Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Silent Night, Holy Night - CAS-ual Fridays challenge

This is my second post for today.  I enjoyed the sketch challenge at CAS-ual Fridays so much that I stayed up late last night to make a second card.  And now, here I am...blogging...when I should be cleaning my house.  This will have to be a quick post!

Here is Karen's sketch challenge - CAS-ual Fridays CFC29 is my second take on the sketch.

Ahhh.  This is one of those rare times when a card turns out EXACTLY as I'd pictured it in my head. lol!
Usually, when I do a sponged background, I end up creating the background 2 or 3 times until I get it right.  You know, a blotch or a smudge jumps onto my card (through no fault of my own, of course.)  Not this time.
I masked off the area to be sponged, with post-it notes.  I used 6 different blue inks to sponge the background, then stamped the two deer and created the "grass" with the darkest of the inks.  I love using this sponging technique, so if you've followed my blog for a while you've seen it a few times, before.
Anyway, I HAVE to get my house ready for the big Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.  So...gotta' go!
Thank for looking,

card stock: stamper select white (PTI)
ink: bashful blue, bordering blue, marina mist, pacific point, not quite navy, night of navy (Stampin' Up!)
stamps: in the meadow, Christmas blessings (PTI)
other: gems from my stash, craft sponge


  1. Gosh no, who would be blogging when there is housework to be done!
    By the way this card was totally worth staying up for, it really is stunning Susie! LOVE the tone on tone and awesome CAS design!
    Have a fab Thanksgiving Day!

  2. Beautiful card! You will have to show me the masking with post it notes & sponging technique! You outdid yourself!

  3. Wow this is awesome Susie! The colours, the CAS layout and your clever sponging. Wow.

  4. Beautiful!! Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. This is a beautiful card, well done!

  6. What a beautiful scene you created here! Just perfect.

  7. Stunning!! So glad that your card turned out the way you like! it is quite a masterpiece! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  8. Hi Susie, your moonlight deer are just beautiful...superb inking, it feels so good when the card turns out how you envisaged it to be :)
    I have this stamp set so thank you for such great inspiration too :)
    Jenny x

  9. WHAT a BEAUTIFUL CARD Susie! Love it! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment today. Again... gorgeous card!

  10. Absolutely love the background. Gorgeous card!

  11. Stunning work!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Friday!

  12. Amazing background! When I first saw your card, I thought it would be the CAS-ual Friday winner because it's so special. And it is! Congrats on the well deserved win!!

  13. I am in love with this. I have to try this technique. It's beautiful. Congrats on your win!!

  14. Stamping and blogging is ALWAYS more fun than cleaning the house! LOL (and I sometimes do like cleaning, but really it's been ousted by the other two activities)

    Your masked and sponged background is ethereal, Susie. It is spot-on and very gorgeous. Hope your THanksgiving was a good one!


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