Springtime Impressions for GDP184

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 a Spring-perfect card by my over-the-top, talented friend Allison Okamitsu.

When 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.

Here’s my card:

Vibrant Vases, Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for this week’s GDP challenge – the card by Allison – that inspired my project today:

GDP184If you’d like to read more about Allison’s project, click here to see her original post..

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Springtime Impressions. Without trying, you can see how I was inspired by Allison’s card, right? The bright colors and the butterfly might be a little hint. While Allison showcased the Butterfly Gala Bundle in her bright-and-cheery card, I chose to showcase a different butterfly bundle – the Abstract Impressions Bundle from the Annual Catalog. Don’t get me wrong – you NEED the Butterfly Gala Bundle, but you also need this one:Abstract Impressions Bundle, Stampin' Up! 148348While I love the stamp set and the coordinating dies, I wanted a smaller sentiment for my card, so I reached for the beautiful “you are loved always” from Vibrant Vases, a wonderful and versatile set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog.Vibrant Vases, Stampin' Up!, 148656
  • Alternate Use of the Dies. While I love the triangular shape of the floral die-cut from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies (it’s perfect for tucking into the corner of a card base), I wanted to do something a little different with these dies. I ran the die through the Big Shot with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back – that allowed me to easily glue them down to a piece of Coastal Cabana. If you’d like to see my step-by-step tutorial for using these Adhesive Sheets, click on the picture below:Using Adhesive Sheets with Thin Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI glued the flowers onto this piece of cardstock and then snipped around the edges:Alternative Use of Sprintime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThe die-cut flowers serve as a perfect base for my sweet butterfly and sentiment. Here’s a closer look: Alternative Use of Sprintime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Gorgeous Spring Colors. Allison showcases Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana on her card – how could I NOT make my card with these bright-and-cheery colors?! Their names, alone, are a summer day. While she used Crumb Cake as a neutral ground to her bright colors, I layered in some Smoky Slate. If you like this combination of Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate

Stamp Sets: Vibrant Vases  Papers: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Basic Black  Accessories: Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, 1-1/2″ Circle punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, 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.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Wow, love your alternate use of the this die, the tone on tone looks great, excellent color combo. And, it goes without saying, superb layering.

  2. Love how the gray really grounds your card. Beautiful!

  3. Well, you KNOW that I love the dies that you used! I like the way you tweaked the color combination, spring feel with a little softness from the Gray Granite. Splendid card!

  4. A Daffodil Delight! Beautiful how you used part of the die cut background and brought the design together with the bold butterfly.

  5. At first I thought you had colored a piece of the Laser Cut Detailed paper, but no, you creatively used the pretty die to make the background.Love this beautiful card. Have a great day!

  6. Love the die cut background you created with that perfect mating! Sweet card!

  7. Love how you layered the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Die flowers to the bottom portion of your card…..OH SO DREAMY. And the Daffodil Delight butterfly just completes this card.

  8. Very clever use of that die, I thought you had embossed the card but I couldn’t find the folder in your supply list! Lol, silly me! Gorgeous card, I love the bright yellow butterfly!

    • Thanks so much, Sheila! I wanted the flowers to have a more subdued look, so I think I achieved that if you thought it was embossed. Thanks so much! ♥

  9. WOW – I thought you embossed with that! your creativity is beyond words. you hit this one outta of the ballpark, Brian! everything about this card is top notch!

    • Yay! Thanks so much, Dara! I love these dies – and the adhesive sheets make them so much easier to clean and use. Glad you like it! ♥

  10. As I sit here looking at the snow falling – that’s right, it’s snowing here in Maine, your beauteous butterfly reminds me that yes, spring will actually arrive at some point. I needed that reminder this morning and thank you kindly.

  11. Brian, when I saw the picture of your card, I thought the flowers were done with an embossing folder, WOW!! what a great idea to use them like that, I’m going to give this idea a try soon, I have some dies that would work perfectly.
    Your card is gorgeous, love the dimension you got from that die cut which is the most beautiful background for your sweet butterfly.
    The sentiment is so sweet and meaningful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. I love how you love Abstract Impressions. What a fabulous use of that die!

  13. Perfect texture across the bottom and a beautiful pop of yellow!

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