Thursday, August 27, 2020

CAS Halloween Card | Art Impressions Challenge Quick and Simple

Hey everyone! Have you tried making a CAS (clean and simple) card before? The new challenge up on the Art Impressions blog is all about Quick and simple which to me is the perfect reason to try out Clean and simple cards! I'm just going to go ahead and dive into a Halloween design. I'm still enjoying the summer but fall is fast approaching!

Head on over to the Art Impressions blog for the current challenge. Check out what the other Design Team members crated and also  enter in your own design for a chance to win!


 
The product list is down below along with the Copic Markers I used I'll just go over a few things and some thoughts on how the card came about.

So, suddenly I had it in my head to create a Halloween card. I've been slowly seeing more and more fall and Halloween themed items popping up on the good ole' inter webs. One of my favorite Halloween themed stamp is the Owl Cubbie. I just adore the cute little owls and their pumpkin house. Here is another card I made using this stamp. 


Since the current challenge calls for quick and simple though I decided to leave the pumpkin house cubbie stamp and die behind and just focus on the cute owls. And as a added bonus this stamp set has the sentiment "Whoooo's ready for Halloween" which was just to darn perfect! 

I used a piece of masking tape (from my local hardware store), nothing fancy and used it to mask off a straight line. This is where I will start my ink blending for the background. I used Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey for the top orange part. Once I had a nice blend, I moved the masking tape up and laid the bottom of it over the freshly blended orange. This gives me a clean line. Then I started ink blending the lower portion, this time using green colored Distress Oxide inks in, Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint. For the ink blending I used makeup blending brushes. Once I was relatively happy with my ink blending I removed the masking tape and spritzed the panel with water and set aside to dry.



The owls are stamped on Neenah 80lb Solar white card stock with Gine K. Amalgam ink in Jet Black. This is my go to combo for alcohol marker coloring 

Copic marker list

E77, E74 - Dark Brown
E35, E31 - Lighter Brown
Y26, Y21 - Feet
V06, BV11 - Witch hat
R81, R83 - Cheeky blush

Hey! I even went simple on the markers! 

I die cut the owls using the coordinating dies, which made the whole process really quick. The Owl Cubbie set does come with a die for the witch hat. I didn't use it. I'm pretty quick at fussy cutting so I figured I could cut out all 5 witch hats faster then I could die cut each one. But if your not a fan of hand cutting things... the die is included. 

Going back to the Distress Oxide ink blended panel.

I used one of the Art Impression Rectangle Double stitch dies, 3rd from the largest. Such a great size. To layer behind the panel I used a piece of Hero Arts Hues black card stock. Currently this is my favorite black card stock. It keeps selling out so I might not be the only one. Instead of using a die, I used a trimmer to cut down the black card stock to thinly layer behind. These are both adhered together and added to a A2 top fold card base. Then I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. This is a fantastic ink for stamping over a ink blended background, especially Distress Oxide inks. Though I do let this dry for a while before touching it. Most of the time Versafine Clair inks dry pretty quickly. But the oxide ink acts as a barrier and just takes it a little longer. 

Now for the fun part!! I love adding the critters to backgrounds. It's just fun! Did I mention there was 6 owls in this set? There is! I only used 5, I like odd numbers. It's a design trick but I also just like odd numbers. lol. So I grouped the little owls together. Then added on their witch hats.

For a final touch I added some sparkle to the background with a Scrapbook.com Glitter Brush Marker. It's a cool effect and the glitter ink does react slightly with the Distress Oxide inks, but like all glitter markers the glitter does come off. Not a lot but if you touch it you will have flecks of glitter on you. I can't stand that, lol. So as remedy on my second card (not shown, and yes, I made 2!) I used the glitter marker on the witch hats and added Glossy Accents over the top! Trapping the glitter in a clear cage! 

Alright, that's it! Thank you so much for joining me today. Don't forget to enter in your own design for the Art Impressions Quick and Simple challenge!  Happy Stamping!


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