CAS Mix Up February Challenge - happy birthday

Hi everyone,
I'm here with the reminder post for this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge.

There are a few great tutorial videos (the links provided) on the challenge site.
I watched the Ali's "camouflage die-cuts" video and made this card:

Using Dimensional Die-cuts, stenciling, and stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Die-cut two rows of houses and sponged one piece with light blue.
2. Stenciled the sun ray with Distress Inks and stamped "HAPPY" on the card base.
3. Die-cut "BIRTHDAY" 3 times from pink cardstock, and stacked them together for dimension. I also die-cut the word from the stenciled card base and glued it on top of the pink die-cuts.
4. Glued the white backing panel (a little smaller than 5-1/2 x 4-1/4) to the back of the front card base and inlaid the die-cut sentiment.
5. Glued the light blue row of houses to the card base and attached the white row to the blue piece offset with foam tape. Trimmed both sides of the houses.

I liked how the houses and the sentiment look dimensional.

Check out the challenge blog for more inspiration. The beautiful cards our Designers and Arlene made are waiting for you. Then play along with us!
The challenge is open until February 24th

Stamp: Birthday Builder (Altenew)
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Stormy Sky)
Die-namics (Our Town, Block Happy Birthday - My Favorite Things), Stencil (Warp Speed - Altenew), Foam Tap (3M)


CAS Watercolour February Challenge - love

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and I think the challenge Marcia is hosting at  CAS Watercolour is perfect for the season.

Here's my card:

[How I made the card]
1. Painted a freehand heart with dark pink watercolour.
2. Die-cut the watercolour paper with the cross-stitched frame die.
3. Painted a piece of watercolour paper in pearlescent red.  Punched out a small heart and die-cut the sentiment from the piece.
4. Punched out a small heart from silver glitter paper.
5. Glued the red & silver hearts and the sentiment onto the front panel.
6. Adhered the front panel to the card base. 

It sounds easy, right? But it actually took me a lot of trial and error to get to this point.

Here's the picture of the first 2 original heart ideas.

[Left] Shimmery red watercolour on black cardstock. The color turned out to be shimmery BROWN, not red...
[Right] Dark pink watercolour paint on regular watercolour paper. Hmmm...it looked flat, so I pasted glass beads over it. It looked great but now it kind of lost the watercolour look and looks more like a card/heart for CAS Mix Up Challenge...

On to another try and I even took a picture to link it up. 

Painted a dark pink wash on watercolour paper and spattered Perfect Pearl solution over it. Drew the outline with Silver Stickles to give definition.
I still didn't like the "overworked" feel with this card.

Being at my wit's end, I asked my handsome in-house critic and one of his suggestions was to draw a heart freehand. I did it and I liked the results much better!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Paper: Whisper White, Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Tim Holtz)
Ink: Gansai Tambi (Dark Pink - Kuretake), Pearlescent Colours (Red - Fine Tec
Dies (Hearts Collection, Expressions Thinlits - Stampin' Up!, Cross Stitched Rectangle - Cat Scrappiness), Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack (Stampin' Up!), Ice Stickles (Silver Ice - Ranger), Perfect Pearl (Ranger), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


CAS Stencil February Challenge - thank you

The CAS Stencil February Challenge is hosted by the talented Nancy, and she chose Powdered Inks as the challenge. I love Powdered Inks. Thanks for choosing such a fun challenge, Nancy!

Here's my card:

[How I made the card]
1. Put a stencil on a piece of watercolor paper, sprinkled black Brusho, and spritzed some water over it. Left the stencil for a few seconds and gently removed it from the watercolor paper.
2. After the watercolor paper dried, heat-embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.
3. Die-cut a frame from watercolor paper and adhered it to the front panel. Cut a few thin strips of the silver paper and adhered them onto the watercolor paper frame to add more definition.
4. Glued the front panel to the card base.

I liked how the Brusho reacted with water through the stencil so much that I used it as it is, like a framed picture.

You have until February 24th to link up your card.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Thoughtful Banners (Stampin' Up!)
Watercolor Paper (Extra White - Fabriano), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Textured Silver Paper (gift from a friend)
Ink: Brusho (Black), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Stencil (Dot Fade - Stampers Anonymous), Die-namics (Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames - My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Black - Stampin' Up!)


CAS Mix Up February Challenge - rain or shine

It's the 1st of the month and time for a new challenge for CAS Mix Up.
I am excited to be hosting my first challenge here and I chose Dimensional Die-cuts as the theme because die-cutting is one of my favorite techniques.

We have a wonderful Guest Designer, Arlene (Sundaystamper Papercrafts), for February.

Here's my card:

Using Dimensional die-cuts, Heat-embossing, Sponging, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Heat-embossed the balloon string background stamp on the card base with White Satin Pearl. (*1)
2. Sponged a piece of vellum with the light blue distress ink, dried it well, and die-cut it with the rain drop dies. Then I curled the die-cuts with a size 2 watercolor brush handle (*2).
3. Die-cut an umbrella and shaped the spaces between the stays with a stylus. Brushed the stays and the handle with Aqua Shimmer pen.
4. Die-cut letters to make "rain" and "shine" from Island Indigo cardstock.
5. Glued the tip of the raindrops onto the heat-embossed card base. (*3)
6. Put some Dimensionals behind the umbrella to add dimension and adhered it to the card base.
7. Glued the words, "rain", and "shine" onto the card base. Stamped the "or" of the "Naughty or Nice?" stamp to complete the sentiment.

*1. I brushed off some embossing powder before heating it so that the pattern is only partially heat-embossed, not the entire card.
*2. It worked better than a stylus handle because the die-cuts were very small.
*3. Gina K Connect Glue didn't leave any marks on the vellum after it dried.

If you're mailing this kind of card with dimensions, a protective case is helpful.
I use A2 Clear Card Boxes from My Favorite Things. (Sorry, they're discontinued, but other companies make similar items.)

The challenge is open until February 24th. I'd love to see your CAS card with dimensional die-cuts in the gallery!

Stamp: Balloon Strings, Gift Tag Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Whisper White, Island Indigo (Stampin' Up!), Translucent Vellum (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Island Indigo (Stampin' Up!), Distress Ink (Broken China - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Die-namics Color Drops STAX, Layered Umbrella, Birdie Brown Alphabet & Numbers), Embossing Powder (White Satin Pearl - Hero Arts), Nuvo Aqua Shimmer (Glitter Gloss), Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)


STAMPlorations CAS January Challenge - just blossom

We have a few more days to enter the first STAMPloratios CAS Card Challenge of 2019.

Here's my card with the color twist:

[How I made the card]
1. Sponged the rose stencil with white pigment ink on a piece of Burgundy cardstock and die-cut it with the Linked Octagon frame.
2. Gold-heat embossed a piece of white cardstock and die-cut it with the Linked Octagon frame.
3. Dry embossed the front panel and lightly sponged over it. (*1)
4. Gold heat-embossed the sentiment on the front panel.
5. Glued the rose stencil piece and the gold frame onto the front panel.
6. Attached the front panel to the card base.

*1. Even though I added the subtle texture to the front panel, it looked like it still needed something. So I slightly sponged the surface with white pigment ink. It softened the overall impression and kind of echoed the sponged rose. I liked how it turned out.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Trendy Butterflies 2 (STAMPlorations)
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up!)

Ink: Craft Ink (Whisper White - Stampin' Up!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Stencil (Rose Garden - ARTplorations), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Die-namics Linked Octagon Frames (My Favorite Things), Embossing Folder (Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions - Stampin' Up!), Connect Glue (Gina K)