On the CASE: Freshly Squeezed Hugs

Jan 16, 2019Encouragement Cards, Hello, Just Because & For You Cards2 comments

On the CASE: Freshly Squeezed Hugs

Jan 16, 2019Encouragement Cards, Hello, Just Because & For You Cards2 comments

Winter doesn’t have to be all cold and snowy…

The weather outside may be seriously brrrr, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wish for warm Summer days! In my exploration of new (to me) craft products I ran across this great stamp and die set from Concord & 9th that was just too cute to pass up! I decided that I would send more “just because” cards to friends this year, and this one really fits the bill for a lot of different people and occasions. Of course, I always look at the samples on the product page to get good ideas and today’s CASE was one of my favorites. 

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For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Hugs stamp set and die(Concord & 9th), and no-line watercoloring with Pima Classics watercolors. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hugs #citrus #pimacraft #handstamped

So cute, right?! You definitely need to check out the stamp set because it has the cutest bear (bear hugs, lol!) and the sentiments are fabulous. Here’s the inside of the card:

So punny! And, such a heartfelt sentiment 😀

So, enough talk, let’s get down to the details! (Because I know you want to know all about the watercoloring and making this card!)

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Hugs (Concord & 9th)
Paper: 12″ x 5 1/2″ Watercolor Paper (Strathmore)
Inks: Fog Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Black Hybrid Ink (Scrapbook.com), Classics Watercolor Pans (Prima)
Accessories: None
Other: Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), Acrylic Block, Aquapainter brushes, Big Shot (Sizzix), Hugs dies (Concord & 9th)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. The dies will cut off either end of the card base, and then hook together to close the gatefold card. So, you need a piece of cardstock that measures 12″ x 5 1/2″ to make a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ finished card.
  2. Make 4 score lines. The outside two will be to align the dies, the inside two will make the gatefold for the card base. The score lines should be at: 1 3/4″, 3 7/8″, 8 1/8″, 10 1/4″
  3. To set up the dies, use the outside score lines to anchor the bar on the die. This will actually cut off the edge of the cardstock, and leave the letters behind. I used a Post-it to keep the die in place.
  4. Once the dies are secure, cut them out! You should end up with a card base with an HU and GS hanging off either side. At this point, you can fold the card and test out the letters to make sure they hook together ok.
  1. Once you’ve tested the card closure, fold the card so that the HU or the GS is folded inside. This will allow you to stamp the fruit images on the card front without inking on the letters. I used Scrapbook.com FOG Hybrid ink so I could have a light outline to do no-line watercoloring like the CASE sample.
  2. I started by making little triangles in each fruit – the watercolor was fairly watered down to achieve a lighter wash. Then I came back and made a darker circle or semi-circle for the rind. I worked from Orange to Yellow to Green, just like the CASE sample. Using the Fog colored ink worked perfect. Once complete, I could not see any lines from the stamps!
    **NOTE: for this watercoloring, you do not want to put water on the paper first, just work with well-watered inks. This way, the triangles and the rinds won’t bleed into each other.
  1. Add three fruits along with the juice drops to the inside of the card. Use the Fog ink again. Watercolor as you did on the front of the card.
  2. Use a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment with Black ink. Because the watercolor paper has a lot of texture, you will probably have to stamp the image a few times to get good coverage. That’s why the stamp positioner is a must!

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – The most difficult part of this CASE was figuring out the best technique for setting up the card base. Concord & 9th suggested using a 8 1/2″ card base spacer to set up the dies, but I found the scoring technique to be a little less fiddly. I did go through 3 card bases before I got it right, so don’t despair if you have problems at first. It’s worth it for such a cute card! Then, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the watercoloring process. Don’t rush those little triangles – it can be easy to get them too close together. AND, don’t be worried about perfection – the beauty is in the hand-painted imperfection.

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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On the CASE: Freshly Squeezed Hugs