Saturday, 5 January 2019

CAS stencilling with a butterfly.

Hi everyone! Happy New Year and I hope it's a great one for all of us.

I'm starting off the new year with some exciting news! Loll has asked me to part of the new CAS Stencil Card Challenge design team. I was thrilled and honoured to be asked, although quite nervous too lol!
I am so looking forward to learning lots and having heaps of fun along the way. Loll and the rest of the team are so super talented and a great source of inspiration.

The first challenge is to use a sponging technique with a stencil. There are some great videos on the blog site if you need some inspiration.

I bought this leaves stencil quite a while ago, (there's a die in the same design which is on my wishlist, but the stencil was more affordable!) This is it's first inking. It was a little bit tricky as there are so many openings but using small pieces of low tack painter's tape really helped keep the stencil in place.

I used peeled paint, forest moss and a touch of vintage photo distress inks and applied them with a finger dauber.

My favourite Hero Arts butterfly was stamped in versafine ink, clear embossed, fussy cut, then coloured with Inktense pencils. There's a touch of crystal stickles on the wing spots although it's a bit hard to see in the pic.

The sentiment is from the doodled flowers set and I used a stamp press to get the positioning I wanted, too afraid to cut the sentiment in half lol!

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is something new, my stencil.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

and to Work it Wednesday where the theme is to try something new, my stencil.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes birthday option at Seize the Birthday

and to the Stamplorations CAS Challenge where it's anything goes with the optional twist of using burgundy.


Simon Says Stamp leaves stencil: distress inks; versafine ink & clear embossing powder;
Hero Arts Antique Engravings butterfly; Happly Little Stampers Doodled Flowers sentiment;
Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Inktense pencils; Crystal stickles.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


  1. Gorgeous card Cathy! This is stenciled leaf sprig is beautiful and a perfect place for your amazing butterfly to lite! Love the colours you've used and the design with the black framing. So happy you are on the CAS Stencil team Cathy!! xx

  2. Stunning clean and crisp sponge stenciled leaves and beautifully colored with your pencils and fussy cut butterfly. I love the simplicity and color combinations.

    I am thrilled to be on the same DT with you Cathy and looking forward to all your inspiring card designs. Hugs..Nancy

  3. No need to be nervous... this is a wonderful card, Cathy. The butterfly is beautiful and a great complement to your lovely sponged leaf. Congratulations on a great debut. Happy new year. xx

  4. Love your sponged leaves, Cathy, the perfect setting for the beautifully coloured butterfly.

  5. Gorgeous butterfly card Cathy, your sponged stencil work is amazing, great definition, it almost looks like a die cut, lovely colours and beautifully coloured butterfly.

  6. Great mix of colors on your stenciled stem Cathy giving them great dimension and your layered butterfly is so pretty in the blue - stopping for a rest on the leaves! I look forward to working with you on this fun new team! Julia xx

  7. Congrats on another new design team! What a pretty card, both the stencilled background and the gorgeously coloured butterfly.

  8. Congratulations on the DT. Your card is lovely and uses one of my favorite stencils and stamps. I have the die for both the full leaves and the outline. I'd be happy to send you some cuts.

  9. Congrats on the DT Cathy. Love your pretty card with the stenciled leaves and beautifully colored butterfly.

  10. Cathy I'm a huge fan of your cards and so happy to see you at CAS stencil. Congrats on joining the CAS team and your first card is stunning. Your butterfly looks like it's just about to take off, gorgeous :)

  11. Gorgeous card, Cathy! Your butterfly is colored perfectly and your leaves are absolutely beautiful! So happy to be joining you on the DT!

  12. Congratulations on being on the CAS Stencil Design Team, Cathy! And I'm so happy to see your signature butterfly in your stencil debut card. The butterfly is so beautiful and the sponged leaves are pretty. Looking forward to seeing many more of your creations!
    Hideko xx

  13. Congratulations on joining Loll's new CAS Stencil DT, Cathy ... and with such a gorgeous debut! The soft stencilling on the leaves makes for a fabulous backdrop for your beautiful butterfly ... this is just so lovely! Hugs, Anita :)

  14. Hi Cathy .... I'm so pleased to be joining you on the Design Team.
    Love this card, the butterfly is beautiful against the pretty stenciled leaves xx

  15. That glorious butterfly looks right at home on those beautifully blended leaves. Such a pretty card and congratulations on being on the new CAS Design Team x.

  16. Congrats on your DT post, Cathy! Well deserved! Love this leaf and the butterfly is gorgeous! This is going to be a fun challenge!

  17. so pretty...reminds me that Spring will come!! just not soon enough.
    x Karen

  18. Beautiful composition and such nice bright colours making for a joyous card. Congrats to the DT post, well deserved. xx

  19. So pleased Sue that you added your CAS stenciled beauty to STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge. What a beauty! TFS Hugs..Nancy

  20. Brilliant idea and layout, Cathy, you’re always so imaginative! Well done,
    Shaz in Oz.x

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  21. I am so thrilled for you and congratulations! I love your first stencil challenge card. Very clean and simple and such beautiful sponging.

  22. Beautiful card Cathy, I love the leaf stencil!

  23. Your stenciled leaves are a perfect landing spot for your gorgeous butterfly! Lovely card in every way! So thrilled you shared this CAS gem in the STAMPlorations gallery!


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