CAS Christmas Card September Challenge - merry christmas

Today's card is a reminder of the CAS Chrstmas Challenge. It's hosted by Nance, and the theme is Wreath. We have a very talented Guest Designer, Birgit, this month.

Here's my card:

The wreath stamp was pretty solid, so I sponged 3 distress ink colors on the stamp to give an ombre look. I added a Nuvo drop in the center and layered it over the red die-cut squares. 
The white front panes was dry embossed. I didn't want the space for the wreath panel and sentiment embossed, so I made a diffuser using a chip board.

The embossing went fine but it was a little bit competing with the wreath panel, so I ran the panel through Big Shot again without the embossing folder to flatten it out. Now the embossing effect was less noticeable.
The sentiment was stamped with Silver pigment ink. Finally I coated the wreath with Glossy Accents and added a Nuvo drop to it.

The challenge is open until September 24th, and I hope to see your card in the gallery!

Stamp: Cozy Christmas (Ellen Hutson)
Paper: White Linen (Ellen Huston), Raspberry Ripple (Stampin' Up!)

Distress Ink (Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron - Ranger), Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink (Tsukineko - Silver)
Embossing Folder (Woodland Textured Impressions - Stampin' Up!), Dies (Squares Collection Framelits - Stampin' Up!), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Autumn Red)


CAS Watercolour September Challenge - love & thanks

I'm pretty late to the game, but I finally got a Lindy's Magical Shimmer set. My wonderful friend, Loll, recommended that I get the "Autumn Leaves" set first. She was right! I love all 5 colors in the set and I couldn't help using all of them in this card. 😁

I stamped the tree image on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black. Then I sprinkled a tiny amount of 4 colors of the Magical powders (crimson, orange, olive and teal) over the stamped image and spritzed some water over it. I watercolored the trunk and the land with the 5th color (brown). The sentiment was heat-embossed with Gold embossing powder. I die-cut the front panel and adhered it to the dark brown card base.

Now I totally understand why people are so big on the Magicals' beautiful shimmer and I'm happy to see it in real life.

Loll is hosting this month's CAS Waterclour Challenge and she's challenging us to watercolor trees. I'm sharing my card in the gallery. You have until September 24th to play along.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Lovely As a Tree (Stampin' Up!), Geometric Greenery (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Watercolor Paper
(140 lb. Hot Press - Arches), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Lindy's Magicals (Autumn Leave: Autumn Maple Crimson, Red Hot Poker Orange, Ponderosa Pines Olive, Tibetan Poppy Teal, Cattail Copper Brown), Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts)


CAS Mix Up September Challenge - happy birthday

It's September but it's still very hot and dry in the daytime here in LA.  

Bonnie is hosting the CAS Mix Up Challenge this month, and the theme is one of her favorite techniques, "Ink Stamps with Markers".

And here's my card:

Using stamps inked with Zig Real Brush Markers, stamping, sponging, 
and die cutting

I inked the stamps with Zig brush markers and stamped the images several times while changing colors. Misti is such a useful tool to do this technique!
I masked the stamped roses and leaves and sponged the background lightly with distress inks.
The I die cut the panel and the matte, and put them together.
The card base is actually light gray, and I wanted to add a subtle texture to it, so I put a piece of white parchment paper over the card base. The light gray shows through slightly and I love the stone look of it.
The stamped panel and the die-cut sentiment were adhered to the parchment cover.

The challenge is open until September 24th.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Brush Art Floral (Altenew)
Paper: Bristol Paper (100 lb. - Strathmore), Parchment Paper (29 lb. - Grafix), Steel Grey (My Favorite Things), Smokey Slate (Stampin' Up!)

Zig Real Brush Markers (Light Pink, Peach Pink, Yellow, Pale Green, Light Green, Emerald Green), Distress Ink (Broken China, Weathered Wood - Ranger)
Accessories: Die-namics Mod Square STAX (My Favorite Things), Birthday Wafer Die (Simon Says Stamp)


CAS Christmas Card September Challenge - peace on earth

It's already September, only a few months left this year. Time flies, doesn't it?
This month's CAS Christmas Card Challenge is hosted by our talented Designer, Nance. We have a wonderful Guest Designer, Birgit

Nance chose Wreath as the challenge. Isn't is fun just to think of holiday wreaths in different colors and textures?

I went with this simple one as my first wreath card.

I die-cut the white wreath outline twice and layered them, and inlaid the green die-cuts (leaves). I die-cut the dove and the sentiment and stamped a part of the sentiment in black. I layered two die-cut sentiments. Everything was glued on the linen textured card base.

Please check out the challenge blog to see Birgit's pretty Wreath Christmas card, along with the cards made by the rest of our Designers. I'm sure you'll be inspired to play along! The challenge is open until September 24.

Stamp: Winter Work Coordinates (Reverse Confetti)
Paper: White Linen (Ellen Hutson), Field Day (My Favorite Things), Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko)
Accessories: Wreath, Winter Words Die (Reverse Confetti),
Christmas Deer, Tree & Dove Die (Art-C). Stick It Adhesive Sheets


Cornflowers with Tissue Paper background

I made a card using a cornflower die with tissue paper background from my stash.

I learned the tissue paper technique at CAS Mix Up Challenge last year.
Loll made a great tutorial video, and I followed her instructions.

Here's my card:

I used Distress Inks to color my tissue paper and misted a mixture of Perfect Pearl and water over the tissue.
The cornflowers and the oval window were die cut.

I sponged a strip of white cardstock with the same distress inks I used for the tissue paper, and die-cut the birthday sentiment from it. I glued the sentiment on a piece of vellum and attached the vellum strip to the card front.

Thanks for checking in today!

Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Translucent Vellum (My Favorite Things), Tissue Paper
Ink: Distress Ink (Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Black Soot - Ranger)

Accessories: Dies (Cornflowers - Alexandra Renke, Birthday - Simon Says Stamp, Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX - My Favorite Things), Perfect Pearl (Ranger), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesive)