Friday, January 04, 2019

CAS Stencil January Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to the very first CAS Stencil Challenge.  This is a CAS (clean and simple) card only challenge using stencils.  Please follow the challenge theme for using either a technique or product with your stenciling.

We're staring off with an easy challenge.  Most of you that have used stencils, have done so with sponging.  Create a CAS card with sponge stenciling and come join us in the gallery!

I have a short video on this technique for those that are interested.  Click below or check out the video on YouTube HERE.

If you found the video helpful, please give me a thumbs up on YouTube!
Thank you!

Starting off with the card at the top of this post, this is the one I made during the filming of the video.  I love this pretty large flower stencil and have used it many times.  I finished the card by stamping a sentiment and heat embossing in gold.  In hindsight I wish I had used a larger font so it stood out more. :)  I finished by adding an antique frame die, sponged on the edge with twisted citron ink.

I made three more cards using the sponging technique from the video, which I will detail below.

A modern, masculine card ...
On the card above, I simply sponged one colour of distress ink (pumice stone) over a leaf stencil.  I added a card front with a peek-a-boo window, stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in copper, and added a die-cut leaf sprig which has been embossed with several layers of copper and frantage copper embossing.  Love the texture from the frantage!

And a fun artsy card ...
On the card above, I sponged two colours of distress inks (spiced marmalade, picked raspberry) through the Happy Flowers stencil from STAMPlorations.  I removed my stencil and using a fine tip black marker, outlined the images free-hand.  You could also leave the stencil in place and trace around the images if you want.  For the finishing touch, I splattered some diluted black acrylic paint.  I didn't realize how much I had diluted it until I ended up with these HUGE splatters.  :)  In the end, I really like the look and think it suits the flowers. I used a black die-cut thank you to complete the design.

And, finally, the last card ...
Using the same leaf stencil as the masculine card above, I sponged with a mix of blue and green distress inks.  Added a silhouette leaf die-cut and sentiment banner with white heat embossing.

I hope you'll join me and the wonderfully talented design team for our first challenge.  We're excited to get going and hope you are excited and want to play along!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Card 1:
Stamps:  Sentiments (AliExpress)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base and frame (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Lovely Large Flower stencil (Studio 490 - Wendy Vecchi), sponges, Antique Frames die (Penny Black), Prismacolour pencils, gold embossing powder, heat tool

Card 2:
Stamps:  Many Everyday Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Pumice Stone Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Leaf stencil (Carabelle Studio?), sponge, Meadow leaf die (Memory Box?), copper embossing powder (Ranger); Antique copper Frantage (Stampendous), Stitched Square die (gift from Bonnie)

Card 3:
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base and frame (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools: Happy Flowers stencil (ARTplorations), sponges, fine tip black marker, diluted black acrylic paint for splattering, Thank You die (?)

Card 4:
Stamps:  Thoughtful Messages (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Leaf stencil (Carabelle Studios), sponges, Little Leaf die (Sizzix), white embossing powder, heat tool

CAS Stencil January Challenge - Sponging


Barb Ghig said...

Such a beautiful collection of cards using the sponging technique, Loll! I love how you blended your inks to create dimension and how each card is still perfectly CAS! Thank you again for another great video make it look easy, and I am always inspired by your work!

nancy littrell said...

Wow...all 4 of your gorgeous CAS cards are wonderful examples of sponging thru stencils, Loll. I am so excited that you have started a stencil challenge, since I have Many stencils and can't wait to learn new ways to use them. I am so happy to be on your new challenge Design Team too:-)

Your new Stencil Sponging video is so helpful and well done. Clean and Simple and professional. Loved all your samples on the video too. I love hearing your friendly voice too:-) Thank you.

Love and Hugs, Nancy

Lucy E. said...

These are all amazing
stenciling examples!
I hope to play in this
new challenge!

Patti said...

Beautiful Loll!! each and every card!!

I am especially impressed with your Thank You card and the outlining you did!! The black outline really makes the beautiful colors you selected POP!! (love the large splatters! too)

Happy New Year!

Patti said...

Oh! and congratulations!! on a fun new challenge! I LOVE stencils : )

Robyn Oliver said...

Four wonderful cards Loll, a great way to start your new stencil challenge and showcase how simple, different and effective sponging with stencils can be - I love them all - I'm drawn to the last with black leaves against the lovely mix of colours - bring on 2019 and stencils

Sue said...

All stunning cards, Loll. Starting off the new challenge with a bang! I think the first is my favourite, I love the zingy colours.

Trina P. said...

Congratulations on another fun CAS challenge, Loll! You’ve spoiled us with your debut post! All your cards are beautiful and inspiring. Your video is perfection! xx

Cathy said...

