Feathers, CAS & calm

I finally got my act together enough to enter a challenge and not even in the last few minutes it was open! I just hosted a challenge with the Foiled Fox and we will be announcing winners in the next few days. I enjoyed visiting all the entries and was inspired by each card. Today’s card was inspired by the ‘Ombre’ challenge at CAS Mix Up and I will be entering it in the ‘Calm’ challenge at Casology as well.

Before I talk about this calm and clean and simple and ombre card I just want to thank those who joined the conversation on Monday about ‘bunchies’. I posted a photo on Monday of myself, aged 6, with my hair in ‘bunchies’ and asked what others called the two ponytail style. I was surprised to read they were known as ‘dog ears’ and ‘dust mops’ as well as the more common ‘pigtails’. One reader called them ‘bunches’ which is practically the same as me so I was not alone with that tag.

Back to the feather, I used the solid feather stamp from the C&9 Feathered set and Catherine Pooler inks to create the watercolour ombre look. The coverage and blending is just what I was after. Like some dye inks the colours continue to soak in and smooth out after stamping with the CP inks which is exactly what I needed for this look. I inked the whole stamp in ‘shea butter’ ink, stamped then inked two thirds in ‘bellini’ ink, spritzed and stamped, then finished by inking the tip in ‘rockin red’ ink, spritzed and stamped. The little spritz over the ink spread the ink on the stamp so there were no hard lines where one ink stopped or started.

I dry embossed the whole panel with the snowfall/speckles texture fade folder for a bit more visual interest and popped up the sentiment from the same stamp set. Did you know embossing folders are enjoying a rise in popularity these days? I don’t know if that is true or not, I just know they are around here! The CAS mix up challenge required ombre + stamping + my choice (embossing),  so all boxes checked! There are a few metallic ombre looks featured on the challenge blog; I’ve never thought of metallic ombre but it is pretty fancy so I might have to give it a try.

My second card is not entering any challenges; it was made because I love pairing sectioned stamps with sprinkled brusho. I embossed the sectioned feather from the same C&9 set in gold three times on hot pressed watercolour paper, sprinkled sandstone and terracotta brusho powder over the top then spritzed water gently to activate the brusho. I added more brusho and spritzing several times and then moved some paint around with a paintbrush, not much just a few places so there would be a few more solid sections. I die cut the feathers then popped them up on a different dry embossed background, ‘weathered’ by Taylored Expressions. The sentiment is from the Altenew set, ‘leaf canopy’.

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9 Comments on “Feathers, CAS & calm”

  1. Hilary Wright says:

    Both these cards are great, I just love the colours. By the way it is bunches in my house too xx

  2. Pat says:

    I love both of your feathers Heather with the beautiful yellow through orange to red ombre and the very soft embossing in the backgrounds looks so pretty, and the gold embossed leaves look stunning with Brushos too and some more super embossing in the background.

    P.S. I forgot to say on the last post that bunches was what we called two ponytails either side of the head. Pigtails were more for plaits singly or in a pair. x

  3. Nancy Littrell says:

    Simply beautiful ombre feather and perfectly place simple sentiment. TFS Heather. Hugs…

  4. bonklassgmailcom says:

    Gorgeous leaves, Heather! I love the bright ombre colors and embossed background of the first card. Embossing folders never went out of style for me. I love using them! Your gold and Brusho leaves are stunning! What a wonderful mix of colors that play so well with the gold embossing! Thanks so much for sharing these with us at CAS Mix Up!

  5. Brenda in IN says:

    Both feather cards are just wonderful. I love the ombre look and the gold embossing is elegant and just stunning.

  6. Mac Mable says:

    A clam and perfect CAS card with such a stunning result with the ombre stamping technique. I do so like the second card too with the unique effect from the brusho’s and the pop of gold x. Thank you for joining in the CAS Mix Up Challenge with your stunning ombre card x.

  7. sentsue says:

    Love the color blend you got! Thanks for playing along with us on the CASology Challenge blog.

  8. Susan Joyce says:

    Wonderful Ombre feather card, the colours blended so well with your stamping technique and the other card is lovely too. Thanks for sharing at CAS Mix Up this month.

  9. Jo Jo's Spot says:

    Such a beautiful feather card. Love the soft nuances for the ombre theme. The sentiment is perfect too, definitely the pure definition of CAS card.
    Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx
    The three gold feathers are oh so lovely too. So very rich!

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