Friday, July 1, 2016

CAS Mix Up July Challenge

It is time already for the new CAS Mix Up July Challenge: Stamping + Markers + Your Choice.  My Choice: Masking, One Layer Card, and Stenciling.

A dear family friend passed away recently at the age of 94 after having a very full life raising 8 children and doting on his many grand and great grandchildren.  Jack's favorite place besides being with his kids was the quiet beauty of our gorgeous Southern Oregon Coast.  I wanted a soft peaceful ocean scene that would remind his family of their dad.

I started by masking my card to create a frame using 3M post-it-note Tape. Then used my palette knife to spread on Gesso, let dry and added a 2nd layer for more texture. Again let dry.  Then I sponged several colors of Distress Inks to create the beach scene and stenciled the birds.

Then I used my MISTI and positioned my beach grass stamp on my card front, closed my MISTI to attach stamp. Opened MISTI and colored the stamp with my SU markers. Closed MISTI and colored again and stamped again for better coverage.  I then moved the stamp down a bit on my MISTI, recolored and stamped again twice.

I stamped the "With Love" in Memento London Fog for a softer look than black. Because of the Gesso the colors faded where the grass image overlapped onto the beach scene.  I ended up brushing on Distress Inks using my aqua painter,  which covered the grass much better.  I also went around the border of the scene with my SU Creamy Caramel marker to give the scene a little more definition.

I am real happy with my 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card...hope you like it too.

We would Love to have you join us at the CAS Mix UP July Challenge with your creative cards.

Please remember to make your cards a Clean and Simple Mixed Media creation.  Have a great summer....Hugs...

Card Recipe
Stamps: SU World of Dreams and Field Flowers..both retired
Paper: Strathmore 140# Mixed Media
Inks: T.H. Distress Inks, SU Wild Wasabi and Creamy Caramel Markers, Memento London Fog
Accessories: 3M masking tape, ARTplorations Some Birds Stencil, MISTI, sponge daubers, aqua painter.
Techniques: CAS, Masking, Stenciling, Marker Coloring, Sponging, One Layer Card, repeat stamping.


  1. This is really beautiful Nancy. I'm sure Jack's family appreciated this card made from the heart. Great job with masking and creating a beautiful and peaceful ocean scene. The stamped grass overlapping the frame is just a perfect detail. xx

  2. Nancy, your ability to create a scene just wows me! The gesso layer added a lot of very subtle texture to the pastel palette of color in your scene. Loads of interest to tuck on the beach grass as you've done. This really has such dimension to be a one layer card. It's beautiful! TFS

  3. Such a gorgeous beach scene, Nancy! I love the dreamy feel of your background, and that you used different mediums to create your card! Beautiful color palette, too! A stunning and thoughtful tribute to your dear friend, that's for sure!

  4. Oh, this is just lovely! The clean lines really add to the beauty and serenity of this scene!

  5. This sounds like the perfect card to remember your friend, Nancy! I'm thinking I need to get out some Gesso! this is the most amazing one layer card! WOW!

  6. This is so soft and dreamy! Love the colors you used on this and thank you for the complete description! This is beautifully designed and clearly a work of heart!

  7. This shows your thoughtfulness and will surely be appreciated by the family. What a beautiful card, Nancy.

  8. Beautifully done Nancy. I love how you have stamped outside the scene. I am sure this was so appreciated by the recipients.

  9. wow Nancy, I am so loving your scene you have made! The sky is amazing looking and it is so cool how you stamped outside of your scene as well. Very cool! Hugs, Brenda

  10. I'm sure your friend's family appreciated the card that would remind them of him. It's such a lovely peaceful beach scene. Great attention to details - like the line you did with your marker around the focal image. The beach grass came out so well with the various colours of markers.

  11. so serene...just perfect for a sympathy card.
    sorry for your loss.

  12. What a beautiful and peaceful scene you created Nancy! A lovely sympathy card! Julia xx

  13. Such a beautiful seashore scene, Nancy ... serene, gentle and so lovely for your dear friend's family ... I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs, Anita :)

  14. I knew right away that this card is a beach scene! I love the coloring of the sand and the beach grass at the forefront of the scene.


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