CAS Mix Up


March 1st was a great day! Two exciting things happened – we welcomed little Lylah into the world – more about that below….and my super creative and very CAS styled friends Bonnie Klass and Loll Thompson launched their new challenge – CAS Mix Up – a clean and simple mixed media challenge. So, naturally I created a birthday card to welcome little Lylah – after all – it literally was her birthday!

The new CAS Mix Up challenge is dedicated to clean and simple cards with a mixed media twist. Now you may think that mixed media can’t be CAS, but at it’s heart, mixed media is just that – mixed mediums. Why can’t it be CAS? That’s the challenge – no pun intended! For the first one this month, we’re challenged to use watercolor, stamping and your choice – I chose watercolor stenciling – and it’s actually a negative image that was stamped from a stencil!

march 2016


This project is actually a bonus panel from a regularly stenciled project using sponged distress inks. I had all this ink left over on my stencil, so I spritzed it to get it wet with a fine mist spritzer, and stamped the stencil onto a piece of watercolor.Β Here’s how I did it.

Negative Watercolor Stamped Stencil Technique –Β 

  • Create a project where you use the stencil in a positive way – or just add ink to your stencil directly without worrying about the “stenciling” part. I used the Skinny Chevron stencil by Create a Smile to give off a skinny positive image like this one I created for a challenge over at StampNation (Of course it’s double stenciled – but you get the point):


  • For this project, I used More Mustard, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Mermaid Lagoon and Seedless Preserves
  • This will leave lots of color on the negative part of your stencil that you would normally just wash or clean up. Β Instead – mist your stencil with a fine mist spritzer to get the ink to bead up on the stencil.


  • Lay a piece of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper onto your stencil to stamp the stenciled image. You can also pick up your stencil and stamp, but I didn’t want the colors to run when I picked it up. Hold your paper there a few seconds to allow the water to soak in.
  • You are left with a negative image – the part you couldn’t stencil!


  • Adhere to an A2 card base, add a stamped greeting and die – both also from Create a Smile – I just LOVE their fonts. This is from the birthday trio dies and the Mini Birthday stamp set.
  • Add a few sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh and you’re all set!

I love the way this card turned out. Look at how bold the colors are in the sneak peek image above and how muted the very same colors are with a little water spritzed onto them. Truly amazing! And that’s mixed media at it’s core. Not so scary, huh?!!

I’d love for you all to play along in Loll and Bonnie’s first challenge over at CAS Mix it Up – so head on over and check it out! I’m also playing along in a few other challenges – Laura’s Loft, and NBUS – as this is the first time I’m using this stencil and die by Create a Smile!

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I can’t wait to see what you create!


On a personal note –

I know this blog is all about paper crafting, but from time to time we all have big moments in our lives. Yesterday was definitely one – our first grandchild! Yes, I’m a grandmother at the tender age of 46! Michael is a bit older than me, and I’ve been blessed to have two beautiful and amazing girls as my bonus daughters for the past 18 years. Our youngest – Allyson and Jeff welcomed their first child into the world yesterday – Lylah RaeAnn.

First Family Photo

Lylah is a character from a book that Allyson read in high school and just fell in love with the name. Raeann is in honor of Rachel and Annie – Allyson & Jeff’s sisters – isn’t that just sweet. I love the name!

Mom & Lylah

We can’t wait to fly to New York and meet our precious little grand daughter Lylah. Feel free to leave me any grandmom (I’m going to go by Omi – German) advice in the comments below!

Thank for stopping by , now go get those fingers inky and have a great day!

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  1. Congrats on the new addition! And love the card. Thanks for explaining the technique so well. I will definitely trying it at some point soon.

