Sunday, August 27, 2017

Montezuma Marsh - CAS

9/10/2017 Update: Chosen as the First Place Award winner at AAA Cards Challenge #97.

9/04/2017 Update: Selected as a CAS Favorite of the Week at Splitcoast Stampers for the week ending 9/03/2017.

The Finger Lakes Region of New York State is my birthplace. At the northern tip of Cayuga Lake is the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, known locally as Montezuma Marsh. I saw an old postcard of the Marsh on the Internet recently and I decided to make my card from having seen that photo.
A mask was made using a circle die and secured over the card front. The horizon was masked and the water was depicted by sponging ink across the card, keeping the color lighter for the sun's reflection. The mask was removed and a small die cut circle was placed onto the horizon and the water was masked off. The sky was depicted by sponging pink, peach and yellow ink. All the masks were removed except for the large one on the card face. The images of the bird and reeds were stamped. The mask was removed and the sentiment was stamped. The inside was decorated by stamping reeds in the lower right corner.
I see my card as a multi-occasion card... Get Well, Friendship or Sympathy but it could easily be adapted for another occasion if a different sentiment were used.

This card is being placed into the following:

1. Aud Sentiments Challenge #187
    (Include a sentiment.)

2. Addicted to CAS Challenge #118
    (Theme: Friends)

3. AAA Cards Challenge #97
    (Theme: Masking)

4. Happy Little Stampers August Challenge
    (Anything Goes with Dies.)

Techniques: Masking, CAS, OLC, stamping, sponging
Size: A2

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Wetlands" & "Moon Lake"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe; Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight)
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles


  1. The retro, air-brushed look of this cheery card is just wonderful!

  2. Fabulous CAS card .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥
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  3. What a beautiful card Melanie! Your sponging is amazing, love the clean design! :)

  4. Beautiful card, lovely colours. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards

  5. A beautiful card. Love it. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

  6. Stunning! Love you atmospheric colours and fabulous scene. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  7. Beautiful! very eye catching colors in your beautifully sponged background. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS.

  8. Wow!!!! Amazing design and colors. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards!

  9. This is beautiful!! Love the scene you created!

  10. Saw this in the workings...turned out beautiful and well deserved for First Place Winner...Congratulations.

  11. beautiful, a great job with your masking to achieve this look
    thanks for sharing with us at HLS

    Barb Housner (DT)