On the CASE: This Little Piggy

Mar 28, 2018 | Encouragement Cards | 1 comment

On the CASE: This Little Piggy

Mar 28, 2018 | Encouragement Cards | 1 comment

Is your style “quick & easy”, or “relish the process” or both?

I started off my CASE quest this week thinking that the design I chose would be mostly quick & easy because it just had some quick watercoloring. Weeeelllll, I ended up in the “OMG THIS IS TAKING SO LONG!” and “OH CRAP, THAT WAS SO WRONG!” camps, and ended up relishing the process after I stepped back and had lots of fun once I cracked the secrets to today’s CASE. (Don’t forget to check out Ann’s project!)

So, without burying the lede too far here – you will need a non-Stampin’ Up! product for this CASE. It’s clear gesso (affiliate link). And, really, you should have this handy product in your toolbox anyway.

That leads me to the secondary lesson for today’s project:

Always test out ideas on scraps or something other than the final product.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (March 2018 - This Little Piggy - 2017-18 Annual Catalog). Featuring, This Little Piggy, Aqua Painters. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #littlepiggy #pig #encouragement #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: This Little Piggy
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″),Smoky Slate Cardstock (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″), Whisper White Cardstock (3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″)
Inks: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Powder Pink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon (or Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon), Basic Black Baker’s Twine
Other: Clear Gesso (non-SU product), Aqua Painter, Stamparatus, Heat Tool (optional), Hard Board for watercoloring (optional)

On the CASE Notes

I thought I would try this layout with the new Stamparatus. Here’s how it worked best for me:

  1. First, align the cardstock into the corner of the Stamparatus, and then align the first piggy so it will end up on the left edge. Stamp.
  2. Move the Stamparatus plate down 2 notches. Move the cardstock over 6 blocks from the right edge, and 2 blocks from the top. After re-inking the piggy, cover the sentiment with a Post-it Note so it doesn’t stamp. (That’s called masking) Stamp!
  3. Move the Stamparatus plate down 2 more notches. Move the cardstock back to the top and over one block on the right. Repeat the masking/stamping process.
  4. Stamp the rest of the sentiment, either with the Stamparatus, or with just a regular acrylic block.
  1. Next, stamp the piggy on a Post-it and cut her out. This creates a mask that will keep the cloud image from going on the pigs.
  2. Apply the mask and stamp the clouds. Move the mask as necessary to keep the piggies nice and clean!
  3. OPTIONAL: Tape the stamped panel to a hardboard. This will help keep the image from warping while watercoloring.
  4. Coat stamped panel in a thin layer of clear gesso. Let dry (should only take a minute or two!). This will allow you to watercolor like crazy on Whisper White cardstock! (Check out this video for more details!)
  1. Watercolor the bottom piggy in Powder Pink.
  2. Watercolor the middle piggy with Powder Pink, then add black spots with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  3. Watercolor in all the hooves with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  4. Watercolor the top piggy in Smoky Slate.
  5. Allow time to dry completely, or use the Heat Tool to speed it up.
  1. Score the Thick Whisper White card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder
  2. Adhere the Smoky Slate panel to the card base.
  3. Adhere the finished watercolored panel to the card base – aligning the right edge so the Smoky Slate shows on the left.
  4. Fold 2″ of Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon, or Shimmer Ribbon. Use a glue dot on the inside to keep the ribbon folded. Attach the ribbon to the card with a glue dot.
  5. Make a small bow from Basic Black Baker’s Twine. Attach to the card with a glue dot.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 5 – Now that we know the watercoloring was achieved with Whisper White cardstock and a layer of clear gesso, the watercoloring is actually a pretty easy thing. Watercolor on gesso is fairly forgiving. It can be easily blotted up with a paper towel. Even if you go over the lines, just add a bit of extra water and the color will pull right up! It’s a beginner-friendly technique. The hardest part was lining up the piggies with the Stamparatus (a Stamp-a-ma-jig might have been easier!) and using a mask when stamping the clouds.

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

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