CAS Mix Up January Challenge - amazing friend

I've seen some beautiful shimmering cling wrap background cards in the CAS Mix Up Challenge gallery and I was inspired to make one.
I tried with my Mica Watercolour Pearlescent Paints to make this background.

I used the paints on white watercolor paper at first, but I realized they looked more shimmery and vibrant on darker paper. Thank you for your great examples of using black cardstock, Christine (It's a Card Day's Night)!
This blue against black is my favorite among the backgrounds I made earlier this week.

When I tried the cling wrap technique the first time this month, I didn't get many clear wrinkles. I knew it was something to do with the drying process - the wrap was lifting from the wet surface while drying. I mentioned the problem to Nancy (scandinancy creates), and she gave me a couple of additional tips that really made a difference for me: Put a large acrylic block on the crinckled wrap for a couple of minutes and tuck the ends of the wrap under the cardstock before drying it overnight. I tried that and Voila! It worked like magic. I got a lot of clear wrap wrinkles in the background. Thank you very much for your useful tips, Nancy!

The stark and energetic background was perfect for the city landscape. I made the card look as simple as possible, holding back my urge to add some kind of embellishment. 😉

I die-cut the city skylines and flipped over the solid one, glued it onto the background, and popped up the other one (with windows) with foam tape in front. I love the blue shimmer and I'm pretty happy with how the card turned out.

I'm entering it in the CAS Mix Up Challenge. I used Cling Wrap, stamping, and die-cutting.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Friends (Hero Arts)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Mica Watercolor Pearlescent Paint (Sapphire Blue - Finetec), Midnight Muse (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories:Die-namics Skyline Border, A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX (My Favorite Things), Foam Tape (3M)


  1. Oh my Gosh, Absolutely Stunning cling wrap Pearlescent and ink sky background on black cardstock. I have yet to try the cling wrap technique on black CS. You have me inspired my friend. So pleased my tips helped. Sometimes it is the little things that make a difference.

    Love your 3D cityscape die cuts too for your beautiful CAS design, Hideko. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs..

  2. Wowzer Hideko, your background looks stunning against the cityscape. It makes me think frosty cold nights. I love it, I also love that die cute. I'm so glad I inspired you to do this it's so amazing.
    Hugs Christine

  3. STUNNING! The blue mica on black is so beautiful Hideko, and perfect for a night sky. Great work with this technique! The skyline has so much depth by adding the solid one in the background and popping up the one with windows. Awesome card! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  4. Good for you trying new techniques and getting things to work Hideko! The blue against the black is so striking and looks totally awesome behind the white layered skyline - such an effective design! Thanks for joining in the CAS Mix up! Julia xx

  5. What a wonderful example of cling wrap on a black background! I love the way the blue pearlescent paints turned out. You've inspired me to try it. The city skylines look perfect against it. Truly a fabulous card. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

  6. Absolutely stunning! The technique has worked perfectly on the dark card stock. Unique and amazing card....So much creativity and I love it x

  7. An absolutely exquisite example of how to do this technique correctly - and beautifully, Hideko!
    Oh my gosh - this is my new favorite! I can never resist a row of white houses, either!

  8. No embellishments needed here, Hideko! With that gorgeous sky only the die cut is needed. Perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  9. I would definitely also be happy if I had made a stunning card like this one! Your shimmery background on black is spectacular (have to try this) and the perfect background for the skyline (love skylines)!

  10. Oh my this is absolutely stunning! I adore the BG and the popped up skyline is perfection!

  11. Amazing effect and fantastic dimension!

  12. Wow! This technique looks amazing on the black cardstock, gorgeous card, Cathy x

  13. Many congratulations on the shout out over at CASMix up with this stunning card x A real winner in my eyes x

  14. What a great card! Love the cling wrap background with the cityscape die-cuts! Fantastic design! :)


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