HLS CAS Challenge | Citrus Thanks | Citrus and Zing

Citrus fruit are so quintessentially summery, which makes it the perfect theme for the latest Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge! You can interpret our theme of ‘Citrus and Zing’ anyway you want, so long as it is clearly visible, and do remember that we are a CAS challenge, so we are looking for clean and simple designs.

I made my own patterned paper for the citrus element on my card, starting by randomly stamping the citrus slice from Love From Lizi’s Summer Fruits stamp set repeatedly over a snippet of white card, using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then coloured the slices with coloured pencils in shades of yellow as well as an orange for the deepest shadows. I used an image of a lemon slice as a reference whilst colouring.

I wanted to fill out my patterned design a bit more, whilst still having plenty of white space. I decided to do this by using Catherine Pooler’s Punctuated Party stamp set and again the Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I decided to turn the card into a thank you card, using Pink & Main’s Thanks die to create my sentiment. I cut the word layer from a snippet of matt black card (which has an almost chalkboard effect) backed with double-sided tape, and the shadow layer with a snippet of vellum. The black card had a white core, which I disguised by using a black Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker to colour over it. I then removed the backing from the tape and adhered the word onto the vellum.

After considering different options for the layout of my card I decided I wanted to have the sentiment slightly overlapping the patterned panel. I adhered the panel to my yellow card base, and trimmed off the overhanging edges, then in order to ensure that the sentiment would lay flat I partially cut the ‘thanks’ again from a snippet of the same white card I’d used for the patterned panel. This time I put double sided tape both sides before cutting. I then removed the backing from the tape on the front of the partially cut word and adhered it into place on the back of the vellum, being careful to line it up properly with the black wording. I was then able to remove the backing of the tape on the back, and adhere the word into place.

I really love how this card turned out. When I started creating it I didn’t have a clear picture in mind of what the finished design would be. It even took me a while to work out the layout I wanted to use – I considered having the thanks on the panel entirely, having the card horizontal instead of vertical, having the panel offset rather than right at the edge… Being able to play around with the pieces before committing was a big help in working out what I wanted to do, and I’m very happy with the result.

I hope this inspires you to come and join in with our challenge. You can find further inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on the challenge site or directly at their blogs via the links below.


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)

emailEmail thejoyfulsoulcreates@gmail.com

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Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

HLS CAS Challenge – Citrus and Zing

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Summer Challenge – Anything Goes

The Paper Shelter – Going Dotty

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – All Things Feminine

Check out what the rest of the DT made:



Carol M




Lady Joyful (that’s me!)




9 thoughts on “HLS CAS Challenge | Citrus Thanks | Citrus and Zing

  1. Lovely Thanks card Charlotte. I like the large sentiment and the split paper behind it. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

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