Wednesday, 1 June 2016

CAS Mix Up - Die Cut for June

It's time for another challenge over at CAS Mix Up.  This month it's "die cuts".

Your card must include some stamping, at least one die-cut, and then one or more of the "your choice" options listed on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up blog.

For my card for the Design Team, I chose dry embossing, gilding flakes, and heat embossing for "my choice".

I covered a piece of cs with sook wang tape, removed the protective layer, and covered with gilding flakes.  

I die cut the bird on the branch and added it to a dry embossed background.  The branch is stuck down flat but the bird is popped up with a bit of foam tape.

I cut another piece of the gilding flake covered cs as a border.  It seemed a shame to hide all of that lovely piece behind my focal image so I cut a square out of the middle of it and set it aside for a future project.  I cut the same size square out of a scrap of cs and filled in the gap so that it had substance behind the dry embossed piece.  

My stamping is a simple heat embossed sentiment.

You have until June 24th to join in and add your card (remember to keep it CAS!)
to the challenge.  There is some wonderful inspiration from my fellow Design Team members and our Featured and Guest Designers.   

Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - Versamark
Paper - PTI Vintage Cream cs, scrap cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Sizzix embossing folder, Cosmic Shimmer Autumn Leaves gilding flakes, Penny Black "Perched" bird die, Recollections Champagne embossing powder, foam tape


  1. Gorgeous card Susan. I LOVE the gilding flakes ... they add so much beautiful colour and shine. Great idea to inlay a regular card stock square to the middle of your gilding flake mat, so you can use that for another project. Great tip! :) I do love this sweet little bird and have several from our gilding flake play day. :) The dry embossed branches are just perfect for the backdrop. Great design, my friend! xx

  2. Such a strikingly beautiful card, Susan! I love how you created texture with the gilding flakes, and the colors are just amazing! Great idea to choose a white embossed background, really makes the images pop! Love your thin border, clever! Thanks for sharing your tip about saving that gorgeous piece of art for another project :)

  3. Wow Susan, Your shiny gilded flake trim and die cut bird and branch are really stunning. TFS your details. I would love to try your technique. I love your dry e background too. Hugs, Nancy

  4. Wow! Your gilded bird, branch and border are gorgeous, Susan! I love those beautiful colors! And the bird and branch are right at home on the dry embossing!

  5. The gilding flakes look beautiful on outline and bird! a lovely Christmas card!

  6. Simply gorgeousness in the CAS of this pretty card. Of course love the gilded bird (which at first I thought was done with the heated copper). That's a lovely color of gilding flakes, BTW. The frame compliments that wonderful embossing design too. TFS

  7. A perfectly stunning Christmas card.


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