Monday, 2 October 2017

Happy Little Stampers October 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening

And welcome to the October challenges at Happy Little Stampers!  Today is the turn of the launch of the October CAS Challenge and our theme this month is one that may scare some of you...

I used to find creating one layer cards quite terrifying but they are now among my favourites to make.  They just take a little more planning and there is nowhere to hide, for instance you can't hide a blunder under a sentiment strip!

Please follow our usual CAS guidelines but for this one, minimal layers doesn't apply, the design must be on the card base with no additional layers added.

And as always, there's a $20 gift coupon to the HLS store for one lucky winner.

My DT card was so quick and easy and I really like the result...

I used some textured dusky purple cardstock for my card base (for some reason on my laptop it looks blue but on my phone the colour looks more true to life, purples and photography drive me mad!) and then chose to use a wisteria stencil for my focal point.  I bought this stencil a couple of years ago I think at a craft show and have been wanting to use it for ages.  I think wisteria is so beautiful and wanted to use the purple tone on my card but in reverse.  So I positioned the stencil with low tack tape and then pounced some white pigment ink through the stencil with a sponge tool, fading out the ink density at the end of the flowers and leaves.  I then used some anti-static powder before stamping the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossing in white.  I finished by adding some teeny dots of white Nuvo drops.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Glitzcraft - Wisteria
  • Coloured Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
  • Ink: Hero Arts - Unicorn; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Accents: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Simply White

Challenge entries:

Penny Black and More - October Challenge - Close to Nature
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12 - First outing for this stencil :)

I hope you'll play along this month and there's plenty of time as the challenge will stay open until the end of October.  The Watercolour challenge is already up and running, and the remaining challenges will follow over the next few days.

Thanks so much for visiting today.


  1. What a lovely card! Love that color, too, and your sweet CAS design! Thanks for playing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. Stunning result and I love the base colour x

  3. Only one response, Anita: gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I've not had great success with my pigment ink for stenciling, but after seeing your beauty here, I'm going to give it another go. So inspired!

  4. Beautiful sympathy card. Beautiful wisteria. In this card I find peace and reverie ... amazing!

  5. This is really pretty! You have inspired me to get my stencils out!

  6. This is beautiful ..... I love the wisteria stencil xx

  7. This is super elegant and loving the delicate texture to your cardbase. A perfect one layer and such a pretty design. A definite winner of one layers here teamie! x

  8. In my head I am running through the stencils I own to CASE this beautiful sympathy card, Anita! I love that you used a purple base and pounced the wisteria in white to make the design unexpected and fresh! QACAS and gorgeous! If you weren't on the DT, you would WIN this OLC challenge!! Thank you so much for playing again in my NBUS Challenge #12! Hope you're feeling better! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny Black and More but please remember that the main focal image on your creation for entry with us must be a hand stamped image - on this piece your main focal image is a stencilled image so unfortunately this won't be eligible for any prizes. A beautiful CAS piece of artwork. Leanne DT xxx

  10. Gorgeous sympathy card, Anita! I love the white blooms on's so striking, yet subtle and really, really beautiful!


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