CAS Mix Up September Challenge - love & thanks

Welcome to our new challenge at CAS Mix Up!

Our very talented Designer, Joanna, is hosting the challenge this month and her theme is Inchies. Our wonderful guest designer is Stephanie (my ink well).

I used postage-stamp inchies for my card:

Using Inchies, Stenciling, Heat embossing, Dry embossing, and Stamping

[How I made the card]
1. Stenciled the flowers on Kraft cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. Used q-tips to shade and blend colors for small space.
2. Cut 4 1-inch squares from the stenciled piece.
3. Punched out 4 postal stamp shaped squares from Kraft cardstock and sponged the edges with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.(*1)
4. Glued the squares to the postal stamp inchies.
5. Dry embossed a piece of white cardstock to give it a little texture.
6. Heat-embossed the sentiment in Gold.
7. Glued the inches to the textured panel and glued the panel to the card base.

(*1) I punched out postal stamps from dark brown cardstock at first, but they looked very stark and didn't fit the soft stencil images. The sponged ones with brown inks had more warmth.

You have until September 24th to link up your card here. Looking forward to seeing your card in the gallery!

Stamp: Geometric Greenery (My Favorite Things) 
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!) 
InkDistress Oxide Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Postage Stamp Punch (Stampin' Up!), Stencil (Bloom Silhouettes - ARTPlorations), Embossing Folder (Subtle 3D Embossing Folder -
 Stampin' Up!), Embossing Powder (Metallic Gold Rich Pale - Wow!), Connect Glue (Gina K)


  1. Absolutely gorgeous card, Hideko! I love the softness of your stenciled flowers on Kraft...so pretty!

  2. Unique and amazing. I truly think this colour blending was exquisitely done. The postage stamp framing brings these blooms forward. Soft and beautiful. xxx

  3. What a great effect with those inchies and the design layout is superb x.

  4. Oh, I wish the post office would have stamps like this Hideko! I would certainly stock up on them! Love the soft stenciled flowers and the darker but not too dark postage stamp borders! This embossing folder is fantastic!

  5. I agree with Bonnie, Hideko … wouldn't it be fun to turn our cards into postage stamps??
    LOve your softly stenciled little inchies on their postage stamp frames!

  6. Beautiful warm stenciled inchies, Hideko. I Love how your punched postage stamp punch worked perfectly for framing your pretty stenciled flowers:-) Thank you for the inspiration...I have that punch too...hmmmm! I am feeling inspired my friend. Hugs...Nancy

  7. Beautiful Hideko, I love your little postage stamp inchies. wonderful colours and amazing stencilling :)

  8. So sweet and original! Love this card 💕

  9. Sweet! Love your adorable garden scene stamped on brown, Hideko. The postage stamp frames are absolutely perfect for this. Adorable card and so creative and fun! xx

  10. Love the look of the DOI blending against the kraft cardstock, and the postage frames and embossed background are a perfect finishing touch.

  11. Love the way you used that piece of flower stenciling! The inchies work perfectly with the postage stamp backgrounds and the rustic embossing folder you used.

  12. So pretty, Hideko. Beautiful stencilled flowers. Love the postage framing and the textured card base. I checked SU! and it looks like they retired that EF. 😔xx

  13. Oh this is lovely... I love your modern take on this challenge!

  14. What a wonderful design the edges of the postage stamp die cuts make when they are placed together in a square. I love the soft hues you used for your stenciled flowers. Thanks so much for having me as Guest Designer for this challenge.

  15. Love the postage stamp squares Hideko and your beautiful stenciled and shaded flowers.


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