Thursday, June 20, 2019

CAS Christmas June Challenge - Lots of Cheer


Hi friends! Welcome to my second blog post tonight. Usually I make 3 or 4 cards over several days and then write the blogs at one time. Tonight is the blog writing night!

I do enjoy the CAS challenges each month. There is the Watercolor Challenge, the Mixed Up Challenge, the Christmas Challenge and lastly the Stencil Challenge. I was able to participate in the Watercolor Challenge (see previous blog post) and also the Christmas Challenge, "Gifts" this month: 
My original card idea was to stamp the snowman made out of presents, twice, and create 2 cards. But somewhere along the line, I decided I wanted to fussy cut one and pop it up over the other image for that extra dimension and only have 1 completed card.
The snowman was stamped with Memento Black ink and colored in with Stamp 'n Blends. I usually use 3 to 4 colors for each section to achieve the depth of color needed. I don't stick with the same color either. For example, I used Dark Bermuda Bay for the deepest shadow of the Call Me Clover ribbon. Next, I used my Paper Snips to cut the image. 

The image on the base was die cut with a scalloped Layering Oval Framelit. Then I used a Stampin' Sponge and ink blended a Bermuda Bay backdrop, trying to keep it darkest around the image.  I splattered with water, but it didn't really show, so I dabbed Versamark and heat embossed the new Shimmer White Stampin' Emboss Powder. My version of sparkly snow!
The background needed a little something, so I used the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder with Whisper White Thick card stock. The sentiment is also from the Lots of Cheer set and was stamped Bermuda Bay ink and die cut with a new Nested Label Framelit.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas card in June and I look forward to sharing some more of my new Stampin' Up! products!  Here are the links to the items I used for this card:
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CAS Watercolour June Challenge - Lots of Cheer


Hi all - just a quick post to show my card submittal(s) for the Clean and Simple Watercolor Challenge for June 2019, "Something Blue":
I don't know why I thought of Christmas when I saw this challenge, but I immediately thought of my new Christmas stamp set, Lots of Cheer. Also, I've been wanting to try the new sparkle embossing powders: Shimmer White and Shimmer Black. So I made 2 cards, both on the new Fluid 100 Watercolor paper from Stampin' Up!, one with the white shimmer and one with the black using the ornament image:
After the embossing was completed and cooled both cards were taped to a board. Next they were watercolored using a wet-on-wet technique. To do this, wet the paper first, just where you want the color to flow. Next drop in Stampin' Up! ink refill which has been watered down a bit. This prevents hard drops of color which can't be moved since these are not true watercolors.

Both cards were splattered with Craft White Ink Refill, also watered down, using a paint brush to splatter "snow". They were left to dry overnight and then finished with some die cutting and layering onto fun foam (Amazon) for a smooth, clean look.



The sentiments were also heat embossed with the sparkle embossing powder. It's not picking up too well in the pictures, but in real life they are really sparkly! I am really loving the new watercolor paper and embossing powders!

It's fun to participate in these challenges and get your Christmas cards completed slowly over the year, too.

Thank you for visiting my blog and here are the products I used. Just click on any link below to go directly to my online store. If you need a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be pleased to help you at any time. 
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