Thursday, 3 March 2016

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge ......

Happy Thursday ......

Welcome to the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge for the month of March.  It's a busy week for challenges this week!
This month, as always the theme is Anything Goes ...... with an optional colour twist of .....

nice and bright, well ....... spring is just around the corner!

Here's a little inspiration piece for you ...... using the lovely Winged Things stamp set from the Bees Knees range at STAMPlorations

I've done a little bit of smooshing for the background, using a piece of acetate to apply the ink.  This is so much fun to do, and a little bit more controllable than the regular way of smooshing. You can actually see where the colour is going, and you can use the acetate to place the ink just where you want it.
There's a fab, simple tutorial over on YouTube by Laura Bassen ..... pop over and take a look and then why not give it a go ...... I'm hooked!!

I swiped Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks onto my piece of acetate, spritzed them with water then smooshed them onto the centre(ish) of a piece of white cardstock

I kept dabbing the acetate onto the card to give darker patches of colour here and there ..... see what I mean, much more controllable.
Once this was dry I stamped those cute little butterflies on the top using a black Versafine ink.

Using a clean paintbrush I applied some water over the wings of the butterfly and then using the tip of the brush I added in some Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  Because the card was already wet, the ink just spread itself around giving this lovely shaded watercolour effect .... so simple!
I kept adding a little bit more colour to the centre, letting it spread, until I was happy with the shading.

The sentiment is from Noteworthy and is simply stamped with the Black Versafine ink

I finished off with a few spatters of Picked Raspberry Distress ink here and there .....

I smooshed a little on the inside too ....... and added some more butterflies.

You don't have to use the Colour Twist and you don't have to use STAMPlorations products to enter the challenge ..... although it would be lovely if you did.

Check out the Challenge post for all the details and you'll also find lots more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team...... happy stamping!

As this is the first outing that my Winged Things have had (another stamp set that's just had it's first inking!) I'm going to enter this into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #6

It's already Day 3 over there and there's some fabulous entries.  Just goes to show we're all the same when it come to NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) ..... we've all got loads!!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
We've got blue skies and sunshine over here ..... a huge change from yesterday.  Let's hope it lasts over the weekend ..... did I mention it's my birthday on Saturday (sorry!!) and we've got Mother's Day on Sunday.  Guess who's looking forward to their weekend!!!

Cheerio until next time



  1. LOVE this design. Acetate smooshing is awesome and I am totally hooked on it too. Love the bright yellow background you've created and it pairs so perfectly with pink. Have a wonderful weekend with your birthday and Mother Day celebrations! Your BD card is in the mail, currently winging it's way to Isle of Man. Hopefully it reaches you in time. xx

  2. Gorgeous card, Linda! Love the subtle colouring of the butterflies. This is so lovely to add some elements inside the card ;)

  3. Wowie!! What a delightful card!! Your smooshing it stunning!! I am about to hop over and watch the tutorial!


  4. This is so beautiful! I love the softness of the butterflies and that you added them to the inside of your card as well!

  5. Beautiful watercolors! Love the simplicity of your stamps!

  6. So fresh and beautiful Linda, perfect colours for spring time.


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