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, 24 October 2019

The Other Two CAS Challenges

Sneaking in under the wire with cards for the other two CAS challenges run by Loll and Bonnie.

First up, CAS Stencil "Patterned Paper":

The idea is to stencil over patterned paper - a great way to use up some of our stash.  I pulled out a piece of snowy patterned paper that looks like this:

I turned it into this card:

I took the mini Tim Holtz snowflake stencil and went over it with Snowflake Paste.  When dry, I framed it with SU glitter cs, and die cut my sentiment from the glitter cs and from navy blue cs - layered them together to have a bit of navy shadow to help set off the sentiment.  I added glitter dome embellishments to the centre of each snowflake and over the "i" of winter.

Here's a close-up of the centre panel:

There is sparkle in the paste but my camera isn't picking it up.

Then there is CAS Mix Up "Foiling":

I only recently got a foiling machine so I made this card that will go to one of my sisters who, like me, loves blue.

I foiled the flower, using the foiling transfer gel on the stamp, then adding the blue foil to the stamped image, and running it through the laminator.  Unfortunately the camera won't pick up the shine of the foil.

I added some text stamping and some sponged stenciling with a scrap of drywall tape over top, avoiding the foiled flower.

I die cut the panel, stamped the sentiment on vellum, added the panel to the card base with fun foam for dimension.

Phew, got them posted in time to link up!

Supplies for card 1:
Paper - ivory cardstock, SU glitter cs, scrap of patterned paper, scrap of navy cs
Size - 6x4.25"
Accessories - Tim Holtz mini snowflakes stencil, Arlene's Snow Glitter Paste, SSS winter die, glitter dome embellishments

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Magenta wildflower stamp, SU sentiment, unknown text stamp
Ink - Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon
Paper - white and blue cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Deco Foiling Transfer Gel, blue foil, dry wall tape, Sizzix label die, fun foam


  1. Two gorgeous cards, Susan. I am so pleased that you had time to play with us a CAS Stencil. Your snowflakes stenciled over your patterned paper with all the glitter is Stunning! Love your birthday day card with the beautiful foiling. Your sister will love it too. TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

  2. Both cards are gorgeous Susan. Your snowflakes on designer paper was the perfect combo and I love that foiled flower. I really need to pull out my glue or laminator.

  3. Two beauties, Susan. LOVE the snowy patterned paper with the paste snowflakes over top. Lovely with all your special finishing touches. And your foiled flower is gorgeous with the soft stenciled background and pretty shaped label. Julie is going to love it! xx

  4. You found the perfect paper for your stenciled snowflakes, Susan! I love the glittery frame and sentiment! All that sparkle is amazing! Love, love, love your foiled wildflower! That blue foil is impossible to capture in a photograph! Your sister will be delighted, I'm sure. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  5. Fabulous first card Susan with an artsy look to it. The stencilling looks fabulous with the pretty paste. Great layout and a great card. What a great stamp to use with the blue foiling on your second beautiful card. Both cards are amazing Susan x.

  6. Love the DP you used with your snowflakes Susan - a perfect snowy background for the flakes! and your foiling is lovely on the 2nd card! xx

  7. Gorgeous foiling Susan! I love the monochrome colours!

  8. Both are beautiful. Awesome choice of colours on both. 💙💙💙 Love the glitter on the first and the shine on the second.

  9. Your patterned paper makes a perfect background for the snowflakes, Susan! The sparkle from the glitter must be amazing in real life. Love the navy shadow of the die-cut sentiment.
    The foiled wildflowers are gorgeous and your foiling beautifully shows the details! Using drywall tape for stenciling is a clever idea. I should get some at Home Depot. :-)
    I'm so glad that you made it to the challenges. Happy to see your card in the CAS Mix Up gallery!
    Hideko xx


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