Wednesday, October 20, 2021

CAS Mix-UP October and Less Is More #454

I told you I got carried away with the technique at CAS Mix-Up and here I am with six more cards using botanical prints.  Only one will enter the challenge and it will also go to Less Is More.  I'll post that one first and you can skip the rest if you want.

I went foraging in the back yard and found this leaf that I covered with VersaMark, pressed down on my card front and white heat embossed.  I gave it some color with Distress Inks and added the Altenew sentiment.

I made a similar one a little less CAS.

After inking outside the image, a PTI sentiment was added, the panel trimmed and placed on PTI Canyon Clay cardstock. 

Always in need of sympathy cards I made the next two.  

A tiny branch from a winterberry bush was inked with VersaMark and silver embossed.  The panel was bordered with Navy with a navy sentiment.

This is the same branch embossed in copper with a brown border.  The little extra leaf covers a smudge.

The next one is very interesting.  See if you can figure out how it was done.

When sending this cute little plant through my Big Shot I added a piece of paper towel to absorb the juices.  The image on the towel came out better than the one on the watercolor paper so I glued it to a scrap with an adhesive sheet and placed it under some green cut with an MFT oval.

The last one is a Christmas card.

I don't know what kind of pine tree this 'branch' is from.  It's soft and delicate but definitely pine since I could smell it when I ran it through my die cutting machine.  Those images didn't come out but this is what I got when I inked it with VersaMark and heat embossed.  A little Rustic Wilderness was all it needed to give it substance.  I added an ornament from SSS heat embossed in clear and silver and a sentiment from PTI.  An interesting thing about that ornament.  I embossed it three times but it kept soaking into the paper so I didn't get the shiny look I was going for.  

So there you go.  I'm done with this technique now.  I have to move on to other cards and challenges but I sure did enjoy doing these.  Thanks so much CAS Mix-Up team for the inspiration. 

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  1. WOW....each card is just stunning, love the different leaves you tried, gorgeous, hugs, Lori m

  2. AMAZING work Bobby! Each one shows off your talent in making cards to show off the beauty of nature. Great work! Thanks again for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  3. Amazing and stunning. I love it all.

  4. I just had to come and take a closer look at the perfection of this leaf, and then I found all the rest when I got here -- amazing! Each card is so beautiful. Your execution is flawless. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  5. Thank you for embracing this challenge, Bobby! You certainly have found some botanical treasures and used them beautifully! I'm especially loving the heart shaped leaf! Thanks so much for sharing with us again at CAS Mix Up!

  6. What a fabulous array of makes - splendid work


  7. WOW!! These are ALL GORGEOUS Bobby!! Once you get started this really is a challenge that's hard to stop at just one!! I love how you turned the one leaf into a heart...just beautiful!! And your paper towel one is a beauty too! And definitely a great way to build up your sympathy cards too...think I should have done that!! Awesome post my friend!! Hugs. :0)

  8. Wonderful cards, each fall-icious and special in its own way. I spied the papertowel "marks" but thought the towel embossed onto the water color card! They're all amazing, Bobby

  9. Wow Bobby! They are all beautiful and you have inspired me to try this technique. Thanks for sharing with us at Less is More.