Thursday, April 4, 2013

CASE Study in April


Today I have a fun little secret to share:)  I have been invited by Chupa of the CASE Study Challenge site to play muse for the month of April!  What a wonderful surprise that was!  Most of you know how it works, but for those who don't, here's the deal.  For every week in April, Chupa has chosen one of my cards and we all play along CASEing it (me included)!   The card that she's chosen for the first challenge is this one that I blogged about almost a year ago in this post...



Shortly after, I did a tutorial on how it was done in this post.   For my CASE Study card, I wanted to get that same feeling, but didn't want to completely duplicate the technique.  So this time I went with a reverse die cut version.  

I started off by stamping my favorite flower stamp from Avery Elle's Petals and Stems set.  I stamped it right in the middle of a 5"X5" (folded) card base.  Then I stamped the same flower onto a 5"X5" card panel.  To get the exact same alignment, I used a stamp positioner (in this case a Stamp-a-jig).  Then I cut the 4 petals from the stamped panel.  I cut the shape of the petals with my new Rounded Diamonds dies which matches the overall shape of the original card.  Then I cut each letter out of each petal.  


To create a bit of depth, I used the same ink I stamped with and a Fantastix blending stick to subtly shade the flower.  To make sure the petals and the background looked seamless, I taped the petals over the background and then did my shading.  (If you're wondering, I use Post-It label repositional tape for this purpose).   I think this technique looks so cool because the overlay layer is the exact same image as the background layer.  When you look at it from an angle, there are no white spaces under the die cuts and the flower almost looks like it's floating!  


I hope you enjoyed my CASE today!  I do hope that you all will play along too!  Thank you so much to Chupa for the invitation!  I can't wait to see what the DT has in store:) There are some of my absolute favorite people in the world on that team (Ms. Jeanne;).

Everyone have a wonderful day!

Mahalo and Aloha,
jj

Supplies:
Paper ~ Avery Elle Ultra Smooth Pure White
Stamps ~ Avery Elle Petals and Stems
Dies ~ Avery Elle Rounded Diamonds, Clear and Simple Stamps Alphabet
Ink ~ Fresh Ink Strawberry
Other ~ Tsusineko Fantastix, Copic marker

30 comments:

  1. Welcome to the Pantheon of Muses, sweet girl! :) You're magnificent, I'm so happy for this month!! xx
    (your card ROCKS!!)

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  2. Amazing! Couldn't pick a better muse!!!

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  3. You really are the queen of die cutting! Great technique and gorgeous colours JJ :)

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  4. SHUT UP! That is awesome :) Seriously - the original card AND the new one are both just incredible! Huge congrats on being chosen as the muse, sweetie!

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  5. Amazing card and technique. Would love to try this myself for the CASE Study Challenge (have mainly been lurking so far).

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  6. Wow. Love the original, but the CASE is superb.

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  7. I was blown away by the original. Then I was blown away by the tutorial. Now I'm blown away by the CASE.

    I think we can just consider me 'blown away' at this point. :-)

    Seriously JJ, the technique is superb, but it takes a true artist to come up with it and execute it to perfection! The part that truly blows my mind is the shading on the *edges( of the diecuts - they are seamless and flawless!! Mind. Blown.

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  8. SPECTACULAR!!! Taheerah took the words right out of my mouth! DITTO on everything she said! LOVE this card!!!

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  9. Totally gorgeous card and brilliant design!

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  10. Fabulous technique and cards! I'm so glad I found your blog and I can't wait to try this!

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  11. This is amazing, JJ! Wonderful technique,BEAUTIFUL cards~I'm looking forward to giving it a go~

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  12. JJ your card leaves me awestruck again. This card is genius just like your first version. I always want too CASE your cards exactly the same. Thanks for the instructions too and congrats on being this month's Muse, you'll be great!

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  13. This is just incredible. Even with instructions, I'm flabbergasted. I look forward to seeing what I can do to case you, today and all month.

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  14. What a fantastic technique. Love the CAS style with this dimensional effect. I find I'm leaning more to CAS lately and loving it. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  15. JJ you are a die cutting genius! Seriously, you never cease to amaze me! I love these cards!

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  16. WOWZA! Your technique and design are gorgeous!

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  17. WOW your 'CASE' is even just as amazing as your frist card! Beautiful work.

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  18. This is so cool. I love the way this looks!

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  19. I came over from CASE Study to tell you how much I like this card!

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  20. Another stunning creation! Love this, JJ!

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  21. OMG, JJ, both cards are beautifully executed and stunners! Congrats on being a muse. I couldn't begin to CASE you.

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  22. So good to see you at CASE study and love how you re-did your own card...just can't wait to buy those dies :0)
    Jenny x

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  23. THIS is why I love you :) So happy to hear you're at CASE Study. Have to try to play along.

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  24. Absolutely amazing card! I am too late to join the CASE study challenge for this particular card but I have one made and will be posting it tomorrow or the next day and I will be linking to you! Thank you for the inspiration and the great, easy to follow directions. :)

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  25. Seriously cool card! What a great technique! No wonder you are their muse this month! :)

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  26. I came here from Kristie's link. I knew if she was inspired by you, your work would be amazing - and it is!

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  27. That is the coolest card ever!! Thanks for sharing the great tips - very generous of you to give away your secrets. I thought magicians weren't supposed to do that ;0 Beautiful card.

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