Tuesday, August 3, 2021

August CAS Christmas Challenge - Decorations

How can it already be August? Have we had summer yet??
At the CAS Christmas Card Challenge, we are also looking way ahead to Christmas and the August Challenge has just posted today!
Cathy is our creative hostess this month - and this is her challenge.

So I made a card featuring tree decorations -   ornaments hanging on a pine bough.

I used a lovely image and die from Rubbernecker Stamps called Ornament Branches.  

I bought it at least a year ago but never got around to using it and I just LOVE how it looks!  I ended up making 5 cards while I had all the supplies out.   

I put the stamp in my Misti, colored the parts of the image with Ranger Distress Markers (which are water based), spritzed the stamp lightly with water and pressed it onto a panel of water color paper.  If the color wasn't dark enough in any area, I went over the area again with the appropriate color marker and pressed it onto the watercolor panel again.  

I die cut the image with the coordinating die and layered it over a panel of textured linen paper (unknown brand) with foam dots.   I stamped the sentiment  from Christmas Cuts Sentiments (retired) from PTI with black ink.

So what Christmas decorations will you feature on your CAS Christmas design?   You'll find lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team along with our talented August Guest Designer Lucie, over at the CAS Christmas blog!

Stamps:  Ornament Branches - Rubbernecker Stamps, Christmas Cuts: Sentiments (retired) - PTI.
Paper:  Watercolor paper - Canson Cold Press, Linen Texture paper - unknown, white card base - PTI.
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Ornament Branches Die - Rubbernecker Stamps, foam dots, Ranger Distress Markers Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Faded Jeans, Ripe Persimmon, Mowed Lawn, Walnut Stain, water mister, Misti, foam dots.


Christine Alexander said...

oooh love that pine bough and the direct to stamp watercolouring. Gorgeous card ♥

Barb Ghig said...

Lovely Christmas card, Julia! I love the watercoloring technique you chose and how you added texture to your design with your background! xx

Cathy said...

The ornaments have a lovely soft look Julia, I must try that technique of colouring the stamp, great idea to make multiples too as it's a gorgeous card, Cathy x

Susan said...

Beautiful bough and ornaments, Julia! Love that linen card base.

Papercraft Boutique said...

I love the watercolor look of this ornament card, Julia! The soft look and the rich ink colors add warmth to the card. The subtle line texture in the background is a really nice touch!
Hideko xx

Mac Mable said...

What a pretty card, great take on the theme and love that bough and ornaments and how you've coloured them x.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Such a pretty image and I love your watercolored stamping of it, Julia! So soft and dreamy!!

Marcia Hill said...

CAS and absolute perfection Julia!! Can definitely see why you made 5 of them while you had the supplies out!! Love the water colored look to your branches and ornaments too! Lovely, lovely card!! Hugs. :0)

Bonnie said...

What a perfect stamp/die for this challenge, Julia! Pretty coloring of the pine boughs and ornaments! I love how they look on the textured cardstock!

Loll said...

LOVE the snowy pine bough with the beautiful handing ornaments, Julia! They look fabulous on your coloured card front. Perfect sentiment to go with your design! xx

Trina P. said...

So glad you were able to put this stamp/die bundle to use because your card is beautiful, Julia. Great job with the direct to stamp inking/watercoloring technique. I haven’t had much success with it.

Linda said...

What a fun branch and ornaments. Such a pretty card. Love it.