Friday, 1 July 2016

CAS Mix Up July Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to July's Challenge at CAS Mix Up!  We are having so much fun at CAS Mix Up! We really enjoy your creations.  Last month we had awesome entries for the Die Cutting challenge.  Click HERE to see our June Challenge Pinterest Board ... lots of amazing inspiration!

Speaking of amazing entries ... click HERE to check out our "Pick of the Month" and to see some of the Outstanding Designs we've highlighted from June's challenge.

On to July's challenge ...

This month we want you to use markers on your cards.  First, make sure your card is CAS ("Clean And Simple"). Include some stamping (a little or a lot), some kind of marker technique, and then pick something from the "Your Choice" list in the right sidebar to add in.

There are so many fantastic markers available that you can use to add color to your card. There are lots of water based markers including Distress Markers, Tombow, Stampin' Up!, and Zigs.  There are also alcohol markers that give a whole different look than the water based.

And we are excited to have Colleen (One Smile Lifts a Spirit) as our Guest Designer this month. Colleen made a stunning card which was our "Pick of the Month" for May. Click HERE to see her card from the heat embossing challenge.

Now here are our cards using markers.  We hope they will inspire you.

Guest Designer

 Using Stamped Image, Copic Markers and Heat Embossing


Using Markers for Inking the stamp, Watercoloring, Dry Embossing and Die-cutting


Using Zig markers for watercolouring, Heat Embossing, and Die-cuts


Using Stamping with MISTI, SU Markers, Masking, Distress Inks, and Stenciling


Using Stamps, Markers to colour the bird stamps, Die Cut, Sponging, and Heat Embossing (on sentiment)

And here are some videos on various marker techniques.

Inking with Markers by Beate Johns (3.46)
Distressed Alcohol-based Markers by Beate Johns (3.20)
Marker Layering by Karen Barber (8:02)
Misting with Markers by Beate Johns (3:23) - technique used on Bonnie's card
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers Watercolour by Debby Hughes (5:31) - technique used on Loll's card

The challenge is open until July 24th, so there's lots of time to play along.  Come join in the fun!


  1. Amazing inspiration for us!

  2. Bonnie and Loll, thanx for including list of videos with these challenges. Big help and makes it easy to focus and experiment with one thing at a time. I am enjoying your challenge and learning a lot. Based on number of cards submitted, so are many others!

  3. Another fun challenge and thank you for the gorgeous and beautiful inspiration x

  4. It's always so fun to see how mixed media can be CAS, ladies ... thanks for all these inspiring cards! Anita :)

  5. I really am loving this challenge too - and great work ladies!


    Di xx