Saturday, 1 October 2016

CAS Mix Up October Challenge

Make sure to check out the news below the CAS Mix Up October challenge.

Welcome to October's Challenge at CAS Mix Up!  We had lots of fantastic entries into last month's Marbling challenge.  Congrats to Linda S. who was our Pick of the Month for September!  Click HERE to see Linda's card along with some of the Outstanding Designs using Marbling.

To see a close-up of all the beautiful Marbling card entries for September, check out CAS Mix Up's September Challenge Pinterest Board by clicking HERE.

On to October's challenge ...

This month we want you to use ghosting on your card.  Make sure to include some stamping (a little or a lot), ghosting, and then pick something from the "Your Choice" list in the right sidebar to add in.

Ghosting is a simple technique where you create a colourful background using watercolour sprays, watercolours, distress inks or other dye inks.  Then you use water to add an image or pattern.  Let the water soak into your background for about 10 seconds, and blot with a paper towel.  It will lift colours and your design will show.  Make sure to let it dry thoroughly as the design shows more as it dries.  You can use stamps, stencils, or just splattered water to add your design.

We are thrilled to have Mac Mable (The Sweetest of Peas) as our Guest Designer this month.  Mac made the most amazing card for August's challenge.  Click HERE to see her winning card from the sprays challenge.

Our samples cards ...

(Guest Designer)
Distress ink blending, Stencil with distress inks, Stencil with black embossing paste, Stamping, Watercolouring, Gesso, Die Cutting, Ghosting with Stencil and Water to lift the colour.

Using Stamps, Ghosting with Stencil Monoprint, Sponging, and Die-cut

Using Stamping, Ghosting with Stamps and Mist, and Sponging

Using Stamping, Q-Tip Ghosting with Stencil, Alcohol Ink background, and Die-cuts

Using Stamping, Ghosting with Blending Solution and a Stencil, Alcohol Inks,
 and Die-cuts


We are also providing a few YouTube videos for you to watch if you'd like.

Ghosting Technique by Loll Thompson (4:28).  See Mac's sample card using this fun technique.  Loll's sample card combines Stencil Monoprint and Ghosting.
Ghosting with Stencils and Rubbing Alcohol by Jane Davies (1:39)
Water Stamping (Ghosting) by Shery Russ (4:05)
Versamark Ghosting Technique by Seasons of Stamping (4:15)
Bleach without Bleach by France Martin (12:29).  See Bonnie's sample card using this easy technique.
Ghost Stamping with Gel Medium by Jill foster (6:34)


The challenge is open until October 24th.  Come join the fun by adding your CAS Mix Up Ghosting card to the linky below!

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There is a new challenge starting today ... a "sister" challenge to CAS Mix Up.  

Click HERE to check out CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

There is also a Design Team Call.

Check out the CAS Watercolour blog for more details about this month's challenge and how to enter the Design Team Call.

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Design Team Call for CAS Mix Up

We are looking to add a few members to the CAS Mix Up Design Team.

If you want to be part of a fun Design Team and love making CAS (clean and simple) cards with mixed media techniques and products, then why not try out for the team. 

 Here's how to enter the Design Team call:

Create a CAS Mix Up card following October's challenge - Ghosting.  Enter via the linky below and add DT after your name.

Requirements for being a Design Team member:  Must have a current blog and be able to schedule posts.  Create two cards a month (going live the 1st and 15th of each month).  Comment on assigned participant's entries.  Vote on favourite entries each month.

The Design Team call is open now and runs until  Oct. 15th, 11pm PDT.
Successful applicants will be notified by Oct. 18th.
Design Team duties will begin in November.
Good luck!


  1. Thank you so much for inviting me to be the guest designer this month. The inspiration cards from the team for this ghosting technique are amazing, thank you x I had fun learnt lots and I am thrilled x

  2. Beautiful creations by the DT...WOW! I can't wait to play along again this month...such a fun challenge!

  3. Thank you for inspiration, I really enjoyed playing with this technique!

  4. Well this is where the "ghosting" was ;) LOL

  5. Wow I never realised how many ways there were to make a ghosting effect. I really enjoy learning new techniques on your blog each month and I can't wait to try these new to me techniques! Thanks!