Wednesday, August 01, 2018

CAS Mix Up August Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Mix Up August Challenge.  This month is being hosted by Nancy (scandinancy creates).  She has us using one of my favourite stencil techniques ...


This is such a fun and easy technique.  I had tried this years ago and failed miserably.  But when my friend Lee-Anne made a video tutorial, it just clicked for me.  Make sure to check out Lee-Anne's video tutorial HERE.

I used two colours of distress inks on my stencil, just swiping the colours randomly (scattered straw, abandoned coral).  I spritzed with water and then flipped the wet stencil over onto a piece of mixed media card stock.  I used a paper towel to blot up any excess ink.  I let it sit for a few minutes and then removed the stencil and blotted my panel again with a paper towel.  I ended up with a soft, dreamy design that I used for the shaped background for my card above.

I stamped the flower branch in Archival Sepia ink and then used more Abandoned Coral along with Vintage Photo Distress Inks to watercolour my image.

The sentiment is stamped in the Archival Sepia to finish.

Here's the close-up ...

We are thrilled to have Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see the stencil monoprint cards by our Designers and wonderful Guest Designer, Cathy.  Then come play along.  Remember to keep your design CAS, include stencil monoprint, stamping, and one other item from our list on the challenge blog sidebar.  Hope to see you in the gallery!






Stamps:  First Blush (Penny Black); Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Archival Sepia Ink (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Abandoned Coral, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Flourish Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz), water mister, water brush, Pinpoint Main Street Tag die (Poppy Stams)

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up August Challenge - Stencil Monoprint

30 comments:

Hannelie said...

I have never heard of this technique and hope to give it a try! Your card is beautiful Loll!

Marcia HIll said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Loll!! I love the soft look of your monoprint and your colors are SO pretty together! And it's a perfect background for those lovely blooms...lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous stencil monoprint background using your flourish stencil, Loll. I love your pretty soft colors that are the perfect background for your beautifully stamped and colored flower blossoms. All creatively framed in your die cut tag. TFS my friend. Hugs...

Barb Ghig said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous card, Loll! I love the soft pastel background on your tag and your flowers are so pretty...You make it sound so easy, so I am definitely going to check out Lee-Anne's video tutorial :)

Julia Aston said...

What a softly colored stenciled background you created for your gorgeously colored stamped flower stems Loll! The dotted edge tag is the perfect base for it! Julia xx

Linda said...

Beautiful card using the monoprint stencil technique. Hope to give it a try.

Mac Mable said...

One dreamy and beautiful card. The mono printing technique looks marvellous. One very special and pretty card Loll....love it x

Hazel Kinvig-Paul said...

Hi Loll! I just LOVE all the makes you create from your marvelous backgrounds! That tag is so pretty and soft looking and the flower image is perfect for it! I hope you are well! Thank you so very much for coming by today, I don't deserve everyone's loyalty, but am humbled and grateful to have it! Have a lovely day my friend! Hazel xx

Jo Manna said...

Wow, I worked so hard with this technique, I never got a beauty like this one :P
Love the sepia stamping along with the watercoloring done on this beautiful background. A brilliant approach, Loll, this is extra special xx

Nancy Stislow said...

This is one of my favorite techniques and one that even the kids just loved. Yours is so dreamy and has such an ethereal quality to it. I love that it's soft enough to stamp and add your wonderful watercoloring to the blossoms. Beautifully shaded.

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, I agree, one of my favorite techniques. I love your soft mono print background with your beautiful flower image :)

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Loll, love the dreamy background. This technique is so much fun, partly in the mystery of how it will look after you peel the stencil off! Cathy x

JosieD said...

What a charming card! The stamp and stencil combo are perfect together and I like the soft colors. The tag die sets it all off beautifully. How you combine things is always so interesting and your coloring amazing.

LeAnne said...

Just gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

This is really beautiful, Loll. The colors are so soft and elegant and really work with the image. Terrific effort. I watched a bit of the tutorial and it looks like a very doable technique. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Brenda in IN said...

This is so beautiful. Soft and sweet with a pretty image stamped and water colored.

Bonnie said...

I love how you've stamped directly on this beautiful stencil monoprint background, Loll! This is so feminine and gorgeous!

Susan said...

So soft and pretty - I love it. A beautiful branch of blossom that looks perfect against that gorgeous monoprint background!

Ina G said...

What beautiful softness you have here Loll. Perfect background to showcase those pretty blossoms. Just gorgeous and what a fabulous challenge this month.

Anita in France said...

Soft and dreamy and so beautifully feminine, Loll ... so pretty! Hugs, Anita :)

Maxine D said...

What a soft and sweet beauty Loll!! - off to look at the technique now
Blessings
Maxine

Daffodil Cards said...

Dreamy it is and Gorgeous.
Faith

Trina P. said...

I am swooning over this gorgeous card, Loll! I would have never paired those two colour DIs together, but they resulted in such a delicate monoprint background... so fitting for your beautifully watercoloured flower branch. xx

Aileen said...

wow what a stunner this is. Just love your colour combination for the mono stencilling and for the flower. I need to get myself some of that archival sepia ink, love that as black can so often be too harsh. Wonderful

Lucy E. said...

So lovely!

Susanne Vargas said...

What a phenomenal background for your pretty flowering branch! Love this card!

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is so soft, pretty, and dreamy, Loll! I would have never thought about stamping and watercolouring on the monoprint like this! I'll definitely try that this month. The sepia and the vintage photo add softness and the white card base is just there to show off your beautiful stencil monoprint and your watercolouring. Hideko xx

Linda said...

So soft and pretty Lol. Love the colors.

BożenA said...

Loll, you are a sorceress from beautiful backgrounds. I love this background and the flowers look stunning on it.
Hugs,
BożenA

Bobby said...

I'm so honored to have this lovely to gaze upon over and over again, Loll. Not to mention run my hand over the monoprint. I hadn't seen this post when the card arrived so I didn't know how you achieved that wonderful, soft flourishy background. Thanks so much for thinking of me.