4/01/2020

CAS Mix Up April Challenge - happy birthday

Welcome to our new challenge at CAS Mix Up!

Our very talented Designer, Loll, is hosting the challenge this month and her theme is Bleaching. Our wonderful guest designer is our former Designer, 
Mac (The Sweetest of Peas).




I would have never thought of using bleach in my craft room, and I was not sure how it would lift colors from cardstock. Buy I'm telling you, it does work!

If you're not familiar with this technique (like me), please check out the tutorial videos provided on the challenge site.

Here's my card:


Using Bleaching, Sponging, Heat-embossing, Die-cutting, and Stamping


[How I made the card]
1. Stamped the image with dark brown distress oxide ink on Mixed Media paper, and clear heat-embossed it to make a front panel.
2. Sponged the front panel in lavender dye ink with a blending brush.
3. Lifted the colors of the petals from within, using bleach and a cheap small paint brush.
4. Added pink distress ink only to the center of the flowers and spread the ink a little with water.
5. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment.
6. Adhered pearls to the center of the flowers.
7. Die-cut the front panel and glued it onto the card base.




Thanks so much, Loll, for hosting this fun challenge this month!


You have until April 24th to link up your card here. Looking forward to seeing your cards in the gallery!




Stamp: Dotted Bloom (Altenew)
Paper: Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore - 140 lb.), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Dye Ink (Grapesicle - My Favorite Things), Distress Oxide Ink (Ground Espresso - Ranger), Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories
Stitched Mod Rectangle STAX Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Metallic Gold Rich - Wow), Pearl Basic Jewels (Stampin' Up!), Connect Glue (Gina K)

3/15/2020

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - hello

The CAS Mix Up Challenge's 4th birthday celebration continues with the wonderful creations we see in the gallery.






Jenny's fun challenge this month is Acrylic Paint, and here's my card:


Using Acrylic Paint, Heat-embossing, and Stamping


[How I made the card]
1. Heat-embossed the leaves on a piece of white cardstock and a piece of heat-resistant acetate in dark brown. I also Heat-embossed the sentiment on the cardstock.
I learned how to use acrylic paint on acetate from this video



2. Colored the leaves with acrylic paint on the back side of the embossed acetate. This will help prevent the acrylic paint from getting scratched or marred.
3. Removed the center panel of the white cardstock by making cuts 1" from the top and 1" from the bottom.
4. Glued the acetate to the back of the top and bottom cardstock panels.
5. Added a few clear sequins to the front panel.




It was fun to color images on acetate with acrylic paint. Next time I'll be more careful with heat-embossing on acetate so that it won't warp. 😉

Visit the challenge site for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Betty. I hope to see you in the gallery! 




Stamp: Leaf Canopy (Altenew)
Paper: 
Whisper White (Stampin. Up!)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Paint: Acrylic Paint (Monarch Creation)
Accessories: Embossable Window Plastic (JudiKins), Embossing Powder (Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!), Sequins (Sparkling Clear Mix - Pretty Pink Posh), Connect Glue (Gina K)

3/01/2020

CAS Mix Up March Challenge - sending lots of love

It's March, and this is a special month for CAS Mix Up Challenge.
It's our 4th birthday! Can you believe this Challenge is already turning FOUR?!
I'd love for you to join us in the celebration! We have prizes. 😊




Our talented Designer, Jenny, is hosting this fun challenge this month and she chose Acrylic Paint as the theme. We have a wonderful Guest Designer, Betty (created by bjk).




I bought my first acrylic paints a few months ago and this is my first time to use them. How exciting it is to try a new medium!

And here's my card:


Using Acrylic Paint, Gel Press, Stenciling, Die-cutting, Heat-embossing, and Stamping


[How I made the card]
1. Made a background using acrylic paint and Gel Press. I watched this video to learn how to use Gel Press.



This is one of the many backgrounds I made, using the items below (fruit net, crinkled tissue paper, bubble wrap) in addition to stencils.



