CAS Christmas Card August Challenge - merry

I've been wanting to use the Alcohol Ink Lift Pad but I didn't have any Alcohol Ink backgrounds at hand, so I finally got to make some this weekend. 😊

First, I watched tutorial videos from Tim Holtz and Jennifer McGuire.
I made alcohol ink backgrounds, stamped images using the lift ink, gently removed the excess ink with a paper towel, and buffed it with Kleenex to get the clear images.

This is one of the backgrounds I made.

As you can see on the right tree, the ink was not lifted completely in the center. It could be that I didn't do it right somehow, or the Silver Mixative prevented the ink from being lifted.
The ghosting effect was interesting and looked different from white heat-embossing.

And I made this simple card:

I die cut the front panel window, sandwiched the AI panel, and popped it up with foam tape. The die-cut sentiment was adhered to the AI panel.

You can also stamp the lifted AI ink onto another card. So I made this card with the stamped-off tree.

I stenciled falling snow with Nuvo Glimmer paste, die cut a frame, and pasted it over the card base. The sentiment was die cut from the leftover AI background and layered over another die-cut piece of navy blue.

It was a fun experiment and I added two more to my Christmas card stash. Yay!
The CAS Christmas Challenge is open until August 24th, so join our fun!

[Card 1]
Stamp: Evergreen (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Yupo Paper (Ranger), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Alcohol Ink (Purple Twilight, Indigo, Turquoise, Patina, Silver Metallic Mixative - Ranger), Alcohol Ink Lift Pad (Ranger)
Stitched Rectangle (Simon Says Stamp), Merry Christmas Brush Script Die (Kat Scrappiness), Foam Tape (3M)

[Card 2]
Stamp: Evergreen (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Yupo Paper (Ranger), Whisper White, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Alcohol Ink (
Purple Twilight, Indigo, Turquoise, Patina, Silver Metallic Mixative - Ranger), Alcohol Ink Lift Pad (Ranger)
Accessories: Die-namics Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames (My Favorite Things),
Merry Christmas Brush Script Die (Kat Scrappiness), Stencil (Falling Snow - Simon Says Stamp), Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Moonstone)


CAS Watercolour August Challenge - just saying hello

Marcia is hosting her first challenge at CAS Watercolour this month and she chose "Sunflower" as the theme. Bright and bold sunflowers are THE summer flowers, aren't they?

Here's my sunflower card:

I heat-embossed the sunflower in dark brown, and colored it with Brushos. Then cut it into 4 pieces and pasted them on a piece of white square cardstock. The notebook page was die cut and the sentiment was heat-embossed in the same color as the sunflower. I added a brass pin to the flower panel so that it looks like a summer memory pinup photo.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Summer Flowers (Simon Says Stamp), Everyday Sayings (Hero Arts)
Paper: Watercolor Paper
(140 lb. Hot Press - Arches), White Linen (Ellen Hutson), Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Brusho (Lemon, Yellow, Orange, Leaf Green, Cobalt Blue, Dark Brown, Prussian Blue, Black), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics Mini Album Torn Notebook STAX (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!), Vintage Trinkets (Antique Brass - Stampin' Up!)


CAS Mix Up August Challenge - hello

I've been interested in the Stencil Monoprint technique but never tried it.
There's no excuse anymore because the CAS Mix Up August Challenge is Stencil Monoprint! 😊 I'm so excited to get to try this technique with the tutorial videos and wonderful sample cards provided in the challenge site! Thanks so much, Nancy, for hosting another fun challenge this month!

And here's my card:

 Using Stencil Monoprint, Die-cutting, and Stamping
I followed Lee-Anne Cross' instructions shown in her video, and made the background with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone). I die-cut the background to make a front panel, and also die-cut the dark brown cardstock a little bigger than the front panel to make the trim.
The cornflowers were die cut. Two dark brown ones for the shadows and dimension, and one white one for the top.
I stamped the sentiment with Pumice Stone.

I liked the summery feelings of the card. 

The challenge has just started and is open until August 24. Hoping to see your Stencil Monoprint card in the gallery.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Dahalia Turnabout Stamp Set (Concord & 9th)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Arches Hot Press - 140 lb), Whisper White, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone - Ranger)
Halftone Stencil (Altenew), Dies (Cornflowers - Alexandra Renke, Die-namics Elegant Rectangles STAX - My Favorite Things), Stick-it Adhesive Sheet


CAS Christmas Card August Challenge - merry christmas

It's the 3rd of the month and time for our CAS Christmas Card Challenge.
This month I'm thrilled to host the challenge for the first time and we have some great news: 
First, a wonderful Guest Designer, Barb (Barb's Studio Creations), is back! She was our very first Guest Designer in May, and we're so happy to have her join us again.
Second, we have two new talented Designers joining us on our team starting this month! Colleen Foelker (One Smile Lifts a Spirit) and Linda Snodgrass (Lin's Craft Corner). We're so excited to have them!

So, I chose Tree as a theme for this month. Trees are one of the necessities in Christmas cards, aren't they?

Here's what I made:

First, I die-cut the dotted white front panel. Then I punched out 2 trees from silver foil paper, heat-embossed tinsel on them, and placed them so that they look like the letter M.
Next, I die-cut the sentiment, Merry, from silver foil paper, cut off the first letter (M), and pasted it next to the trees. Finally, I heat-embossed the sentiment, CHRISTMAS, in silver.

Please check out our challenge site to find the wonderful inspirational cards our Designers and Barb have created. I hope to see your tree card in the gallery!

Stamp: Festival of Trees, Wishing You (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil Paper (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Accessories: Tree Punch, Expressions Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up!), Dotted Rectangles Framelits (Sizzix), Embossing Powder (White, Silver - Hero Arts), Home for Christmas Enamel Dots (Stampin' Up!), Foam Tape (3M), Stick It Adhesive Sheet