are looking for you to share your CASE projects on social media, using the hashtag #SUontheCASE – but, more about that later!

Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Birthday Banners
Paper: Whisper White Notecard (5″ x 7″), Whisper White Cardstock (5″ x 3 1/2″), Pink Pirouette (3″ x 3″), Whisper White scraps for candles and banner.
Inks: Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Starburst Punch, Big Shot, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Paper Snips

A note on colors

OMG! There’s so many tips I have to share about this project!!!! First, let’s start with colors….

  • Looking in my physical catalog, the blue was a toss-up between Island Indigo and Dapper Denim. I chose Dapper Denim.
  • Again, in the physical catalog, the flames looked like Daffodil Delight, and the candles, Melon Mambo. BUT, looking at the image above – I’m thinking that So Saffron and Berry Burst might have been what Stampin’ Up! used. Either way, it works.
  • Lastly, the background pink starburst – I picked Pink Pirouette, but it could be Powder Pink. Again – both work!

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

Get ready to work on your Stamp-a-ma-jig accuracy! This card has it in SPADES!

  1. Use some light adhesive (like Dotto or other temporary adhesive) to temporarily adhere the Whisper White CS to a grid paper sheet. You’ll need the extra for the SAMJ work.
  2. Create a SAMJ template and figure out where to start the first image – working from upper left to lower right corner.

The exclamation point of the sentiment should be aligned right below “all the” from the sentiment above. That helped to ensure even spacing.

My rows ended up a little closer together – so, be sure to give yourself a nice space in between each row.

  1. Adhere the finished background to the card base.

Candles & Medallion

Now it’s time to Fussy Cut!

  1. Really – this cutting isn’t so bad. I tried the idea of stamping two candles to make one, but it didn’t work well for me. So, instead, I made six separate small candles, and overlapped them on the starburst element. Fussy cutting these is pretty simple – a great break-in for someone who may not have done this technique before. Just leave a bit of white around the edges of the candles. Don’t worry about perfection because the banner will hide the seam.
  2. After the candles are stamped and cut, punch out a starburst shape from the Pink Pirouette CS. Add the candles starting with the middle one, then the lower parts of the left & right candles. Finally, add the upper parts to the left and right candles. The seams should be close enough for the sentiment to cover.
  3. Stamp the sentiment and banner outline on a scrap of Whisper White. Diecut the shape with your Big Shot and Bunch of Banners Framelits. Note that for best sentiment placement, I curved the sentiment on the block so it arcs like the banner. Adhere to the candle element.
  4. On the back of the starburst element, apply a series of glue dots to keep the curly cues in place. Then, Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the whole thing up on the card base.
  5. Stamp the candle flames in Daffodil Delight on some scrap Whisper White. Use the Fine-tip Glue Pen to apply targeted adhesive, then add Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter for some extra glitz. Set aside to dry.
  6. Pop up the starburst element using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add the candle flames using pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals or the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Final Thoughts

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – I didn’t think there would be so much detail when I started off. After the SAMJ work for the background, I realized that this would not be a 2 minute (or even 5 minute) card! But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it! You’ll definitely hone some skills, and learn something new along the way. I gave it a difficulty of 3 because of the time and patience it took to do the SAMJ work and the fussy cutting.


We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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