Monday 1 April 2013

Bare Bones - CAS with HDH

Ready for a new challenge at Haunted Design House?
Ready to make Something with absolutely no embellishments?
This is a hard one for many people. I know I always want to add something more.
Even this project I have here for you all - I left off the coloured stones. I let the images and colour talk.

This is picture heavy so I hope you've a nice cuppa at hand.
It is a little ATC book. A collection of 12 ATCs. They all follow the same format, the same mask was used throughout and the images were all from the same digi set. The pieces of card all came from my scrap box.

The cover of the little book was made from a single piece of dark orange card
 The image was found on the internet. printed and cut out the central circle then adhered.A layer of rock candy then painted on and when dry, plenty of "old paper" distress ink applied.

 'Scuse the fingers, but I scrubbed up first before taking the pics.

The colour card stock for each image was taken from the list
The colours used to colour the images - all done with distress inks - match that of the birthstones for each sign.
The set of images is a new one from Smeared Ink - Zodiac 1 Digi set and Zodiac 2 Digi set.
Aries - Ruby
Taurus - Golden Topaz
Gemini - Citrine
Cancer - Aquamarine
Leo - Garnet
Virgo - Emerald
Libra - Peridot
Scorpio - Alexandrite
Sagittarius - Garnet
Capricorn - Green Tourmaline

Aquarius - Sapphire
Pisces - Amethyst
The central hinge that keeps it all together is just concertinaed card stock stuck to the inside and the ATCs attached.
The mask used is from a prima set I have.

You still here? I did warn you of a long post.
One last pic. The back of each ATC has the attributes of each sign printed out and attached after more masking and colouring.
Now. Your turn to show us you can leave those embellishments in the drawer and wow us with those CAS designs.
You have TWO WHOLE WEEKS to link those projects up.
Some of the other minions have been busy too, show some love and go see what they have cooked up. If you need more inspiration - you'll have to wait until next Monday for the remaining dungeon dwellers to show off their projects.

This would also qualify for the Smudgy Antics challenge - make it colourful without markers or pencils. There's a few more days on that challenge for thos of you that want to join in there

I would like to enter this into the challenge over at
Hotshot Crafts - Anything but a card


  1. Amazing, Helen! So much packed into such a small space but still CAS. Love the research you did for this and how the colors are specific to the signs. Fabulous work! xxD

  2. Love, love love it!!! Great CAS design with still so much to look at and enjoy! Beautifully done!!

  3. Beautiful book loooooove the colors.very create work.// Thanks for sharing all of this creativity, have a great day..

  4. OMG...Helen this ATC booklet is fabulous! You did the new SI collection proud! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love the book beautiful colours and love the images

  6. What a fab ATC book, Helen. I really love the astrological theme and I must have a look at those digis.I like the way you used the appropriate colour and added the attributes as that makes it informative as well as beautiful. Vee xx

  7. A wonderful piece Cromsie and such gorgeous colours :-)
    IKE xxx

  8. What a great project, the new stamp set looks brilliant and I really love the colour co-ordination you have going on. x