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".

Friday, 15 September 2017

Wash with Snowflakes

It's the middle of the month already - and that means time to remind you that you only have until September 24th to enter the CAS Mix Up challenge:

For this card, I did a wash that fades out in the upper middle area to allow a paler section for my stamped sentiment.

I masked a rectangle on watercolour paper, then created my wash by painting from both top and bottom, adding more water when I got to the point where I wanted my sentiment.  It was hard to keep the wash nice and smooth, and get it to fade at the same time.

I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with a sparkly embossing powder.  I die cut the snowflakes out of silver glitter cs.  The panel is popped up on fun foam and a variety of sequins added for embellishment.

Please join us and remember to keep your card CAS, with some stamping, a watercolour wash (see the CAS Mix Up challenge for videos on various types of washes), and at least one other element from our list of choices (I chose heat embossing and die cutting).

I'm also adding it to the Jingle Belles' Christmas card challenge:

I used the centre vertical column - snow, cs, and blue.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Versafine Smokey Grey
Paper - white cs, silver glitter cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Stampendous Stardust embossing powder, Impression Obsession and Tim Holtz snowflake dies, fun foam, variety of sequins


  1. Great job of colour washing and so creative to have the band of softer colour for your sentiment....The sentiment is so cute and the pop of silver on the snowflakes makes this one gorgeous card x

  2. Such a beautiful watercolour wash for your beautiful glittery die cut snowflakes, Susan. Wonderful idea to leave a lighter area for your sentiment. Your sequins were the perfect added embellishments. TFS my friend. Hugs..

  3. Oh, I love the way you made the space for the sentiment, Susan! Very creative! and those silver snowflakes are gorgeous with the blue background! Awesome!

  4. Beautiful color washed background ... and perfect to leave a place for your sentiment ... so very glad you played Tic-Tac-Toe with us this week at jingle belles.

  5. Your silver snowflakes look wonderful against your blue watercolor wash background Susan! xx

  6. I'd say you did a spectacular job of a smooth gradient and I agree, it's hard to do! I love that you can think ahead to leave it light for your sentiment. That snowflake die is just beautiful on this. The sequins are the perfect, final touch!

  7. The sentiment space is beautifully and smoothly painted light. Beautiful gradient wash, Susan! The glitter snowflakes and sequins are perfect for the background. Hideko

  8. love your silver snowflakes..so elegant with that washed bkg.
    xx Karen

  9. Wonderful card, Susan Blue and silver is one of my favourite colour combos. Your blue watercolour wash background is beautiful. Trina xx

  10. Great job with the background wash, Susan. I like how you faded out for the sentiment. Your silver snowflakes look so perfect with that icy blue background. And great arrangement of your sequins. xx

  11. Beautiful ombre watercolour wash, I love the faded central area for your sentment.

  12. This is lovely - great use of the ombre to accentuate the sentiment,

    Hugz Tinz

  13. oh my goodness! what a card! perfection on every level and i love that you took on the extra challenge of paring down to JUST the items in your column of the board... absolutely amazing! thanks for playing tic-tac-toe with us at JINGLE BELLES! ♥♥♥


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