Cornflowers with Tissue Paper background

I made a card using a cornflower die with tissue paper background from my stash.

I learned the tissue paper technique at CAS Mix Up Challenge last year.
Loll made a great tutorial video, and I followed her instructions.

Here's my card:

I used Distress Inks to color my tissue paper and misted a mixture of Perfect Pearl and water over the tissue.
The cornflowers and the oval window were die cut.

I sponged a strip of white cardstock with the same distress inks I used for the tissue paper, and die-cut the birthday sentiment from it. I glued the sentiment on a piece of vellum and attached the vellum strip to the card front.

Thanks for checking in today!

Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Translucent Vellum (My Favorite Things), Tissue Paper
Ink: Distress Ink (Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Black Soot - Ranger)

Accessories: Dies (Cornflowers - Alexandra Renke, Birthday - Simon Says Stamp, Die-namics Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX - My Favorite Things), Perfect Pearl (Ranger), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesive)


CAS Mix Up August Challenge - friend

I made a few Stencil Monoprint backgrounds for CAS Mix Up Challenge earlier this month, so I made another card using one of the backgrounds.
Loll's sample card inspired me to stamp and color on the monoprint.

Here's my card:

Using Stencil Monoprint, Stamping, Watercoloring, and heat-embossing

I cut a rectangle from the monoprint panel. I wanted to heat-emboss the flower off the edge too, so I heat-embossed the same flower image in gold 3 times using the Misti - one for the monoprint panel, another for the dark brown matte, and the other for the card base. When all three are layered, the outlines are connected cleanly.
I colored the flower and the leaves with the distress ink. This is actually my second try. I overworked the first card and ruined the monoprint, so I was very careful not to watercolour the flower too much or too long. 
The sentiment was heat-embossed in gold. The front panel was popped up with foam tape.

Making stencil monoprints was so much fun and I'll definitely use this technique again!

The challenge is open until August 24th.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Stamp: Golden Garden (Altenew), You're a Gem (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Canson - 140 lb), Early Espresso, Naturals White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Ink (Iced Spruce, Victorian Velvet - Ranger),
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Halftone Stencil (Altenew), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts), Foam Tape (3M)


CAS Christmas Card August Challenge - merry christmas

Today's card is a reminder for the CAS Christmas August Challenge.
There are only a few months to prepare for holiday cards. The sooner you start, the more relaxing your holiday season will be (speaking to myself...).

This month's theme is Tree, and I made a card with a little different texture from usual.

Yes, I cross-stitched a Christmas tree. I used one of the design patterns on the My Favorite Things website.
The tag die-cut already has holes in it, so it's so easy to cross-stitch. I layered a gold matte underneath, stamped the sentiment in red, and added a gold cord.
The tag was popped up on the front panel with foam tape. I used the cross-stitch frame die for the front panel to echo the actual stitching.

It takes more time to cross-stitch than to stamp, but it was so much fun and relaxing that I'll probably do this again sometime soon. 

I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the cards made by our wonderful Guest Designer, Barb, and our talented Designers. Check out also the gallery full of gorgeous and creative cards.
Come and play along with us - you have until August 24th to get your card linked up!

Stamp: Embellished Events (Stampin' Up!)
Whisper White. Gold Foil Paper (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black - Tsukineko), Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Die-namics Cross-Stitch Tag (My Favorite Things), Embroidery Floss (DMC - 699, 817), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh - Gold 4mm), Gold Cording Trim (Stampin' Up!)


CAS Christmas Card August Challenge - merry

I've been wanting to use the Alcohol Ink Lift Pad but I didn't have any Alcohol Ink backgrounds at hand, so I finally got to make some this weekend. 😊

First, I watched tutorial videos from Tim Holtz and Jennifer McGuire.
I made alcohol ink backgrounds, stamped images using the lift ink, gently removed the excess ink with a paper towel, and buffed it with Kleenex to get the clear images.

This is one of the backgrounds I made.

As you can see on the right tree, the ink was not lifted completely in the center. It could be that I didn't do it right somehow, or the Silver Mixative prevented the ink from being lifted.
The ghosting effect was interesting and looked different from white heat-embossing.

And I made this simple card:

I die cut the front panel window, sandwiched the AI panel, and popped it up with foam tape. The die-cut sentiment was adhered to the AI panel.

You can also stamp the lifted AI ink onto another card. So I made this card with the stamped-off tree.

I stenciled falling snow with Nuvo Glimmer paste, die cut a frame, and pasted it over the card base. The sentiment was die cut from the leftover AI background and layered over another die-cut piece of navy blue.

It was a fun experiment and I added two more to my Christmas card stash. Yay!
The CAS Christmas Challenge is open until August 24th, so join our fun!

[Card 1]
Stamp: Evergreen (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Yupo Paper (Ranger), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Alcohol Ink (Purple Twilight, Indigo, Turquoise, Patina, Silver Metallic Mixative - Ranger), Alcohol Ink Lift Pad (Ranger)
Stitched Rectangle (Simon Says Stamp), Merry Christmas Brush Script Die (Kat Scrappiness), Foam Tape (3M)

[Card 2]
Stamp: Evergreen (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Yupo Paper (Ranger), Whisper White, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Alcohol Ink (
Purple Twilight, Indigo, Turquoise, Patina, Silver Metallic Mixative - Ranger), Alcohol Ink Lift Pad (Ranger)
Accessories: Die-namics Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames (My Favorite Things),
Merry Christmas Brush Script Die (Kat Scrappiness), Stencil (Falling Snow - Simon Says Stamp), Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Moonstone)


CAS Watercolour August Challenge - just saying hello

Marcia is hosting her first challenge at CAS Watercolour this month and she chose "Sunflower" as the theme. Bright and bold sunflowers are THE summer flowers, aren't they?

Here's my sunflower card:

I heat-embossed the sunflower in dark brown, and colored it with Brushos. Then cut it into 4 pieces and pasted them on a piece of white square cardstock. The notebook page was die cut and the sentiment was heat-embossed in the same color as the sunflower. I added a brass pin to the flower panel so that it looks like a summer memory pinup photo.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Summer Flowers (Simon Says Stamp), Everyday Sayings (Hero Arts)
Paper: Watercolor Paper
(140 lb. Hot Press - Arches), White Linen (Ellen Hutson), Real Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Brusho (Lemon, Yellow, Orange, Leaf Green, Cobalt Blue, Dark Brown, Prussian Blue, Black), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics Mini Album Torn Notebook STAX (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!), Vintage Trinkets (Antique Brass - Stampin' Up!)