Sunday, 1 April 2018

CAS Mix Up April Challenge

 Welcome to the April CAS Mix Up Challenge!
And Happy Easter to everyone that is celebrating today.

Check out the Top Picks from March's Acetate challenge HERE, including
Jenny & Ina --- our 2nd Birthday Celebration winner's of $25 gift certificate
for Simon Says Stamp.

  I'm excited to be hosting the challenge this month and can't wait to see the cards you create!
This month I'd like you to use the Rubber Band Technique.
I had never heard of this technique, but several of the Design Team have and perhaps you have as well.

Basically, you wrap different sizes of elastic bands around acrylic blocks or brayers.  Then you ink them up, or color them with markers, spritz with water and press or roll the bands onto a panel.  Or you can ink them with Versamark and emboss the design.
Check out all of the Design Team's creations below for some inspiration.

We have several videos linked below to help you visualize the process if you are not familiar with it.
Remember to keep it all clean and simple leaving lots of open space on your card!

We also extend a hearty welcome to Hideko (Papercraft Boutique) - our very talented Guest Designer for April!

April Rubber Bands Videos:
Rubber Band Technique by Loll Thompson (7:40)
Rubber Band Technique by The Serene Stamper (9:30)
Stampin' Up Rubber Band Technique by Crafty Hippy (6:43)   

Please follow the challenge rules:
    • Cards only
    • CAS design (clean and simple) - definition on sidebar
    • Include all three components listed on challenge badge
    • Include link to challenge in your entry post
    • Enter up to three (3) times
Thank you!!

(Guest Designer)
Using Rubber Band Technique, Stamping, Heat Embossing and Die Cutting

Rubber Band Technique, water coloring, stamping, twine, Wink of Stella

Rubber Band Technique, Heat Embossing, Die-cutting, Sponging, Stamping

Using Rubber Band Stamping, Inking with Markers, Stamping, Watercolor and Die Cuts

Rubber Band Heat Embossing Technique + Stamping + Die Cuts

Rubber Band, Die Cutting, Monoprinting, Stamping


The challenge is open until April 24th.
Winner and Outstanding Designs will be announced on April 28th.


  1. Wonderful inspiration, amazing cards using the fun technique and what a stunning card from Hideko. Thank you Julia for hosting this new to me technique, which I am loving x

  2. What a stunning array of cards everyone has created here. All beautiful in their own way. Great technique this month. Can't wait to play. Thanks Julia.

  3. What amazing results using the embossing ink. Fabulous inspiration from the DT. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  4. Always love your ideas each month - a real springboard for trying new techniques! Fabulous DT inspiration x

  5. AMAZING result Ladies, such beautiful cards.

  6. This is something I have not tried before so am looking forward to giving it a go, and thanks to the DT and GDT Hideko for all the fabulous inspiration. x

  7. Gosh, I'd forgotten all about that technique. Great DT cards as always - I hope to play along this time, with luck and a following breeze!


    Di xx

  8. Super fun technique... can't say I'm done! You *can* teach an old dog new tricks I guess! Thanks for the fun challenge!

  9. Great idea and a fun challenge, Julia! All the Team makes and gallery entries are so unique and amazing!! Hugs, Darnell