Saturday, 24 March 2018

CAS Christmas

Do you find CAS cards hard to make? I sure do!

I made this card for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge, which closes on March 24. The theme this month is Holly and I immediately thought of my NBUS Recollections, Poinsettia and Holly stamp and die combo. It doe not have a name on the package, just the numbers 88146 2017-10   529319
I picked it up at Michaels with a 40% off coupon and stashed it in with my Christmas stamps and nearly forgot about it.

I think that is the beauty of themed challenges. It forces you to think about what stamps you already own to create the theme, and oftentimes you actually have to peruse your stamp hoard to find just the right one! Luckily, this stamp was on my mind as I had organized my Christmas stamps over the past few weeks.

With just a few hours left till the deadline,  I created this CAS Holly card.  The stamp set came with a great sentiment that used the phrase Holly Jolly, but that particular sentiment seemed way too small to use with the holly image.

I used my Misti and stamped off 4 cards. I managed to smear ink from my fingertips onto the first two and only managed to complete two cards. 

The holly was coloured with copics. As I have mentioned many times in the past, I am a hopeless colourist. Although I like the first card, I think I did a terrible job on the second. The leaves look too outlined and I did not have the right green to use with that dark outer edge. I may purchase a new green and see if I can touch it up, but for now it is considered finished!

The stamp sets comes with this sort of stripey line and series of dots stamp. I stamped in red ink on the first card with the lighter coloured holly and black and the second card. I may just batch bake another half dozen of this card so which colour do you like best?

A couple of dollar store sequins and finally the fronts were done.

I coloured direct to card. The colours did indeed bleed through to the inside of the card, so I used the two smeared cards to fussy cut two more holly images. On the first card with the lighter coloured holly, I was able to to merely glue one fussy cut holly image down over the messy area and it worked like a charm! The second card needed a triangular snippet of holly paper, and then the fussy cut image.

I rather think I chose the wrong type of sentiment stamp for the inside. I had a small smear of ink on the inside and got so obsessed with finding a sentiment that would cover it up, that I forgot about keeping my card clean and simple. I used a NBUS Penny Black sentiment stamp called Glad Tidings. I wish I had just picked a plain sentiment and to heck with the teensy smear...but you know what they say about hind sight!

The envelopes were stamped with the same Holly image as the card fronts.

I am entering this card in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge.


Karen Knott said...

Wonderful cards, great sentiment too. Personally I love the lighter leaves but prefer the black stamped line (I've always been awkward lol) and I also love the way you have decorated the inside !
Hugs Kaz xx

Loll said...

Both your holly cards are so pretty Mo! You are too hard on yourself about the colouring. You did a great job with Copics. Very beautiful CAS design and love that you stamped the stripey bit and dots. So cool! I like it done in red and black ... don't really have a favourite. And love that you stamped the holly on the back of the envelope as well. Adds a special touch! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! xx

cotnob said...

A super CAS Christmas card Maureen, I love how you have decorated the inside and the matching envelope.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob


scrAPpamondo said...

It's a so lovely CAS card! Love how you arranged the inside!

Christine Alexander said...

I have this stamp/die set and love it. Awesome creation with the holly, I think you did a great job with the colouring perfectly CAS card. I also love the stamping of your envelope and inside of the card. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

jimlynn said...

Beautiful!!! I love that holly!!! Love your card too - inside and out! So pretty. Great idea about stamping the envelope too. I always seem to forget to do that.

Kath said...

A fabulous card and I like how you have echoed the design on the inside of the card too.
Kath x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Maureen, love your CAS designs, and the holly on the envelope is such a finished touch, Kate x

Papercraft Boutique said...

I'm glad that you made it to the deadline and shared your beautiful holly cards with us, Maureen! I love the design of your cards. The holly image, the sentiment, the candy stripes, the dotted line, and the sequins are all placed in perfect balance. The card with the red stripes look more feminine and the card with the black stripes and the defined holly outlines is more masculine. I like them both! Thank you for playing along with us at CAS Christmas! Hideko

Bonnie said...

Fabulous holly cards, Mo! I love the coloring on both and love how different they look from one another! You did an awesome job of covering the bleed through. I always forget that Copics do that until it's too late! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

Trina P. said...

A couple of lovely cards. Way to not waste the two that were smeared and cover up the inside. Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas Holly challenge.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful card, Mo xoxo

Glenda Atkins said...

Love this CAS card and so happy to hear from you. This is one lovely Christmas card.
big hugs

Glenda Atkins said...

Ok I mean both cards and the I really like how you did the inside. Thanks for some inspiration!!

Whisper said...

WOW you have mastered CAS beautifully here hun, Luv Sam x

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Such a pretty design!
Dr Sonia

MagsB said...

What a clever idea to add an extra image and patterned paper to cover the Copic bleed-through! These CAS cards are so chic!

love Mags B x

Tina Z. said...

I love CAS in yours is perfect!