Sunday, 20 January 2019

Sponged Hearts

I'm finally getting around to making a card for Loll's new CAS challenge, CAS Stencil Challenge.  The first challenge is a pretty basic one:

A friend has asked me to make her a few Valentine cards so I decided to use a heart stencil and sponge an ombre series of hearts.

I started by going over all of the hearts with Spun Sugar, then the lower three quarters with Picked Raspberry, then the bottom half with Worn Lipstick, and the bottom quarter with Festive Berries.

I stamped the "cherish" sentiment on vellum and trimmed to a strip that I layered over the centre of the hearts panel.  I created a frame with a rectangle die and a smaller stitched rectangle die.  The vellum is secured under the frame.  It's all popped up on the card base with fun foam.

Be sure to check out the new challenge here and take a look at the inspiring cards from the Design Team and link up your card by January 24th!

Stamps - SU Cherish sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black; Distress Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - heart stencil, Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die, Spellbinders rectangle die, fun foam

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Blue Valentine

Those of you who know me will understand why I could not resist the latest Color Throwdown challenge:

A friend asked me to make her a few Valentine cards and blue is also her favourite colour so I thought I'd do one of them in blue:

I used Karen Dunbrook's technique of smooshing by applying the ink with a scrap of acetate.

I used quite a small piece of acetate as I wanted to limit where my ink went. I lightly penciled lines on my mixed media cs to indicate where I wanted the ink to go.

I started with the lightest blue, patted it on my craft mat, misted it, picked some up on the acetate, and pounced it between my lines. Then dried with my heat tool and repeated with the medium blue and darker blue.

The hearts are die cut out of white shimmer cs. I popped them up on foam tape.

I added a sentiment (on a lttle punched label as my attempt to stamp straight onto the card ended up crooked so restamped and punched it out.

The panel is trimmed with a stitched rectangle and taped onto a blue shimmer card base.

What do you think - is it okay to step away from red and pink for Valentine's Day?

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Faded Denim
Paper - mixed media cs, blue and white shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - heart dies, SU label punch, foam tape, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Blue and Silver Reminder Card

January is flying by!  Can't believe I'm already here to remind you about the CAS Christmas Card Challenge:

I've stepped out of my comfort zone with this card:

First of all, I used Pan Pastels on the card - a product I rarely use, and secondly, I tilted the focal panel - something I rarely do as I'm much more comfortable with my layers being level!

To create the snowflake panel, I sponged blue Pan Pastel all over a piece of cs, then stamped the snowflake background stamp on it, and then reapplied the blue Pan Pastel - the Versamark grabs it and makes it more intense.

I trimmed the panel and bordered it with silver glitter cs.  And die cut the sentiment once from the same cs and twice more from scraps of white cs.  I layered the three to give the sentiment more dimension, glued it on the background, and then attached the panel to the card base.

Please come and join us with a blue and silver card.  There's more inspiration over at CAS Christmas from the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Kaja (Kajcyika Crafts).  The deadline is January 24th, and your card must be clean and simple, and must use the blue and silver colour scheme.

Stamps - snowflake background stamp (brand unknown)
Ink - Versamark
Paper - white cs, silver glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box sentiment die, blue Pan Pastels

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Winter Fir Trees

We're already midway through January!!!  Time to remind you about the CAS Watercolour Challenge:

I decided to use some wintery trees with a light snowfall:

For the trees, I tapped Distress Evergreen Bough and Bundled Sage on my craft mat, spritzed generously with water, and smooshed / splashed a piece of watercolour paper into it.

When dry, I die cut the three trees.

I tore some strips of cs for the snowy hills, ran my Versamarker along the torn edges, and heat set with Frantage Chunky White embossing powder. 

I put together the scene, then die cut it with a circle.  For the lightly falling snow, I sprinkled with the Frantage and heat set from underneath.  Finally popped it up on fun foam on a square card base.

Head on over to CAS Watercolour for more inspiration from our Design Team and this month's fabulous Guest Designer, Janet (Swanlady Impressions).  You only have until January 24th to link up your clean and simple winter-themed card.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Distress Evergreen Bough and Bundled Sage
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Impression Obsession fir tree dies, Spellbinders circle die, Versamarker pen, Frantage Chunky White embossing powder, fun foam