CASEing the Catty 143 – Artistic Expression

Every Sunday the ‘CASEing the Catty‘ Facebook group issues a challenge associated with the Stampin’ Up! catalogue. This is my entry for challenge #143.

Update: These cards earned me the ‘Crew Pick’ award in this challenge – very pleased with that!CaseTheCattyCrewPick

I took my inspiration from the Color Theory DSP and cards shown on page 146 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 annual catalogue. I don’t have this DSP but I have ink and a sponge brayer so I created a background that resembled this DSP. I actually made two cards using this same layout, one feminine card, and one more masculine one that became a Father’s Day card for my youngest to give his Dad 🙂


I used the sponge brayer and some masking to brayer on some thick sections of ink, starting out very light at the top and finishing very dark at the bottom. It gave it a bit of an ombre effect.

For the feminine card I stamped and punched out lots of small flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set (and coordinating punch). I used the same colour as the background – Sweet Sugarplum. I finished it with a simple sentiment that gives me the flexibility to use it in a number of scenarios at a later date.


For the masculine card, I used Pacific Point for the background, and then stamped the fish using a very old stamp set called ‘Whale Wishes’. I then fussy cut them out and stuck them to the card using dimensionals. The bubbles are circles coloured with alcohol markers over microfine glitter, it just adds a bit of shimmer. The ‘dad’ stamp is again from a very old stamp set, I’m not sure what it is called, but all the stamps used in this card are from Stampin’ Up!.


If you haven’t had a look at this challenge before, and you have a Stampin’ Up! catalogue handy, I highly recommend having a look at the Facebook page and making your way through the weekly blog hop. It encourages you to look at your catalogue in a different light. iLoveCaseingtheCatty


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