Hello!  It’s another Tuesday, which means it’s new challenge day at CAS Colours & Sketches!  This week we have a trio of colors for you to work with.

The colors initially spoke nature and flowers to me, and when I was starting to work on my card yesterday, I noticed that several of my CC&S design teammates had used floral images for their cards.  Then I felt like I wanted to go with something different to add some variety to the mix.  I saw that the AAA Challenge was to create a one layer card with an optional twist of including a polar animal.  Even though one layer cards are not my favorite (because there’s nowhere to hide any mistakes!) I decided I’d try combining the challenges.  Since I don’t own any ink or cardstock in the challenge colors, I knew I’d have to do some coloring with either markers or colored pencils in similar colors.  I hadn’t used this polar bear image for a while, but it’s a great image to color and it fit into the AAA challenge twist.  My original thought was to use all three colors on the scarf, but then I realized the blue would make a nice sky color for the background.  Using colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits means no color bleed through to the inside of the card (another reason why I shy away from one layer cards).  The sentiment comes from a different stamp set that I haven’t used in years.  I chose it because it filled out the space on the card better than any of the sentiments in the set with the image.  I rounded the bottom corner for two reasons – to give a little extra visual interest following the curve of the image, and to trim off a corner of the cardstock that had gotten slightly bent.


After browsing around some more challenge blogs, I believe this card also works for the current challenges at Less is More and Addicted to CAS.


We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors! Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 27.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Cozy Friends (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Year Round Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

12 Responses to “CAS Colours & Sketches #354”

  1. This is so soft and pretty, Patricia! I’m not big on one layer cards either. To me they just don’t seem substantial enough, no matter the gsm. You did fabulous!

  2. Perfect! Love those colours! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

  3. Oh I love this, Patricia! Its so soft and chilly and the same time!

  4. I’m a big fan of the one layer card and you have nailed this one Patricia! Love the pencil/mineral spirit tip and I really like the delicate look of the colouring. Well saved with the corner rounder! Vicky x

  5. your polarbear is very cute, and goodforyou to combine the challenges and thank you for playing at AAA Cards. One layers are not that bad 😉

  6. Lovely make and such delicate pastel colours too


  7. This is darling.

  8. Love these pastel colours and the stamp placement. And I think the rounded corner works so well alongside the stamped circle, certainly looks intentional. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

  9. So cute! Thanks so much for sharing at ATCAS!

  10. So happy you chose to go with the polar bear – he is adorable! Great card!

  11. Beautiful card. I love the adorable polar bear. Thank you for joining the AAA Cards Challenge.
    – Joy

  12. What a beautiful CAS Card! Love the image, colours and the little frame detailing! Fabulous take on our challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

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