CASE and Step It Up

This month I explained to my class ladies how we talk about stepping up cards and what it means. There is a great example on page 71 of the annual catalogue using the Forever Fern stamp set. Below you can see the images from the stamp set. I really hadn't appreciated just how nice they were until I started to stamp and colour. 

I decided that we'd CASE these three cards and then go further by stepping up twice for our class.

The ladies had fun and really enjoyed the crafting. You will instantly recognise the first three cards in the photos as being those CASED from the catalogue. Below that you will see our further two steps.  Following each card you'll also see the insert sentiment panel on which to write our message to the recipient.

Card 1 is fairly simple. We cut 4 x 4cm squares onto which we stamped an image or sentiment. These were added to the card on stampin' dimensionals. The insert for the inside of the card is stamped.

Card 1

Inside Card 1

Card 2 has a plain mat topped with one die cut branch of leaves. The images have been fussy cut and mounted onto the squares, as opposed to being stamped directly onto the squares. The insert has a little more stamping.

Card 2

Inside Card 2

Card 3 - the mat has been embossed and topped with 2 branches of die cut leaves. The images stamped and prepped as per card 2 but a little colour has been added to them with our watercolour pencils and a blender pen. The insert has been stamped and coloured too. 

Card 3

Inside Card 3

Card 4 has a second mat in a colour picked out from the ink we stamped with - Just Jade. The images are as per card 3 but have each been coloured with 2 colours, as has the insert.

Card 4

Inside Card 4

Card 5 appears from the front to be exactly the same as card 4, although we hae changed it to a tent card. However, the insert has been adhered to the reverse and a pop-up panel added to the inside.

Card 5

Inside Card 5

Reverse Card 5

As we gradually stepped up each card the colour and the embossing added more texture and interest. Very small steps but, as you can see below, when compared there is a great difference between Card 1 and Card 5.

Card 1

Card 5

Do you step up your cards? Perhaps this will encourage you to do so.
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I hope you've enjoyed today's blog post. I'll be back to share more with you soon!
Have a good week.


Product List
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Blender Pens