Thursday, 1 September 2022

September CAS Mix Up

It is the first of the month so time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up. I do hope you will be able to join us. This month we are using stencils and I am honoured to be our host. I want to see you use gesso with your stencils. 

I chose to use gesso really because I wanted to learn to use it more myself and so I have learnt that you can get some really stunning effects. I have also learnt that if you want to use it with stencils it is best to buy the thick or heavy gesso as it is easier to manage and doesn't leak under the stencil so easily.  If you pop over to the challenge blog you will find a number of links to different videos to help inspire you.

Our guest designer this month is the lovely Sue from Cards by Q. I hope you get a chance to pay her a visit.

I started this card by embossing my stencil onto a piece of card, this helped give some dimension and also helped with positioning the stencil to add the gesso. I actually really like the effect of the gesso through the stencil, it gives a really nice base for adding ink. The other really nice thing is that you can lift the ink off the gesso areas with a damp cloth if you want to create different effects. I used a cloth to lift off some of the yellow green and then added a little dark green to the leaf centres.

I cut the oval frame several times and stacked them and then added my image. The sentiment was stamped in the same dark ink and I added 2 little eyelets so I could attach my ribbon.

I am sure most of you have got a pot of gesso somewhere in your stash so why not get it out, find your favourite stencil and have a play with us this month. I guarantee you will be pleased that you did.

You have until 24th to join us and don't forget to visit the blog to get more inspiration and some links to technique videos to help. As I am hosting this one I shall be visiting every entry and am looking forward to getting some new ideas for using my gesso.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Cardstock: White linen effect paper; Bristol board; White A6 card base
Ink: Catherine pooler Lemongrass and spruce
Stamps: Taylored Expressions
Dies: Positively Papercraft oval die set; Lisa Horton tatty layers pretty tickseed panel
Stencil: Funky Fossil
Other: Art Basic heavy gesso; eyelets; ribbon

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


I Card Everyone said...

Hello, Hilary! Before I ooh and ahhh over your gorgeous card I entered my email address to your subscription box!! Hope I haven't missed too many posts!
Now. Back to your card! I DO have a tube of gesso around here somewhere, and you have really made such a gorgeous card using it I will promptly start looking for it immediately! LOvely stencil, gorgeous colors, fabulous oval die, and the prettiest scalloped panel! ALL tied up with a bow and a sweet hello - perfection, my friend!

Cat Craig said...

Oh my Hilary, this is gorgeous. Loving the yellow with the blue green centers. I love that you described the technique so well too. Not sure I have any gesso around...but I may take a hunt for it. Love that frame, layering it up really makes a statement. This is in my top 5 for you.

Viv said...

Love the subtle colours of this gorgeous card Hilary. Thanks for such a great challenge this month - I really had to get my thinking cap on! x

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fabulous card for your CAS Mix-up hosting gig, Hilary! I have yet to make it over there to play - maybe this'll be the month. If I can find my gesso...

Anyway, love your flowers in that gorgeous oval frame!!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow Hilary, you really nailed this card!! Absolutely delightful and just perfect! Love so much the idea of embossing the stencil before adding gesso, such clever technique! And also the bi-colour flowers look really great inside the sweet layered frame! The eyelets and the matching ribbon to hold the sentiment are fabulous details for adding interest to the whole design!
Hugs, have a lovely rest of the week!

Leslie Miller said...

Utterly gorgeous and with a sweet feminine look to it. The stenciled gesso gives wonderful texture, and your shading of the colors gives even more depth. Good tip about using the thicker gesso which I'll keep in mind if I ever decide to buy some. I've considered it because I like what I've seen. Now I'm learning even more and seeing a whole new look. Great challenge, Hilary!

GerJanne said...

Hi Hilary,
I do like the challenge and your card is so delicate! I love your style.
Last time there wasn't enough time for me to join you.
Hope I will be able to do this time.

Greta said...

What a beautiful card, Hilary! Really love the effect with the colors you used!

nancy littrell said...

Aaahhh...such a Sweet and beautiful Gesso Stenciled CAS card design, Hilary. TFS your detailed description. I LOVE your Gesso stenciling, die cut pretty frame and card base border. So fun to see your green eyelets to attach your narrow satin green ribbon. Every detail on your CAS card is perfect, my friend. I am LOVING your Gesso Challenge and so happy you chose this technique. I did learn from Eileen's video that using a very thin layer of Gesso prevents any leaking and gives a nice thin smooth stenciled image. TFS your beauty and hosting this wonderful challenge. All the DT and GD cards are so inspiring and gorgeous. Can't wait to see what I dedicated follower design too:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

brenda said...

This is lovely Hilary and the colour with the graduation into the darker areas really lifts the whole image. Beautifully done.

B x

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous feminine card Hilary love the beautiful die-cut frame,great technique with the gesso through a stencil-brilliant
Carol x

Bonnie said...

Wonderful coverage of the gesso through your stencil and a beautiful stencil, Hilary! Embossing the stencil before adding the gesso is a fantastic idea and I love how you added contrast to the center of the flowers! A great challenge and inspiration this month, my friend!

Christine Alexander said...

gorgeous Hillary, love the colours you chose for the flower especially the touch of blue in the centre ♥

coldwaters2 said...

WOW that card looks so beautiful Hilary I love the colour you have used and the frame superb make
lorraine x

Loll said...

Your card is so wonderful Hilary! I love the texture from the gesso background and then the sponging of the two colours over top. It's so gorgeous with the oval framing. Thanks so much for hosting this month ... I have enjoyed playing with gesso! :) xx

Julia Aston said...

What a beautiful stencil you used here Hilary! so pretty using this technique of gesso- the colors are lovely! Love the scallop edging on your oval framing! xx

Susan Joyce said...

Awesome card Hilary, so beautiful, love the darker centers on the flowers with the layered die cuts and the pretty edge on the oval.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Very elegant and beautiful Hilary! Fun theme - I enjoyed getting messy:)

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is really beautiful Hilary. Love the graduation in colours and the feminine delicate oval.

Chrissie said...

Very clever use of your stencil and the gesso here Hilary... I learned a thing or two here.
Beautiful card
Chrissie x

Linby said...

So pretty with the frame and mount. Your gesso work is just exquisite and the finishing touch of the ribbon through the tag is fab.

Jo said...

What bright and spectacular medallion. Love how you returned with the stencil to add the darker green. I have been playing and you've definitely inspire me. Beautiful card! xxx