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October 16, 2017

Stenciled QACAS Stars

Hello, Stamplings!

Welcome to a wonderful new week! How are you? I hope you're fine and you had a fun weekend! 

Are you enjoying fall? Have you noticed how things seem to quiet down once school starts again and the days are shorter and darker? Critters migrate and we don't blame them. We pull out our winter clothes and start nesting for the colder months. 

For card artists, thoughts turn slowly towards Christmas ... okay, knock off the poetry! Let's face it: our thoughts don't turn all gentle and zen-like towards Christmas. More like our heads whip around like Regan in The Exorcist when we realize it's only (cough) short weeks until our cards need to be in the mail! I know you know what I mean. I can see the sweat beading on your upper lip.

Well, never fear. Hammy is here with a QACAS OLC that you may steal CASE for batch-making!

QACAS=quick and clean and simple; OLC=one-layer card; CASE=copy and share everything.

All you need is a stencil, some ink, some finger daubers, a mask, and a Christmas sediment. It's better if the mask is some type of something to cover an area of your card that you don't want inked, but if you want to wear your Minnie Mouse mask while you're stamping, I'm okay with that.

I laid down a strip of painter's tape where I wanted my sediment to be, then I used my finger daubers to bounce the inks through a star stencil. I used a stencil that was a gift from Lolly. I used Oxie inks in nontraditional colors of broken china and wilted violet and faded denim. The sediment is, I believe, from MFT. The lines were drawn with my faded denim DI marker.

And thazit. I made several others using different ink colors and also a different design where I masked off a portion of the stars in a diagonal pattern with a diagonal Christmas sediment.

It's an easy way to make a colorful and mailable card with minimal effort. When you have lots of Ccs to make, that's the name of the game!


  • Inkspirational: Designers Choice: one-layer card.
  • Less Is More: One-layer card/stars. I hope there is an acceptable amount of white or "empty" space. I mean, if you narrow your eyes and let those smaller stars recede into the background, you'll remember that in space there are bazillions of light years of depth in between stars. That's a LOT of empty space, right?! 
  • The Merry Christmas Challenge: Anything goes.
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Just a QACAS quickie post for me this time! Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy! LITS!* 

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