Monday, February 01, 2021

CAS Mix Up February Challenge

Hi everyone.  It's the start of the CAS Mix Up February Challenge.  This month is being hosted by the talented Nancy (scandinancy creates).  She has chosen ...


I bought this stencil YEARS ago but have never used it.  Shame on me! :)  Happy to show it some love this month.  Wanted to make a Valentine's card for my sweet hubby Gord.  Later this month we will also be celebrating our 42 wedding anniversary.  How do the years fly by so fast??!!

I placed the stencil (Mosiac Heart Stencil - Simon Says Stamp - retired) over my card front and randomly sponged three Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple).  Once I was finished sponging, I removed my stencil and cleaned off any excess ink and then placed it back over top, lining up the design.  I pounced Versamark ink over the stencil, removed it and sprinkled with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel), which I've also had for years.  It does give a very glossy, thick coat when melted.  I finished the card by adding a black sentiment banner with "LOVE YOU" (Many Everyday Messages from Hero Arts) embossed in white and repeated across the banner.  It's popped up on top to add a little dimension to the card.

Close-up ...
We are happy to have Arlene (Sunday Stamper Papercrafts) as our Guest Designer this month.  Please check out the challenge blog to see Arlene's card, along with cards from our Designers.

Then come play along.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Another item from my NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) pile, I'm sending this to the NBUS #23 gallery ...




Stamps:  Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:   Distress inks: Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories:   Mosiac Heart Stencil (Simon Says Stamp), sponges, UTEE, heat tool

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Stencil Heat Embossing

29 comments:

conil said...

Can't believe you never used this stencil before because it is gorgeous. The colors make it sing and the embossing makes it glow on your card. I think that black strip is THE perfect accent...it adds balance and the sentiment in one layer.

Viv said...

So does this mean that my UTEE which has been in the drawer for YEARS may still work? Must try it!
Lovely stencil (can't believe you've never used it before!) and lovely card for the lovely Gord! xx

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful color palette and I love how UTEE creates so much dimension on your design, Loll! Very pretty card and lovely take on the technique! xx

Pat said...

This is gorgeous Loll and love the combination of colours and so shiny using the UTEE over the top, and great contrast with the embossed white on black sentiment strip. A wonderful card for your hubby Gord Loll and many congratulations on your forthcoming 42nd anniversary too. x

Bonnie said...

A fabulous stencil for this technique, Lolly! I love the colors and the shine and the black sentiment strip finishes it off beautifully! A perfect valentine for Gord!

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Loll, the UTEE really gives dimension when heated. Gord will love the card :)

nancy littrell said...

Wow..Stunning glossy stenciled and heat embossed heart, Lolly. TFS the close up, which showed off all the beautiful gloss and colors. Love your repeated Love You too and so will Gord:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

HilaryJane said...

I love how you have got a variation on the colour through your stencil and that embossing powder really does produce an amazing shine. So glad you have finally used that stencil too xx

Daffodil Cards said...

SO Beautiful and love the stencil and the shine.
Faith x

Jeanne said...

So happy you gave the heart stencil some love. Your card is beautiful. I like the different shades and the shine! Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary. You don't hear of that many long lasting marriages very often. Kudos to you and your husband! I'm sure he will be delighted with this beauty!

I Card Everyone said...

love IT!
=]

Nstiz said...

What a wonderful stencil and what a gorgeous Valentine card, Loll! Love this design and all the shine using this technique. This even looks so fun to do!

Brenda said...

What a fun Valentine Loll! I love the colors you chose, this heart stencil is so artsy and fun, glad you got it out and used it. Perfect Valentine for hubby! I don't know where the years go, but they sure do speed by! Congrats on 42 years!!! Hugs, Brenda

marilyn said...

What a great stencil and beautiful card! I just discovered an old jar of UTEE..hoping it's still good...no one ever talks about this fascinating product any more!

Viv said...

Stunning CAS card Loll, great stencilling too ;) hugs Viv xx

Leslie Miller said...

Way cool, Loll! The blending looks very pretty. I'm getting lots of good ideas that I can't wait to try before I forget them, ha! It's fun to see all these different stencils. I'm getting the bug!

Mac Mable said...

Wow what an amazing effect with the UTEE and heat embossing through the stencil Loll x. I am so glad that you have shown this fabulous stencil some love....Gord will love your creative and beautiful card Loll x......Yay to 42 years too Loll x.

A.Rose said...

This looks so much like tiles. Absolutely gorgeous!

Susan said...

What a beautiful blend of colours! And I love the black strip with the repeating sentiment!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh he will love this... It's amazing and 42 years? Well that's definitely amazing and worth celebrating... Congrats!

Heather said...

I love the look of the extra high embossing powder and the pretty colours you chose. Bold and beautiful!

TK said...

Beautiful, Loll! Love the colors, and the b&w sentiment is a great punch of contrast. Love that stencil too

Brenda in IN said...

Loll, this is gorgeous. The shine is beautiful and the stencil made a great Valentine. I, too, have UTEE and haven't used it forever. I'm glad to know it still will work even though it has been neglected. I hope it's not mad.

Julia Aston said...

What beautiful results from your stenciling techniques, Loll, love your tiled heart! xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

The mosaic heart is unique and so pretty, Loll! Love the off-the-edge layout, the color combo, and the glossy surface! Gord will sure love this love card!
Hideko xx

Susan Joyce said...

Great effect with the sponging of the distress inks Loll and the UTEE does make it shine beautifully. Congrats on 42 years of marriage, we have just passed 48.

Jo said...

Beautiful cobble stone heart. The embossing really makes it a stunner. Great technique. Hope you are well, xxx

Linda said...

I love the simplicity of this Loll. The colours look amazing especially with the embossing powder over the top, great texture too xx

BożenA said...

UTEE added by the template gives such an amazing effect. I love your heart in warm colors covered with a thick layer of glaze. Beautiful love card for husband!
xx