Monday, December 12, 2011

A CASE Study

Today we will discuss what it means when a paper crafter says they want to CASE something.  CASE stands for Copy And Steal Everything.  That’s pretty hardcore when you see it printed out like that, but here’s an example:
This is the cover of the A Muse Studio holiday catalog (and inspiration guide).  Say that the card on the front cover is so inspiring to you that you wish to make your own, so you copy it.  That makes it a CASE card.  In fact, some folks say CASE stands for Copy And Steal Exactly.
 However, this next card is not exact and most folks would say that it is a CASE card too.
Most of the time, it doesn’t matter if you copied someone else’s design.  After all they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  The recipient of your homemade card will love it regardless if it was your own creation or if you drew inspiration from someone else.  It would be dirty pool to turn in an exact copy of someone else's card to a contest or submit it to a magazine for publication though.

The Fine Print: Santa’s coat, candy cane paper, and polka dot ribbon by A Muse Studio; Santa by Inkadinkado, greeting by DeNami and paper by DCWV.

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