Spooky Cat to CASE Brian King

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Cat and Lovely Friends stamps from Stampin' Up!

Spooky Cat to CASE Brian King

A great way to learn any art form is to copy from the masters. To CASE a card is to do exactly that: “Copy and Selectively Edit” means copy a card, but make it your own! My card today uses the Spooky Cat stamp set to CASE of one of the true masters of card making, Brian King!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Cat and Lovely Friends stamps from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Cat and Lovely Friends stamps from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #108!

I’m not sorry at all that we’re CASEing Brian King this week! Brian is totally awesome! He’s got a clean and simple style and he’s an expert at creating beautiful layers and finding great ways to show off Designer Series Papers. He’s also an expert at balancing his cards. Everything on his cards is perfectly placed every time. Don’t tell him that I use his $0.05 squinting technique for all my cards, because he’d send me a very large invoice.

You know what else is amazing? Brian works full time, posts every single day, teaches card classes, helps run Stampin’ Up! events like World Card Making Day and a 1 for 1 holiday card swap, and volunteers at really worthwhile events. Wowza! I want to be like Brian when I grow up… but I’m not sure I have that much energy! I guess I’ll settle for making one card like Brian for now.

Here’s my card:

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Cat and Lovely Friends stamps from Stampin' Up!

A Tip for CASing Cards

CASEing cards is a great way to learn how to design your own cards. You can copy things that you like from other card makers and by doing so you might just learn a little bit about 1) what makes their cards great and 2) what design elements you like to incorporate into your own cards.

For my card today, I copied Brian’s layers. I used his thick outer border, thin inner border, and Designer Series Paper background layer. I, too, added a big bold sentiment in a scrolling font (it was actually so big that it took up the entire width and I didn’t have room for side borders, so my layout ended up a bit different from Brians). I also copied his idea of having a shape that is partially on the sentiment layer, but while Brian’s descends below the sentiment, mine ascends upwards.

And that brings me to my tip for CASEing cards:

When you CASE a card, change something to make the design your own.

While you can learn a lot by straight copying, you don’t get much experience at making card design decisions. By changing something and making it yours, you change the card equation a little bit and your brain has to work to make sure that the card’s gestalt is still there, that it still all “goes together” even though something changed. This brain excersise helps your creativity grow!

So I changed a few things from Brian’s card to mine. I used a different Designer Series Paper and different colors. I added an ombre effect to the sentiment. I also added some embellishments, because while Brian generally likes clean and simple, I like lots of adornments and I couldn’t help myself.  I used black mini sequins trim so it was a little sparkly, but still pretty subtle against the black background. I also added some Bermuda Bay Enamel Shapes stars to the hat because it totally matched my logo.

So while this card is very Brian King in some ways, it is also very Natalie Lapakko in others. And that’s a great way to CASE!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Cat and Lovely Friends stamps from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Basic Black card base.
  2. Next, cut a Bermuda Bay panel that is 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the Lovely Friends stamp set. I inked up my stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black, then sponged Bermuda Bay ink on the bottom of the word “happy”. I usually use a stamp positioning tool, like a M.I.S.T.I. so I can add additional ink if one of the colors doesn’t fully stamp.
  5. Trim the Whisper White panel to have just a little space on the top and bottom of the sentiment and the same width as the Merry Little Christmas DSP.
  6. Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock 1/8″ (0.3 cm) taller than the Whisper White panel.
  7. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the witch hat from the Spooky Cat stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black. Then fussy cut out the hat. I used a white gel pen to cover the little string that was attached to a spider, since it was too hard to fussy cut the little critter.
  8. Decorate the hat with Bermuda Bay star shapes from the Brights Enamel Shapes. Cut some of the stars in half to decorate the edges; if they are far to the back of the scissors they are pretty easy to cut.
  9. Color the buckle of the hat with a silver colored pencil.
  10. Cut a piece of Black Mini Sequin Trim long enough to zig zag behind the hat three times.
  11. Arrange all the layers so they balance. Use the squint method to make sure everything looks right. (Shh! Don’t tell Brian!)
  12. Adhere all the rectangular layers (except the card base) first.
  13. Then, arrange the mini sequins and staple them in place.
  14. Use dimensionals to adhere the witch hat, hiding the staple.
  15. Finally, adhere the layers to the card.

You can use a white gel pen to write inside a black card, or you can add a white panel inside the card. I opted for the white panel this time and cut it 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base. You can add additional decorations to the inside of the card if you like, or leave lots of space for writing messages!

 

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Spooky Cat and Lovely Friends stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper(c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Spooky Cat, Lovely Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Brights Enamel Shapes, Black Mini Sequins Trim, silver colored pencil, dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up!

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6 thoughts on “Spooky Cat to CASE Brian King”

  1. Great suggestions for CASE’ ing Natalie. I am somewhere in between you & Brian when it comes to embellishments so I will for sure CASE x2! Love both cards BTW.

  2. I absolutely love this card, Natalie (almost as much as I love the kind things you say about me in your post). Thanks so much for the shoutout! Your card is ridiculously wonderful and has a magical appeal. Love it! Thank you so much for playing along with my CASE the Designer challenge at GDP – I’m honored.

    1. I think I forgot to mention in the post how nice and sincere you are, Brian! Thanks for your sweet comment and I hope you have a fun time this week being the star of GDP, you totally deserve the attention!

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