What does CASE a Card Mean?


Whether you're new to card making, or you've been creating with inks and cardstock and stamps for years, you may not know what CASE means! Or how to apply it to your card making.

So What Does CASE Mean?

CASE typically means Copy and Share Everything (or Copy and Steal Everything, which doesn't sound as nice, but it's ok…we're card makers, so it's with the best of intentions!).

Now you know what CASE stands for, but how to you apply it to your card making hobby?

Inspiration is everywhere, you can peruse Pinterest or Instagram for hours and get ideas, but you don't want to flat out copy other people's work (if you do, don't post it online and take credit or sell it or teach a class on it).

So how do you get inspiration from other crafters' work, but make sure it's your own, too?

Rule of 3s

I like to use the rule of 3s. Take a card idea and CHANGE at least 3 things about the card you are inspired by. Change the colors, the layout, the stamps used, techniques used, etc.

Or, TAKE 3 things from the inspiration card. Use the same layout, stamps, colors….

As you do this, you will learn about card making, supplies, design and you will develop your own style.

Folk Floral Background Stamp card with colored accents

I love to CASE myself and it's really easy to do when you have a color palette, stamps and supplies out. Create one card, then just keep on creating changing the layout, adding in various sentiments and accents.

Let's look at two cards I created recently on some of our Live Streams. If you're new to Catherine Pooler Designs, be sure to check us out on YouTube and Facebook, you'll find us creating and inspiring and hanging out several times a week!

close up of die cutting

I pulled the Folk Floral Background Stamp and our Luxe Ink Colors (Cranberry Fizz, Flame, Glitz, Martini, Uptown, Dress Blues and Glam). With this stamp, you can color in the entire image, or just part. I colored it with some of the flowers popping with color.

Next I decided to cut an ampersand from the Furthermore Dies and pop that up in the midst of the colored flower. It was so fun! I embossed a sentiment and ta-da, the card was complete.

card with patterned paper

In the Live Stream, I also created this card! Using the same ink colors and pulled the Across the Globe Patterned Paper and the We Fit Stamp Set. These products are all part of our Global Adventure Collection and are bundle together in the Eastern European Bundle. You can purchase the entire collection or the bundle at a discount, or grab the pieces that are your favorites!

Color Made Easy

Our patterned paper coordinates so well with our ink pads and stamp sets, it's Color Made Easy! You don't have to scratch your head to figure out what goes with what…we did that for you! On all of our patterned paper pads, you'll find a list of the ink colors that coordinate with the pack listed right there for you.

Check out the replay of these two cards on this Facebook Live Stream.

this card is a CASE of the first card

Time to CASE my card! I really changed a lot of things for this card, the main things I kept the same are the technique and the color scheme.

I loved the look of the Folk Floral Backgound Stamp on the die cut ambersand, so i thought it would be fun to create that look again. I stamped the background and this time die cut it with the Half Circle Cover Plate.

View the replay on YouTube on how to create this card.

CASE the card in a different way

Just for fun, here's another idea using the We Fit Stamp Set and Folk Floral Background Stamp!

I embossed the whole background stamped image this time. Then I just went for some light ink blending on the background vs. coloring in. I chose another image from the We Fit Stamp Set and also embossed it in the same Rose Gold EP from WOW! Just like my first card, I colored in a few spots but not the whole image. I really love that result. Another embossed sentiment, this time over a direct to paper strip, and this card was also done.

I just love how they turned out!! What might you have made recently that you loved and could CASE? Get inspired by your own creative flow, change up a few things, and see what you will come up with next!

sparkly accents download

Looking for more inspiration on using a technique on multiple cards? Grab this Inspiration Download on Adding Sparkly Accents to Your Cards!

Thank you for stopping by the blog! You can check out all the products used on these projects in our shop, or by using the direct links below.

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