Friday, October 15, 2021

CAS Challenges October Reminder

Hi everyone.  Time for the reminder cards for the October CAS Challenges.  First up, CAS Mix Up, hosted this month by Bonnie.

Bonnie is our host.

I went out and picked up a few maple leaves from my yard.  The card above uses a small leaf that I coated with Gold Liquid Watercolour Concentrate and then pressed it through my Gemini Jr. with mixed media paper.  I love how the gold paint shows all the veins.  It's very subtle, but still very pretty.  I added a soft suede card stock base, along with a gold splattered backing to my main panel.

Close-up ...

I did a second print using a large maple leaf.  Using Hot Press watercolour paper and my Gemini Jr., I got two prints, this is the side with all the wonderful autumn colours (see photo below of leaf), which translated to pale green, yellow and purple when pressed.

Maple Leaf
I created a frame from seedless preserves by sponging around the outside edge of a piece of Hot Press watercolour paper and then sponging with gold watercolour.  I splattered more gold watercolour over my botanical panel as well.  The panel was cut to size and placed at the top right corner so the frame is only showing on the two sides.  The sentiment (AliExpress) is stamped in more Seedless Preserves distress ink, but I had to stamp several times to get a clean image which means that it's darker than I wanted.  The colours of the print are subtle, but so pretty and even better in real life.

This is not a CAS design but wanted to share with you.


Marcia is our host.

Started with a basic gray card stock base (SU!).  Used the Christmas Wreaths stencil (STAMPlorations), off the page, sponging with the leaves with blending brushes in basic gray ink.  The berries were sponged in white pigment ink first, left to dry, then sponged again in Fired Brick distress ink.  Used a metallic silver pen to outline the leaves and berries.  Finished with a silver embossed sentiment (Art Deco Celebrate Christmas - Poppy Stamps - retired) and a few dots of white paint.

Close-up ... shows the silver outlining of the stenciled leaves and berries


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 both challenges close on 24th at midnight PST.  Come join us!

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CAS Mix Up Reminder - Botanical Leaf (1)
Stamps:  For You (Cavallini & Co)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Soft Suede card stock (SU! - retired)
Ink:  Gold Watercolour Concentrate (Blick Art Materials)
Accessories & Tools: sponges, splatter brush

CAS Mix Up Reminder - Botanical Leaf (2)
Stamps:  Beautiful (AliExpress)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. Hot Press), Neenah white 110 lb. card stock
Ink:  Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Tim Holtz); Gold Watercolour Concentrate (Blick Art Materials)
Accessories & Tools: sponges, splatter brush

CAS Christmas Reminder - Christmas Wreath
Stamps:  Art Deco Celebrate Christmas (Poppy Stamps - retired)
Paper:  Gray card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink:  Basic Gray dye ink (SU!); Unicorn (white) Pigment Ink (Hero Arts); Fired Brick distress ink (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Christmas Wreath stencil (STAMPlorations), blending brushes, Silver metallic pen (Pilot), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, White Posca pen

CAS Mix Up October Challenge - Botanical Prints
CAS Christmas October Challenge - Gray and Red


nancy littrell said...

Love your two maple leaves Botanical Print cards, Lolly. Two slightly different techniques that turned out beautifully with the Gold W/C concentrate. I love how you used the colored cardstock and gold splatters too. This has been such a fun and wonderful Autumn mixed media challenge hosted by Bonnie:-)

Your Gray and Red stenciled CAS Christmas Card wreath is a beautiful CAS design too. Such a clever and creative way to use your STAMPlorations stencil, my friend. It would be perfect for the STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge..ATG.
Love and Hugs...Nancy

HilaryJane said...

Your leaf print cards are amazing. I just love those background splatters on the card base on your first shiny gold leaf print and the hint of purple on the second, fabulous. your grey and red Christmas card is also something special xx

conil said...

WOW! Came for one card and am delighted to get a whole bunch of paper goodness. So impressed with that gilded leaf. It's absolute perfection. The gold really exposed the veins and shape. You couldn't have picked a better color cardstock to mount it on...the spatter is just delicious.
Also, the larger leaf card knocked me out. Love the way the leaf transferred to the card panel and all the colors it left. The addition of the Seedless Perserves corner and gold spatter make it pop.

Pat said...

Two wonderful pressed leaf prints and both so different with the soft gold on the first and then the green and purple coming through on the second leaf, and the purple and gold spatter edging on to sides is beautiful. The wreath in grey and red with just the green for the leaves is totally gorgeous and love the way you have set it to the left showing just half of it and the silver embossing is so pretty too. x

Colleen said...

Beautiful wreath Loll! I must remember to offset wreaths sometime, it helps with the CAS design, but also is appealing to the eye!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Your botanical cards are so stunning! This has been a fun challenge! The wreath card is very elegant!

Ros Crawford said...

