Friday, December 15, 2017

CAS Watercolour December 2017

Hello friends.  The challenge this month at CAS Watercolour is ANYTHING GOES!

How easy, right?  And especially when you have a brand new die to use (thank you for the enabling Loll, Susan, & Bonnie!!)! 

Let me just say this card turned out NOTHING like what I was envisioning in my head, but when you're using water color, Brusho's, and salt, why am I even surprised?!  BUT, it all ended good and I'm happy with the end results!  Take a look:

I fell in LOVE with the Evergreen Window die (Memory Box) after seeing Loll, Susan, & Bonnie use it, so that was the easy part of my card.  Then I envisioned this real soft and pale blue wintry background with just a touch of pink in it.  Well obviously that didn't happen!!  I wanted to use Brusho's and thought if I used just a tiny bit of the Cobalt Blue, it would come out lighter.  WRONG!  There is nothing light about Brusho's and I'd forgotten how even just a small amount can be so vibrant once you add the water!  I had also added just a grain of crimson in what was the middle of my cardstock panel for that touch of pink that I had envisioned...well same as the blue, even just a grain of Brusho's comes out very vibrant!  While everything was still very wet, I also added some salt thinking that the resulting crystals would look like snow.  Maybe salt and Brusho's aren't the best combination as you can't see a whole lot of crystal action going on!

It was a good thought, but I think I'll save the salt technique for when I use my regular water colors!  My pink that I had envisioned being in the middle of my background ended up at the top of the background because I liked the way the blue looked on the bottom of my panel more than I liked the top part of the panel.  So this definitely did not turn out the way I first pictured it in my head, but oh well, I still am happy with the way it turned out!  (sentiment is from PTI's Beautiful Berries: Winter)

There is still time to play along with this challenge (closes the 24th), so if you have all your Christmas stuff done, check out what Loll and the DT have for inspiration, and then play along right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


  1. This is beautiful Marcia! The background came out stunning! Makes me think of the Northern Lights in the sky. Just Beautiful!

  2. I agree with Birgit! Northern Lights! I certainly know what you mean about Brusho - it is fun, bold, and unpredictable - always! Beautiful card, Marcia!

  3. You won't regret buying that die, Marcia - I used it for lots of my Christmas cards, with all sorts of different background techniques. I love your brushos background - yes, it is hard to control the intensity but you made it work really well.

  4. LOVE this card Marcia. The vibrant colours looks gorgeous with the white die. Love the deep blue with a touch of purple and then the hit of red. It's amazing!! I can see some crystals from the salt too. Great work Marcia. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

  5. I love the vivid background, Marcia! Sometimes those happy accidents happen! Beautiful colors and I can see the crystals from the salt! So glad we could enable you! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  6. Beautiful Marica, I love that red sky at night, so pretty and I love that Die. thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour :)

  7. Just so you know... Nothing I do ever comes out the way I envisaged it LOL! Especially when you are working with paints... That dssaid I love the result of your creation and you should too!

  8. The white Evergreen Window die-cut pops beautifully against the vibrant Brushos background, Marcia! The visual texture of Brushos is so interesting too! I bought a set of Brusho just recently. Thanks for sharing your experience! I'm sure it'll help me when I start using them. Hideko :-)


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