Saturday, 1 December 2018

CAS Mix Up December Challenge

The theme for December is Emboss Resist....

Lots of scope for this fun technique.

The challenge is hosted by the wonderful Loll.
For more information and video links please pop over to the CAS Mix Up Blog.....

Please Note .....

The challenge will run  until December 15th to provide two weeks off for the Design Team......
Winning post will be on December 18th.....Thank you x

Here is my card.....

I have used Stamping, the resist Emboss Technique and my choice is Water colouring and die cutting.
I started by stamping the seahorse, using distress markers and the Misti quite a few times.
Once it was dry I stamped it with Versafine and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I touched it up with a Versafine pen to preserve the white parts of the seahorse and heated it again.
I then had fun with Lindy powders and water and blowing through a straw.
I was quite light headed when I finished!
I do have a puffer but I wanted a little more control over the splats....
The bubbles have been die cut and some white Frantage to finish.

The technique worked really well with this intricate stamp,
as it gave me a really good emboss resist.
It allowed me to use lots of water and  no leakage into the stamped and coloured seahorse
and it preserved the white inside the seahorse.

Pop across to the CAS Mix Up blog for fabulous inspiration from my team mates
and BozenA (Artbox) our very talented guest designer.
Say Hello too to the amazing Hideko (Papercraft Boutique),
who is joining the team this month........
Have fun with the challenge and I am looking forward to seeing your
wonderful creations in the gallery.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour challenge - Anything goes without the optional twist




36 comments:

Julia Aston said...

what a wonderful splash of color around your beautiful embossed seahorse Mac! Your bubbles die cut is perfect addition along with the silver sparkle! Julia xx

*Vicki* said...

Wow this turned out incredible Mac!! Love that you've used the watercolor over this embossed resist technique! It turned out amazing and your colors look stunning! Thanks for sharing your details friend! HUGS

Mrs A. said...

Your seahorse looks really effective. Love those colours. Hugs Mrs A.

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a wonderful combination of the magnificent stamped & heat-embossed seahorse and the dynamic Lindy's splats, Mac! Your seahorse is amazing with the white parts well preserved! (Great foresight!) The splats echos the spiny back of the seahorse. Two kinds of the bubbles add so much interest.
Thank you so much for your kind words for me. I'm so looking forward to being inspired by your creations like this one!
Hideko xx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful and fabulous colour combo, really love the way they 'flow' into one another. Great seahorse design and additional splats ....love the splats...xx

Christine Alexander said...

Love the effect of the straw one the ink, it creates such an amazing effect around that wonderful sea horse. Where are my straws, this will be a technique for me when life is quiet after Christmas :)

nancy littrell said...

Thank you so much Mac for sharing your detailed description of your Gorgeous heat embossed and emboss resist technique that resulted in an amazingly beautiful, colorful and textured seahorse. Love your blown Lindy's with a straw background. I have done that with Alcohol ink, but not my Lindys. Thank you for the tip. Also loved your 2 kinds of bubbles..die cut and Frantage...beautiful texture and dimension. Another stunning CAS mixed media card, my friend.
Merry Christmas...Hugs, Nancy

Trina P. said...

Beautiful card with amazing attention to detail. Colours are spot on for this beautiful seahorse. And well done not passing out from all th blowing through the straw! 👏

Greta said...

I'm always in awe when I see your projects, Mac! This is just beautiful & the die cut bubbles are perfect! Love the look you achieved for the background & the colors are so beautiful!

Greta said...

Forgot to say thank you for your sweet comments & congrats on my PB win & HM at Twofers. Such great surprises this week!

Ina G said...

That sea horse is stunning M. Amazing array of colours. Perfect background. Hope you got over the light head quickly. Love the variety of size and texture for the bubbles. Just beautiful.

Maxine D said...

Wow - Mac you never cease to amaze and impress me with your techniques - this is stunning!!
Blessings
Maxine

Liz said...

Stunning card, Mac! What a fabulous design and I love the colours. Thanks for the heads up on my win in the Dies R Us challenge. xx

Bonnie said...

Another masterpiece, my friend! I love this seahorse! His colors are beautiful and I love how you preserved the white on him! Your splats are add the feeling of splashing, shimmery water and I love his bubbles!

