Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Corrugated Cardboard for CAS Mx Up

February already!!  And I have the honour of hosting this month's CAS Mix Up challenge.  I love mixed media cards that use some corrugated cardboard on them.  It's a big trickier for CAS Mix Up as we do insist the cards entered truly qualify as clean and simple, with lots of "white space".

Here's my card:

For my corrugated cardboard, I used a couple of Starbucks coffee cup sleeves that I'd saved.  From one of them, I cut the branch die.  I brushed gesso randomly over the other one and, when it was dry, I brushed liquid gold paint randomly over it.  I then die cut the three stars.

I used the splatter stam/">…p from SU Gorgeous Grunge for a background to the branch, stamping it with gold ink.  The sentiment is stamped with brown ink.  I rubbed the ink pad over the die cut branch to add a bit more definition.  I hung the stars from the branch with gold cord.

The focal panel is popped up on fun foam.

To meet the criteria of CAS Mix Up, I have stamping, corrugated cardboard, and, for my choice, I have die cuts, gold paint, gesso, and gold twine.

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Two Very Different Cards

A couple of cards from challenges over at SCS.  First up the Mix-Ability Challenge - "Masterboard Triptych".

I started out with a "paper towel background" in various pinks and oranges. This is a neat technique I learned from Loll Thompson where you save the paper towels you use to mop up various inks and paints from other projects and then transfer those colours (along with the dots from the texture of the paper towel) to a new project. See Loll's post here for details.

Over top of that, I laid a TCW stencil and used various colours of 3D glitter paint through the stencil.

I did a vertical triptych with the panel and added a die cut sentiment. I used a green glitter cs for the sentiment, but in hindsight, I'm wondering if black would have been better to give more contrast.

Then for the SCS Inspiration Challenge,  Audrie chose an Etsy site called "The Altered Diaries". I chose this diary as my inspiration:

The minute I saw it, I thought of a very old iris stamp I've had for years. It couldn't be more perfect as it has lines around the image as well as a similar looking iris.  So I created this card:

First I created the background by spritzing watercolour paper with water, then going over it with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress stains.

Using my MISTI, I inked it the stamp with yellow and green Distress markers, and stamped over the Distress stain background. I pulled some of the colour out with a brush and water, and when dry, I reinked the stamp with the markers and stamped over it again to put the outline back in.

I trimmed the stamped panel and added it to rustic cream cs, with a green sentiment stamped below. I popped the whole piece up on fun foam and added to a green card base.

I love the way challenges can encourage me to create radically different styles of cards!

Supplies for the first card:
Paper - green glitter, white, and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - TCW stencil, Tim Holtz happy birthday die, 3D glitter paints, paper towel, various inks and paints

Supplies for the second card:
Stamps - Lasting Impressions iris, Savvy Stamps sentiment
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Paper - green linen cs, watercolour paper, PTI rustic cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - green and yellow Distress markers, Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress stains, fun foam

Monday, 16 January 2017

CAS Watercolour Snowflake Reminder

It's the middle of the month already and you only have until January 24th to enter this month's CAS Watercolour challenge.

I went with a stamp that Loll Thompson used for her example in the original post for this challenge, but gave it a very different treatment.

I created my watercolour background first by sprinkling blue and black brushos on coated cardstock.  I over-spritzed with water and ending up make the blue more grey than it normally is and not having any of the interesting colour tones the black usually gives.  But I quite liked the chilly feel of the colour and I liked the way I got a nice speckled border that makes a natural snowbank.  I also liked the dip where I situated the tree as snow often piles up outside the tree's drip line and leaves a hollow where the branches have sheltered the ground a bit.

I stamped the tree in Versamark and heat embossed with a very sparkly embossing powder.  In order to get a good photo of the whole card, I couldn't really pick up the sparkle of the tree, but here's a close-up that shows it.

I trimmed it down so that I could have more white space around it, popped it up on fun foam and added a few die cut snowflakes.

I originally stamped a smaller sentiment directly on the focal panel but smudged it on the coated cs.  I had a different sentiment stamped and heat embossed on regular cs, already die cut and mounted on silver glitter cs sitting in my UFO box, so used that to cover up the smudge!

Be sure to link up your clean and simple cards using watercolour and a snowflake or two over at our challenge, and check out today's new inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

I'm also taking the card over to the Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge "add snowflakes" and to the SCS CAS challenge "Frozen".

Stamps - Penny Black snow dust, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white cs, coated cs, silver glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Stampendous Silver Tinsel embossing powder, small snowflake dies, Spellbinders oval dies, clear embossing powder, blue and black Brushos

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Spraying Liquid Colour

It's time for a reminder card to join in the January CAS Mix Up challenge!

Liquid colours can be any colour medium that comes in liquid form.  It can be alcohol inks, re-inkers, stains, liquid paints, sprays, etc.

For my card, I chose sprays.

I used two shades of blue spray, one of which I misted over the mixed media cs and the other I took the applicator out of the bottle and dropped drips of it over the misted blue.  I wanted to use a bit of metallic silver spray as well but the applicator was clogged and all I got was a big splotch and a couple of droplets of it!  I liked the way the blues had turned out and didn't want to waste it so decided to use a silver cs for the cardbase to tie into the silver splotch!

I stamped and heat embossed my silhouette sprig and sentiment, and cut the panel out with a stitched rectangle die.  I popped it up on fun foam for some dimension.

I'm sending it to a friend that I exchange New Year's cards with instead of Christmas cards.

You have until January 24th to link up your card at CAS Mix Up.  Be sure to use stamping, liquid colours, and at least one other option from the list on CAS Mix Up.  My options are heat embossing my two stamps and die cutting my panel.

Stamps - Stampendous Silhouette Sprig, Happy Little Stampers sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - silver and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, two shades of blue spray, silver spray