A Little Wild for Tanja Kolar

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring A Little Wild and Tabs for Everything stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

A Little Wild for Tanja Kolar

Today’s project features one of my favorite stamp sets from the new catalog: A Little Wild. It also features one of my favorite card designers: the talented Tanja Kolar! I’m so excited to share them both with you today!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring A Little Wild and Tabs for Everything stamp sets from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring A Little Wild and Tabs for Everything stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

How to CASE a Card

Today at the Global Design Project the challenge is to CASE the designer Tanja Kolar. In cases you are unfamiliar with the term, CASE means Copy and Selectively Edit. You can get inspiration from any part of the designer’s card: colors, theme, layout, stamp set, embellishments… you name it!

I love to CASE other designers. Copying other artists is a great way to learn from them, and it’s an art tradition that goes back centuries! Many of the world’s most famous artists were copying from someone that came before them. For example, Mary Cassatt was influenced by Degas who learned from Monet. Monet was inspired by Japanese artists of the Edo period.

All of them, though, created something in their own style, mixing what they learned from others with their own ideas to create something new and original.

A great way to stretch your creativity is to CASE another artist. Copy something from them, but mix in something new that is entirely your own. Who knows, your new creation may inspire someone else!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #096!

Tanja is a constant source of inspiration for me. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll find that I pin a lot of Tanja’s creations. Probably all of them, as a matter of fact. I love her crisp, clean style with lots of layers and lots of white. Even a simple looking card, like the dragonfly one above, has a lot going on. The layers and embellishments give each card a rich texture and make them really interesting to look at.

If you haven’t been there yet, you should check out Tanja’s blog Kreativ mit Tanja. Go check it out!

From the project above, I was inspired by Tanja’s layered shapes in the center with the little tag sticking down (I LOVE that little detail). I also used a neutral background with one colorful shape as a focal point.

Of course, I had to add some of my own things, too! I decided to add a textured background, and I switched to circles instead of square layers. I also changed the colors to a warm, bright color scheme with Crumb Cake as the neutral instead of white.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring A Little Wild and Tabs for Everything stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 1/2″ (1.2 cm) more narrow than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a Crumb Cake panel 5/8″ (1.5 cm) more narrow than the card base.
  4. Spritz the Crumb Cake panel lightly with water, then emboss it with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. (That’s a mouthful, huh?)
  5. Using the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, die cut the second to largest circle shape from a Crumb Cake striped card from the Memories and More: Perfect Days Card Pack.
  6. Die cut a Crumb Cake regular circle (one size larger) and a coordinating Calypso Coral scalloped circle using Layering Circles Framelit Dies.
  7. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment from Tabs For Everything in Calypso Coral ink. Cut out the sentiment in a rectangle with tight edges along the sides and bottom and lots of extra room at the top for gluing.
  8. Stamp the lion from A Little Wild on Whisper White cardstock with VersaMark ink. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
  9. Sponge Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Emerald Envy ink over the embossed image. Always start rubbing the sponge on a piece of scratch paper first to avoid blotches. Use circular motions to get an even ink application.
  10. Cut out the lion. (I fussy cut mine, but there are coordinating dies that cut out a lion tag shape and it would be easy to cut off the tag parts.)
  11. Assemble the layers, fitting everything together before gluing.
  12. Use dimensionals to adhere the lion, the top circle, and the bottom circle for added depth. Use glue to adhere the remaining layers.

The extra thick Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folders need one fewer pressure plates when they go through the Big Shot, because the folders are so thick. Always make sure embossing folders goes through the machine spine-first or spine-sideways. If the spine goes through last, slight shifts in the top and bottom of the folder could put a lot of pressure on the spine and cause it to crack.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring A Little Wild and Tabs for Everything stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

A Color Combination Worthy of Saving

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Materials

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Memories and More: Perfect Days Card Pack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: A Little Wild, Tabs for Everything (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, sponge, Layered Leaves Dynamic embossing folder (c) Stampin’ Up!

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