  2. Hope you don’t mind me swinging by to wish you congratulations on your shout out from the fabulous challenge that Loll and Bonnie have been running. Then when I get here and would like to offer my congratulations on the birth of your gorgeous grandchild. Your card is fabulous, colourful and so very creative, thank you for the inspiration x

  3. Congratulations on your first grandchild! And what a beautiful card you made – perfect soft colours for a baby! I love that technique too!
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  4. First and most importantly, Omi, congratulations on the birth of your beautiful granddaughter! She looks so beautiful and so healthy and I just love the look of rapture on the faces of the new mom and dad!! As for advice, get there as often as you can to soak up as much as you can! It seems like yesterday that my twin grandsons were born, but they turned 11 in December. Sob! Because you don’t have any of the normal worries that new parents have, you are free to just embrace every second of her life! Well, that sounded a bit overbearing, ha, but you know what I mean!

    Now. About your card? Gah, it is so super gorgeous!! I cannot wait to try this technique! And I just love that you wrote such a beautiful piece about Lolly and Bonnie’s new challenge! They are the best and I hope they have much success! Finally, thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6!! I really appreciate it!! Hugs, Darnell

    • That’s great advice Darnell! It seems like just yesterday they were going into high school, or at prom or we were moving them into college…now babies! I will cherish it all! Thanks for the sweet comments about my card too! πŸ™‚
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  5. Oh congrats on baby’s birth – let the fun begin. This is one of my favorite techniques and I love your color choices. A beautiful water colored card.

  6. Such a great way to stretch a stencil… and use the “leftover” ink! I’m going to have to give it a whirl. And congrats!! Such a peanut!

  7. Terri E. says:

    Love you card and technique! Fantastic job and a big congrats on being a grandma!

  8. susan.w says:

    Congratulations, Omi! How sweet it is to be a grandmother πŸ™‚ Lylah is beautiful, may you have many hours of precious moments with her.
    I have come across from Laura’s Loft and I wanted to say how beautiful your card is, but I think there is someone more beautiful than that! What a surprise! All my love to your growing family, regards from SN sistah!

  9. Sue Nesheim says:

    Beautiful card! I love the panel you created! Congratulations on becoming a grandmother! It’s such a special time in life.

  10. Jennifer Wittke says:

    She’s a beautiful baby–what a sweet blessing from God! She’s already blessed to have you as a part of her life, even though she doesn’t realize it yet!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

  11. First off, CONGRATULATIONS, OMI! What a special gift! My best advice is to enjoy her. And her birthday card is amazing! I love how you used the ink left over on the stencil. Another wonderful technique by Ingrid! It made a gorgeous card! Thanks so much for sharing both with us at CAS Mix Up!

  12. Congratulations Omi! Lylah RaeAnn is so beautiful and what a beautiful name too! Enjoy your moments together!

    Oh yes…also loved your double stamping with the stencil!

  13. GlΓΌckwΓΌnsch, Omi! I just love your watercolor panel. And that fact that you don’t waste anything. A gal after my own heart πŸ˜‰

  14. Congratulations Omi!! A grandchild is one of the greatest blessings. πŸ™‚ She is really beautiful and I bet she can’t wait to meet you too.

    Thanks so much for the shout out about our new challenge. The card you made is AMAZING! LOVE this technique. And what a great way to use the ink that was already on your stencil. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  15. Gorgeous card – love the pale yet still vibrant colours. And congrats on becoming an Omi x

  16. Awww! Congratulations Grandma!! Lylah is so beautiful!!

  17. Congrats Omi! Lylah is such a Beautiful name and what a cutie she is! I know you & Michael will enjoy having the new addition to your family. I can’t even imagine all the creative stuff you are going to come up with for her. (Be sure to share some of it with all of us)
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  18. Carol B says:

    Omi, you will love this new phase of life. What a beautiful name for a beautiful little girl. One of the greatest reasons we have kids. love my 2 Grandsons so much (22 & 19 now).

  19. Oooh! Congratulations, Omi!!! How exciting!!!

    Love your card for sweet little Lylah. β™₯
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  20. Kathy (cards_by_kp) says:

    Congratulations, Omi! She’s an adorable bundle of joy!

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