Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  The first challenge of the month is always a color challenge, but during the month of December, we’re doing something a little different.  This week, we’d like for our challenge participants to choose any of our color challenge combinations from 2015 and use it to make a Christmas or holiday card.

I’m revisiting Challenge #125 for my card – Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant, and Garden Green.  I also reworked a card I’d made last fall.  The golden yellow and the green lent themselves easily to a Christmassy feel, but then I had to work in the purple, too.  I started by stamping the tree, covering the image with a mask, and masking off a horizontal strip for the sentiment.  Then I dipped an old toothbrush (appropriated for crafting purposes only!) into yellow ink and spritzed it over the card.  I repeated that process with green ink.  (It’s a messy but fun and quick process.  I did wear a disposable glove so my fingers and thumb wouldn’t turn colorful, LOL!  I also covered my work area with scrap paper.)  I let the ink dry for a few minutes, and then removed the masks and used purple ink to stamp the sentiment.  To help set off the sentiment area, I made tiny dots with a purple marker near the edges of the area, using a ruler to space the dots evenly.  I added some purple and yellow enamel dots to decorate the tree, and finally I rounded the corners of the card for a finishing touch.  I don’t often make one-layer cards, but I like how the masking gives the illusion of the tree being set above the sentiment area and the splattered background.  The enamel dots give some actual dimension.


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I’ve decided to play along in the current challenges at Addicted to Stamps and More and Addicted to CAS, too.

Which of our approximately 25 color combinations from 2015 will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog using the Color Challenges Archive tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 9.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Season of Joy, Christmas Greetings
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant
Other: corner rounder, Garden Green and Crushed Curry ink refills, Elegant Eggplant marker, Regals candy dots

4 Responses to “CAS Colours & Sketches #153”

  1. Gorgeous! Love that splattery background and the tree looks fabulous decorated in the yellow and purple.

  2. Beautiful card, Patricia! Your tree is so pretty and I love the background! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS and ATSM!

  3. Lovely card! Love it!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSM! And check out the new CAS challenge!
    The Leaf Studio

  4. Beautiful card Patricia! I love the visual texture from the toothbrush technique. The purple is the perfect accent color and works so wonderfully with the yellow and green.

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