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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!


Challenges.

  • 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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67 comments:

Valerija said...

Gorgeous card with wonderful colours.
Have a great week.
Valerija xx

Maria Illsley said...

A great cas card and I love the colours xx

Jane Willis said...

Really striking, bold and brilliant. Great to keep to one layer too because of postage!
Jane

Christine Harrop said...

I love CAS cards Darnell - but I didn't know I loved QACAS! Okay, if I'd known what it meant I might have known I loved it earlier!! Who'd a thunk it? We all need to tighten our belts and less postage costs is one way to help. Super flat card! Hugs Christine xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Fab card.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A fantastic card Darnell, nice and easy too but looking so good.

Sue xx

Liz said...

Very striking Christmas card, Darnell, I think I might be CASEing the one! Great for posting too - always a bonus. xx

Ros Crawford said...

I cannot believe how fast the time is going! I know, it's a sign of age isn't it? Super one layer card! I'm so bored not being able to sit and create... It's just not the same standing up Lol! Sending hugs your way and thank you for your kind wishes... Mwah!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card full of stars
hugs Tamara

Fikreta said...

Love this card!
so great

Carole said...

Great quick and 'flat ' card for posting Darnell...love your choice of colours. Have a good week! xx

KandA said...

Hi Darnell, I'm slowly playing catch up and I shall definitely be CASEing this fabulous card come christmas panic time. It's a wonderful design and the colours are fabulous. Thanks for the lovely words and get well wishes for Ken. Hope all is well with you and the Mister xx

Bunny said...

Great CAS card that we can case. I like making multiples.

Also, when I think of winter I think of going through the closet to see which clothes have shrunk. Yikes![Bunny]

Pat said...

This definitely has CASEing potential Darnell as it is beautiful with the prettily coloured stars and a one layer card to boot! A gorgeous make. x

Brenda in IN said...

This is a great Christmas card with such fun colors. This post has really shaken me up - I haven't moved in the direction of Christmas yet and I am in shock. It always sneaks up on me but you have put this in perspective! I have to mail Halloween cards!

Berina RGA said...

Love tis clean and simple card!! Such lovely colors.

scrAPpamondo said...

Love it!! Great design and surely also quick, clean and simple enough to be done in time for mailing :) Thanks for sharing. I have yet to try CAS and QACAS... :D

MaryH said...

Great use of the super oxides....I thought at first you'd done embossing paste. This stencil looks terrific as you've done the CAS card, brilliant idea to use the small daubers. The textured paper must have been fiddly to get the oxide down on, but all the stars look just smoothly done. I love that linen look on the white too! TFS & Big hugs.

Tina Z. said...

I love your design and beautiful stars.
hugs xx

conil said...

Clean, well-designed and starry. LOVE it! I'm sure there's enough white space to satisfy Less Is More, too. Masking the sentiment was a terrific idea...looks wonderful.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh... I was sure the mask was for me. I need one when I do ink splatters 'cause they go everywhere. In fact, I really should lay tarps and cover the walls. Not kidding. Anyway, this is a fabulous QACAS Christmas card! I love using stars for Christmas. Made 5 Christmas card yesterday because my upper lip was starting to sweat so I knew I needed to make some progress. Love that pretty linen paper you used.

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful!! I love the colors and design!! I may steal...er, CASE this card because now I'm panicking that I'm not going to get my cards done again this year!! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Carol H. said...

That's a great idea for mass producing cards, and so pretty too! Don't y'all be too jealous when I say that mine have been finished since last month--just need a stamp slapped on the envelopes and off they go! :)

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful card Darnell, wonderful idea, love the colors!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

cuilliesocks said...

Brilliantly designed card Darnell, lovely bright colours too, Kate x

Sandra H said...

So beautiful Darnell the colours are gorgeous as is the textured card am l right in thinking it linen card? simply gorgeous are always xx

Redanne said...

The non-traditional colours look perfect, they create such a modern and beautiful Christmas card. Love, love, love it!! Hugs, Annie xxx

Birgit said...

My stomach started turning when you mentioned Christmas...hahahaaa. Actually I want to wear my Yosimete Sam mask while making cards:) I love the simple premise to your card-it is so lovely with minimal colours and no layers-Truly quite pretty

JoAnn said...

Oh I love your card Darnell. Great use of the star stencil and the non-traditional colors. Have a great week. TFS

Izzy Scrap said...

Love your non-traditional colours for this gorgeous Christmas card ! This combo is awesome and works so beautifully with your layout ! It's a fabulous stencil and an explosion of Stars ! The font of the sentiment is so beautiful ! if I were sure that by wearing my Minnie Mouse mask while stamping I would go twice as fast to make my Christmas cards, then I will wear it with joy! Fabulous take on our challenge, Darnell ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

Kathleen said...

Classy, simple but classy.

Kath x

Karen Knott said...

Fab CAS card Darnell, love the colours and the sentiment looks really elegant
Hugs Kaz xx

Sheila H said...

I really like how you masked off the space for the sentiment. Great color combo, too!

Nonni said...

What a great design for a quick Christmas card and I love the colors! I also absolutely loved your explanation for the white space. :) You always make me smile, Darnell, you are a gem. Thanks for joining us at Less Is More and Inkspirational!

Christine said...

