Saturday, May 02, 2015

HLS May CAS Challenge - Diecuts


Hi everyone.  Time for the May CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  This time we are looking for CAS cards which feature die-cuts or punches.




Today I'm sharing a card made with mostly die-cuts.  I die-cut the branch and leaves, adding dimension to them with some sponging and shaping.

I've done a short video tutorial on how I add depth and dimension to die-cut leaves by sponging ink and using my stylus and mat.  Click on the video link below ... or click HERE to watch it on YouTube.  Please give it a thumbs up if you found it informative ... thank you! :)

Click on PLAY button below to watch video tutorial:
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I fussy-cut two small baby birds (coloured with Copics), and have them peeking out of their nest perched on the tree branch.  The nest is made with a grapevine wreath die-cut.  I cut it up into sections and layered it on top of each other to get the general shape of the nest.  I added a few strokes of dark brown from my marker to give the nest some colour, and then glued little bits of flower soft on top (white flower soft dyed with brown re-inker), to give it even more texture.  Fun and easy to do.

This month I'm excited to welcome Bonnie (Stamping with Klass) as our Guest Designer.  Bonnie loves to make CAS cards and is an avid supporter of HLS.  She is so talented, and I have learned a lot from following her blog.  I hope you'll take some time to look around Bonnie's blog ... you'll be glad you did! :)

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge.  Make sure to have die-cuts or punches on your CAS card, and then add your link to the challenge.   I'll be back throughout the month, highlighting different ways to use die-cuts and punches on your cards.

There's also a DT call over at the Happy Little Stamper's blog.  Three calls in fact ... one for the Sketch challenge, and one for the CAS challenge ... and one for the new Christmas challenge that will be starting at HLS in July.  We hope to see lots of entries for these fun Design Teams ... come join in! :)


This is also a reminder for the current challenge at Mixed Media Card Challenge - Wings.  And I'm entering it into Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes, CAS-ology #144 - Flight, and ATS&M - #142 Make Your Mark.










Stamps:  Spring Groves; Sentiment Sampler (both from Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Old Olive, Soft Suede (SU!)
Ink:  Old Olive, Soft Suede, Early Espresso (SU!); Copics: Y21, BG49, BG57
Accessories & Tools:  Tender Leaves dies; Twigs and Berries dies; Grapevine Wreath die (all from Memory Box), sponges, blender pen, stylus and mat, flower soft

Challenges:
HLS May CAS Challenge - Die-cuts / Punches
Mixed Media Card Challenge - Wings
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
CAS-ology #144 - Flight
ATS&M - #142 - Make Your Mark



46 comments:

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Aaaw! This is such a sweet scene you've created Loll! I adore that little nest you've made!! There is so much texture to this fabulous card, whilst still being beautifully CAS as usual! Hazel xx

Ina Nelson said...

Thank you so much for the tips. Love how the card.

Carol said...

This is so cute Loll. Carol x

Vicki Dutcher said...

I LOVE this card! So darn cute with those birds!! :)

Di said...

Absolutely darling card Loll! Time to watch the video now :)

Hugs

Di xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Big sigh! You know you stole my heart with this sweet bird design, Lolly!! I am so in love! And thank you for the video sharing your secret for getting such incredible depth and dimension on your die cuts! It was amazing to see the three lined up like that. You're the best!! Hugs, Dolly

Lisa Lara said...

oh my goodness Loll, this is perfection. I love love LOVE how you did the nest. Those two cute little birds nestled in there are so wonderful. Love the depth you added to your leaves.

maria f. said...

Oh man! Besides being wonderfully CAS, this is just so adorable. Puts an ear-to-ear smile on my face.

Bonnie said...

I love your baby birds, Loll! And you know I love your shaping technique. It makes such a difference!

Pam said...

CAS perfection. Love the nest!

Kylie said...

Amazing design, my friend. Those birds, the nest and your gorgeous leaves - stunning!! xx

Barb Ghig said...

Such a charming card, Loll! I love those sweet birds and all the texture you created with the nest! Thank you so much for the video tutorial...your leaves are amazing and I love how a touch of ink and a stylus can make such a difference on an element :)

Rahmat said...

Beautiful card Loll, love the little nest and the branch! so glad to see you play here at ATSM.

Linda said...

