CAS Tropical Day

July CAS Mix Up Challenge has us focusing on stencil tracing either outlining through a stencil or freehand afterwards.

I wanted to use my new tropical leaves stencil so reached for a previously made background I had already inked a while back when I was trying out the acrylic block technique where I'd used three distress oxides.  I masked around the main leaf on the stencil and sponged through two shades of green DOs, once dry outlined freehand just three sides with a black fine liner.
Next I hunted for a suitable flower and chose a cherry blossom sakura stamp maybe not truly tropical but it looks the part to me.  Flower was stamped on a spare scrap of the orange, embossed with clear EP then spiced marmalade DO sponged through the same stencil to give a stripy effect.  Freehand lines drawn with a white gelly roll pen, fussy cut, petals curled slightly and adhered to the bottom of my panel.  Finished off with a stamped sentiment again embossed with clear EP directly onto the card …

CAS Embossed Vellum Butterflies

This month has been busy for me both a work and life in general and now that Father's Day has passed I can concentrate on a challenge card.  Football is also back on the TV so a perfect excuse for me to escape to my craft room!  June's mixed media challenge at CAS Mix Up is focusing on embossed vellum. I came across my gradient coloured vellum sheets the other day so set about stamping & heat embossing in gold this gorgeous butterfly stamp by Phill Martin, from his second Sentimentally Yours box kit.

On the back of the stamped vellum I dry embossed all the butterflies with a ball tool so they have a raised effect and the inner parts of their wings are whiter though not sure my photos have captured that very well.  Attaching vellum to a card can be tricky as glue will show through so I used a ribbon die four times and arranged to make a frame then glued behind that onto the card base ... problem solved.  I've left this an open card for now and will add a small sentiment…

Dad - Thanks for being so Wonderful

For Father's Day this year I set out to make a double z-fold wiper card but in the end I replaced the right-hand wiper element with an action wobbler mechanism because I liked the overall effect more.  I followed a video tutorial by Sam Calcott from Mixed Up Crafts to see how everything came together but cut my own panels as I don't have her die set.

As my dad loves nothing better than pottering and tending his garden I decorated the card with pansies, butterflies and foliage to set the scene with birds in the background.

Pansies stamped, coloured with promarkers, fussy cut & mounted with silicone glue.  Added die cut foliage in between.  Butterflies stamped with wilted violet distress oxide, clear embossed then yellow/black added with a promarker & die cut.  Mounted the left-hand butterfly on the wiper element and made my own action wobbler mechanism for the right-hand butterfly from beading wire wound around a pen into a coil with die cut circles to attach - so easy …

Thinking of You

Recently I needed a sympathy card for a work colleague who sadly lost her mum so decided to take inspiration from a project by Tracey Evans in Phill Martin's stamping special magazine which used his flower/grass stencil.  This is my take on her card.
I placed an oval aperture stencil on top of the flower/grass stencil and firstly sponged with distress oxides - cracked pistachio & evergreen bough for the grasses and shaded lilac for the flower heads, then applied Versamark ink and heat set with clear EP.

Using milled lavender distress ink for the rest of the inky process I replaced the oval aperture and brushed ink through, removed then sponged around the edges of a paper circle to create a spotlight and a script stamp in the hand to randomly stamp to add more depth.  Finally stamped the sentiment and inked around the panel edges adding a few sequins to embellish. I've used - A6 white tent fold base Creative Expressions coconut white foundations card Phill Martin Sentimentall…

CAS Gesso Resist

This month's CAS Mix Up Card Challenge is to use a gesso resist technique, again a product I did not already have until my local store recently opened up again so I was able to buy a pot and finally have a play which is why I'm just posting before the deadline.

I've created an encouragement card.  Dina Wakley's media girl silhouette stamp was my starting point, she was stamped with gesso on some mixed media card hand cut into a fish tail banner.  Once dry I sponged a mix of blue/lilac distress inks over the top, spritzed with water then added some turquoise brusho powder mostly around the edges, spritzed again to get a smooth darker tone leaving a lighter area in the middle.  Added more interest with stamped stars and tiny stamped words.

The dictionary definition 'wonderful' rubber stamp is a very old wood mounted one which I've stamped onto the white panel and then partly onto the top of the banner so it could overlap.  'You are' is a separate clea…

CAS Wall Flowers

A CAS card for two May challenges CAS Stencil Challenge to use layered stencils and Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge where I took the top line of Birthday-CAS-Green.

I've taken a little eight petal daisy stencil and distress oxide inks sponging four times in all with a different colour, turning the stencil slightly each time so the petals layer over each other.  I used two shades of green (evergreen bough/cracked pistachio) with yellow (squeezed lemonade) and lilac (shaded lilac) and created three flower heads.

Next I lightly brushed tattered rose distress ink over a wall stencil fading out the colour to one side, then over-layed a small dotty stencil and with a finger dauber added more of the same ink to give a darker pattern on some of the bricks but still keeping it subtle.

Added doodled stems with a black fine liner pen and some random accent dots too.  Stamped a sentiment and adhered three sequins to embellish which catch the light.  Panel mounted on a dark green card base.


Never Ending card

I've had a pack of Never Ending die-cut card blanks sat on my shelf for far too long and have finally completed my first one, about time too ... although I must admit once all the panels had papers on them I was a bit stuck with how to carry on decorating it so then it just sat looking at me for another couple of weeks!

The lovely garden birds paper also has a kingfisher so I finally took that flash of blue as inspiration for some of the die cuts (sentiment, flowers, butterflies, hearts) together with pearlised white for the picket fence & lace edged leaves.

The front of the card stands up just like a gatefold card then opens up to a page where I've added a few die cut birds and some embossed butterflies from coloured scraps in my stash.

Pictures of the other inside pages

And finally I added a vellum sleeve wrap so I can attach a verse on the back and for somewhere to write.

I've used - Papermania 14 x 14cm Never Ending Folding Card blank mag patterned papers Country Dia…