Sunday, 4 August 2019

CAS Stencil Guest Designer

Today I am thrilled and a little nervous to be guest designer on the CAS Stencil August Challenge.

This month the code word is Sprays and the challenge is hosted by Robyn of Waterlily Cards, she makes the most wonderful cards so her blog is well worth a visit. Sprays hmmmm, this was a bit of a challenge for me as I only have a bottle of cosmic shimmer spray (and the nozzle is blocked), but after some thought I decided to have a go at some cards using this rather than try to make some spray from my brusho paints or perfect pearls.

My first attempts weren't terribly successful, although I did manage to rescue them and make some cards that I will show you later. I went on to make this card:

I used a Neat and Tangled stencil called rice paddies and inked half my panel, after putting some post it tape down to mask it, with DI and a life changing blender brush (love them). I left the stencil in place and then sprayed the cosmic shimmer that I decanted into a mini mister. I discovered that you need as fine a spray as you can and you shouldn't over wet it or the liquid will seep under the stencil. This happened a little but not so much that I worried about it. You can see the effect in the picture below:

I really liked the end result, the fact that the shimmer is only on the inked stencil area enhances the effect of the stencil.

I die cut the little fish twice, once from a silvery shimmer paper and once from the same pale blue card as the base. I slightly offset them to enhance the look of the scales on the fish. I added the sentiment and die cut the panel. The base card is Adorable Scorable coated card, which I have been using a lot since I discovered it a few months ago.

I hope that my humble efforts will inspire you to take part in the challenge this month.

Here are a couple of the cards that I rescued:

The problem I had with this was the spray pooled in places and did not cover enough in others. In addition, I was using quite thin paper and it buckled badly when the spray wet it. It is actually grey paper although it looks brown in the picture. I had masked a panel and inked it before using the stencil (from AALL & CREATE) and spraying the cosmic shimmer. I decided I quite liked the effect even though it had gone a bit messy, so I rescued it by cutting the paper down using an edge die and mounting it on adorable scorable coated card. The sentiment is heat embossed in silver, which is another reason why I love this card - it takes heat embossing really well. I like the shimmeriness (is that a word?) created by the cosmic shimmer. The pictures don't really do it justice.

Here is another one:

I think that's enough from me for one day. Thank you so much for visiting, I really appreciate it.


  1. Fabulous cards, Hilary! I know what you mean about being nervous, but you aced this one, Jo x

  2. I can see you've had a lot of fun with this technique...your cards are gorgeous, Hilary! I'm partial to the first one with your fabulous little fish and so impressed with all the amazing sparkle! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer for the August challenge at CAS Stencil! Barb xx

  3. Oh my goodness Hillary, I LOVE your card. You did an amazing job with the stencil and the spray. The sparkle is gorgeous! Have you played at Time Out with this one? The theme is relaxation!

  4. Well, I love all of your efforts Hilary! Your ocean stencil is so sparkly and the perfect place for your lovely fishy to swim! so happy to have you with us this month at CAS Stencil as Guest DT! Julia xx

  5. Hilary I just love your gorgeous fishy scene...that stencil is perfect for the water and your use of the cosmic shimmer over the top of the blue has created a fabulous effect, and sets a lovely background for your die cut fish - nice idea to use two colours and offset.. yes a lovely 'relaxing' card. More nice cards from your try outs too and thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at CAS Stencil this month, hugs Robyn

  6. Wow...Hilary...all three of your shimmery CAS card design are Gorgeous!!! I loved how you explained your creative process and used creative solutions to end up with three beautiful shimmery card panels. Your 1st card made such a gorgeous seascape and your die cut stacked fish was the perfect embellishment. Wonderful heat embossed sentiments and colors on all your cards too. So pleased you are our Guest Designer month. TFS Hugs...Nancy

  7. WOW! Gorgeous cards Hilary .... I love your little seascape, that stencil is perfect for this and the touch of shimmer really adds to the design.
    It's lovely to have you as a Guest Designer this month xx

  8. Wow!! All three cards are amazing, but the first card is my favourite. I'm thrilled!!!

  9. Gorgeous cards Hilary, stunning in fact. Great job guest designing and congratulations.

  10. Many congratulations on guesting and what a stunning card Hilary x.I love how you inked through the stencil and then popped the shimmer with a spray on top, it looks absolutely beautiful x. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration.
    I also love the other cards you kindly shared with us as some times this technique can look fabulous looking a little more mixed media and the seeping underneath etc can add to the glorious effect x.

  11. You did amazing work with the shimmer mist, Hilary! I LOVE your first card with the light blue through that awesome stencil and then the shimmer on top. It really sparkles and is so pretty. The double layered fish is beautiful and adds lots of dimension. The other two cards using panels you weren't completely happy with, turned out beautifully too! Always great to save a pretty piece by cutting it down. Great saves on both! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month at CAS Stencil!

  12. What a great trio of cards using the shimmer spray Hilary! I love the fish one, looks amazing and a great idea to spray the sparkly shimmer on top of the ink, thankyou for guesting at Cas Stencil this month, Cathy x

  13. Congrats on your GD spot! Gorgeous set of cards, I love all the sparkle.

  14. All of your cards turned out great. I really love the first one. That stencil is just perfect for an ocean scene. Congrats on your GD spot at CAS Stencil.

  15. This water is terrific with the sparkle and shine. Your rescued card is so pretty. I'm glad you made it into such a great card.

  16. Congrats, your GD card is so shimmery just like when sunlight catches the water on a summer day and a perfect setting for the fish! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog ... Steph x


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