Sunday, March 20, 2016

CAS Mix Up Challenge One

I love the idea of a CAS challenge featuring specific techniques.  For this first challenge for  CAS Mix UP's March  the challenge graphic is:

There is a long list of techniques for the your choice portion of the challenge.  I am choosing gold splatters (spattering)  for my choice.

I used  Gansi Tambi watercolors in a wet on dry technique. I wanted the flowers to be very boldly colored, and the dry base keeps the colors from fading.

I added some gold spatters with Heidi Swapp's gold color shine spray.  The hardest part of this is waiting for it to dry.  My laptop rests on a cooling fan pad. I often will raise up the front of it and slide my  project under it. Faster than air drying, no warping like heat tool drying.  The sentiment was added last. I made a bit of a mistake with the a happy, it was originally stamped in black, but it got lost in the flower and I didn't know if I could outline in white (a la Kelly Latevola) would work on top of watercolors. So I white embossed it on black and glued it over my mistake.  I like it better with the black strip! Win Win.  Since I have the spatters, I felt no need for sequins or bling. The watercolor panel was trimmed to fit inside an A2 card base.

I decided to make a little collage of the process while I waited for it to dry.  When I used watercolor paper, my most favorite card stock for the card base is Oatmeal by WPlus9.  It has soft flecks on it and goes well with the color and texture of the watercolor paper(canson xl).  Stamps were all by Winnie and Walter.

I cut two masks from printer paper. No adhesive was to the back since no blending was done over the top of the masks.  They sat flat very well. This considerably shortens the time to create the card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Great masking there Cat! LOVE the fab save on the sentiment too! Thank you for your sweet comment on mine earlier! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Hazel xx
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  2. Beautiful rich colored flowers, Cat! Love those gold splatters! Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  3. Awesome!!! Perfect amount of 'bling', Cat ... and great masking, too...

  4. Your bright and bold blooms are gorgeous Cat! Great watercolouring and masking (there's another technique!), and looks amazing with the gold splatters. The mixed sentiment is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  5. What a gorgeous card. The colours are vibrant and the masking fantastic. You've coloured in the flowers beautifully and loving the sentiment. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind and positive comments, very much appreciated, that was so nice of you x

  6. Wow--win, win indeed! Another fabulous card, Cat--so striking & beautiful!

  7. WOW, this is so bold and beautiful.
    Cat, beautifully done.

  8. Beautiful card Cat! Fabulous coloring and I agree, happy mistake with the "Happy" - love the dimension the black strip adds.

  9. ok, the only thing i love more than the card is seeing the grid with all the process shots... so cool... (& WHAT A CARD it is btw!)

  10. Finally getting caught up :)
    Oh, how I LOVE this bold color combo, Cat! Beautiful arrangement of the flowers, and your splatters are the perfect touch! Great job on the challenge!!!

  11. This is really amazing in real life, Cat! I keep touching the flowers--almost waxy with the technique & so striking--just love them!


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