Thursday, September 15, 2022

CAS Mix Up September 2022

 

I dug really deep to find that tube of Dina Wakley gesso that was included in a Simon kit YEARS ago!

I've only ever used it to create white splatter, so I was happy when Hilary chose it for their CAS Mix Up September 2022 challenge!  Then I watched all the videos to see the possibilities... the very last video sparked a little idea!

Out came a never-before-used stencil set from Pinkfresh Studio called Wintry Forest - intended for ink, I just used gesso for every layer and ended up pouring fine glitter over the last one for a little sparkle.  Yikes! it took more than a day as each layer of gesso had to dry before I could add the next!  When all the drying was done, I blended Speckled Egg DOX over the entire thing, then spritzed it with water [good thing I started off with watercolor paper!] and dabbed off the excess.  The skyline took the ink beautifully but the gesso-ed areas were just a bit stained by the ink ... here's the result:


quick cut to finish the edge and a sparkly sentiment leftover from 2021
finished my card.



I'm not thoroughly convinced this was a huge success, but it is kinda pretty.  One more card for the Christmas stash - that's always a good thing!

=] Michele

I couldn't be happier to win - thanks, Hilary!
And thank you to CAS Mix Up for inspiring me for 6 years!

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful, sparkly forest, Michele! I wonder if you're finding as much glitter around your house as I am! Still! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  2. You've had more success than I have, Michele since I've never even tried to use gesso! Sparkle and the holidays go hand in hand! Great job, my friend!

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  3. Well this was clearly worth all the drying time because the end result is stunning!

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  4. The colors are soft and pretty and I love the bit of sparkle, Michele. I am always impressed by your patience and creativity! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. How wonderful to see you in the gallery at CAS Mix Up. Thank you for getting out your gesso and having a play. I don't think you need any doubts as it has turned out so well. I love how you have layered the gesso with your stencils, it gives such wonderful texture and the added sparkle is a real bonus. I think the speckled egg is a brilliant choice of colour. All in all it is an excellent example of a card using gesso and stencils. Well done and thank you xx

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  6. Glad you finally had a reason to use that stencil, Michele. The front trees really stand out with the glitter.

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  7. It was worth the wait for it to dry! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing at CAS Mix Up:)

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  8. I love the texture of your gessoed line of trees, Michele. Adding the sparkle to the bottom really makes them stand out. This is so beautiful and artistic. Great work! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Christmas! xx

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  9. Thank you Michele for playing along with us at CAS Mix Up Gesso Challenge this month. Your stencil gesso'd and added glitter made for a Gorgeous Christmas card, my friend. I loved your die cut glittery sentiment too. Always great when we can add to our Christmas stash. Love and Hugs...Nancy

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  10. I think it's pretty! Love all the layers that really added texture, and the DOX staining added depth -- success!

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  11. Very subtle effect and I imagine difficult to photograph too. Love your pretty colour choices and the result is gorgeous!

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  12. I'm always impressed with your thinking-outside-the-box card-making, Michele! Using the layering stencils and adding fine glitter to the last layer is a fun and unique way of using gesso. It was worth waiting to create this deep snow forest, my friend!
    Hideko xx

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  13. This is sooooo beautiful Michele! Thanks for sharing with us at our very last challenge at CAS Mix Up. x

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