Mixed media CAS card

mixed media, stamping, Stencil

The theme over at CAS Mix Up card challenge this month is to use Embossing pastes or gels and I have been thinking all month about how to make a card with it and still have it clean and simple.

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And today it suddenly hit me… obviously before we had to leave for a day trip to Munich. But I managed to finish the card just before we left and as I used the colours from The Paper Players challenge, I wanted to post my card there too and it was ending in afew hours, so I’m writing this post in the car!

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To make the card I first sponged through a stencil from Memory Box with Stampin Up’s Tempting Turquoise.  I then laid the beautiful flower stencil from Stamplorations down over the sponged area and added gold embossing paste through it. I drew in the leaves with my Zigs Clean color real brush.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine and the card was finished! Oh I added a clear sequin to one of the petals cause I touched it before it was dry and it left an awful mark!

So I hope you like my mixed media but still CAS card.  Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think!

stamps n stencils Stamps & Stencils – Words with meaning

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Touchy Feely

stamplorations CAS Stamplorations CAS Challenge – Hope the colours are masculine enough?

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – My 4th entry!

Easy flower water colouring method

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, stamping, Watercolor

First of all, let me make it clear that I am no expert in water colouring, having only just started. So the following tips I am giving is not advice from a specialist, just a way I found to do some easy water colouring on the flower stamps I have that might help you start water colouring if you’ve been afraid to do so before! I do have to say though, that having such beautiful flower stamps, like The Ton’s Sending Poenies set, which I used on my card today, makes it so easy to have great results. So if you like how my card turned out, read on!

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Firstly its very important to have watercolour paper! If not, the colours don’t flow very well and its harder to get them to blend. I am using my Zigs Clean Color Real brushes so I can’t say if any other mediums will work, but no harm in trying!

So the method I started using is called line shading, thats what I call it anyway! 😉 I first heat embossed the flower stamps by stamping them with Versamark, then sprinkling silver Wow embossing powder over it and heating it with my heat gun till the powder melts and creates a resist on the paper.

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As you can see from the above picture, all I did was to draw lines of colour above the embossed lines of each petal. Sometimes I drew the lines below, depending on where I thought the shadow of the petal would fall.

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I then used my water brush and pulled the colour from the lines onto the rest of the petal and thats it! For the orange flowers I used my clear Spectrum noir sparkle brush to blend, but unfortunately you can’t see it shine. Have a look here on my Instagram account to see the effect.

Once the colouring was done, I cut a panel with Simon Says Stamp rectangle stitched die, then took my Grand Happy Birthday die from Memory Box and die cut in the centre. I coloured the sentiment in black with Tombow duel brush pen. I them pieced them back in, leaving out some bits so you could see through to the silver card below. To create the raised effect, I just die cut another piece of the sentiment rectangle from white card stock.

theton inlaid HB

So I hope you like it, even though its no masterpiece, like TaeEun’s card here which I was CASing, but I’m quite pleased with it. Its the first time I’ve managed to create a flower border card, which I took a lot of pleasure in making cause it was easy and of which I’m also happy with the result!

Thanks for stopping by and if you try this method, let me know and I would love to see your results!


I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

theton The Ton Color palette Challenge – These gorgeous colours inspired me to make this card too.

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – my third entry!

seize-the-birthday Seize the birthday – Without the topping of one layer

memory box.jpg Outside the Box – Challenges using Memory Box, and this month’s theme is birthday!

addicted to stamps.png Addicted to Stamps – Flowers

allsortsAllsorts challenge – Use at least 2 dies. I used a stitched rectangle and the happy birthday die.





Mass production


Another good friend of mine is leaving Ulm as part of the yearly “migration”cycle that we expats go through. I had already made her a farewell card and a digital photo album of their 3 years here, but I decided to make her a bunch of cards she wanted to give to her customers in her flower shop in Slovenia.

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This is the first time I’ve “mass produced”cards and it wasn’t as tedious as I thought it would be. I first stencilled each card with the same text stencil from The Crafters Workshop but with different colours using Stampin Up inks.

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I embossed each card with embossing folders from Memory Box, Darice  and Cuttlebug using my Big Shot Plus. The circles which the butterflies are on was cut using Simon says stamp Bundle of stitched shapes set and the butterfly die is from Sizixx. I used designer paper scraps I had, to cut them.

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Hope you liked these quick simple cards.

I entered these cards in:

Simons Says Stamp Monday challenge – Texture

Less Is More – Something Tactile

Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

HLS AG with Dies Badge