Sunday, August 16, 2020

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge: Beach

My blog this week is for the CAS (Clean and Simple) Mix Up for August 2020:
For those who are not familiar with the rules for this challenge here they are:
CAS Mixed Media Definition:
clean (uncluttered) cohesive design
open space
- include techniques
- include art products
I couldn't resist using my favorite Hippo Fun In The Sun Clear Stamps by Whimsy Stamps:
If you follow my blog, you'll have seen this stamp set before, but never water colored with Altenew's 24 half pan watercolor set:
The each little pan of watercolor comes wrapped with a label showing all the details of the color and a color swatch dark to light. I usually don't used the reference sheet that comes with any coloring medium for I want to see the colors in real life. Therefore, I removed the labels and added them to a full sheet of watercolor paper. Next, I swatched each color, so that I could (1) tell for myself how the colors looked and worked and (2) have a good reference for future coloring:
I use a pipette to drop a few drops of water onto the colors that I plan to use. It softens the watercolor to make it easier to paint.
I used the Altenew color, Crystal Water, for the background onto Ranger Inkssential's WaterColor paper, my favorite for card making. I wanted to achieve some movement, like there was the ocean behind our hippo playing the the sand, so I started with a wet-on-wet technique and dropped in color. Before it dried, I splattered with the same color paint and with lots of water droplets of all sizes.
I let it air dry naturally and once it was almost dry, I set in under a few heavy blocks to help flatten it. I also ran it through my Big Shot between a sheet of copy paper to also help it flatten. Finally I stamped the sentiment "Relax & Enjoy" from Waffle Flower's Under the Sea Sentiments:
Our little hippo in the sand was watercolored, as well, with the same Altenew set. I cut it out with my Brother Scan 'n Cut leaving a .4" border. The center panel was popped up with fun foam and our hippo was glued flat and a small strip of 3M foam tape used along the bottom edge to keep it stable.
I believe this will be my last post for 2020 with our cute hippo, but there is always next year!
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Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. This is such fun, Anita! Love the pretty watercolor background and the adorable hippo building his sand castle! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

    1. Thank you, Bonnie...I always love to play along with the CAS challenges!

  2. LOVE this card Anita! The colours are so bright and summery. Your ocean looks awesome and the hippo is so adorable building his sand castle! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

    1. Thank you, Loll! These little hippos are just darling..I think I've made at least 4 cards with them!

  3. What a fun delightful card, definitely a picker upper. Your water colouring is amazing and the watercolour panel definitely is that a word? Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

  4. Thank you, Jo! I’ll go with waterish being a word 🤪



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