Saturday, October 3, 2020

CAS Christmas Challenge Oct 2020 Guest Designer

Hello CAS friends and welcome to my Guest Designer post for CAS Christmas October 2020: Christmas Birds!

and was graciously invited to be the Guest Designer for October! For the Christmas Birds theme, I thought I use a stamp in my stash from Stampendous called Winter Chickadee. I have been a Decorative Painter for many years and recently took a zoom class from Chris Haughey at Cupboard Distributing. Here it is:
We used the Winter Chickadee stamp for this acrylic painting. Fun to combine stamps and painting. Here is a large image of the stamp set:
To keep a card Clean and Simple here are the rules from the challenge:

CAS Definition

- clean (uncluttered) cohesive design
- must include white "or open" space (no pattern)
- minimal layers and embellishments

Sometimes this is harder than you would think. My tendency is to add several layers and embellishments, so I have to pull back when making a CAS card.
I wasn't sure what color a Winter Bird is...so through the magic of Google, I found this image and went with these colors. I like a picture for a jumping off place to start coloring.
To create this card, I stamped the image onto Ranger Inkssential Watercolor Paper with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink and sprinkled Altenew's Crystal Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set. The watercoloring was done using Altenew's 36 Pan Set of Watercolors - there is a nice selection of colors in this set.
There wasn't much to painting this image. Several layers of golds and browns for the chest and a few blues for the rest. Because I embossed the outline, it kept the watercolor contained and did not migrate into other sections of the bird. Once dry, I die cut the image with one of Spellbinder's Gilded Nested Rectangle Dies. I like the elegant feel it gives to the card. The die cut was popped up with a good layer of 3M foam tape on a white case base from Neenah Solar Classic Crest 110lb. card stock.

The sentiment comes from Taylored Expressions' (TE) Simple Strips Christmas and matching die. This set is great because you created multiple sentiments at one time and TE also offers a storage solution for them! I already had this sentiment made and in my Simple Strips container.
The inside sentiment is from my much loved Scrapbook.com Holly Jolly Sentiments set. There is every type of Christmas sentiment in this set! This is a large stamp set 6" X 8".
I even love the little reindeer head at the top of the set. I kept it nice and simple for the inside, too.
Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you have the opportunity to play along with CAS Christmas Challenges. It's a good way to get your cards done all throughout the year and then no pressure at Christmas!
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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.

30 comments:

  1. Anita, your bird is just the loveliest and the colors are amazing. You captured the true colors of that bird from your google search. Thank you so much for inspiring us with this card and being our special guest at CAS Christmas!

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  2. Wow, your coloring of the winter bird is just outstanding! Amazing card!

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  3. It looks like we were thinking along the same lines using the same stamp set for this challenge Anita, and I just LOVE the bold and bright colors you used on your sweet little birdie!! Loving the shape of the die you used too...definitely elegant! Thanks so much for being our Special GD this month and your card is absolutely lovely!! :0)

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    1. So funny, Marcia! What are the odds we used the same stamp! But it is a really cute little chickadee. Thanks so much for the great comments and having me as your GD this month!

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  4. Your Chickadee is gorgeous Anita and the colours are so bright and pretty and really true to life. I use Google a lot for colour comparison. I love the snowy branches and bright red berries, and the touch of blue in the background works beautifully. x

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    1. Sorry, I meant to say congratulations on being the GD this time. x

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    2. Thank you Pat for ALL the great comments! Love them!!!

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  5. Anita, Thank you for being Guest Designer for us at CAS Christmas and what a wonderful card you have created with this bird. Your Chickadee is stunning :)

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    1. Thank you, Christine! It was so fun and I appreciate your sweet comments.

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  6. Your winter bird on branch is gorgeous Anita! Amazing watercolouring! I LOVE the colours and the design with the angled corners. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month at CAS Christmas!

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    1. Your so welcome, Loll! You have an amazing, supportive team and I love creating for your challenges.

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  7. What a lovely Chikadee card, Anita! Heat-embossing the outline is a great idea and you watercolored the bird so beautifully. I especially love the shades of blue. The gilded rectangle framed the scene elegantly. Thank you so much for being a wonderful Guest Designer for CAS Christmas this month!
    Hideko xx

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  8. Congratulations on your win, Anita! This is a gorgeous card! I love how you've colored this sweet bird and the elegance of the die cut!

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  9. Thank you, Bonnie! I appreciate all the kind comments.

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  10. Adorable chickadee Christmas card. You’ve kept it CAS, beautiful and bright. Your painting using this set looks amazing btw! Thank you for guest designing for us this month.

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  11. Thank you so much for the great comments, Trina! My pleasure to join CAS as guest designer❤️

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  12. Your colors are spot on with the picture you provided and is so beautiful. Lovely CAS card. Thanks for joining us as our Guest Designer.

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  13. Such a beautiful card Anita, your little bird is coloured perfectly! Love the angled diecut too, it is really elegant with the pop of black from the sentiment. Thank you for being our guest designer this month, Cathy x

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! Your team has been wonderful with their kind comments.

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  14. Beautiful watercoloring on this sweet little chickadee, Anita! Very pretty Christmas card! Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer for October at CAS Christmas!

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  15. Sweet chickadee and I love your coloring, Anita!! Almost forgot to comment because I flitted off to watch the video on simple strips storage :) Congrats on being Guest Designer at CAS Christmas this month!!

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    1. LOL Linda! I hope you enjoyed the simple strips video. Thank you for all the great comments!

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  16. What a sweet little fluffy bird and so wonderfully watercolored Anita! A beautiful design with the die cut frame layered over the card and your lovely sentiments! Thank you for being our Guest DT this month! xx

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    1. Thank you, Julia. You and your team are so sweet!

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  17. Gorgeous Winter Chickadee all puffed up to keep warm:-) I love your CAS design and die cut layer with your stamped and beautifully watercolored bird on a branch. Wonderful sentiment too. TFS your beauty. Congratulations for being chosen the Guest Designer, Anita. Hugs...Nancy

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