CAS Christmas Card March Challenge - season's greetings

It's a time for our March CAS Christmas Card reminder. There's still (just over) a week left to play before it closes on 24th.

This month's challenge theme is Holly.

Here's my card for today:

I used the same dies I used for the first holly card I made earlier this month and made DIY masks from Post-it notes. (see the pic below)

I sponged with distress inks, heat-embossed the sentiment, and finished it off with a few sequins.

I saw Loll (Stamping with Loll)'s card last month, and it inspired me to use Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender. These two colors are so light that I didn't know when to use them. If I hadn't seen her card, those inks would have never seen the light. Thank you so much for your inspiration, Loll!

Please check out the challenge reminder post to see more inspiration from our wonderful Design Team!

Stamp: Snow Swirled (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Bristol Paper (100 lb. - Strathmore)

Ink: Distress Ink (Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender - Ranger),
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Modern Christmas Dies (Ellen Hutson), Sequins (Clear Mix - Pretty Pink Posh), Post-it Notes (Full Adhesive - 3M)


  1. Your non-traditional soft sponged Distress Ink pastels are simply dreamy and added a beautiful framing for your masked holly leaves and berries. Adding your heat embossed sweet sentiment and sequins were all you needed to finish your gorgeous Holly Christmas Card, Hideko.

    CAS unique Perfection, my friend. Hugs...

  2. So soft, subtle, and beautiful, Hideko! Aren't you the clever one to make your own stencils!? The silver embossing is perfection with these colors... xx

  3. This is so soft and serene, Hideko! I love pink on Christmas cards and it was a brilliant idea to use the holly as a stencil! Glad you broke out those inks!

  4. Lovely, lovely card Hideko...the softness of your blended background is just beautiful for your stenciled Holly leaves and the silver embossed sentiment the perfect finishing touch! FABULOUS card!! :0)

  5. Hideko, I love the soft non traditional colours. I agree I would never have thought of using that colour, it's so beautiful especially with the silver sentiment :)

  6. Another beautiful card, Hideko. Love the non-traditional pink and lavender colours. So delicate and pretty. Love your diecut masks... great way to stretch your dies. xx

  7. CAS perfection, stunningly beautiful x

  8. Wonderful card Hideko. The colours are so soft and pretty, but really stand out against the masked area. Very creative design! xx

  9. Those pastel colours are fabulous - so soft and dreamy! Great use of your dies to make a mask. Love the scattering of sequins. CAS perfection!

  10. I absolutely love this ... So very effective and pretty!

  11. What lovely and unexpected colors on this beautiful holly card Hideko! Great creativity in your design! Julia xx

  12. Great card, turning the holly into a stencil of sorts. Love the soft subtle color. Very elegant!

  13. Soft, subtle and wonderfully CAS!


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