Guest Designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017



Hello there!   I am so excited and honoured to be back as guest designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017 challenge.  This month it’s all about alcohol inks (AI).  To be honest, I was hoping it wouldn’t be AIs because I am not familiar with them and have only tried them twice.  But then I was given the green light for alcohol markers, which is something I do know, own and is my favourite colouring medium. 😊



I wanted to make a birthday card for my teammate Sarah P. whose birthday is tomorrow.  I’m not sure if she has received it yet.  I was going to colour up some floral images, but what I ended up making was a happy accident.  Back in May, I was fortunate to join Loll, Christine, Susan and Nancy for an afternoon at their retreat.  We did AI drops on yupo and my samples did not turn out as you can see 😉



Loll had mentioned that these can be sprayed with alcohol for a different look.  So that’s what I did, but I was doing too many things at once and had tilted the yupo piece causing the colours to streak down.  Since it was already looking better than my original 😂, I went with it and spritz some more and let it continue to run down until I was happy..



This gave a cool watercolour effect.  The top piece is what resulted from the before picture above.  The bottom one was the happy accident, so I never took the before pic of that one.  When I turned the bottom piece a quarter turn, I  saw water, which inspired me to create this.



I wanted to do a sort of aquarium scene, so a stitched circle was die cut on a white stitched rectangle.  The yupo piece was trimmed down and adhered behind.  The images were stamped with Intense Black ink, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching dies.  I also die cut a few more of the mermaid from white cardstock to stack for dimension.



The sentiment (a birthday & hello) was stamped with Archival black ink.  Whatever you do, do not heat emboss on yupo (did I mention I am a rookie with this 😂).  Lastly, clear shimmer was added to her top and tail to finish.




Hope you will join us this month.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!








I am heading over to the following challenges:
Muse#227 Anything Goes
SSS Flickr#76 Anything Goes. (used SSS stitched circle die, Intense Black ink)







10 thoughts on “Guest Designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017

  1. Congratulations on guesting at CAS Mix Up challenge this month, Trina!
    Your card is so adorable! Pretty AIs ocean scene with a beautifully colored little mermaid – who wouldn’t love it? 🙂 Hideko

  2. Love how you worked with your AI panel to create another unique look. I really does look like water … so cool! Such an adorable card with the mermaid. Sarah is going to love this! Thanks so much for joining us at Guest Designer this month, Trina!! xx

  3. Thanks for explaining how you made your beautiful background! It works perfectly as water and looks fabulous with your little aquarium scene! It’s great having you as our Guest Designer at CAS Mix Up this month.

  4. I love your beautiful mermaid card, Trina. It’s fabulous and so cute! I also love the watercolour technique and the sprayed alcohol! Kisses, my friend.

  5. I love your little mermaid scene Trina! Your AI background is beautiful – there are so many different looks you can make with them – none of them are ‘bad’! Your die cut framings are lovely too! We’re so happy to have you as our Guest Designer this month! Julia xx

  6. Oh my…I Love your alcohol ink water (happy accident) background for your sweet beautifully colored mermaid my friend. You were such a trooper in May playing with AI’s for the 1st time. It was great fun meeting you and your DH in person. Hope to see you again next year:-) TFS and so pleased you are our Guest Designer again this month. Hugs…

  7. Trina, isn’t it great when a mistake turns into something great? The water effect turned out so well. Thanks for sharing your cards.

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