Pounced the crinkled tissue ball over the dark brown wet print, stenciled with purple paint, and pressed a piece of bubble wrap inked with light blue paint over the stenciled part. Spattered a little Gold Perfect Pearl mixed with water over the background.
2. Die-cut the white frame twice, stacked the frames for dimension, and layered them over the acrylic piece.
3. Die-cut a smaller window from the acrylic paint background, edged it with gold heat-embossing, and popped it up on the bigger window.
4. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment.
5. Glued the front panel to the card base.


My fingers got very "colorful" after making the backgrounds 😉, but it was so much fun to try Gel Press with acrylic paint. I hope you'll have fun with this challenge too.

The challenge is open until March 24th.



Stamp: Leaf Canopy (Altenew)
Paper: 
Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Paint: Acrylic Paint (Monarch Creation)
Accessories: Gel Press Gel Plate (Gel Press), Gel Press Brayer (Ranger), Stencil (Circular Lace - Simon Says Stamp), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Perfect Pearl (Gold - Ranger), Elegant Rectangle STAX Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Connect Glue (Gina K), Bubble Wrap, Tissue Paper

2/15/2020

CAS Mix Up February Challenge - happy birthday

Hello everyone,

It's time for the mid-month reminder at CAS Mix Up



I used sentiment dies to make a stencil earlier this month, so I used image dies for today's card for a change.

Here's my card:



Using Stencil from Die-cuts, Die-cutting, Heat-embossing, and Stamping


[How I made the card]
1. Die-cut a piece of acetate with snowflake dies.
2. Stenciled the snowflakes with distress inks.
3. Die-cut a frame from the stenciled piece. Die-cut blue cardstock with the same frame die 3 times and layered the pieces for dimension.
4. Heat-embossed the sentiment.
5. Glued everything on to the card base and added a tiny gem to the center of a few of the snowflakes.




The "regular" layered die-cut snowflakes are very pretty, but I think the stenciled ones have a more warm and cozy feeling. Now that I've gotten more out of this die set, I like it even more! 😉


You have until February 24th to link up your card here. Join us for this fun challenge!



Stamp: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Paper: 
Whisper White, Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Ink (Iced Spruce, Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Weathered Wood - Rnager), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Acetate (Grafix), Die-namics Layered Snowflakes, Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames (My Favorite Things), 
Embossing Powder (Liquid Platinum - Ranger), Adhesive Rhinestones (Recollections), Connect Glue (Gina K)

2/01/2020

CAS Mix Up February Challenge - hugs


Welcome to our new challenge at CAS Mix Up!

Our very talented Designer, Joanna, is hosting the challenge this month, and her theme is Stencil from Die-cuts. Our wonderful guest designer is Ina (Little Bits of Craft).



Here's my card:


Using Stencil made from die-cut, Smooshing, Die-cutting, Heat-embossing,
and Stamping



[How I made this card]
1. Die-cut a piece of acetate with a sentiment die.



2. Stenciled the sentiment with embossing paste over a piece of Brusho smooshed background.
3. Die-cut the stenciled piece with a Hemstiched frame die.
4. White heat-embossed the sentiment on a strip of dark brown cardstock and popped it up on another strip with fish tails so that it looked like a gift ribbon. Glued the ribbon onto the top left corner of the stenciled panel.
5. Glued the panel on to the white card base.



Now I see dies differently from before. I'll definitely think about the possibilities of using a stencil when I buy a new die. 😊

You have until February 24th to link up your card here. Looking forward to seeing your card in the gallery!




Stamp: Love (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!), Watercolor Paper (Artistico Extra White - Fabriano, 140lb)

Ink: Brusho (Orange, Vermillion, Brilliant Red), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories:
 Acetate (Grafix), Die-namics Big Hugs (My Favorite Things), Hemstitch Rectangles (Spellbinders), Texture Paste (Opaque Matte - Ranger), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts), Foam Tape (3M), Connect Glue (Gina K)