CAS Mix Up January 2022 Challenge - Sending Hugs

Hi everyone,

When I saw the CAS Mix Up Challenge theme on New Year's Day, I thought this was an encouragement for me to try something this year I'm always shying away from.

Jenny's prompt this month is:

I tend to create crisp, geometric cards with lots of die-cut elements, and "Loose Watercoloring" seems to be on the opposite end of my craft spectrum. 

I sometimes think I'm too uptight to do loose watercoloring(!) 😓

Anyway, I gratefully took Jenny's challenge. It's a new year and it's a good time to push your boundaries a little, right?

This is as loose as I could watercolor!

[How I made the card}

1. Heat-embossed the image and the sentiment on a piece of watercolor paper.

2. Wet the paper with my flat brush.

3. Sprinkled a very small amount of Brusho over the flowers, berries, and leaves, and moved the paint with a small brush. 

4. Sprinkled some blue Brusho on the background and moved the paint with a medium brush.

5. Die-cut the watercolored panel, and popped it up on the dry embossed card base. 

The card is a little less CAS than I usually do, but I feel I accomplished my mission with the help of Brusho's free-moving powder. 😉

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Golden Garden, Beautiful Day (Altenew)
Paper: Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger), Soft Sky (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Others: Brusho (Violet, Leaf Green, Ost. Red, Sea Green, Cobalt Blue), Embossing Powder (Liquid Platinum - Ranger), Dies (Stitched Mod Square STAX - My Favorite Things), Embossing Folder (Subtle Dynamic - Stampin' Up!), Foam Tape (3M)


  1. Hideko, I think you reached for the perfect product to go loose with! This is spectacular - go Brushos! Go YOU! Love your darling little buds!

  2. You did great, Hideko!!! I'm impressed that you did this with Brushos. Your berries and flowers are so pretty and you even got a loose wash in the background! Relax, my friend. You've got it!

  3. I'm like you, Hideko - I have a very hard time with loose watercolouring. But I'm determined to post something soon for CAS Mix-up. I love what you created - beautiful flowers and berries, and a perfect watercolour wash around them!

  4. love how you used the brushos, your card is amazing loose watercolouring perfection. love how the colours blend where they touch ♥

  5. I Love your Loose Watercoloring with Brushos and water, Hideko. Your card turned out beautifully and your main image looked beautiful die cut and mounted on dry embossed colored cardstock. Loved the texture, colors and depth you created. So pleased you joined us at CAS Mix Up, my friend. Such a fun challenge hosted by Jenny. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  6. Watercoloring is not my strength (at all) and using powdered inks is even worse, so I think you did magnificently! Your card is beautiful. The colours are so pretty. Great design with the mod square.

  7. What a pretty effect with the loose water colouring and the brusho's Hideko x. Yes you pushed the boundaries Hideko and you nailed it x.

  8. You have definitely mastered ‘loose’ and it is very, very pretty! Love it! Kim so glad you gave it a go Hideko:) I also love the shape of the panel.

  9. Great job with the loose watercolouring technique, this is so pretty. Thank you for sharing at CAS Mix Up!

  10. Well I'm so glad you took the plunge, the result is beautiful!


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