Wings like Eagles

I have 3 slightly different cards to share with you in this post. The first one, I think, is the most CAS version of the 3, so I am going to play this over at ATCAS Challenge #63 + DT CALL.

IMG_4845editedI used some dish soap bubbles tinted with re-inkers to create some different watercolor background papers which I used for the 3 cards in this post. I had originally intended to make a card for LIM’s water/one layer challenge, but decided that the papers weren’t really CAS enough.

Here are the background papers that I made: IMG_4843edited_edited-1I kind of made up my own version of a technique that I saw somewhere in the blogo-sphere. Would you like to try this technique? I can’t seem to find where I first saw it, but you can look here and here and here for an idea of how I did these. I’m also going to try this technique again, following Sandy’s instructions. For my method, I used 3 different Stampin’ Up blue re-inkers. I added the tint to the soap & water in light to dark succession, blew bubbles with a straw and then added the tinted bubbles one color at a time to the watercolor paper until I had fairly soaked it. Instead of pushing the paper down onto the bubbles, I scooped up the bubbles with my hands and dumped them on the paper. (Talk about inky fingers!) The inky bubbles sat on top of the paper and the paper absorbed the ink. If I wanted more color in a particular spot, I spooned some of the inky water onto the bubbles, allowing the tint to run down the sides of the bubbles onto the paper. Not easy to explain, so next time I do my technique I will photograph the steps!

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I used the back side of the watercolor paper for the 3 cards that I am posting here today because it looked more like sky, rather than water. I like how this technique, used with watercolor paper, gives you such a variety of unique papers with which to play. I did use the front/bubbly side to make some other cards too. I have yet to blog about or play those at any challenges.

Here is the second version of the card which I am posting just for fun: IMG_4852edited

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 Here is the 3rd version,

IMG_4848editedwhich I am going to play over at The Mixed Media Card Challenge #11 {Wings} + Design Team Call:

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XO
Melissa

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P.S. I listened to this song today and it reminded me of card-making, creativity and how God is the Master Artist. I hope you’ll listen and enjoy!

You are My Sunshine

I have a preface to share with you before getting to my card in this post.

CAS = Clean and Simple.I have been pondering this design style a lot over the past year or so. Honestly, I see quite range in the spectrum of CAS cards.Every time I think about this disparity I can’t help but I think of the following conversation from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Mr. Darcy: Tell me, do you and your sisters very often walk to Meryton?
Elizabeth Bennet: Yes, we often walk to Meryton. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. In fact, when you met us, we’d just had the pleasure of forming a new acquaintance.
Mr. Darcy: Mr Wickham’s blessed with such happy manners, as may ensure his making friends. Whether he is capable of retaining them, is less certain.
Elizabeth Bennet: He’s been so unfortunate as to lose your friendship. I dare say that is an irreversible event.
Mr. Darcy: It is. Why do you ask such a question?
Elizabeth Bennet: To make out your character.
Mr. Darcy: What have you discovered?
Elizabeth Bennet: Very little. I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly.
Mr. Darcy: I hope to afford you more clarity in the future.

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Is this merely newbie confusion on my part? Or are there a wide variety of opinions on the definition of what is truly CAS? Is there more clarity to be had? Or does it come down to shades of grey and matters of taste and opinion?

Having shared all of that, I’m happy to share this cheerful (CAS-ish?) card with you today.

IMG_4980editedFor this card I did some ink blending, made my own stencil, used some patterned paper (which I bought in a shop in my mother’s hometown, Dunoon, Scotland) and used home made embossing paste. FUSION’s: French Twist and Casology’s: Music were the beginning of the inspiration for this card. I am very happy with the results and I am also going to play this second card over at Mixed Media’s Challenge # 11: Wings.

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I am going to play this card over at Virginia’s View Challenge #14: Layers and Dimension

and at CAS(E) this sketch! #123 and ATCAS Challenge #63 + DT CALL too.

IMG_4991editedI have posted a more CAS-ish version of this card here and completely different one here.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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April/May Challenge: Layers and Dimensions  CAS(E) this Sketch

P.S. I listened to this song today and it reminded me of card-making, creativity and how God is the Master Artist. I hope you’ll listen and enjoy!

You are My Sunshine, Circle

 I’m happy to share this card with you today.

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For this card I made my own stencil, die cut some patterned paper and used home made embossing paste. FUSION’s: French Twist and Casology’s: Music were the beginning of the inspiration for this card. I am super happy with the results and I am also going to play this second card over at Mixed Media’s Challenge # 11: Wings. I’ve made a couple of other “You are My Sunshine” cards recently. If you’d like, you can take a look at them here and here.

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I am going to play this card over at Virginia’s View Challenge #14: Layers and Dimension  and ATCAS Challenge #63 + DT CALL too.

I have posted a less CAS-ish version of this card here.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

April/May Challenge: Layers and Dimensions 

P.S. I listened to this song today and it reminded me of card-making, creativity and how God is the Master Artist. I hope you’ll listen and enjoy!

Lots of Butterflies

 I have 3 butterflies cards to share with you.IMG_4921editedI used some dish-soap bubbles, tinted with re-inkers, to create some different water-color background papers which I used for the first card in this post. Here are the background papers:

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I chose one of the above background papers, trimmed it down a bit and then sponged some Tsukineko Encore Silver ink and SU Pacific Point ink through my new Shower of Flutters stencil. The stencil is a prize from Shery at Stamplorations for my being the April CASology winner.

Thanks CASology and Shery!

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I attached this layer to a white card base and then added the sentiment strip with a PTI sentiment backed by a layer of light blue vellum.

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I am going to play this first “Love You Lots” card over at Virginia’s View Challenge #14: Layers and Dimension.
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After seeing the inked-up state of the stencil, I decided to try an experiment. I used the stencil as an impression plate for the second 2 cards in this post.

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I attached the inked up stencil to some watercolor paper and ran it through my embossing machine and came up with the result below.

IMG_4926editedI am very happy with the result and I am going to play this second card over at Mixed Media’s Challenge # 11: Wings and STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge.

IMG_4931editedI re-inked the stencil and used the same impression plate method for this third card.

IMG_4909editedI also sponged some different SU blues, outlined the butterflies with a silver gel pen and spritzed the card front before adding the sentiment. I’m sharing this 3rd card just for fun. Maybe this third one would have been the better choice to play over at MMC #14?

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Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

April/May Challenge: Layers and Dimensions 

P.S. I listened to this song today and it reminded me of card-making, creativity and how God is the Master Artist. I hope you’ll listen and enjoy!

Bathing Birdie

I have another one layer card to share with you.

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For this card, I used several masking techniques. First I used masked off the bottom and attached my my new ARTplorations bubbles stencil.  Then I sponged some ink through the stencil. The stencil is a prize from Shery at Stamplorations for being the April CASology winner.

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I stamped the little birdie on some Scotch removable masking tape, fussy cut it out and adhered it to the card.  Next I masked off the second section and sponged another layer of “water” for the bird to splash in. I masked off the third wedge and sponged the last wedge of blue.  Then I added the PTI “Hello” sentiment in VersaFine Black and the little splash in silver. I’m going to play this card over at LIM’s Week 223 One Layer Challenge: Water and Addicted to CAS’s #63: Birds.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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P.S. I listened to this song today and it reminded me of card-making, creativity and how God is the Master Artist. I hope you’ll listen and enjoy!