Saturday, July 16, 2016

#GDP044 Theme: "Case The Designer" Thank You Card

Lately I have meant to post more often, but I have had a job working on some wedding favors for a friend and neighbor, so I have been sort of really busy trying to get things done for that. I decided to take a break and make some cards. I did some Paper Pumpkin cards for some friends  that I was going to visit, and my son needed a thank you card for another friend who gave him a gift for his high school graduation, and I still need to make a couple more cards for my husband who wanted to give them to some other friends that he was going to I have been pretty busy with paper crafting...just not for my blog!

Finally a moment for me to craft for myself! YAY! I decided to check out some of the challenge blogs that I participate in and found that the Global Design Project had a challenge that was still open, so I sat down and started to work. The challenge this week (#GDP044) was a "Case the Designer" challenge, where you would make something inspired by a project made by someone on the GDP Design Team. This week it was Steffi Helmschrott and a beautiful card she made with a big butterfly in the bottom right corner. I was inspired by her layout, and also sort of by her colors. I say "sort of", because she didn't use Rich Razzleberry or Delightful Dijon. But it did look like she used a Crumb Cake base, and it also looked like she used a Very Vanilla layer. She did use Gold Foil Paper, but I decided to use the Delightful Dijon as it is kind of a golden color.

Anyway, here is my card:
All supplies are (c)  Stampin' Up!:
Stamp Sets: Flower Patch, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, Big Shot Magnetic Platform, Flower Fair Framelits Dies, Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Duet Banner Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

I die cut the flower parts so I could layer them for more dimension, and I embossed the Very Vanilla layer to give it the brick wall texture that I wanted. I also inked up the embossing folder to make the "grout" on the folder stand out more, and to give it a little bit of "grunge". This card has a lot of texture, which I like a lot! I also stamped and punched out two of the Delightful Dijon banners so I could cut the tails off the top one to make it look like it was folded under. I also used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, which is a Photopolymer stamp set. This kind of stamp set allows you to "curve" the stamp a little bit, which I did, so that the greeting appears to curve on the waving banner. I initially stamped the greeting in Crumb Cake but I didn't like that it appeared too light in color for my taste. So I pulled out my Soft Suede ink pad and very carefully stamped over the top of the first stamping to give it a darker, but still brown, color. (I thought Basic Black would be too dark.)

Here is the inspiration piece from the Global Design Project challenge blog:

I hope you check out their blog:

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment if you like my card!]


  1. Kathryn, this is a lovely thank you card. Your grouted brick wall provides a beautiful backdrop for your floral focal point. Your colour choices are lovely too! Thanks so much for joining at Global Design Project as we CASE Steffi this week.

  2. What great take on Steffi's card, Kathryn. I love the colours you've used. Thank you so much for playing along with this week's Global Design Project challenge xx

    1. Thank you Kylie! I appreciate the opportunity to play along with all the amazing designers and participants. Thanks for all you do to make this possible!