Hello there. I’m back with my second post for today. Loll and Bonnie, the creators of CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour card challenges, are launching a new third card challenge today called CAS Christmas. As the name indicates, it’s a clean and simple card challenge dedicated to Christmas cards. For years I’ve been wanting to make Christmas cards throughout the year, but have failed miserably. So now, not only will I achieve this goal, but I will be part of their amazing team right from the start. On a side note, this month marks the 2nd anniversary at CAS Mix Up and there are prizes up for grabs. And now back to our first challenge this month at CAS Christmas and it is Holly.
Those who know me know that I am a fan of non-traditional colour Christmas cards. Rarely will you ever see me make a red and green colour Christmas card. So needless to say, this theme was definitely a challenge for me. Not just the colour, but also because I don’t own any holly specific stamp or die. The hollies I do have are part of something else, as seen in my card.
A fireplace mantel was the idea behind my card. The holly garland was die cut from Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics. As you can see, I could not bring myself to colour those tiny berries red. 😂
The fireplace was created with white embossing paste and a brick stencil on a Mixed Media stitched rectangle. The mantel was created from stacking 4 white strips of cardstock and topped with a dry embossed wood plank piece.
The sentiment was die cut from white and from gray cardstock and offset for a shadow effect. The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base. Clear crystal glaze on the holly leaves and clear shimmer on the sentiment finished off this card.
I also found some silver foil scraps and made an even simpler version, which was what you see on the CAS Christmas blog. Photographing foil is difficult, but it looks so much better IRL and I love how this one turned out.
My talented team have created some beautiful cards to inspire you to come play along with us and you can check them out HERE. Challenge runs till March 24th, so there is plenty of time. Looking forward to seeing your CAS holly cards. Thank you for visiting. Have a great day!
On a top folding Mixed Media card base, black heat embossed the bear, Santa sleigh and sentiment. Masked the bear and die cut a reverse dome mask from copy paper. Blended Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks for the background. Mixed Perfect Pearls with water and splaltered to create the stars. Repeated with acrylic white paint. Removed masks and coloured the bear image with Zig markers.
Happy Saturday everyone! Another week has flown by already and a new challenge starts today at Less is More (LIM). Our recipe challenge this week is Stamp Layering. Layering stamps are a quick and easy way to create cards with depth and detail. Uniko is our generous sponsor this month.
My favourite layering Christmas set is Holiday Style. Last year I used the ornament image so I decided to use the jingle bell image this time. The bells were stamped on white cardstock with the Blackboard ink set, then die cut out with the coordinating die. The Jingle Bells sentiment was die cut from X-Press It paper and Ombré coloured with Copics in pink since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and I love non-traditional colours. The pine needles was die cut from shimmer white cardstock and the strings were drawn in with a T-ruler and a silver pen. Instead of stamping out the layering bow in the set, I used a snippet of silver ribbon. (It’s been a while since I used ribbon on a card). Everything was adhered onto a white stitched rectangle mounted to a white top folding card base. Nothing’s complete without some sparkle, so clear shimmer was added to the sentiment to finish.
As you can see, I was focused on Christmas cards this week. 😉 The lights were stamped on white cardstock in rainbow colours with Altenew ink cube sets. I have the coordinating die, but didn’t want a white border so the lights were fussy cut out. The string for the lights was white heat embossed on a white stitched rectangle. Inks in rainbow colour were blended with a mini blending tool to create the glow from the lights before the lights were adhered. The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock and Nuvo Glaze was added to the lights for some shine and dimensions to finish.