CAS Mix Up December Challenge - happy birthday

Starting from this month, I'm honored to be on the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge Design Team, and this is my first post as a CAS Mix Up Designer.
I love doing experiments - especially with art supplies - and trying new products and techniques, so I look forward to doing a lot of these as a Designer. I hope my CAS Mix Up cards will help inspire you.

Our very talented Designer, Loll, is hosting this month's challenge and she chose Resist Emboss as the challenge.  We have a wonderful Guest Designer, Bozena (Art Card Box). 
Various types of Emboss Resist video links are provided on the challenge site. It's really worth checking them out.

Here's my card:

Using Emboss Resist, Heat-Embossing, Watercoloring, Die-cutting, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. White heat-embossed the text (happy birthday) background stamp on watercolor paper.
2. Sprinkled Brushos on the heat-embossed watercolor paper and spritzed it with water. The brushos reacts with water and colors the paper except for the heat-embossed area.
3. Die-cut balloons from the Emboss Resist watercolor paper.
4. Made an impression with a frame die on the card base.
5. Heat-embossed the sentiment in dark brown.
6. Slightly curved the die-cut balloons and popped them up with foam squares.
7. Drew the balloon strings with Gold Stickles.

Just to remind you that the challenge for this month closes earlier than usual, on December 15.
I hope you are inspired by the samples Bozena and our Design Team made and play along with us!
Happy holidays, everyone! Thank you so much for all your support and sweet comments this year!

Stamp: Happy Birthday BG, Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Watercolor Paper (Arches Hot Press - 140 lb), White Linen (Ellen Hutson)
Ink: Brusho (
Crimson, Yellow, Orange, Sea Green, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue, Purple), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics (Birthday Balloon, Balloon STAX, Mod Rectangles STAX - My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!),
Stickles (Gold - Ranger), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


  1. Such a fun idea to design and stamp the balloons and what an eye catching technique. Gorgeous colours and love how you've slightly curved the die cut balloons to add wonderful texture and extra interest.
    Welcome Hideko to the team and so looking forward to being inspired by your amazing creations using mixed media elements x.

  2. welcome to the team Hideko! As I am leaving it.... but I know we'll see each other as we are still part of Loll's CAS family! what beautiful coloring on your balloons you achieved with the Brushos - and the white embosssed words are so crisp and clear - a lovely birthday card! Julia xx

  3. I love the tiny stamped and heat embossed text on your shaped balloons, Hideko, Such a sparkly and pretty string drawn with Stickles. Your dry embossed frame with a die is a beautiful CAS touch too as well as your one rounded corner. You always add the perfect creative extra touches, my fried. TFS your beautiful card and a Big Congratulations for being chosen as the new Design Team member on CAS Mix Up. You will be a wonderfully creative addition:-) Love and Hugs, Nancy

  4. Congrats on your DT spot Hideko! This is such a fun card, love how you've shaped the balloons and the white text is such a great way to decorate them. You have a steady hand with the stickles too, looks great as the strings, Cathy x

  5. LOVE this card Hideko!! The embossing on the balloons is perfect and LOVE the colours of brushos you've used for each balloon. Awesome design!! So happy to have you on the CAS Mix Up Team!! xx

  6. Hideko such a fun card ant perfect use of the Emboss resit, I love those ballooons with the text image :)

  7. Wonderful first post and card on your new DT, Hideko! Beautiful Brusho emboss resist work... the script background really stand out. Love the embossed frame and how you curved the balloons to give them dimension. xx

  8. Welcome to CAS Mix Up, my friend! I love your balloons with the birthday sentiments embossed on them! So festive! The glittery gold strings make this very festive and the one balloon floating up into the air adds movement! Love the embossing too! It's a nice finishing touch!

  9. Your balloons look like a screen on which images are displayed, in this case text. And these colors ... stunning! Great resest technique and beautiful inspiration. Congratulations on joining the team, I can not wait for your next DT projects.

  10. A wonderful card for your first month on CAS Mix Up!! Love those beautifully coloured balloons - using the text on them as your emboss resist was a great idea!

  11. Yay!! Congrats Hideko! And what a terrific CAS card for the challenge... I love your balloons and the embossed die is perfect!

  12. Such a fabulous card Hideko ... I love the look of your cardstock and the embossed border, and your emboss resist balloons. A beautifully CAS creation.

  13. Congratulations on your new DT spot, Hideko! They have chosen one of the best! Love the text on the balloons - such a fun birthday card!

  14. Welcome to the CAS Mix Up Design Team Hideko lovely to have you join us. I love your colourful balloons with the stamped words and Brushos.

  15. Your "Brusho balloons" are so pretty! And I only recently got the MFT background stamp and I'm inspired to ink it up!


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