CAS Mix Up October Challenge - so very grateful

Have you tried the Foiling technique featured in this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge? I tried stenciling the foil transfer gel last time, so I "inked" the gel for stamping this time. Thanks so much, Bonnie, for hosting this fun challenge!

Here's my card:

Using Foiling, Die-cutting, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Inked the stamp with the Foil Transfer Gel with a piece of sponge and stamped on the dark brown card base.
2. Placed a copper foil sheet over top and ran it through my laminator.
3. Die-cut the leaf from the front panel to make a leaf-shape window.
4. Stamped the sentiment on the front panel, glued the die-cut sentiment, and added a sequin to the panel.
5. Popped up the front panel on the card base with foam tape.

I love how the leaf veins were foiled! I didn't expect the details to show so clearly.

You have until October 24 to link up your card here. I hope you'll try this magic-like technique!

Stamp: Lace Leaf (Concord & 9th)
Paper: Early Espresso, Naturals White (Stampin' Up!)

InkEarly Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
 Grateful Leaf Dies (Concord & 9th), Deco Foil Transfer Gel (iCraft), Deco Foil (Copper - iCraft), Sequin (Metallic Gold 4mm - Pretty Pink Posh), Foam Tape (3M), Laminator, Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up October Challenge - thank you

Hi everyone,
It's the 1st and time for another fun challenge!
The CAS Mix Up October Challenge is Foiling hosted by our very talented Designer, Bonnie. Our wonderful Guest Designer for this month is Michele (I Card Everyone).
There are very useful tutorial video links provided on the challenge site, so please check out the site to see how you can use foiling for your cards! 

Here's my card:

Using Foiling, Stamping, Stenciling, Die-cutting, Heat-embossing,
and Dry-embossing

[How I made the card]

1. Stenciled a piece of cardstock with Transfer Gel and let it completely dry.
2. Placed the foil paper on top of the stenciled piece and put it through a laminate machine.
3. Die-cut the laminated piece with a floral frame.
4. Added Stickles around the edges of the die-cut.
5. Dry embossed the card base.
6. Stamped the sentiment in black and clear heat-embossed it.
7. Edged the left and bottom sides of the card base with Stickles
8. Popped up the die-cut foiled flower on the card base with craft foam.

This was my first try with foiling, but now I'm hooked! Peeling the foil sheet after laminating is like magic. It's so much fun!

This is Watercolor Amethyst foil and I love that it has lighter and darker shades of Amethyst.

You have until October 24th to link up your card. Check out the challenge site for inspiration and join this fun challenge!

Stamp: Dotted Blooms (Altenew)
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko)
 Floral Frames Framelits (Stampin' Up!), Fairy Tale Forest Stencil (Artplorations), Deco Foil Transfer Gel (iCraft), Deco Foil (Amethyst Watercolor - iCraft), Embossing Folder (Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions - Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (Clear - Hero Arts), Stickles (Champagne - Ranger), Craft Foam, Thermal Laminator (Scotch)


CAS Mix Up September Challenge - just because

It's half way through Joanna's Inchies challenge at CAS Mix Up and time for some more inspiration.

Here's my card using Pearlescent watercolored inchies:

Using Inchies, Watercoloring, Die-cutting, and Stamping

[How I made the card]

1. Painted Pearlescent Watercolors on black cardstock. These watercolors look much more shimmery painted on black than on white paper.

2. Made 3 mod square die-cuts from the watercolored paper.
3. Sponged Always Artichoke with Distress Ink to make the dark green darker and cut a panel out of it.
4. Glued the watercolored die-cuts to the panel and added sequins and a gem stone.
5. Cut a front panel and added moss green thin strips to both sides.
6. Glued the front panel to the card front, and the dark green panel to the front panel.
7. Stamped the sentiment.

I liked how my inchies turned out. They're super shimmery (looks almost metallic) and have slight brush stroke marks. 
I also liked the sponged dark green panel. You can't tell the difference in the pictures but the sponged panel has a suede-look and is different from the cardstock in the same solid color.

You have until September 24th to link up your card. Check out the wonderful cards made by our Designers and Guest Designer, Stephanie, and join this fun challenge. Looking forward to seeing your inchies in the gallery!

Stamp: A Dozen Thoughts (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!), Linen Cardstock (Ellen Hutson)

Paint: Pearlescent Colours (Pearl Silver, Purple - Fine Tec)
Ink: Distress Ink (Forest Moss - Ranger)
 Die-namics Stitched Mod Squares STAX (My Favorite Things), Sequins (Clear Mix - Pretty Pink Posh), Jewels (Clear Iridescent Mix - Little Things from Lucy's Cards), Connect Glue (Gena K)


CAS Mix Up September Challenge - love & thanks

Welcome to our new challenge at CAS Mix Up!

Our very talented Designer, Joanna, is hosting the challenge this month and her theme is Inchies. Our wonderful guest designer is Stephanie (my ink well).

I used postage-stamp inchies for my card:

Using Inchies, Stenciling, Heat embossing, Dry embossing, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Stenciled the flowers on Kraft cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. Used q-tips to shade and blend colors for small space.
2. Cut 4 1-inch squares from the stenciled piece.
3. Punched out 4 postal stamp shaped squares from Kraft cardstock and sponged the edges with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.(*1)
4. Glued the squares to the postal stamp inchies.
5. Dry embossed a piece of white cardstock to give it a little texture.
6. Heat-embossed the sentiment in Gold.
7. Glued the inches to the textured panel and glued the panel to the card base.

(*1) I punched out postal stamps from dark brown cardstock at first, but they looked very stark and didn't fit the soft stencil images. The sponged ones with brown inks had more warmth.

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

Stamp: Geometric Greenery (My Favorite Things) 
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!) 
InkDistress Oxide Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Postage Stamp Punch (Stampin' Up!), Stencil (Bloom Silhouettes - ARTPlorations), Embossing Folder (Subtle 3D Embossing Folder -
 Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (Metallic Gold Rich Pale - Wow!), Connect Glue (Gina K)


CAS Mix Up August Challenge - you are my inspiration

We're halfway through this month and it's time for more inspiration for CAS Mix Up. The challenge for August is Paper Towel.

This time I used a colored piece of paper towel itself to create a background instead of transferring the inks to a background.

Here's my card:

Using Paper Towel, Die-cutting, and Stamping

[How I made this card]
1. Spritzed water on a piece of paper towel, sprinkled Black Brusho over it, and spritzed more water to make colored paper towel. Black Brusho turns into various colors when reacting to water.
2. Dried the colored paper towel, peeled it into two pieces, and wrapped one piece around a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2 white card stock.
3. Die-cut 2 pieces of rectangular panels and stamped the sentiment in blue on the bigger panel.
4. Glued the paper towel panel onto the card base, popped up the rectangular panels on the paper towel piece with foam tape.
5. Die-cut the herbs and glued them across the panels.

I liked how the Brusho colored paper towel turned out. It looks like a stormy summer sky, doesn't it?

The challenge is open until August 24th. Check out the challenge site and enjoy the wonderful cards made by our Designers and Guest Designer, Betty.
I hope you try this fun technique and share your card in the gallery!

Stamp: Halftone Circles (Altenew) 
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Paper Towel
Ink: Pacific Point (Stampin' Up!), 
Brusho (Black)
Accessories: Dies (Rosemary & Thyme - Alexandra Renke, Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Stripes - My Favorite Things), Foam Tape (3M), Connect Glue (Gina K)