On the CASE: Merry Café
On the CASE: Merry Café
We’re in full-on holiday mode! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Ann and I have two more CASEes for you today, just in time for your last minute holiday card needs.
Ann and I spent the weekend together at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City. So, we thought we’d spend a few minutes coordinating our CASE files. It was so fun to have my CASE partner live and in-person to decide which CASEs we’d take on for this week!
As we were paging through the Holiday Catalog, we discovered a “sleeper” design that became my CASE for this week. I really thought the Merry Café samples were relegated to fall and Halloween – but, if you look on the next page, there’s a holiday design too! Yippee!!
Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!
Stamps: Merry Café
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (5″ x 3 3/4″), Quilted Christmas DSP (4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″), Whisper White CS (4″ x 4″), small pieces of Basic Black, Real Red & Lemon Lime Twist
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Quilted Christmas Ribbon
Other: Big Shot, Coffee Cup Framelits Dies
On the CASE Notes
(your step-by-step guide)
- Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
- After cutting the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to size, use your Stampin’ Trimmer to cut the inside out (no use wasting all that great paper!)
- Adhere the DSP to the Glimmer Paper with Tear & Tape
- Add the ribbon and tie in a bow with long tails. I prefer to use two pieces so I don’t use more ribbon than I need!
- Stamp two coffee cup images in Memento Tuxedo Black. Use the center cup ring framelit to measure and mark the outline with a pencil.
- Stamp the cup embellishments as shown, using the pencil lines as a guide.
- Mark the cup rings on the Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist CS to help stamp the sentiment images.
- I tried stamping the whole sentiment at once, but they ended up too far apart. Instead, stamp the sentiment components separately, starting with the bottom. Use the pencil marks to align the curves.
- Diecut all of the coffee cup pieces.
- Assemble the coffee cups. Affix them to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals!
- Add rhinestones to the bottom of the Cup of Cheer cup.
How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?
Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – The most difficult part was determining the size of the Glimmer Paper and DSP – perhaps I still could have gone a bit smaller… Overall, this was a quick card with not a lot of surprises. It would be easy to batch up a few, or a few dozen of these in no time!
We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks – but, until then…
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The eclipse technique is super fun and not too difficult, but I created a riff on the technique, I’m calling a faux-clipse.
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It’s time to chillax with some coloring!
I took my project over the top today with a combination of Copic and Polychromos pencil coloring. I am not embarassed to say that the elements took me about 90 minutes to color.
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