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Hello there! I am so excited to be guest designing today at CAS on Friday for their challenge #139 Butterflies. There were so many options, but in the end I used a new die I recently purchased. And here’s my card.
I wanted to try the faux stained glass technique and thought this Drifting Side Butterfly die would be perfect for a first attempt. To start, the solid butterfly was die cut from Bristol paper and the outline butterfly was die cut four times from silver foil paper. Coloured the solid Bristol butterfly with Zig markers then stacked the silver outline butterflies on top. Added Crystal Glaze to the individual sections, then set aside to dry.
For a bit of interest, took a black A2 panel from my stash and scored a grid background with my scoring tool. Heat embossed the sentiment in silver below the grid. Attached the panel to a white card base and adhered the butterfly to finish.
That does it for me, but be sure to check out more wonderful inspirations from the design team at CAS on Friday HERE. Thank you for visiting!
Hi there! Just poppin’ in quickly to share a simple birthday card. I just got the matching die for my Watching the World Bloom stamp set today and wanted to put it to use right away. It is a dream not to have to fussy cut the wreath out like I did last time. 😉
Started by stamping the wreath with Memento black ink onto a scrap of Neenah cardstock and coloured it in rainbow colours with Copics. Die cut it out with my new die then heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on a black strip.
Next embossed the background with a wood embossing folder from Whisper White cardstock. Adhered the wood piece flat to a white top folding card base. Mounted the wreath and sentiment with foam tape, then added clear shimmer to finish.
Hi there. Green is not just for St. Patrick’s Day! 😉 Here’s a birthday card I created using a NBUS stamp set I’ve had for quite a while.
To begin, the wreath and some individual leaf images were stamped on X-press It paper with black Memento ink. The individual leaves were used to fill in the sparse areas on the wreath and make it look fuller. They were coloured with Copics, then fussy cut out since I don’t have the matching dies.
Then on a Wonky Stitched Rectangle panel die cut from hot press watercolor paper, masking was used to clear heat emboss the music strip background. Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint distress inks were applied to it with a Clarity brush and excess ink was wiped off with a tissue for a little emboss resist. The sentiment from the same set was white heat embossed on black cardstock. I was going to add some green sequins, but decided to add some green splatters instead.
The panel was adhered to a white top folding cardbase before all elements were assembled. To give the wreath some depth, shading was added with a gray colored pencil. Crystal glaze on the green leaves finished off the card.
And that is all. Thank you for visiting. Enjoy your day.
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!
Hi there. I am sharing a CAS birthday card today.. It was really quick to make since most of the pieces were from snippets I already had.
A few Sundays back, I had a craftydate with friends (Loll, Christine and Susan) and we did smooshing with tissue paper and Distress Oxide (DOx) inks. I came home with seven different pieces. The Wilted Violet / Cracked Pistachio one was used here. It was glued to a scrap of white cardstock and then die cut with a NBUS hexagon die.
The hexagon die was then used to die cut on a white Stitched Rectangle snippet panel. For dimension, the hexagons were also die cut from black cardstock and stacked for dimensional inlay diecutting. The sentiment was black heat embossed.
The outline butterfly was attached to the solid butterfly only in the centre to allow the wings to move freely for a 3-D effect. The butterflies were also snippets. And that finishes the card.