Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Salted Sky

Time to remind you about the CAS Watercolour challenge that closes on August 24th!

I find the salt technique is perfect for snowy / frosty / wintery looks so went with a Christmas card:

I did a very wet blue watercolour wash and sprinkled with lots of salt, then left it overnight to dry.  After I brushed off the salt, I had a lovely pattern to use for my frosty sky.  I used a simple die cut to lay over it, adding a tiny scrap of gold cs into the house's window.  My sentiment is stamped and heat embossed, and the panel cut out with a stitched die and popped up on fun foam.

Please come and join us with your clean and simple card that uses watercolour and salt!

Stamps - Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - ColorBox Sapphire Silk
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper, tiny scrap of gold cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - blue watercolour paint, clear embossing powder, Memory Box die, Lil Inker stitched square die

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Antique Ornaments

Summer is flying by - you'd think I'd want to "be in the moment" and just enjoy summer, but no, here I am thinking of Christmas.  So my reminder card for the August CAS Mix Up challenge is a Christmas one.  The challenge this month is:

And here's my card:

I covered a scrap of cs with silver adhesive-backed foil tape (the type that is used for furnace duct work).  Then I ran it through an embossing folder.   I then dropped various Christmas colours of alcohol ink on the foil, being careful not to let the red and green merge and turn into brown mud (the embossed ridges help with that).  When dry, I sanded off the embossed ridges to keep them silver.

I die cut with various ornament dies, "hung" them on the card with silver cord, popping them up with a bit of foam tape.

The sentiment is stamped in Staz-On as the cs is shimmery and slippery.  I trimmed the main panel so that I could tape the silver cord behind it, and then popped it up on foam tape.

Please come and join us before August 24th with your clean and simple card, featuring stamping, alcohol inks, and at least one other option - mine are die-cutting and dry embossing.

Stamps - Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Staz-on, various Christmas colours of alcohol inks
Paper - scrap of cs, cream shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Spellbinders ornament dies, silver cord, Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder, silver adhesive-backed foil tape, foam tape

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Yellow for Christmas

The August challenge from Christmas Cards All Year Round is to use yellow.  I'm entering this card:

I sponged with various dark yellows and yellow-browns to get the background. I stamped the trees in green. The snow is done with chunky white Frantage embossing enamel that I sprinkled over the card and heated from the underside.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with some of the cards I did for SCS Dare to Get Dirty challenges.

Stamps - Tim Holtz trees, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Memento Northern Pine, various Distress inks
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Frantage chunky white embossing enamel, Memory Box Christmas star die, fun foam

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Peace in Blue

The Jingle Belles Christmas card challenge is asking us to incorporate a Peace Symbol or the word Peace into our design.  I've done both on my card:

I stamped and heat embossed the dove and sentiment, trimmed the panel with a stitched rectangle die, and popped it up on fun foam on a blue card base. 

It's a real CAS design that would be easy to make multiples of.

I'm also entering it in the Merry Christmas Challenge "Anything Christmas Goes".

Stamps - Penny Black dove, unknown sentiment
Ink - ColorBox True Blue
Paper - white cs, blue shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, fun foam