A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Thursday 15 June 2017

Texture and Shine for CAS Mix Up

It's time to remind you about June's CAS Mix Up challenge:

You only have until June 24th to link up an entry!  There is some wonderful new inspiration for you over at CAS Mix Up from the Design Team and our June Guest Designer, Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff.

I made a snowy Christmas card (see here) for the June 1st CAS Mix Up post, so thought that my reminder card should be more in keeping with June since it is almost summer!

I sponged colour with various Distress Oxide inks through my new Tim Holtz stencil onto mixed media cs, then cleaned my stencil so as not to contaminate my paste.  I replaced the stencil over the image and then used Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste - the colour shows through perfectly and it has a wonderful sheen to it.  Here's a close-up that gives a better idea of the embossing paste:

I layered it over a die cut stitched rectangle, popped that up on fun foam, and added a stamped and heat embossed sentiment.

Looking forward to seeing your entries - please remember to keep them CAS (clean and simple) and include stamping, embossing paste or gel, and at least one other option from the list on the right side of the CAS Mix Up blog.

I'm also linking up to this month's Flower Challenge where "anything goes".

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Frost White for the sentiment, various Oxide inks to colour the image
Paper - cream, black, and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Floral stencil, Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, fun foam, white embossing powder


  1. Gorgeous stenciled and then embossed with translucent EB paste flowers my friend. The flowers look like rock roses...so beautiful and love the sheen. TFS both photos, Susan. I need to add the Dreamweaver Translucent paste to my wishlist. I was not able to get locally so have been adding Dazzling Diamonds for glitter. TFS your paste at our retreat my friend. Hugs..

  2. LOVE the colours of your beautifully sponged flower stenciling, Susan. :) So summery and fun. The translucent paste adds lots of shimmer and intensifies the colours. Love your design with the black sentiment banner adding contrast on the card. xx

  3. These flowers are gorgeous, Susan! The DOX inks are so nice for stenciling and the translucent paste makes the flowers shine beautifully!

  4. Great technique and love how the clear gel adds the sheen without 'messing up' the colours x Such a pretty card x

  5. love this oh so pretty, elegant card Susan...great results with the paste...
    have a great wknd.
    xx Karen

  6. What a lovely effect you created with the clear gell over your beautiful stenciled blooms Susan! Julia xx

  7. What a beautiful flower card, love the sheen you put over the flower. Your pups are so cute :)

  8. Beautifully stencilled blooms and that gel really makes it all POP. Love the layering of the panel, makes it even more precious. Love it xx

  9. Your flowers are soooo gorgeous, I love how you coloured them! I now have to get translucent paste too as the effect it creates on your card is wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. The sponged flowers are so pretty and I love they have a beautiful sheen. So elegant! Hideko

  11. Love the look of the sponged DOXs with the shiny paste -- great idea to combine the two.

  12. I love this stencil you have used the card is so pretty and the paste you have used leaves a wonderful sheen. Beautiful Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge Aileen DT

  13. This is just gorgeous, Susan and love the process! So glad Loll cased you because I missed this one! And happy birthday too!


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