Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Best Day Ever Watercolor Resist

Jeanne here today! I hope you're having the best day ever! I'm sharing watercolor distress ink card with a smooth die inlay today. I started by stamping and embossing the Tin Roof border on water color paper. I used a stamping tool to get things aligned and to double stamp for good ink coverage on the rough watercolor paper. 
Next I used distress ink smeared on a glass plate as a watercolor palette. I used a water brush to pick up the ink and put it where I wanted it on the water color paper. If I have alot to paint I will use the liquid ink refills to color with. 

Next I die cut the "Best Day Ever" Fri Die from the watercolor panel. I used a tape runner to adhere the panel to my card base. There are several sticky rows of adhesive behind the watercolor panel so the inside of the letter openings are sticky too.
I cut the sentiment a second time from white card stock and inserted it in the die cut opening. Make sure you save those pieces! I filled in the open white letters with the pieces saved from the die cut from the water color panel.
I embellished the panel with Jumping Jacks Fri Dies. A glossy enamel dot in the center of each adds more shine. 

Have a great day!

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps | CAS-ual Fridays Tin Roof
Dies | CAS-ual Fridays Best Day Ever, Jumping Jacks
Distress Ink | Ranger Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade 

Tin Roof
Tin Roof

Best Day Ever
Best Day Ever

Jumping Jacks
Jumping Jacks


Monday, July 16, 2018

Creating Simple Shapes to Support a Sentiment

Hi there! Kimberly here today to share a card that came together in a fairly unusual way! I was flipping through all of my awesome CAS-ual Friday stamps and the sentiment "Nothing is impossible with good lipstick and pretty shoes" from Sassy Smiles struck me. I immediately thought of the swishes from Breathe, and the idea for this card was born!

CAS-ual Fridays Supplies Used:


Seeing the sentiment about the lipstick prompted me to create my own tube - this was super easy. I just googled lipstick tube and freehand drew the three pieces necessary - the black part of the tube, the gold part of the tube, and of course - the red lipstick. I adhered these simple pieces together and added a bit of detail with a white gel pen. I added the lipstick to a small panel and set it aside.

Next I grabbed that fun swish stamp and stamped it with several shades of pink and red, being sure to go off the page in several areas to get the effect of lipstick smears!

The final step was to stamp and emboss those fun sentiments. I wanted to emboss for a bold black look, with none of the color from the lipstick smears showing through.

So there you have it! Simple shapes combined with stamps or sentiments in your stash are always an option! This was super easy to draw and cut out, and the effect is so fun! 

Have a fantastic start to your week, and I'll see you again soon!!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Masking for a Rainbow Effect

Hello Everyone!! Girl Friday, Nora here on the blog today with a rainbow thank you card.

I used the CAS-ual Fridays stamp sets Flower Power, Full On Floral, and Peaceful Garden, along with a rainbow of ink pads to create this card. 

I started off the card by using regular Scotch tape to mask the letters from the "thank" stamp from Flower Power and stamped each letter in rainbow order. Since there is only five letters in thank, I stamped the "you" sentiment onto a strip of purple paper.

To get just "you," I masked off a sentiment from "Peaceful Garden" and heat embossed the word in white. I set this aside and started on the background.

For the background, I used tape to mask off sections of the card and then stamped with dye ink in rainbow order.

I only partially inked up the Full On Floral stamp carefully for each strip of color and did wind up making a mistake.

I did not clean the stamp off enough and got some orange and red where the purple strip went. Sometimes things like this happen and since it took so much time to mask everything off, I changed how I was going to originally make the card.

Once everything was stamped, I cut down the sentiment panel and placed it so the top was lined up with the top of the A2, stamped card base. I then used foam adhesive to pop up the sentiment strip.

I added a thin strip of black card stock to finish the card off.

This was a really fun card to create and I encourage you to give it a try. Use my code NORASENTME to get 15% off your purchase at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Store.

Have a FABULOUS day!!


Friday, July 13, 2018

Clean & Simple Watercolored Splattering

Hello. It's Clair, from Obstinate Pursuit, here with my first make for CAS-ual Fridays. I'm very excited to be joining such a wonderful team and cannot wait to 'meet' some of our lovely followers! I'm also looking forward to sharing some tips; tricks and techniques, so watch out for a video tutorial from me a little later in the month!

For today's make, I've used the Best Day Ever Fri-Die to full effect to create a little card with a big wow! (There's a Best Day Ever co-ordinating stamp set too, so don't forget to check that out too!) It may look clean and simple, but I became a little messy with my watercolours while I made it!

First, I took a standard, white C6 card base and created a splattered effect with three colours of green watercolors, and a little bit of gold gouache. (You can create a similar effect with inks and a little bit of water, if you don't have any watercolours!)

