Friday, October 15, 2021

CAS Mix-Up - October 2021

I tell you those gals at CAS Mix-Up can come up with some fabulous ideas for getting us to try new techniques.  I had so much fun with this month's Mixed Media challenge that I couldn't stop until I needed to get my Halloween cards done.  Now that they are I may make even more botanical prints to enter.  There are a number of videos linked to give you ideas.

I sometimes forget about the "other elements" when I'm making my cards but since die cutting is an option all my cards should qualify.  I'll start with the first one I made.

I took leaves from the Ash tree in the back yard and pressed them with my BigShot on watercolor paper.  I didn't get a lot of color but you can see the veins.  I fussy cut them out, put them on Altenew Spicy Yogurt cs and attached a sentiment strip with tiny staples.  I thought this made a great masculine card.  

Card 2:

For this card I ran an Impatiens blossom through my BigShot.  I got a little more color with this one.  I cut a Lawn Fawn scalloped circle from lavender paper, making a 4 1/4 inch square card. 

Card 3:

This one features a Coleus.  I love how this color came out.   I did add paper towel to the sandwich to keep the juices from flowing down the card.  I die cut with an MFT square and roughed up the edges with a TH edger thingy.  I used the same watercolor paper for my card front and stamped the Altenew sentiment in purple. 

Cards 4, 5 and 6:

For these cards I used my Gel Press.  After braying a variety of Distress Inks, I laid on some Ash leaves, pressed down the paper, removed the leaves without disturbing the paper and pressed it down again.  I wish there had been more color variation on the backgrounds but I will try this again to see what I can get.  The panels and borders were cut with WF A2 dies and the sentiment from PTI was stamped directly onto the panel.  I have a number of Thanksgiving cards to make for my homebound people so this gives me a good start. 

Have you tried to make botanical prints?  I tell you it can be addictive.  The Design Team has some wonderful cards to inspire you.  Which one of these do you think I entered in the CAS MixUp gallery?

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  1. I have, I have! and just love the results you've gotten, Bobby!
    As faint as the color is, I just love the beauty of those Ash leaves you fussy cut - or are they Elm? There's an investigation about to start at Google! lol A leaf by any other name? still looks gorgeous to me!
    Just forget about that misting trick I mentioned this morning - you have achieved a gorgeous amount of color from you Coleus!

  2. I have done botanical prints and always enjoyed it very much. It's messy, leaves and flowers are juicier than one would think. I love the organic look of what you have done, and keeping the cards simple really showcases the pretty prints you achieved. Makes me want to scour my backyard to see what I can come up with. I especially like the coleus, so lovely in it's simplicity!!!

  3. What a wonderful showcase for the technique. They are all fabulous. I have no particular favourite but I do like the coleus and that soft purple coming through. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS mix up this month. I am so glad we inspired you to have a go xx

  4. Gorgeous card designs, your nature creations are so creative and beautiful, hugs, Lori m

  5. Well now that I'm done oohing and aahing, I can tell you how fabulous these all are! What pretty color you achieved from the Coleus. But the simplicity of the first one is my favorite!

  6. They're all terrific, Bobby! I love that each technique comes out with something so different, and yet they're all so beautiful

  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed these techniques, Bobby! I found it to be a bit addicting too. Now I look at the bounty in my yard with new eyes. So many fantastic cards here! I love them all, but I think that coleus leaf is my favorite! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  8. Four Gorgeous leaf prints CAS Cards, Christine. Your coleus with your CAS design and distressed edge on your square frame is simple beautiful. TFS all your beauties with us at CAS Mix Up. Love and Hugs..Nancy

  9. Look at you go! Wonderful cards using botanical prints, Bobby! You had a lot of success using different variations of technique. They are all so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  10. Enjoyed reading the post and WOW to the Coleus card especially. What a fantastic result with the fun technique x.