Loving those leaves... The gold is especially dramtic and I love the design of your Christmas card

Kiwigirl said...

Loll I absolutely love both of these cards! They are amazing! Thank you for the instructions too. I will have to give this a try!😊

Viv said...

Fab cards Lolly!
Your prints are beautiful - a lovely ethereal effect achieved and so peaceful.
Two great Christmas cards too! x

Julia Aston said...

Love, love, love your leaf prints Loll - what a great result from putting watercolors on your leaf before pressing, and a gorgeous oak leaf print - I want to try pressing everything left in my garden now! Your wreath stencil is so pretty on the grey with the added silver outlining! xx

Sandy said...

These are really beautiful! I live in Florida so I don't have the pretty Autumn leaves falling or even hanging on the tree. Have you seen Robyn's blog? She does something similar - her blog is Waterlily Cards by Robyn. I am going to forward your post to her - I know she will find your technique very interesting!
Sandy xx

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards Loll! I am totally in LOVE with all the gold on both of your leaf prints and the splattering too...simply GORGEOUS!! And your wreath card...well you definitely made this color challenge SHINE with this BEAUTIFUL card! I'm loving the darker gray leaves and red berries all outline in striking! Wonderful, wonderful cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Bobby said...

You got gorgeous results pressing those leaves, Loll. That second one is stunning!

Brenda in IN said...

That is some big leaf from your tree. The gold is stunning on it. The green, purple and yellow really created an outstanding leaf image and the purple sponged frame is lovely with gold splatters.

TK said...


Leslie Miller said...

Your two leaf cards just knock me right over, Loll! The gold on the first had me making plans, and then the natural color on your second card with the gold splatters and that gorgeous Seedless Preserves edge is just too WOW for words! The sentiment with it says it all! Finally, you've inspired me to get out my silver pen and see if it still works. That's a beautiful wreath!

Susan said...

Beautiful leaf print cards, Loll - they turned out so well. And I love the wreath card - the grey cs makes a fabulous card base.

Bonnie said...

Love your gold leaf, Lolly! It's so elegant and the gold splatters add lots of added interest! Your second maple leaf card is stunning! Love the colors and the two sided frame! That stamp is...well, beautiful! Your gray and white wreath is so festive with the red berries! Three awesome cards, my friend!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Gorgeous botanical print cards, Loll! The veins and details show so beautifully. The shine of the gold maple leaf looks magical!
Love the off-the-edge big wreath design! The sentiment fits inside the wreath perfectly. The added white dots are small but make a big difference!
Hideko xx

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful leaf prints Loll, I'll have to try the gold watercolour paint it looks stunning and your fussy cutting on the Christmas card is so amazing ♥

Cathy said...

Beautiful botanical prints Loll, what an amazing effect! Love the grey and red wreath too, it pops on the grey base, Cathy x

Julie B said...

What a fab technique, love the lucsious purple background to your second card Loll. :)

Mac Mable said...

The leaves sure do produce the most unique and beautiful prints and I am amazed at the colours you get from them. Both are so very beautiful and loving those splats x.
The outlining with the stencil on the wreath card looks fabulous and so is this card. Thank you for the step by steps too as I am always interested how to get colour onto coloured cardstock Loll x. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration in this post x.

BożenA said...

What an amazing color for your card base, Loll. It harmonizes nicely with the gold flecks, and the botanical gilded print on the white panel looks stunning.
The second card with all these colors looks almost unbelievable. I love how they blend beautifully. And another card with a Christmas wreath. I love the color scheme. The discreetly gray background beautifully presents the green and red of the wreath. The addition of silver borders gives the card a festive elegance.
Such amazing cards, Loll.


Barb Ghig said...

Your leaf cards are gorgeous, Loll! I really love how your gold paint shows all the veins in the leaf on your first organic and beautiful!
Your wreath is absolutely STUNNING! I love how you played with the gray and red color palette and how you created an 'off-the-page' many great details, too ~ xx

Chrissie said...

Simply terrific cards Loll, the gold maple is exceptional, the print is just so clear and the design is awesome! I am as in awe as ever!
Chrissie x

Sue N said...

What a wonderful design, Loll! I love the partial wreath, framing the sentiment!

Susan Joyce said...

Three awesome cards Loll, I am loving the leaf prints you achieved I couldn't get a good impression with the natural juices of the leaves so had to try different ways for my cards.

Linda said...

Your leaf prints are both simply stunning! What a clever idea to use the gold, the results really are beautiful! And I do love a bit of splattering!
The purple on your second card really brings out all the colours on your maple leaf.
Gorgeous Christmas card too!

Trina P. said...

Fabulous DT inspiration cards as always, Loll. The leaf pressed cards turned out so well… you achieved amazing veining details, especially with the gold. Your Christmas wreath is beautiful. Love the off-the-edge design. Incredible precision outlining it, too.