Friday, 2 June 2017

Happy Little Stampers June 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening, crafters

We're back at the start of a new month and with that comes a flurry of great challenges over at Happy Little Stampers.  Today, it's the turn of this month's CAS challenge and here's our cue card for June...

There are lots of ways you can 'smoosh' on your projects but please ensure that your entries meet our CAS criteria as follows...

The winner of this challenge will receive a $20 coupon from the Happy Little Stampers shop.  Please check out all the rules over at the main challenge post.

So, onto my DT card, and this time I used the HLS Birthday Friends stamp set...

I started by stamping the hippo onto some watercolour card, did some basic watercolouring initially and then used a negative mask to cover the surrounding area before smooshing the hippo into some watered down ink.  One dry I swapped the masks so that the hippo was now covered, then smooshed the surrounding area into some blue and purple ink spritzed with water.  I used post-it notes as masks and the second one became a little saturated so some of the blue ink did migrate over the image but for this technique I think it looks fine with the random effects created.  I stamped the sentiment below before die cutting with a pierced square die, then mounted this using 3D foam onto a card base that I scored vertically down the centre.  As a finishing touch I added some accents with a white pen to brighten his eye and teeth.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Birthday Friends
  • Ink: Archival - Jet Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Evening Gray, Moon Rock; Distress Ink - Dusy Concord, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Square Stax
  • Accents: White Signo Uni-ball pen

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - June Watercolour challenge - Anything Goes (Mask)
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #244 - Clean and Simple

My HLS teamies have created a lovely selection of smooshed projects so please do pop over to the main challenge post for some inspiration.

And don't forget, the HLS challenges run until the end of the month so plenty of time to play along.  And keep your eyes peeled for the other challenges going live over the next week :)


  1. your sweet little elephant, that smile is too darn cute!

  2. Great masking techniques, Anita! I adore this little hippo and being surrounded by your smooshing is perfect xx

  3. Such a fun card and really love how you used the score lines x

  4. Super cute and a real clever take with the masking and smooshing together. Love the added texture lines too - sets off that hippo brilliantly.

  5. This hippo makes me smile and I love your watercoloring and the score lines. Fun take on the challenge!

  6. This is such a fun design ..... love the little hippo on his smooshed background xx

  7. Such a joyful card. Your hippo looks like he was diving in the water. Vertically embossed lines complement the card beautifully. xx

  8. Such a cute card Anita and what a great masking technique! I love the scored line detail behind the panel.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

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