Wednesday 3 June 2015

HLS June CAS Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the June CAS Challenge here at Happy Little Stampers. Before we get to the new challenge, Kylie and I wanted to thank everyone who participated in our Die-cut challenge last month.  We had over 230 entries --- WOW!!  We enjoyed visiting each and every one of you and looking at your amazing creations.  The winners will be announced here next week.

If you'd like an overall view of the awesome cards from last month, click HERE to see the Pinterest Board we've created for the May Die-cut entries.

And we want to thank those that were interested in joining our CAS Design Team.  There were 32 entries for the team ... another WOW!! :)  Kylie and I will be announcing the new CAS Design Team members shortly.  Thanks to everyone who applied.

Here's our new challenge ...

There are lots of ways to use sprays and mists on cards.  You can use ink sprays like Dylusions, Color Wash Sprays, Glimmer Mist, etc.  Or you can make your own sprays by mixing water with either re-inkers, shimmer paint, or watercolour concentrate, etc.  Or if you don't have any sprays and aren't interested in making your own, there are many wonderful techniques that use water misters ... like Smooshing, Saturated Watercolouring, Acrylic Block Technique and Stencil Monoprint, just to name a few.  You can also sponge card stock with water-based ink and then mist with water to create droplets.

We hope you'll pull out your sprays and mists, create a CAS card, and join us for some fun!

At Happy Little Stampers, CAS  (clean and simple) is defined as:

- one main focal point
- lots of white or open (no pattern) space
- minimal layers
- minimal embellishments

This month we are excited to have Chrissie (Simply One of a Kind) as our Guest Designer.
Welcome Chrissie!

Here are the CAS Sprays / Mists cards for this week ...

Chrissie - Guest Designer

Background was created by swiping inks across crumbled paper, spraying with water.  Once dry, it was sprayed again with shimmer mist.


Background is made with three different colours of watercolour sprays.  A stencil was placed over top and misted with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to remove the water and colour (Ghosting Technique).


A simple but effective background created with brushos sprayed with water

Here are links to some wonderful spray / mist tutorials on YouTube to help inspire you ...

Make your own sprays by Lindsay (The Frugal Crafter) (7:25)

Acrylic Block Technique using Sprays by Your Juliet (5:17)
Brusho Techniques by Kylie Purtell (7:19)
Ghosting Technique by Dyan Reaveley (4:06)
Mist Mopping with Dixie Cravens (1:53)
Spray Gesso Resist by Nurse Tara04 (8:07)
Sprays with Stencils by Stencil-Art (4:00)
Stencil Monoprint by Lee-Anne Cross (6:50)
Variety of Techniques using Sprays by Joggles.com (9:53)
Watercoloring with Sprays by Nicole Picadura (7:05)

Come and join the fun and link up your Sprays / Mists card below.


  1. WOW....Amazingly Creative and Beautiful samples cards Chrissie, Loll and Kylie :-) I LOVE every single background you girls made and your 3 different techniques. Your challenge and site is like taking a class in Spray and Misting Techniques :-) Thank you so much for sharing and all your dedication to the Stamping Community! Hugs, Nancy

  2. Thank you SO much for this invitation to be your guest this month, I couldn't be more delighted to be part of this great challenge!
    Chrissie x

  3. Loll, thanks for posting the wonderful list of misting links! How nice to enjoy a bouquet of inspiration with my morning coffee. The videos and today's card samples will give me lots to think about as I go about my day. I have a difficult time with CAS but you girls are helping me to let go of the layers...and I like it! I will definitely be giving this challenge a try. Thanks again for all that you do. xoxo

  4. Thank you for taking the time to link the tutorials to help me learn new things. Loving the inspiration from your cards to get me started.

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