Wednesday, April 15, 2020

April CAS Challenge Reminders

I have made two cards for reminders for the CAS Challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour.

I'm the host.                                    Susan is the host.

I do love this bleaching technique.  I have used bleach (but water will also work but most likely won't remove all the colour) for my reminder card this time on Tan Mixed Media paper that was gifted to me by my friend, Christine.

I stamped my peonies in versamark and heat embossed with princess gold embossing powder.  Bleached the image and it came out very white.  Thought about leaving it like that, but decided I wanted to try to add distress inks over the bleached areas to see how this tan mixed media paper worked.  It worked well!  I used some watercolour pencils to add darker shading.  Definitely need more practice with pencils!

Peonies are spring flowers ... at least in my garden.  I have the early ones that are bright pink (almost red) and are shorter than the other varieties that bloom in summer.

I sent this card to my sweet friend Hideko for her birthday two days ago.  So happy it arrived in time!  Hope you had a wonderful birthday Hideko! xx


Next card is for CAS Christmas  challenge ...

Bonnie is host.

Very CAS card using a scribble star image that is coated with gilding flakes.  The sentiment "making spirits bright" is part of the jingle bells song.  I'm going to be humming that tune for a few days, I'm sure. :)

I hope you'll check out the challenge blogs to see the amazing cards from our Designers, Guest Designers, and participants.  If you haven't had time to play along, there's over a week left before all the CAS challenges close on 24th at midnight PST.  Come join us!

CAS Mix Up & CAS Watercolour Reminder - Birthday Peonies for Hideko
Stamps: Perfect Peonies (Clearly Besotted); Noveau Flowers sentiment (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Tan Mixed Media (gift from friend); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Versamark; Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Princess Gold embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, water brush, watercolour pencils

CAS Christmas - Making Spirits Bright
Stamps:  Scribble Star (Rubber-Art Stamps); Full of Merriment (Penny Black
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush

CAS Mix Up - Bleaching
CAS Watercolour - Spring Flowers
CAS Christmas April - Christmas Song


HilaryJane said...

Those flowers are gorgeous, I love the gold embossing on the tan paper with the bright green and pink. Such a lovely effect xx

scrappymo! said...

Your first card (the floral card) is so pretty. I like the look of the gold embossing.
The second card is stunning. Have not yet tried the giloding flakes...yours look wonderful!

Marian said...

I really like the colours of the distress inks you used on your first card.
So pretty - great colours together.
i must try the bleach effect on the tan colour card - really shows the true colour.
Must remember to try this technique.

Susan said...

Two fabulous cards, Loll! Love the colours of the peonies against the craft. And the Christmas card is fabulous with the gilding flakes star - it's CAS perfection!

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous cards, Loll! I love how you watercolored the peonies with your distress inks...they're so pretty against the tan card base! I also love the texture on the star...gilding flakes are such a great medium! Barb xx

Jo said...

Love how you unify by repeating colours (sentiment/image). Both are truly special. Love the pure colours with the gold embossing, so well faded to a paler shades. Gilding flake star is a wowzer, CAS perfection.
Great challenge too! xx

JoAnn said...

Two great cards. I really love the first one with those pretty blooms. You did a great job with the bleaching and coloring. TFS

Bonnie said...

Beautiful flowers, my friend! I need to cut some of my tan mixed media and give this a try because it's gorgeous! Love that gilded star too! Very artsy and wonderful shine!

Pat said...

That peony image is so bright and beautiful Loll and the mixed media paper really has the look of kraft card, and the star is perfect with the gilding flakes. Two amazing looks. x

Bobby said...

How great the paper bleached out to white, Loll. I would have loved to see that but your colored flowers are gorgeous. And so is that gilded star.

Robyn Oliver said...

More wonderful CAS cards Loll, your pink floral is gorgeous - I love the colours with the gold embossing.... also your Christmas star is simple and so effective with the gilding flakes. Hugs and stay safe Robyn

Christine Alexander said...

Both cards are amazing Loll, love your watercolouring on the Tan Mixed media, it creates such a warm background and that star is wow in the gilding flakes :)

Trina P. said...

A set of beautiful cards, Loll. Amazing bleaching and watercolouring job on tan MM paper... such lovely colours. And your star is gorgeous and shiny.

kiwimeskreations said...

