CAS Christmas July Reminder – Poinsettia

 

Hello there!  This is the reminder post for July’s CAS Christmas Poinsettia card challenge.  Deadline is July 24th, so you have one more week to join us.  I’m fascinated with color pencils on dark cardstock.  Can’t get any darker than black and since I love non-traditional colour Christmas cards, here’s my card.

 

 

Started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from Artagain drawing paper.  Used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the duo poinsettia image off the edge with white pigment ink.  Stamped the image again on a scrap piece for a third poinsettia (applying the rule of thirds and odd numbers).  I could have used the single image in the set, but why dirty up another stamp.  Coloured them with a white Prismacolor pencil and a couple of grey Polychromos pencils for shading.

 

 

Once colouring was complet, re-stamped the images with white pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Added clear shimmer to them then fussy cut out the poinsettia from the scrap piece.

 

 

Die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ from silver foil and black cardstock.  Offset them on the panel for a shadow effect.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and mounted the fussy cut poinsettia with foam tape to finish.  At least that was what I thought… 😂

 

 

My husband was not thrilled with the monochromatic look, so I re-created it.  This time I used Bristol paper and white heat embossed the poinsettias first before watercolouring them with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  He’s not a fan of pink, but he liked it more than the black!  Huh!  I was happy with how both turned out but I still prefer the black one.  My mom just happened to FaceTime me at that moment, so I asked her what she thought… and she agreed with me!  Ha!  😂  Anyway, what do you think?

 

 

Marina of My Perfect Life is our wonderful guest designer this month.  She and my team have created some beautiful cards to inspire you and you can see them HERE.  As always, thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
The Flower Challenge — #22 Monochromatic
AAA Cards #119 Christmas in July
CAS on Friday — #137 Christmas in July
Papercraft — #16 Christmas in July
That’s Crafty — Close to Nature
The Merry Christmas Challenge — Anything Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #373 – Friendship

Happy Saturday everyone!  Ready for our next challenge at Less is More (LIM)?  Our theme this fortnight is Friendship!  Easy, right?… and the possibilities are endless.  Bev, the owner and designer for Uniko, is joining us as both our guest and sponsor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLESSED FRIENDSHIP

 

Yellow is associated with friendship, so I thought sunflowers would fit the bill. 😉  To start, a stitched rectangle panel was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  Stamped the sunflower cluster with Memento black ink, and masking each image.  Next blended Mowed Lawn distress ink in the corner with a mini blending tool.  For subtle shading around the flowers, used a Clarity brush.  Removed masks and coloured with Copics.  Mounted the panel on a white top folding card base and adhered the white embossed black sentiment strip.  Added clear shimmer and glossy accents to finish.

 

Challenges:
Inspired By  — Summer on the Porch
Always Fun — 61 Summer Fun
SSS MondayAll Things Bright and Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMOUFLAGE FRIEND

 

I didn’t intend on another floral card, but after enjoying the colouring process on this card, I wanted to do it again and get more pencil coloring practice in.  So just like that other card, stamped the image on Toned Tan paper with VersaMark ink, coloured with Polychromos and Chameleon pencils, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Die cut ‘Friend’ from the image and popped it up on black fun foam for the dimensional camouflage die cut technique.  White heat embossed ‘happy birthday’ on a black strip.  Finished with some clear shimmer on the flowers and a few clear sequins.

 

Challenges:
AAA Cards  — Game #116 The 4th Big Birthday Bash
The Flower Challenge — #21 Use a Previous Challenge    (chose #14 CAS)
Watercooler Wednesday — WWC173 Tenia’s Feminine Anything Goes 
Always Happy Birthday — June Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Summer Birthday
Seize the Birthday — Anything Goes Birthday optional topping Beachy Birthday

 

 

That’s it for me and now over to you!  To see the beautiful creations Bev and my team have made to inspire you to play along, please click HERE.  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pencil Coloured Floral Birthday

Hi there!  I have more birthdays coming up, so I am poppin’ in with a floral birthday card today.  Lately, I’ve been admiring all the beautiful pencil coloured creations, so I took the leap and coloured a larger, more detailed image.  It’s definitely labour intensive compared to colouring with Copics, but definitely satisfying once completed.  Here’s my card.

 

 

To begin, stamped the image with VersaMark on Toned Tan paper using my MISTI.  Coloured the image in using a mix of Polychromos (flowers) and Chameleon (foliage) pencils plus a Luminance White pencil.

 

 

Once colouring was done and with the stamp still positioned in the MISTI, re-stamped the image with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  After all that time it took to colour, I did not want to cover any part of it up, so white heat embossed the sentiment above.

 

 

Die cut it with an A2 stitched rectangle, then mounted the panel to a white top folding card base.  Keeping it CAS, added white dot details with a white gel pen and clear shimmer to finish.

Thank you for dropping by.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Where Creativity Meets C9#21 Florals
Uniko — #47 Photoinspiration optional twist Birthday
CAS-ual Fridays — #200 Birthday Celebration
AAA Cards#116 The Fourth Big Birthday Bash

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #372 Thinking of You

Hello there!  A new challenge starts today at Less is More (LIM) and for this fortnight, it’s our one layer card (OLC) challenge with a Thinking of You theme.  Once again our wonderful sponsor this month is Winnie and Walter and they are generously offering this month’s winner a $25 gift card to their store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINKING BUNNY

 

I rarely ever make thinking of you cards, but took this opportunity to practice my pencil colouring and use this cutie again.  To begin, stamped the bunny with Intense Black ink on a Certainly Celery (retired) card base.  Coloured him with a white Prismacolor pencil and added shading with pink and grey Polychromos pencils.  Used a black Polychromos pencil and a t-ruler to create and colour a black sentiment strip.  White heat embossed the sentiment from the same set, then framed him by embossing with a couple of rectangle dies to finish.

 

Challenges:
Always Fun — #59 Anything Goes
As You Like It — Favouritr: Flora or Fauna  (can’t go wrong with either, but adorable critters seem to steal my heart… and this little bunny is just too darn cute)
The House that Stamps BuiltAnything Goes M2318

 

 

That’s it for me, but be sure to pop over to the LIM blog post HERE to see all the fabulous OLCs my team has created to inspire you.  Hope you will play along.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reverse It

Hi there.  Today’s card will look familiar.  In my last post, I shared a Christmas card created with the spotlight technique.  Well, as I was cleaning up my desk, I came across the negative coloured die-cut piece.  What a shame to have that go to waste and thrown into recycling.  Instead, I stamped another piece (super easy since the elves stamps were untouched in the MISTI) and created today’s card using the reverse spotlight technique.

 

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To reverse spotlight, I simply shaded the newly stamped piece (pictured right above) with black and grey Polychromous pencils.  Adhered it behind the diecut square window piece and voila.

 

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I stamped the sentiment in Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear glitter embossing powder.  For dimension and interest, I die cut a rectangle to create a frame.  I then mounted the frame onto a white card base with foam adhesives.  Inlaid the die cut rectangle, added a few clear sequins  and called it done.  And here they are.

 

SPOTLIGHTING

 

REVERSE SPOTLIGHTING

 

 

 

I am participating in the following:

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 250
Virginia’s View – Challenge #24 Focal Point
Cards in Envy – Frame It