Friday, January 6, 2017

Snowflakes...Glisten

Hello crafty friends and visitors! Welcome back! Today I have another set of cards for you in a CAS style--or at least CAS for me! I mistakenly titled my last post Glisten, so here we are again! If you read my last post, you'll know one of my crafty resolutions for 2017 is to try new styles, and the one I'm working on right now is CAS. Yet another thing I've resolved to do in my craft room is to make more than one of my cards at a time, if it's not too complicated of a project, a good plan to follow I learned from my talented friend, Lisa of A Mermaids Crafts. If you haven't been over to see her yet, be sure to pay her a visit--she makes the most gorgeous, mostly shabby chic creations!





I started with a piece of mixed media paper, and laid 3 of the Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes, mini die cuts on it. I applied Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Shaded Lilac to a large acrylic block, spritzed with water and blended somewhat with my finger. I turned this over onto my masked paper to transfer the watery color. While the color looks good, my intention of having little white snowflakes left behind didn't exactly turn out. Next I heat embossed the snowflakes from Tim's Woodland Scribble set using Broken China ink and Emerald Creek's Soft Fallen Snow. I also spritzed the card with my new water spritzer and sprinkled on more of the embossing powder, then heated to get the tiny shimmery spots. Last I inked the snowflake stamp, spritzed with water and stamped for a watery image.



I tried something a little different with my die cuts on the "Snowflakes"card, leaving behind  little ghosts of  flakes. I'll let you know how I did that on my next post.


 The snowflakes get an extra punch of dimension by dipping them backs down in a puddle of watery ink. This allows the ink to get around the edges. The fronts were given the watercolor effect using the acrylic block technique.



 Chit Chat  stickers finish off my simple cards . Truly, these are "simple" cards, but I'm not too sure many of you might call them "clean". Hey, I'm new at this!





I'm entering my cards into the following challenges:
Frilly and Funkie-New Year's Inspiration One of my crafty goals for 2017 is to try new styles and another is to use old tried and true mediums and  techniques. Here, I've tried CAS, something I've never really done, and used an old technique of using ink on another surface to transfer the color for a watercolor effect.




Thank you for dropping by today and for all of your amazing comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

28 comments:

  1. Oh Sara this is so beautiful!! I just love the soft watery background achieved with the acrylic block technique, the additional layers of watery stamping and subtle die cuts are so pretty, - this is CAS how I really like it, - just gorgeous!!

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  2. Wow, Sara, another fabulous CAS from you! I love the technique you used on your background, it's stunning and so super cool! Your snowflakes are awesome! I always learn something new from you, my friend and I am always so inspired! Marvelously done! Have a nice day! Sending hugs to you! Branka xx

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  3. WOW! This is one amazing background! Your card has just the right amount of fluff to let those dazzling snowflakes pop! Love it and glad to see your crafting. <3 Hugs, Autumn

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  4. WOW! Simply BEAUTIFUL! Love them! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes with Dies’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

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  5. Gorgeous cards....wonderful backgrounds. I love CAS but can't do it at all!

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  6. Lovely inky effects - your glistening snowflakes are gorgeous. I shall be interested to see where the CAS explorations take you... I manage it about once in a blue moon!
    Alison x

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  7. I think you're doing a great job with the CAS cards, Sara Emily. Love your background and all of the snowflakes, especially the glittery ones! I'm sure it's nice to make more than one card at a time, too. Something else I need to learn to do! Thanks for the inspiration and look forward to more. Hugs!

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  8. This is the closest I will come to snow! Really beautiful - I call your design clean and simple - certainly not over done with oodles of layers.
    I love it!
    sandy xx

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  9. This is my kind of CAS with lots of inkyness. Love the background.
    Avril xx

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  10. Oh my goodness, Sara Emily, these are absolutely stunning!! The backgrounds look amazing!! The colors are beautiful!! The touch of sparkle is perfect!! I love the gorgeous snowflakes that just pop from the cards!! I so need you to teach me how to do CAS cards!! I love, love these!! Thank you for the sweet shout-out too, my dear friend!! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  11. What beautiful snowflakes, Sara! I love the soft watercolor and all the ways you've applied it! Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  13. Beautiful design. I love the watercolor with the snowflakes. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Dies R Us. We hope you will share more of your work in future challenges.

    Kathy
    DRU DT

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  14. Beautiful cards Sara! Love the way you've used several techniques to create your watercoloured background and snowflakes. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  15. Beautiful smooshed background and snowflakes, Sara. I love how you added the sparkle and your die cut snowflakes. Wonderful Wintery colors too. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs....

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  16. Ah Sara love this and that background is stunning.{aNNie}

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  17. Beautiful ! Sara . Just love all those watery effects, the gentle glisten of the embossed snowflakes and the addition of the die cut flakes. This CAS style sure suits you :) hugs x

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  18. This is so lovely, Sara Emily! Beautiful colors and wonderful watercolored background. Love the ghostly snowflakes on the background too. Always a delight to have you playing in our challenges over at Frilly and Funkie. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  19. I like your resolution to try new styles! This is such a good learning experience even if you go back to your favourite styles. A lovely watercolour background with a touch of glitter makes this CAS card a beautiful one. Thanks for joining us at Country View challenges this month!

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  20. Just one word from me Sara - STUNNING!!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  21. Beautiful snowflakes and love the gorgeous background!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Dies R Us. PS: This would fit our challenge at Sparkle N Sprinkle as well, it is monthly and you only have to use EB powder and/or real glitter.
    Diane DRU DT

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  22. Wonderful cards, so lovely.

    Hugs
    Anke

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  23. Very smart idea and one I need to take into account as well. Isn't Lisa a genius! Those ghost flakes are incredible and awesome sauce. I really like the clean look of this so the focus is on the snowflakes and your gorgeously gorgeous background. Is there anything you can't do? I don't think so. Huge Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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  24. Stunning!
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapyland Challenge blog and Good Luck !
    Maryvonne – DT member

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  25. Love both cards with the great background topped by the pretty snowflakes. Lisa's idea is a fabulous one and I was thinking of embracing it myself except I don't have time to make one project sometimes let alone two. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  26. Your cards have such gorgeous wintery colors, texture, and sparkle, Sara Emily!! They are completely swoon-worthy! Thank you so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  27. Gorgeous ! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge this month xx

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