Marcia HIll said...

I'm still picking my jaw up off the floor here Mac! Your card is absolutely incredible!! LOVE how you colored the seahorse with those beautiful colors and then used the emboss resist so that you could add more color over top and not ruin the beautiful coloring you did on the seahorse! And those splatters with the straw are so cool looking! I've only ever tried that with Al Inks, but will definitely have to give it a try with other water color mediums! Loving the die cut bubbles too! Lovely, lovely card Mac!! :0)

Jeanne H said...

A wonderfully creative card, Mac. Absolutely beautiful too. tfs

Daffodil Cards said...

You make everything sound so simple,, but I'm sure it was much harder and more intricate than your letting on, it's a FABULOUS result. Love the seahorse image and the colour combo.
Faith
x

cuilliesocks said...

Oooo I love seahorses and your one here is absolutely gorgeous, wonderful aquatic colours and fab background, love the bubbles die, Kate x

pam said...

Gorgeous card you have created Mac.
Pam x

BożenA said...

Oh, what an extraordinary card! I love all the details of your seahorse, beautiful intermingled colors and wonderful white meanings that add visual texture to it. This is a great, wonderful color and perfect watering around your image. All beautiful bubbles pretend to be air bubbles in the water. Another awesome card!
Hugs,
BożenA

Susan said...

A wonderful card - I had to keep looking at it to be sure I saw all the details. Love the mix of colours in the seahorse! Thanks for the tip about using the Versafine pen to preserve the white parts. Fabulous use of the bubbles die cut and the white Frantage.

Loll said...

So cool, Mac!! I LOVE your gorgeous seahorse. Adding the clear embossing so you can do Lindy's magicals over top is a great way to use emboss resist! Blowing with a straw ... I laughed when I read that you were light headed when you finished. That would be me too! :) Us crafters are so dedicated that we risk our lives to make our art! :) So glad you didn't fall over after you finished blowing ink with the straw! I love the bubble die-cut at the top to finish off your design. AWESOME, my friend! xx

Patti said...

WOW!! I wish I could have been with you in your studio this weekend blowing powders around and creating this magnificent creature!! Every detail is jaw droppingly (that is a word right?) great Mac from the stunning colors of your sea horse to the die cut bubbles perfectly placed. I can't help myself!! this one deserves a standing ovation TOO!! : )

Patti

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

I love this, as I do all of your work Mac. The colours nautical colours that you've used work perfectly together and I like the addition of the bubbles too. Great background and I love how you've created the splash. Always a pleasure to visit x

Ros Crawford said...

It's absolutely stunning Mac! He is one magnificent seahorse!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Love this image and a very sweet card!!!

Jo Manna said...

Wowsers Love this whole approach. You do it perfectly well, as always. That seahorse is a beauty dear friend. TFS
Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

Linby said...

wow - this is so beautiful, love the colours. This stamp is on my wish list!

Viv said...

This is so pretty Mac! I love seahorses anyway (I once drew & painted a few of my own). Great technique again here too,perfect background and bubbles also ;) Viv xx

Pat said...

This seahorse is gorgeous Mac and I love the way you have blown through a straw to spread the Lindy Magicals and the frantage bubbles and also the die cut ones go beautifully. x

Anita in France said...

Positively entrancing, Mac ... and enchanting! Sea horses are among my favourite creatures and this one is such a beauty. The detail you've achieved is fantastic ... and I love the sense of movement you created with the magicals and the bubbles! Hugs, Anita :)

Susan Joyce said...

Your card is stunning Mac I love every design detail which are perfect for the challenge.

Karen D. said...

awesome card!!
xx Karen

Sylvia said...

Wonderful card,Mac.Love the colours and the seahorse.Nice accent with the bubbles.

Gr,Sylvia.

Izzy Scrap said...

I couldn’t leave without leaving a comment on this another amazing card. I love everything about “sea” so of course this card appeals me ! Your design is beautiful and I can’t take my eyes on this gorgeous sea horse. Such a striking inspiration for the one I just bought ! Another wonder, Mac. Thanks so much for sharing. xx

Cathy said...

Stunning card Mac, you really do the most amazingly creative things with ordinary products!! Love this seahorse, Cathy x