Tuesday 14 December 2021

Perfectly CAS December 2021 Challenge

Good evening

It's time for the December challenge over at Perfectly CAS.  

Sadly, this will be my last post as a member of the Perfectly CAS Design Team, I have made the difficult decision to step down.  I'm so sad to be leaving as I joined the PCAS family from the very beginning in September 2019, and I love that Kylie founded this challenge, aimed at keeping designs perfectly clean and simple.  As mentioned in my recent LIM and HLS posts, I need to take some time to just create without deadlines and DT commitments.  Thanks so much of course to my wonderful friend Kylie, for inviting me to join this fantastic team, and to my super talented teamies whose CAS creations are just amazing.  I still plan to post regularly so please do stick with me.

Ok, onto the last PCAS challenge of 2021...

I went with the sky option of the challenge cue card and, as I'm so far behind with my Christmas cards this year, I made one to fit this challenge...

I knew exactly which stamp I was going to use, and it was the landscape/sky image from this Card-io set, isn't it fabulous?! I just thought it was so unusual and such a lovely scene backdrop.  So, using my MISTI, I stamped it repeatedly using three shades of pigment ink, to create this gradient effect.  It took quite a few re-stamps and blotting ink off areas of the stamp but it's a great technique if you have a stamping platform.  Before stamping the stag I blended a little ink in the 'snow' where he would be standing, just to create some shadow.  The stag and sentiment were then stamped in black.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Card-io - Magical Christmas; The Greetery - Budding Beauties Winter (sentiment)
  • Ink: Versa Color - Neptune, Heliotrope, Lilac; Versafine Clair - Nocturne

Challenge entries

CASology - Week 398 - Above
Sweet Stamping - Anything Christmas
We Love Stamping - December Challenge - Anything Stamped with CAS Option
NBUS - Challenge #33 - first use of the background and stag stamps
STAMPlorations - December Challenge - Anything CAS Goes
Dream Valley - Challenge #260 - Christmas

Thanks so much for all your visits and comments, they really are appreciated.  As always, this challenge link will remain open for almost a month, until a few days prior to the next challenge starting.


  1. This card is gorgeous. I love how you used the stamp to create the background. Perfect!

  2. Fabulous scene, lovely cas card! Thank you for sharing at We Love Stamping Challenge;-))m

  3. A pretty design for a colourful card, lovely to see you at We Love Stamping December challenge, thank you for joining in.

    B x

  4. I totally understand, Neet, and I will definitely stick by you! I love your last perfect Perfectly CAS design! That is so interesting and cool how you did the gradient sky and I love how you grounded the stag. Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Holiday Hugs, Darnell

  5. This is stunning! We're sorry to see you go.

  6. love the card - good luck with casology - I have given and bought the card io stamp after seeing your card - oh dear

  7. Hello Anita, wow gorgeous card! The perfect example of CAS - love it!
    Thanks for playing along at Sweet Stampin', looking forward to seeing you next challenge.
    Sarah R
    Sweet Stampin' DT

  8. What a beautiful CAS design. Thank you for playing along with us at Sweet Stampin'. Tracey x

  9. This is such a cool design! I love the frosty feel of the edge and perfectly placed reindeer. Thanks for playing along with us at CASology this month, Anita!

  10. Stunning Christmas card! I love the background you created - just perfect for the silhouette of the stag. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations CAS.

    sue n.


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