Thursday, 22 September 2016


I adore Crafty Individual stamps, they, unlike me, are so artsy!   I love to look at their design team creations and drool over their inspiration and talent. I was thus delighted to discover that this month's challenge is CAS, meaning clean and simple! Well I think most of us know what it stands for but what does it actually mean? I looked it up on various sites and blogs and the concensus seems to include the following rules:
  • Lots of 'white space' ..meaning unused areas
  • maximum of one layer
  • None or very few embellishments
  • Simple techniques
  • minimal use of colour.
Now these rules are not set in stone but they helped me to make a CAS card. Well it took several attempts because I was obviously using the wrong stuff and couldn't get my ink to spread, then trying to scan and take a photo of it just proved frustrating beyond belief! It is lacking in spit and polish but owing to a streaming cold and other personal circumstances I ask that you just look at the technique rather than the result! Could be better as my teachers used to say......
If you have watercolour paper, this technique will work much better.
Dampen your paper and ink up your stamp with 2-3 colours of distress ink. Stamp out your image, spritz with a little water and watch the colours spread out. Leave to dry.
Ink the same image with black ink, (I used memento), and stamp over the top of your coloured image. Voila!
Son is off school with a cold today, he kept me on my toes throughout the night, pained look on his face, I'm dying mentality, sound familiar? ....see 'man with a cold syndrome' is genetic and it starts at an early age. Pity messages and chocolate can be sent to me anytime......  
Enjoy the rest of your week! 


  1. I think your final result is lovely Anne, and it's a great technique to use too. Thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge this month. Jean x

  2. It's a lovely effect you have achieved Anne. Very arty. Beautiful CAS card. Hoping you are feeling better soon. Sending you virtual chocolate and healing hugs.
    Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
    Flo x

  3. your card is lovely, love the technique and the colors.

    hugs, Joanne

  4. Hi Anne!
    I love this stamp, it's so beautiful by itself, so a perfect choice to use alone on a C&S card! The result you have obtained using this technique is just perfect Anne... and you know well what I think about you, YOU ARE an ARTSY person!!!! :o)
    Sending you a lot of good vibes and virtual chocolote... :)))
    Hugs and happy Sunday! Bises
    Coco xxx

  5. Oooer, I lurve this totally, me dear!!
    You rock, or this card does, since you're in need of chocolate I'm not sure you actually rock!! : D naughty son, keeping you on your toes, they must be worn out ... ;)
    Suffice it to say you've carried off the challenge in an artsy masterful fashion, Anne!
    Hugs and many prayers, Shaz in Oz.x

  6. This stamp is perfect to use alone. Very beautiful card, Love the colours. Thank you for joining in CI challenge this month. Hugs, Sylvie