Once dried, I centred the Best Day Ever Fri-Die on the front of the card base and then ran it through my die-cutter. It cuts like a dream - no little burrs or fluffs!

I backed the die-cut with a gold foiled paper, to add some shine; then, I added all of the little 'inners' from the die to the centre of the letters. It really makes the sentiment stand out!

For the finishing touch, I added a few sequins and gems for a little bit of texture.

I'd love to hear all about your 'Best Day Ever'. Leave me a little story in the comments, so I can get to know you all a little better?

Clair x

Please check us out on Instagram & Pinterest, and share your CAS-ual Friday creations with us, we love seeing what you have created! Have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Clean & Simple No Line Colouring

Hi lovelies, It is Tracy here with my first ever post as part of the design team and I am SO excited to be here. 
No line colouring is one of my favourite ways to colour using pencils, I love the look it gives and it really isn't as hard as you might think...I'll be honest i find it easier, longer yes but easier. 
As soon as I saw the Mon Ami stamp set my instant thought was that I had to try no line colouring with it. It really is a beautiful stamp set don't you agree ? 

For no line colouring there is a few different ink pads available now and my advise is see what works for you, I started off using Distress Ink in Old paper but now use Ink On 3 Fadeout. 
I stamped the larger of the designs onto some Neenah Solar white that I had trimmed down to just under 4.1/4 x 5.5" 

I was going to heat emboss the sentiment but decided against that and stamped in black to add some contrast. 
I used Polychromo Pencils to color this and slowly build up the layers but tried to keep a "pencil" look to it. 
Once I had done I decided to take some of the lighter warm grey pencils and add some soft shading, this is totally optional but I find it gives the image depth and when you are creating a clean and simple design like this I think it gives it that little something extra. 
I was going to put this onto a white A2 notecard but decided to use a soft grey one instead. 
I used foam tape to add some dimension to the whole card. 
I was going to add some sequins but decided that I liked the look without and left it at that. A simple card that can work for so many occasions. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a great day. 
Make sure you check us out on Instagram & Pinterest, and share your CAS-ual Friday creations with us, we love seeing what you have created. 
Happy Crafting. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer eclipse card tutorial

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Irit from Irit Shalom Designs is here today with my very first post made for CAS- ual Fridays main company team.
About  a year and a half ago I was asked by CAS- ual Fridays owner Michele to make some guest design for the company release.
From there I became a member of their challenge blog design team for a year and now lucky me moved to the main inspiration  blog.
So from here on you will see my CAS- ual Fridays projects made with new releases and oldies all together and some will have a full step by step tutorial.
So today I made a full tutorial for a kind of eclipse card.
Usually we need a larger alphabet single letters dies  to make a proper eclipse card,but as you can see CAS-ual Fri- dies words can make the job too.
So here is my eclipse card and yes, let's say Bravo to all of us who survive the Summer vacation... 
I know that with four small grand kids it makes my Summer a full time job of babysitting, but I still can craft in between.

So in general this card was made with several techniques  (see them all on the following step by step tutorial):
Stamping with VersaMark and heat embossing; masking with die cuts;coloring with water color markers;making faux chipboard with layered die cuts; adding texture with texture paste and stencil; misting around.
 And with all these techniques this card still looks pretty much clean and simple; exactly the way I wanted it to look.

 These are CAS- ual Friday products I used to make this card:

Pretty Posies 

Posies Fri Dies

 And now here is my step by step tutorial:

 1. Die cut or hand cut  your card front from a thick white cardstock. Stamp the largest flower with Memento Luxe black pigmented ink or us VersaMark (whatever works best for you). Heat emboss with clear embossing powder (if you used VersaMark  heat emboss with black embossing powder).

2. Stamp all flowers and leaves from Pretty Posies stamp set and die cut them all with Posies Fri- dies.
I made all masks in advance, also I didn't use them all at the end.

3. Use your die cuts as masks and stamp the flowers cluster on one corner. Then move to the other corner and make another flower cluster.

 This is how it looks after this serial masking, stamping and heat embossing.

4.Water color the stamped images with you favorite water color tools. Mine are Zig Real Brush.

5.  Arrange Bravo cutting die over the colored card front and die cut it.

Die cut the same word 2-3 times from black cardstock to make this your inner layers.
Glue the top die cut layer over the inner ones and make 3d " chipboard like" word.

6. Die cut deep purple background rectangle in the same size as your card front.
Glue the die cut card front over the background dark layer.
Glue the sentiment into the die cut negative part with 3d foam glue.

7. Use stencil and glitter paste over the " white spaces" to add some interest to the card.
 Let it dry.

8. Add few color splashes over the dry glitter paste.
You card is done! Enjoy!

Hope you liked my small tutorial and see in in a couple of weeks with more CAS- ual Fridays inspiration!
You can also get yourself great discount using my own special discount code.