On the CASE: A CASE of Gourd Goodness

Gourd Goodness

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt, of Pixel Maven’s Retreat. In “case” this is your first On the CASE visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASE-ing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials! Let’s get on to today’s CASE!

Gourd Goodness
Page 51 – Holiday Catalog 2017

Gourd Goodness

Fall is my favorite time of the year! I look forward to the beautiful hues of autumn, and the turning of the leaves.  I also adore a card filled with texture and detail.  SO – it is no wonder I fell in love with this Gourd Goodness  card.

Gourd Goodness

This was my first time playing with embossing paste, and I was worried.  After all, I am the woman who cannot frost a cake and have it look edible.  But luckily, the card was very forgiving, and I LOVE the textural detail the paste imparts.  I can’t wait to play with it again. Enjoy my Gourd Goodness CASE!

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps: Gourd Goodness
Paper: Early Espresso Cardstock or any brown of your choice (4-1/4″ x 11″, 3/8″ x 2-7/8″), Crumb Cake Cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, scraps), Whisper White Thick Cardstock for making the masks (3 pieces at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″), Whisper White Cardstock (5 pieces at 2″ x 3″, 2″ x 2″)
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango
Other:  1-1/2″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Embossing Paste,  Palette Knives, Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1. Score the Early Espresso cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.
2.  Create three masks using Whisper White Thick cardstock and the intricate Leaf thinlit from the Seasonal Layers detailed dies set.

Gourd Goodness Masks

Coat the back with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Allow the glue to dry to form a repositionable bond.
3. Position the masks on the Crumb Cake layer.

Gourd Goodness

Apply Embossing Paste over the masks using a Palette Knife, spreading it like you are buttering a piece of toast.  (Be sure to clean the knife immediately after using.)

Gourd Goodness

Carefully remove the paper masks. Set aside to dry.

4.  Create three Crushed Curry leaves. Stamp off once for the bottom layer, and use full strength for the detailed over-stamp.  Repeat with Tangerine Tango ink, creating 2 leaves. Snip out all five leaves with Paper Snips.

5.  Using the Seasonal Layers thinlits, cut 2 smaller leaves from Crumb Cake.

Gourd Goodness6. Create a banner from Early Espresso cardstock. Snip a “V” into both ends. Adhere the banner.  Add the lace, gathering it up on one side.  Use Mini-Glue Dots to hold the ruching, or gathers, in place.  Add the Gold Mini Sequins. Note:  I did not adhere the ends of the banner, in order to insert leaves under them.

Gourd Goodness7. Ink the sentiment in Soft Suede, and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Punch out with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch.

8. Assemble the card as shown.  Pop the sentiment and selected leaves up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

If you love lots of texture and dimension, today’s card is for you.  The techniques involved are not difficult, but there is a learning curve involved with the Embossing Paste.  It dries quickly, so pull out what you need to use on your palette knife, and close your container.  Of course, two-step stamping is always fun…and adds so much dimension. Just remember to stamp off the base stamp.  Difficulty Level:  3-1/2 out of 5 due to the Embossing Paste, fussy cutting, and ruching the lace


Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Nicole BannerNow head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on.  It’s another awesome card from the Holiday Catalog. You will love it! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.


Price: $110.00


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  5. Fabulous textured background. I haven’t played with embossing paste yet, but sure do like the look it creates.

  6. W O W !!! Fantastic card. Thanks for sharing your technique. Love the idea of how you created the masks to use with the paste. Your project and tutorial is very inspiring! Thank you!

  7. Beautiful card! Your first time with the embossing paste, who would ever believe that? You mastered it and your knife skills with it are amazing. Maybe you were a plasterer in a previous life? I had seen the card in the catalog and liked it but yours just seems to be more visual and special. I had not even noticed the lacey ribbon on theirs. Perhaps it is the photograph of yours but there just seems to be some richness to it. I love how you explained how to make the leaf impressions too. Just really well done!

  8. Such a lovely card Ann, it’s so very pretty! The leaves and texture are amazing. I’ve never tried any embossing paste but I really love the look. You make it seem less intimidating with all your clear instructions. I appreciate that! Fall is my favorite time of the year as well. This looks like a wonderful stamp set to showcase the beautiful season!

  9. Love the way you used the embossing paste! Looks great. Always enjoy your cards!

  10. BEAUITFUL like always , love love it ?
    Just got mine today yayyyyyy, thanks for sharing,
    MsAnn, hugs ♥️

  11. Such a lovely rendition of this artfully designed card. You are already skilled at welding the embossing paste filled palette knife to cardstock. Instructions simplified nicely. Can’t wait for the next installment of “On the CASE” card.

  12. Yea!!! You did it! And, I must say, your embossing paste layer turned out masterfully! Another CASE closed!!

  13. Wow! That card if a beautiful work of art, Ann! Thanks for sharing the paste technique. Enjoy this beautiful Fall day!

  14. Masterful strokes of the embossing paste and the perfect canvas for this beautiful, eclectic card for fall!

  15. Beautiful and so creative
    As they say; first time for everything and you done great job on the embossing paste. Really gives it a nice texture to your card. I have embossing paste that have had for sometime and like you; have been uneasy using it for cards but after seeing what you had done I think I will jump in with both feet and give my hand at using my paste. :}
    Great Inspiration. Thanks

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