Friday, 22 May 2020

Watercoloured Galaxy

As this is the last month for the old format of the CAS challenges, I decided that I must make an effort to share a card in all 3. My last one to enter today is CAS Watercolour where the prompt is night sky. Another reason for entering is that I have done a water colouring class on Skillshare that had an exercise to paint a galaxy. I often skip the exercises in classes but this challenge gave me a good reason not to.

I have found myself feeling very distracted recently, my mind seems to be in lots of places at once so I struggle to concentrate and focus on one thing. It means I keep making stupid mistakes, so taking the time to focus on one activity has helped (a little).

My galaxy is an A4 sheet and so far I have made 3 cards from it:


This one has a coating of clear shimmer on it as does the one below.
I am sharing this at:
Stamplorations May CAS Challenge

I have always been intimidated by enamel dots, sequins etc as I could never work out how to place them, but I think I might get a bit bolder now after watching Cathy Zielske on You Tube, she gives some very clear tips in one of her 10 minute design chats. I was so enthused that I had a go with this card. Has it worked?

I am sharing this one at:
The Paper Players PP 491 Clean and simple, men in mind

Finally this little succulent is rooting happily in a glass vase and looking rather pretty, so I thought I would share the image with you. I hope it makes you smile.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Gesso Resist

Today I have a card for CAS Mix Up May challenge which is hosted by Linda. she has asked us to use the gesso resist technique, plus stamping plus your choice. I have never used this technique before and as I have a tiny bottle of clear gesso I had no excuse, so here is my effort:

I used a stencil (not used before) and painted the gesso over it onto a piece of white card. Once the gesso was dry I brushed distress ink all over the panel. I kept to a monotone palette so I could also enter Seize the birthday #190. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. I have decided that I really like the effect you get with this technique and must remember to try use it again. As the stencil is NBUS I am also sharing at NBUS #14.

As I only used half the panel, I made another but this time I added contrast.

I also tried out the gesso with a stamp, the effect is quite subtle but still good. I again used a blending brush to apply a slightly darker shade of orange, and this time I used a complementary colour for the card base and sentiment.

Here is a close up


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Friday, 15 May 2020

May CAS Stencil Reminder

It is reminder time over at the CAS Stencil challenge blog and I am honoured to be your host this month. The theme that I chose is layered stencilling. Greta is our guest designer this month, her cards are well worth a look.

If you are not sure where to start with this try having a look at the videos linked on the blog. you can create all sorts of looks with this technique. My reminder card has a different look to it as I only used one stencil, but I rotated it and used it again. I ended up with a lovely gingham effect, so I thought it would make a good table cloth.

You can see that I made 2 panels in 2 colour ways here, I decided to use the monotone one and save the other for another day.

The stamp and sentiment are from a Penny Black set called 'from the garden'. This was fussy cut and painted with the same colours. I actually made 2 of these cards as I didn't put any splatters on the first one (I love splatters, but am terrified of them too), so I decided to make another and brave the spatters! Much to my surprise, it worked but now I am worried that I have compromised the CAS status of this card! The shadow is drawn with a pencil.

Do visit the blog and see all the inspiration we have for you and I shall look forward to seeing your entry, just click here, you won't regret it as this is such a cool technique and makes really good use of your stencils.
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Thursday, 14 May 2020

70th Birthday

Today my card is for Stamping Sensations say it with flowers:

This is made with a turn about stamp by Crafters Companion which, after several attempts, I got an impression that I was content with. I won't say pleased because it is not perfect. These stamps can be so frustrating! I used memento ink which gave this lovely bold look. I didn't want to detract too much from the background so I stamped and heat embossed the numbers on vellum, fussy cut them out and coloured them from behind with alcohol markers. The letters are die cut from shiny dark red card which the panel was also mounted on.

Although this is very bold and imposing, I think it works, I hope you think so too.

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I am also sharing this at Watercooler Wednesdays C271

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Today I have a quick post to share this card that I made some time ago but haven't posted until now. When I saw that the code word for Addicted to CAS was flower, I wondered if I had something already made that would fit, as so may of my cards have flowers of some description on them.

I found this:

The flower is a dahlia stencil by Uniko, as is the sentiment and heart stamp, the heart circle frame is by Catherine Pooler.

I hope you like it.

I am also sharing it at:
Addicted to stamps and more #389 - CAS

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