A wonderful pair of cards Loll - especially the first peony card - that is amazing
Stay safe

Ros Crawford said...

I do love your bleached card with the distress inks, it's so pretty and what a terrific star on your Christmas card Love it! Thank you so much for everything Loll.

My Paper Epiphany said...

The bleaching worked so well on the tan card and I love the vibrant colours! The scribble star looks fantastic
with the gilding!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Both such Beautiful cards.
Keep safe and well
Faith x

Brenda in IN said...

The flowers are beautiful and the distress inks look so pretty over the bleached area. That star is stunning. The color of gilding flakes is awesome.

Nstiz said...

Both cards are fantastic, Loll. Love that gilded scribble star and it looks like it was fun to do too. But I'll never tire of seeing your water color! What amazing results on mixed media tan. I'd have never guessed.

Linda said...

Two fantastic cards Loll. I love the first one. Your bleached flowers are just stunning. Beautiful cards my friend. Hope you are having a great day.

TK said...

Your attempt = Fantastic! Love that you tried bleaching colored paper, and it looks great in my eyes, no need for pencil practice that I can see :o)

Julia Aston said...

Two beautiful cards Loll - your bleached, embossed and watery ink colored came out so pretty! The gold outline and tan background really set off the green and purple colors! Your scribble star looks wonderful with the gilding flakes - so much inspiration from you today! xx

Marcia Hill said...

Two FABULOUS cards Loll! Your bleached card on the kraft is SOOOO pretty and colored just beautifully!! And your scribbled star image with the gilded flakes is awesome! I do not have any gilded flakes and thought about ordering some for the challenge but then wondered if I'd receive it in time?! Oh well, I'm enjoying gazing at yours!! Hugs. :0)

Leslie Miller said...

Just wow. You captured the best of the gold embossing on your peonies, and what a truly gorgeous card that is! Then your gilding flakes on the scribble star... I especially love those earthy colors!

Mac Mable said...

Such a pretty bleached card and the tan card with the peony flowers look beautiful. CAS perfection with the shiny and contemporary Christmas card Loll x.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Oh, I love the first card, Loll! It's on my craft table and I've been admiring it.
Bleaching the tan mixed media paper worked wonderfully. I really didn't know how you got that white until you told me.
Your coloring with distress inks with watercolor pencil shading makes the peonies look so pretty, especially with the tan background.
I'm so grateful and lucky to receive this card! Thank you so much, my friend!
Love the various colors and shines of the gilding flake star of the second card! The font of the Christmas song matches the scribbled image.
Hideko xx

Susan Joyce said...

Wonderful collection of cards Loll, love how you created the bleached card and then coloured the flowers.

Darnell said...

WOWZA, Lolly! Two more stunning cards! I really, really, really like the way you added color back into your bleached peonies. This is the prettiest kraft floral image I've ever seen! And your gilded star is, well, out of this world gorgeous! I can only imagine how spectacular it is in person! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

Zoechaos said...

Very elegant work I'm especially taken with the bleach technique card the colouring over the bleached area is fabulous. Thank you for your lovely comment on my site. x

Linda said...

Two gorgeous cards. Love the floral design, the flowers look beautiful with the added colour. I've not seen that embossing powder before, might have to check that one out, it looks so shiny.
I also love the simplicity of your little gilded star xx

Anita in France said...

Goodness, the vibrant colour in those peonies is beautiful, Loll ... the bleaching really makes these lovely blooms glow against the neutral background! What a stunning star ... so full of shimmer, shine and impact! Hugs, Anita :)

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous heat embossed bleach flowers on Tan Mixed Media cardstock, Loll. I loved your watercoloring with DI and pencil highlights after removing the tan colored paper with the bleach. I will have to try since you gave me tan and black MM paper:-) We sure have fun with all our experimenting with paper art products:-)

Thank you for sharing another gorgeous gilded card too. Your stamped gilded star is Stunning and perfect for the the CAS Christmas challenge.

A late happy birthday to Hideko too...I am sure she Loved her peony birthday card from you. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Karen Dunbrook said...

amazing cards the look of both!!
xx Karen

BożenA said...

Gold embossing looks stunning on gray craft paper. Whitening and adding color also looks great, is another way to color images on colored paper. They don't have to be just crayons :-) It's a great discovery.
The star looks insane, Loll