4 amazing cards Loll, I love how different the 2 using the leaf stencil look just by changing the ink colours and the diecuts. Thanks for so much inspiration to start off the new stencil challenge, looking forwrad to lots of inky fun! Cathy x

Julia Aston said...

Wonderful samples here Loll! each so different and lovely in it's own way. Great examples of how sponging a stencil can be used on our cards! What a fun monthly challenge! Julia xx

Michelle W said...

WOW, I love them all! Now I have to pull out my neglected stencils and play!

Linda said...

Beautiful sponged cards, Loll. All are fantastic.

Nstiz said...

Your cards are exquisite Loll, and I do enjoy seeing your videos! What a wonderful collection you created. It amazes me how you can take one stencil and do so much with it. Wish everyone presented a video direct and to the point without distractions like you do, always having your hands in focus and thanks for the closed captions too!

Papercraft Boutique said...

You started this new challenge with a big bang, Loll! I can tell your great care and enthusiasm about the new adventure by all these gorgeous cards (in different styles) and the new tutorial video. You prepared for this launch at the top notch level. The Designers on your team did a fantastic job too and I'm sure you're so proud of them.
Hideko xx

p.s. Matt looked at your cards and said "Each one of them is great!"

Christine Alexander said...

Loll, your video expertise amazes me, you have the art of getting all your points over in the perfect amount of time (short :)).
your cards are beautiful, a wonderful selection for us to peruse.
Thanks for creating a new wonderful challenge for us to play along with, I'm so looking forward to pulling out my stencils.

TK said...

Great cards -- all are SOOOO beautiful! Great use of those stencils

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

0kay Loll I broke out inks masks today and piece made. :D
Time will tell if card eventuates too! I've so many unused stencils so must use!
Love your video. Thank you for your three cards too. Hard to pick a favourite!
Shaz in Ozxx

kiwimeskreations said...

What wonderful cards Loll - I do love how creative you are with the stencilling, using such a simple technique, and your finished cards are magnificent

Anita in France said...

These are all so gorgeous, Loll ... and you make it seem so easy to do! Haven't done very much stencilling at all (yet!) ... your new challenge is a great incentive for to try my hand at a little more! Hugs, Anita :)

Jeanne said...

Beautiful work, Loll. Thanks for sharing the video. Sure looks like you have this technique down pat. Your cards are just lovely!

Linda said...

WOW! What an amazing collection of cards .... each one beautiful and so different. I love the simplicity of the masculine one.
Great video and a fun challenge. I'm so proud to be part of the team xx

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your new challenge, my friend! Your video is spot on and inspiring! Your cards are all gorgeous and have put me in the mood to pull out some stencils!

Bobby said...

Thank you for starting this stencil challenge, Loll. I have a ton of them I rarely use and now I have no excuse. The trouble will be making the cards CAS but you've shown me plenty of wonderful examples.

Maria said...

Oh, how lovely! A great collection of cards, Loll! You’ve inspired me to get out my stencils once again!

Kara Lynne said...

You have quite a collection of gorgeous cards, Loll! It's amazing what variety you can get all with straight sponging! Cheers to a New Year and your new challenge!

Brenda in IN said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful set of stenciled cards. I love them all and the video is a great teaching tool. I love how different card 2 and 4 look using the same stencil. Your blue and silver card is stunning.

Mac Mable said...

Stunning inspiration Loll.....You sure have shown us amazing ways to use the sponging technique.
The first card is beautiful and love the vibrant colours and the citron frame. The masculine one is CAS perfection, love the pumice stone sponging and the texture from the fabulous frantage.
The third card is so artsy and fun and loving those splats x.
Eye catching colour combination on the last card and such a wonderful design.
So enjoyed this post Loll and Thank you x

Marcia Hill said...

Four FABULOUS cards Loll and a great video too! Love, LOVE the depth of color you achieved on your 1st card with just the orange and red inks for the flower...SOOO pretty! Really need to go through my stencils and get busy! I've been in a cleaning mode lately and my craft room has suffered...but the rest of my house is oh so clean and organized! Now it's time to start playing again!! :0)

Jo said...

Impressive and beautiful cards. Never thought stencilling would be so versatile. My fave is the "Hello There" with your totally awesome embossing leaf. Great video too, you're off to a great year xx

Darnell said...

Your video is great, Lolly! Thank you. You make it look so easy; I always get inspired watching you work! Each of your creations is divine! I especially love that leaf stencil and all the colors you used!! Hugs, Dolly

BożenA said...

Another big cards, Loll. Your sponging technique is perfect. You're great to put on more colors. I love all 4 cards. Thank you for the movie, it is very useful.

Susan said...

Getting caught up on some commenting after being away - really wanted to tell you how much I love the idea of the new challenge, and your video, and these sample cards. Especially the gorgeous artsy one with the black outlining and splatters!