CASEing Kerstin Kreis with Candy Cane Season

It’s time for another CASE the Designer Challenge with the Global Design Project. There are so many places to find inspiration for the projects we make – I love the opportunity to create a project that’s inspired by the art of my fellow team members on GDP. Always a joy! This week we are CASEing one of our newest team members, Kerstin Kreis. What fun!

My card showcases three elements from the Candy Cane Season Bundle – it’s sweet and simple with festive colors and beautiful texture. Here’s my card:

Candy Cane Season, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the challenge that shows Kerstin’s card that inspired my project. The Global Design Project challenge will go live at 7am EST:GDP156When we CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit), we find inspiration in a project – theme, color combinations, layout, products used – and create our own project by making changes to make it our own.  When CASEing, it’s important to give credit to the original designer – it doesn’t take away from your project at all.

Kerstin’s project inspired me to create a sweet, seasonal card with the Candy Cane Season Bundle. Like Kerstin, I kept a clean layout for my card, positioned these elements in the bottom corner of my card and positioned them on an embossed backdrop. Even my sentiment worked with Kerstin’s project – what great inspiration!

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Candy Cane Season. I wasn’t initially sold on Candy Cane Season, but I love my punches so I had to give this set a second look. On closer inspection, I realized there are lots of great ways to showcase a candy cane – and the sentiments are fun. And that bow! The candy cane I used on my project today is a two-step stamp – I stamped the outline first and then stamped the striped center. I then punched the candy cane with the Candy Cane Builder Punch. Here’s a look at the Candy Cane Season Bundle: Candy Cane Season Bundle, Stampin' Up! 149927TIP: Place your photopolymer stamp on the table in front of you and press your block into the stamp (vs. placing your stamp on the block). That way, you don’t force your stamp into the shape you want it.
  • Layering My Focal Point. For starters, my candy cane is positioned on a quilted backdrop that’s perfect for the Holidays. I embossed a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock with the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (available in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog) and used the side with the inward impressions. Sweet, huh? Candy Cane Season, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingWhile the stamp set has an outline for the bow and a “fill-in” image for the bow, I chose to color my bow with my Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends – the Blends allowed me to add rich texture to the bow. I punched the bow with the Candy Cane Builder Punch. Finally, I stamped “Be Jolly!” on Soft Sea Foam cardstock and cropped it with the Classic Label Punch – I slid the punched sentiment back into the punch to make a flagged end.
  • Christmas Colors. The combination of Real Red (candy cane) and Call Me Clover (the bow) are classic colors for Christmas. To add a new color, but to not stray to far from the traditional colors, I added a banner with Soft Sea Foam (a new color in 2018) and a frame of Soft Sea Foam around the white base. If you like this combination of Soft Sea Foam, Call Me Clover and Real Red, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Soft Sea Foam, Call Me Clover, Real Red

Bundles: Candy Cane Season  Stamp Sets: Candy Cane Season  Papers: Call Me Clover, Real Red, Soft Sea Foam, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Real Red, Stampin’ Blends Combo (Call Me Clover), Tuxedo Black Memento  Accessories: Candy Cane Builder Punch, Classic Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. I just ordered this stamp and punch and you make me more excited to own it than ever. Love the simple design and gorgeous embossed background. A perfect mix!

  2. Love the beautiful layers with the perfect EF and striking candy cane. I’m saving the color combo. Enjoy your day!

  3. Love the little sentiment but wow on the quilt texture for the background…need to remember to use this emboss folder!

    • Thanks, Windy! I’m so glad you like it. The quilt texture gave me exactly what I needed for this candy cane. I tried other folders (that I also love), but there was something very special about this one. <3

  4. Yep ! You chose right on that background ! It is perfect for your candy cane . Don`t you just love that sentiment ? BE JOLLY !!!
    Cute card !

  5. Brian you really know how to keep the focal point the focal point!
    Great job, love this sentiment!

  6. Ohhhhh, I’m feeling inspired to work on another Christmas card. Love the clear, crisp colors on yours! (P.S. Glad that the Quilt Top Embossing Folder did not retire. Miss the other quilt items.)

  7. I find it amazing that I actually did not even SEE this set in the catalog! How did that happen? Such a delightful card! Love it. Off to place another order because this color combo and this bundle is a must have! 😎👍

  8. Sheeesh!! I’m so very late, grrrr!! But this is a delightful card, every detail works together to put a smile on your face.
    If there is something my 18 year old grandson still likes from when he was a little kid (I can’t believe he is so grown up, when did it happened, sigh:( ) is that he loves Candy Canes, LOL!!
    Beautiful, sweet and perfect for the Holidays, thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much, Maria! I was so happy for this inspiration project because it pushed me to showcase this candy cane in a simple and sophisticated way. I, too, love peppermints. So glad you like the card, my friend. <3

  9. Good afternoon Brian – I’m super late today but here I am at last.
    This card is one I would label as a “show stopper”. The colors, the placement and the use of the Quilt top embossing folder make a really simple but bold statement. Strange but I never would have put that EF with that stamp set but boy, it couldn’t be more perfect. I need to use that EF more often and stop limiting it’s use to quilt cards. Thanks for showing me that there are so many possibilities for all the EF’s.

  10. The pop of the red candy cane is perfect with the greens! Classic Christmas!

  11. I love the clean and simple design of this card. It’s very effective. The embossed background adds so much to the overall design. Thank you.

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