The CASE of the Serene Garden

Serene Garden

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.  I hope you enjoy today’s CASE of Serene Garden with tutorial.

On the CASE: Serene Garden
Annual Catalog Page 166

Serene Garden

Serene Garden is one of my favorite bundles from the new annual catalog.  I love the large corner embossing die and the correlating framelit which cuts out the leaves.  CASEing today’s card gave me a chance to try it out to see how it works. I think it will definitely be a fun set with which to experiment. I hope you enjoy today’s CASE with tutorial.

Serene Garden

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

Stamps: Serene Garden (Bundle includes Garden Scene Framelit Dies), You’re Inspiring (sentiment – Ann’s CASE), Beautiful Promenade (sentiment – Stampin’ Up! sample)
Paper:  Mint Macaron Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″, 4″‘ x 5-1/4″), Shaded Spruce Cardstock (3-1/2″ x 4″), Whisper White Cardstock (2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, scraps)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Lovely Lipstick, Shaded Spruce, VersaMark
Other:  Big Shot, Garden Scene Framelits dies, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon,  Pearl Basic Jewels

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

1.  Score the Mint Macaron cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

2.  Measure 1-1/4″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left side, and emboss the corner using the large corner die.

Serene Garden

3.  Cut out the leaves with the correlating framelit.

Serene Garden

4.  Stamp the vine border in Shaded Spruce.

Serene Garden

5.  Emboss the Shaded Spruce cardstock using the large corner framelit.   Adhere it behind the Mint Macaron panel, positioning it so the leaves peek through the spaces.  (Arghh!  Due to having to play with GQ while creating this card, I made a mistake.  I used the framelit to cut out the Shaded Spruce leaves, and I did not need to.  But rather than do it over, I simply added the Shaded Spruce leaves into the Mint Macaron panel like a puzzle.  The look is a little different than Stampin’ Up!’s sample.)

Serene Garden

Serene Garden

6.  Stamp the corner image in Mint Macaron.  (Because my Mint Macaron pad was stamping a little too dark for my liking, I used VersaMark.)

Serene Garden

7.  Adhere the panel to the card base with dimensionals.

8.  Stamp the bird in Lemon Lime Twist, and cut out with the framelit.  Adhere to the card with dimensionals.

Serene Garden

9.  Stamp the butterfly and cut out with the framelit.  Adhere to the card with dimensionals.  The Stampin’ Up! sample uses Grapefruit Grove.  I used Lovely Lipstick.

Serene Garden

10.  Ink the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo.  (I used Lovely Lipstick again.)  Stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock approximately 1/2″ x 2″.  Snip each end to form a “V”.  Add a snippet of ribbon behind the sentiment, and adhere to the card with dimensionals.

Serene Garden

11.  Embellish with three pearls as shown.

Serene Garden

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

There is nothing tricky about today’s card.  It is a photopolymer set, so it is easy to line up the vines for stamping.   The most difficult thing is making sure the embossing framelit is in the correct position and is straight. Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5, only because it takes a little time to do the embossing and die cutting.


Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing 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: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  What she has CASED is fabulous…and you will be delighted!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.


As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time…


Price: $110.00


  1. Soon as I saw this new stamp set I know it’ll be a winner for me for many types of cards. Love your color combo and placement of goodies. Question? I am confused about Beautiful Promenade stampin’up sample? not sure what this means?

  2. Thank you so much. I also can’t wait to get this set… Beautiful job on the instructions Thanks again from Australia..

  3. Ann I just love this card!
    I have used this set several times and couldn’t figure how to use the leaf die. This is fab! I definitely will be doing a CASE soon. Thanks so much for the TUT. Hugs.

  4. I am do glad you put a written tutorial with this post, because I had no idea how you did that! Thank you Ann.

  5. You have no idea how much I am enjoying your “On The CASE” postings! Thank you so much for giving all the details and I am case-ing your CASE!

  6. Oh, I love it. You make it sound easy enough and it’s a beautiful card. I can’t wait to get this gorgeous set and try it. Thank you for sharing and for the helpful hints to making it. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

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