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Stamps Craft 2 - CASEing

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

In Stamps Craft 2, I show you a card I made after being inspired by another stamper's card

"There Is Nothing New Under The Sun"
~Ecclesiastes 1:9-14

CASEing cards

In Stamps Craft 2 I have shown you a card I made after viewing another person's lovely creation.

Not only can you use sketches to inspire you, you can also use a completed work!

By the way, check out the 2024/25 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for some basic card sketches. They are scattered throughout the lovely pages.

This practice is also called 'scrap lifting' or 'CASEing' (Copy And Share Everything).

Lots of if not most crafters use other's work as inspiration.

As long as you are not copying a layout too exactly, you will not be taken to task for 'stealing' another person's idea, especially if you acknowledge the influence another crafter has had on your work. That is the ethical thing to do.

Be inspired by others, but make your crafting your own. It's much more fun that way anyway, in my opinion. You never know how something will turn out till you let your creativity loose!

A Thank You Card for Stamps Craft 2

So how did the inspiration card work to help me make this one?

First of all, the original card was made in shades of blue and green and the sentiment said 'Hello'. I changed the colours to shades of pink and orange, and my sentiment is a 'Thank You'.

Second, the original card maker used various sized circles to make the background so I chose out some circle stamps I had to give a similar (but not the same) effect.

I used a combination of inks and pens to colour the background and the stamps to try for a random effect, with the main focus being on the larger circles in the lower right hand side of the card front.I think that created a focal point for my card.

Third, there was some bling on the original card so I looked for some, too. It doesn't take much for me to splash on some bling! Here I used some single crystals and some little crystal flowers I had. Use whatever your favourites are that tie in with your colours and card mood.

Fourth, the original crafter had used a paper flower and popped it up. I found a flower that suited my card and added that, and popped up the sentiment too, just as the original crafter did. You can also make your own flower to customise your  card even more.

Fifth, instead of using a coloured card for the card base, I started with Basic White cardstock  and inked around the edges of the front with a deeper pink such as Melon Mambo ink.

The feature was then done on Basic White cardstock and adhered over the inked background with mini Stampin' Dimensionals. This left the inside of the card white. I think it is so much easier for a person to write something in a white card, but I could have chosen all pink cardstock and just added an insert of white cardstock so the sender could write a visible message there.

I usually customise the inside of my cards also with some stamped images. I like to add blended colour behind the sentiment as well. Sometimes I add pop up images or cut outs to the inside as well. The simpler the front of a card is the fancier I try to make the inside, unless I am going for a clean and simple look.

Learn how to stamp with bleach in Stamps Craft 1

So the main ideas I used from the original card were:

  • the general layout
  • the use of bling and
  • the frame idea 

My Stamps Craft 2 card therefore turned out to look quite different from the inspirational piece.

I had made it my own by CASEing it.

Before I saw the original card, I was having trouble thinking of an idea for my own card so had not been able to start crafting. The inspiration came from viewing another's work.

I also love to browse through the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogues I have been collecting since 2006 to find cards I like. I may use their layout to create cards I like with current supplies of stamps, ink and paper. I did that with this card one year for example:

Hydrangea Haven Card

Here's another card I made that I received instructions for. The teacher taught everyone how to create a background with their Stampin' Blends and add some pretty flowers over the top of it.

Everyone who took the class made a similar card. We CASEd the teacher's ideas!

Gorgeous Posey Card

So how about you? What inspires you to make cards? Have you ever used another crafter's card to inspire you? Did you acknowledge their influence on your own work? Do you take classes to learn techniques and CASE the Teacher's cards?

I'd love to know!

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