Love it!
Xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is a fantastic quick and simple CAS card design. I did a few up the last two days as well and made great headway, but I have so many ideas floating around in my head that I want to try. But this one you did is really super awesome.

Susan said...

I love stars as a theme! And your card is full of them - so beautiful in those colours with the nice gap for your sentiment! Great one layer card!

Greta said...

Great design & fun color combo, Darnell!

Billie A said...

Very pretty Christmas card. I love the colors of the stars and so glad you shared over at The Merry Christmas challenge.
Billie A
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Lisa Elton said...

This is CAS prettiness Darnell!!

Cheryl W. said...

Cool Christmas card with lots of pizzazz! Love the nontraditional colors and simple design. I've barely started on my Christmas cards (I'm still making Thanksgiving cards), so thanks for this very do-able inspiration.

sandie said...

oh I am so behind on my Xmas cards and motivation seems to have left me! But this is an inspiring card. I may have to steal this!! I always love to non trad colours. Oh and I see it is at Ink-thanks for joining us x

Anita in France said...

A delicious QACAS quickie, Darnell ... the contemporary colours in all those scrumptious stencilled stars are just yummy! No Christmas cards made here yet ... designs, yes (and I'll add this one to my list, thank you!) ... cards, no! LYAMYMAWYAWCCMW! Big hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Linda said...

I LOVE this Darnell ..... beautifully CAS, quick and easy to create with stunning results. Great colour choice too xx

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous card Darnell and wonderful for mass production - just changing the colours and design a bit to keep it interesting.
So glad Hammy helped, as now he can do them without your supervision and you can make other cards without him under your fingers... poor Hammy, fancy being slave driven like that ;-)
Blessings
Maxine

Lisa Tilson said...

Super quick and gorgeous cards! Earlier this year I said to myself that I had to make Christmas card making easier this year. That I would mass produce.. and not every card has to be a work of art and take an hour or longer. Of course that went out the window, as I havent mass produced anything. But I have tried to make sure I make some quicker simpler cards, but with impact, amd I needed you to have posted this about 2 months ago!!!! I love how pretty it looks, gorgeous colours, great design, minimal supplies. It's perfect! You can give me a virtual slap though, I am feeling quite zen like with 47 cards made at present 😇Hugs Lisa xx

Ruth said...

I have about three ideas going round my head about mass producing Christmas cards and they've been there for about 3 months now. It's probably time I got my act together and made them...... this is a really great one and I may have to CASE! xx

Carol L said...

THis is a fantastic and quick CAS beauty, and I'm loving the non-traditional stars AND colors for Christmas! Well done my friend, and purty too!

Viv's Visuals said...

Quick visit so 2 words -
LOVE IT! x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors! xoxo

Mac Mable said...

Perfectly CAS and great for popping into the post. The textured card looks fabulous too x

Leanne said...

A lovely card in pretty colors.

Kathyk said...

Woo Hoo! Fabbylicious and features my very fave colour too!

Kathyk

frommycraftroom said...

Love your card. And yes I might CASE this one.
As you are heading into cooler weather I am expecting 30+ day here today and had to pull out some Summer clothes which seem to have shrunk over the winter! Perhaps I shouldn't have ditched this mornings walk to play catch up? Have a great week - gearing up to end of school, final exams and end of year dance concert here.

Janice said...

A wonderful CAS Christmas card Darnell, such pretty coloured stars.
Janice x

Bonnie said...

Love these colors for a Christmas card, Dolly, and the textured cardstock adds even more fun!

Heidi Stamps said...

Very pretty stenciling. I LOVE the way it looks on the textured card! It is good not to stress too much about Christmas!
Thanks for sharing!

Pollard Carole said...

Loving your design it's a great idea and makes a very classy card Love and hugs Carole x

Cat Craig said...

fab card and your irreverence never fails to make me smile and laugh!

Bobby said...

I can see the linen cs peeking through those colorful stars, Darnell, and it adds another element to your CAS one-layer card.

Shauna said...

Very cute! I like the split design with the dual color stars! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Trina P. said...

Beautiful card, Darnell. Love non-traditional colour Christmas cards and these colours look great together. Perfect stencilling too. Thank you for joining us this week at Less is More. Trina xx

Loll said...

Fantastic QACAS design Dolly!! LOVE the two colours you've used for your stars, but can imagine that this design would look amazing with all colours. Thanks for the inspiration ... I will definitely being CASEing this one! Lolly xx

Neets B said...

Fabulously starry, my lovely! Gorgeous colours, gorgeous design, and I loved your awesome explanation of white space so you get an extra point for that! As for Christmas cards, oh..em..gee, I've hardly started!!!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Cara said...

Love how you stenciled in the linen card x

Helen F. said...

This CAS card is wonderful! Thanks for this CAS Super-Star idea!

cm said...

"Starry, starry night..." Stars in my eyes in seeing this stellar sensation of yours! So pretty! I suspect my attempts at casing it would see the sentiment wonky-fied! "Straight" masking is not one of my strengths, even when I use all make and matter of rulers/grids, etc.! May have to try though; Christmas-card making has not yet picked up steam! Sorry for late visits: two weeks of to-and-fro-ing to mom's. Visits + bike races (and still two more weekends of the latter to go, but closer to home. Freeze-fest!).
Hugs and love,
~c