This is soooo cute ..... those little birdies look adorable in their nest. Fab tutorial too, thanks for sharing. Hugs Linda x

Julie B said...

How sweet Loll, love how you made the nest and the two little dickie birds peeping out. :)

Cathy said...

'Gorgeous card Loll, very clever to use the wreath die for the nest! Cathy x

sandie said...

adorable Loll, love that sweet little nest x

Karen Mead said...

Gorgeous card Loll and I love those sweet birds:) Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATSM xx

Leni said...

Very sweet card!

OH Babs said...

Cute card - I like the layout.

Becky said...

What a fabulous CAS card!

Judy1223 said...

OK, well, Loll, the nest? Brilliant. Seriously. I adore this card and the sweet punches and white space and PS sentiment. Love it all! So glad you joined in the fun at CASology this week!

Jacquie said...

Hi Loll,

Stunning card, beautiful die. So love the little Blue birds. I have joined in the fun lol!

Have a great day

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

Lee-Anne said...

I just adore this card, Loll! Those sweet little birds in the nest...what awesome dimension that adds to your card! And the leaves...perfection! So happy you could join us at ATSM!

Hazel Hodgkins said...

Gosh Loll! What a gorgeous card with so much dimension! I just love that sweet bird nest also! You are extremely clever! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week!

Sue said...

Gorgeous card, Loll. Beautiful sponging as always and I like how you added dimension to the nest x

Bobbie Bluegill said...

Great video. Clear and simple, just like your fantastic cards.

Melissa said...

Loll, this is just THE sweetest card...and that little nest?! oh. my. word. Absolutely fantastic!!! :) You really packed a punch with this one! The dimension you achieved...wow!
Thank you so much for joining us again over at CASology! :)

Mandy said...

Gorgeous CAS card Loll! Those little birds are adorable.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

May Sukyong Park said...

Gorgeous card, Loll!!!! Love the way you added the sharing and texture on it. So brilliant! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology. Hugs, May

Julia Aston said...

What a sweet little branch with cute little birds in their nest! love that nest Loll!!

nancy littrell said...

I just LOVE your added dimensions on your die cut leaves and sweet birdies Loll. TFS your details on your wonderful video. Sponging and stylus technique added so much to your finished card. Love how you showed the 3 different step samples on your video too. Thanks for taking the time to share your creative techniques my friend. Hugs, nancy

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A perfect CAS creation Loll (as always)! LOVE the cute little birds and the way you made the nest . Great tutorial too.
Thank you so much for the heads-up about the HLS challenge - job done!!
Big Hugs - Sylvia xx

Dana said...

Adorable!! I love the little birdies!!! Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

Barb Ghig said...

Congrats on your win at CASology, Loll! You are so deserving with this beautiful card!!! When I stopped here a few days ago, I also meant to say...Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

Tasha Vovchuk said...

Congratulations on your win!!! Your card is super cute!!! I loved it!!! ;)

Bobby said...

This is just so cute with the little birds, Loll. I have always loved your dimension so thanks for the tutorial. Now to get a stylus, at least one bigger than I have. ;)

shirley-bee said...

This is so sweet, Loll! I love the little nest, and it was really good to see the comparison on the leaves in your video, thank you!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Just popped by to say many congratulations on your well deserved win over on the CAS'ology challenge Loll! Hazel xx

Claire said...

Congrats on your Casology win Loll! What a fabulous card - love all that dimension and texture you've created!

Anita in France said...

So sweet, Loll ... and such wonderful dimension! Thanks for the video ... and congratulations on your win over at CASology! Anita :)

Joanna Harty said...

Looove your card Loll! CAS perfection! Congrats to your win over at CASology! Well deserved!

LesLee said...

I love this... all spring at work every lunch break I got to watch a mama humming bird take care of her babies.. this card strikes those memories.. great job.. I just love that little nest.. and that sentiment... fabulous!

Pat said...

I love those birds Loll and thank you for the great tutorial. I will certainly give that a try when adding leaves to my cards. x

I Card Everyone said...

Hi Loll! Had to come and watch your wonderful video! What a difference a bit of dimension can make! Your card is darling from top to bottom...
=] Michele

cm said...

Your video is such a treat! And your bird, nest and leaves...simply spectacular!
Hugs~c