Sunday, 17 June 2012

A Case Study card

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Today I have created my first ever card for a blog challenge.  It is for Case Study Challenge blog and  Joy Taylor is the muse for June.  Here is the card she did as inspiration:-

I am also entering this card into the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog.  Two challenges for my first ever competition card.  I am quite excited.
This side view shows not only the dimension on the front of my card but also the inside decoration too.   I wanted to do something totally unique and very different.

I don't decorate the inside of all of my cards, but as this card is a top fold,  I wanted to ensure it was sturdy and could stand alone without collapsing.

Starting with Centura Ice White pearl card in size 5 x 7inches, I then layered it with plum card before using panels of canvas effect card in bright white.  This canvas card has a slight sheen to it and is also stunning when used with ink etc to create toppers etc.  It was a purchase from Aldi and has become one of my favourite cards.
The sentiment I used is one I've had for many years, but unfortunately cannot remember the manufacturer.  The fancy swirl beneath is a small stamp from a collection by the wonderful Anna Griffin.  It can be used in so many ways and it also makes fabulous lacy borders (*).

Next I used my Spellbinders butterflies and cut out three each in soft lilac vellum and also plum card.  Using some of the canvas card again with Spellbinders Moroccan Accents, I made an intertwined border for along the left hand side.  I love the effect of the border dies intertwined, it gives them a totally different look and expands the uses of your dies.  Sue Wilson of Particraft gave me that fab idea, thank you Sue.

(*) I have a quick tip for you here:-  If you have lots of small stamps and have often wondered what to do with them - use them to decorate around your Spellbinder diecuts.   If you leave the die in place and then stamp carefully around the edge you get a fabulous bordered finish to the stamping and it works out alot cheaper than buying the new stamps that are made to fit these dies.  If you want to create a border with a blank in the middle for your sentiment,  hold a smaller diecut in the center (as a mask) while your die is still in place and then stamp into the gap between.  Don't worry if the stamp doesn't fit in the gap, just let it stamp over the edge.  When you remove the die and the smaller shape (mask) you will have a perfect border around your diecut shape.
Often I will stamp the sentiment first onto the bigger diecut and then find a smaller diecut that covers it the best before I proceed with the border.  This allows us to create a border in the size that suits your sentiment without having to squeeze it in afterward.

Well that is it for now.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Case card today and will find some use from stamping tips.  I will try and do a photographic, step by step tutorial for those tips.   I don't have very good lighting etc for that type of thing, but I think I'd like to give it a go.  Wish me luck.

Bye for now.  Hugs  Linda xx  

Oh, before I forget, I will be back at 2pm with names of our 3Winners for our draw.


  1. This is beautiful - such a lovely design and of course..butterflies! :) xx

  2. Hi Linda
    Your card is stunning. I love the design and those butterflies are so beautiful. You have indeed created something unique and different and I really love to see the inside decorated too, I've never tried that but it does look so effective
    Thanks for the idea on using smaller stamps, may give that a go.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  3. Morning Linda, what a beautiful card and I just love butterflies, the colours are so perfect. Decorating the inside as you have done has given it that extra special touch. Your talent shines through!
    Have a lovely Sunday
    Hugs Christine H xx

  4. Hi Linda, such a lovely card, I don't think I have seen any of Joy's cards before, I like the C&S lines. Thanks for the stamping technique with spellbinders, I shall have a try later if I can seek into my craft room. Best wishes, Lesley xx

  5. Hi Linda,
    wonderful card love the colours. I always decorate the inside of special cards. Especially 8x8 as I haven't got an A3 printer. One tip I would like to share if you don't mind is if I've embossed the out side of the card I also emboss 120gsm copier paper doubled up so it does the both sides at once. This finishes off the card nicely with also a little matt, and layer if you know what I mean. Maybe some of you have thought of this idea as well. Oh by the way good luck with your entry. I'm sure it will do well. Have a great crafty day everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. What a beautiful card Linda, the colours are fab and I love those butterflies. It is just stunning.

  7. What a stunning card Linda, gorgeous butterflies..Brillant design.. Love it!! Hugs May x x x

  8. Stunning card Linda, love the border effect and the beautiful butterflies,
    hugs Kim xx

  9. This is a really beautiful clean looking card Linda - I love the butterflies on it and I'm not a butterfly fan!! These are gorgeous!

    I love the tips about the stamping and will be having a go at that myself. As for your photographic tutorial - I think that is a great idea and do wish you luck. Methinks it will be very successful!!!

    Hugs Sue P xxx

  10. Beautiful card inside and out

    Joan x

  11. Fabulous card Linda! I love butterflies:) Beautiful colours combination !

  12. so glad to see you playing along with us Linda...your card is darling, luv how you designed the sweet. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    enjoy *~*

  13. A beautiful card Linda. Love the colours you have used. The butterflies are super and love how you have interlocked the dies for the border.

  14. Hi Linda

    I was M.I.A. yesterday (cycling from London to Brighton)and missed my daily "fix" of Creative HArmony. This card is absolutely beautiful, and thanks for the tips. Good luck in the challenges you have entered.

    love from Christine x

  15. Hi sweetie wow this is stunning, just perfect huggles Pops x x x

  16. Absolutely gorgeous card Linda, thanks for sharing it with us at Joanna Sheen Lavender & Lace challenge. Teresa xx
    (Hope you are well :o) )

  17. Hi Linda thank you so much for your lovely comments whilst I was away ,and again last night.
    What super storage ideas you have been sharing since my last visit and your creations have been fab , this card especially , how beautiful is this !! what gorgeous butterflies and a fantastic card.
    Thanks also for the tips on stamping , must try them , you have some fab ideas.
    I am sorry to hear you are unwell with a sore throat, and I hope you are feeling better soon take care Linda Hugs Elaine

  18. This is a stunner, just love those butterflies, what gorgeous colours. Anne

  19. Simply beautiful, Linda! How clever of you to interweave those die cuts....they look like they fit marvelously! You've done a fabulous job of CASing Joy...your card is just as elegant as her's. Yay for you diving into will really be able to stretch your creative boundaries! Take care, my dear!

  20. This is SO elegant! I love the beautiful inside too! thanks for joining us at CASE Study!

  21. This is a really cute and very elegant card! Thank you for joining us at CASE Study this week :)

  22. This card is so beautiful and totally hits the challenge mark dead on!


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