Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fruity Pineapple - CAS

08/18/2017 Update: Winner at Less Is More #340.

8/13/2017: Weekly Favorite from the Gallery of Splitcoast Stampers for the 
week ending 8/13/2017.
Tropical fruit is so colorful and refreshing any season of the year but especially in summer. Whether in a drink or on a plate, it's nature's candy. I have a stencil of sliced citrus that I found somewhere and have never used until I saw a CAS challenge. Fun fact: Pineapples are considered a symbol of hospitality and are often found in quilts and folk art from our country's pioneers.
Using the stencil, Versamark ink was imprinted onto white cardstock then heat embossed with clear powder. Distress Oxide inks were sponged onto the embossed images and then the paper was buffed with a tissue to remove any excess ink. I also spritzed the inks with water to vary the color tones and then blotted with a tissue. I was very light-handed with the water because I am not using watercolor paper.

The front of the white card base was spattered with ink. I sketched a large pineapple image on a piece of scrap paper to use as a guide on the embossed cardstock. It was fussy cut & adhered to the card base. The sentiment was die cut from black cardstock and adhered. From the scrap embossed panel, I fussy cut some fruit to decorate the inside of the card. I can envision this card created in other ways but it was necessary to keep it CAS.

The card is being submitted to the following challenges:

1. Less Is More #340

2. Addicted to Stamps & More #254

3. Crafting from the Heart #171

4. Happy Little Stampers August Challenge

5. Dragonfly Journeys #98
    (Keen on Neon)

Techniques: CAS, stenciling, sponging, heat embossing, die cutting, fussy cutting, embossing resist
Size: A2

Inks: Versamark, Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black
Die: Peachy Cheap
Misc.: Stencil from stash; Stampin' Up! EP (clear)


  1. What an original design! I love the stenciled, heat embossed pattern, the colors look wonderful and this was a great idea! The swirly sentiment finishes the card off beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

  2. Oh my goodness, that is beautiful! Love the tropical colors and your fruit images are perfect! Great design! :)

  3. Simply delicious! I could just eat all that juicy fruit! Such a perfect combination of colours and beautifully die-cut into a pineapple too. Great idea and thanks for joining us at Less is More this week. x

  4. What a fabulous idea to create such colourful fruit inside an actual fruit shape! Well done for creating your own pineapple too. Love how the black sentiment pops.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

  5. Stunning and very creative card ! Love all these juicy fruits with these wonderful colours inside the pineapple shape ! So clever ! A striking take on our challenge ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

  6. Fabulous card with perfect idea and awesome design...thank you for joining us at ATSM CHALLENGE this week,hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

  7. just love your card design and the beautiful colors - thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More

  8. Hi Melanie! I just love, love, love the GORGEOUS colors you've created here on this perfect pineapple. Very cool! Thanks so much for joining my Keen on Neon blog challenge :)

    Jeannie T.
    Dragonfly Journeys

  9. Love the tropical water colours on your pineapple. Congrats on being featured at LIM this week.

  10. Love your technique on the pineapple. Mel, we have to get together for oxide inks...colorful and fun card.

  11. that is such a fun pineapple. Thanks so much for sharing
    Thanks for joining us at HLS
    Barb Housner (DT)