Saturday 3 January 2015

HLS January CAS Challenge

Hi everyone.  2015 is going to be a great year here at Happy Little Stampers.  We already have a wonderful sketch challenge that's been running every month for the past six months.  And now we're adding a new challenge ... welcome to the CAS Challenge at HLS.

Our first challenge for January is Watercolouring.  There are lots of different ways to add watercolouring to your cards.  Whether you are a traditionalist using watercolour paints on watercolour paper ... or if you prefer to use ink, watercolour pencils or markers ... everything is welcome for this challenge.  And it can be any part of the card, as long as there's watercolouring in some way ... background wash, main image, or die-cuts.

At Happy Little Stampers, CAS is defined as:  clean and simple design with one main focal point, lots of white (or open) space, and minimal layers and embellishments.

Come join in the fun ... use a watercolouring technique that works for you ... or check out some of the tutorials below and try something new --- it's up to you.  Just let us know in your description, what you used and how you used it ... it's great to share knowledge with other crafters! :)

Happy Little Stampers blog was designed to get the word out about our Happy Little Stampers Forum.  We'd love for you to check out the forum, take a look around, meet new crafters, take a look at the growing list of tutorials, or read (and add to) the chats on all kinds of products and techniques.  One of the most wonderful things about our crafting community is the sharing of info.  We'd love for you to share you knowledge with us ... and check out experiences from our other members as well.  Membership is free ... just sign up and then join in any discussions that interest you, and make sure to share your card photos by creating your own gallery of cards.  If you don't have a blog, then setting up a gallery allows you to enter other challenges by linking back to your HLS gallery.  We'd love to see you join us!!

Link up your CAS Watercoloured cards BELOW ...


Below are some CAS Watercoloured cards made our wonderful guest designer, Karen Dunbrook (Snippets); Kylie and me.  We hope we inspire you to join in and enter your CAS Watercoloured cards below and at Happy Little Stampers Forum.

The card above uses the Watercolour Embossing Folder technique (see link to tutorial below).

The card above uses Acrylic Block Technique with a Twist (see link below to Kylie's wonderful tutorial)

The card above uses a version of the Acrylic Block Stamping technique to create the watercoloured background (see link below to Kylie's wonderful tutorial)

Here's some links to tutorials on watercolouring techniques for you to check out ...

Acrylic Block Stamping with Watercolours
Acrylic Block Technique with a Twist
Watercolour Backgrounds using Stencils
Watercolour Burst with Peerless Watercolours
Watercolour Embossing Folder Technique
Watercolour Background Wash
Watercolouring with Distress Inks
Watercolouring with Pencils

Don't forget we also have our month long sketch for you to play with - why not try and use both challenges together! You can find the Sketch challenge HERE.


  1. OMG Loll your 1st CAS Challenge and watercolored sample really Glows!!! I LOVE your watercolored background, colored copper leaves and banner sentiment. Just perfect for your eye catching 1st CAS Challenge. Congratulations and TFS your talents, time, friendship, and more. With much Love, nancy

    Loved Karen and Kylie's samples too. Both of you girls are using 2 of my very favorite watercoloring techniques. Can't wait to play!!! TFS

  2. I am so excited about this challenge!! And what fabulous cards Ladies.
    Thanks for all these links, I have seen some of them but not all.
    Great new Happy Challenge x

  3. Would like to thank for the opportunity to take part in the fun. I wish luck to all participants. It's nice that you will be able to admire your work.

  4. Watercolors are always fantastic, great inspiration cards!

  5. Thanks for the challenge. Great DT creations.

  6. I completely forgot to link my card up here but I've now got my brain in gear and linked up...doh! x


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