Monday, January 28, 2013

We've Got Chemistry!

My husband is a chemist, so whenever I see any chemistry-related stamp, I must buy it. It's the law. So when Kraftin' Kimmie came out with the Potionmaster stamp, I bought it. Then she released Lab Geek and I was all set to buy her too. But then I got lucky! I won a comment-to-win challenge and received Lab Geek in the mail!!! Oh joy! Oh rapture! Oh bliss!!!

Not only that, but the stamp arrived just in time for the latest challenge on the Kraftin Kimmie Challenge Blog!

Challenge #163, entitled "Something Old, Something New" was dead, solid perfect. So I created this card.

The new? The Lab Geek stamp, Delicate Chain Die Cut by Memory Box, and the Hexagon stencil by Studio Calico Designs.

The old? The Potionmaster stamp by Kraftin' Kimmie, the bright orange and white Chemistry paper from the Apothecary Emporium 6x6 pad by Echo Park, the Sugar Rush 6x6 pad by Basic Grey, and the Fiskar's Rain Dot Hearts.

Now, I know you're looking at this and saying to yourself, "Self, that ain't bright orange!" You're right. It's not. I didn't want the orange Halloweeny paper, but I still wanted the chemistry symbols and formulae, so I pulled out my trusty Claudine Helmuth Studio Gesso (by Ranger) and brushed it over the paper. Alas! Alack! The gesso was covering up the symbols, so I rapidly sprayed the Gessoed paper with rubbing alcohol, which I keep on my desk in an Inkssentials Mini-Mister and then used a baby wipe to wipe off the moisture and the gesso. Eureeka! The orange paper changed colors to a variegated orangey, peachy, pink combo. LOVE!!! I still wanted it a tad lighter, so I dabbed on some Picket Fence Distress Stain and wiped off immediately too. Then I set the piece to dry. When it was dry, I grabbed my Hexagon stencil and sponged Worn Lipstick Distress ink over that because the hexagons reminded me of the chemical symbols on the paper.

I used a tiny piece of removable Scotch Tape to mask the pumpkin-in-the-flask from The Potionmaster, inked the stamp, removed the tape, then stamped him using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. My Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to position Lab Geek where I wanted her. Both images were colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. I added a touch of Gelly Roll Stardust Pure Glitter Pen to the Potionmaster's flask. The Potionmaster's goggles' lenses, the Lab Geek's safety shield, the beakers, and the flasks were coated with a layer of Glossy Accents.

The entwined hearts on the striped patterned paper was punched with an old Paper Shaper punch. Sizzix heart die cuts were added under the sentiment, which was stamped onto patterned paper using Onyx VersaFine ink. Heart shaped Rain Dots were used to finish the card.

BTW, the card bowed a bit from all the layers and such, so the photo is a bit wonky. It's being flattened between books now, so I hope it flattens eventually!

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic markers used:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, BV00
His Hair: E23, E25, E27
Her Hair: C0 C4, C6, C6, C7
Lab Coats: B60, C00, C0, C1, C3
His Goggles: C3, C5, C7
Lenses: BG90, BG93
Blouse: Less-than-R81, R81, R83
Shirt: Y000, Y00
Slacks: B34, B37
Tubes and Flasks: B000, V01, R83, YR23, G40, G43, YG21

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #163: Something Old, Something New
ABC Challenges #14: Valentine's Day
Make it Monday: #125
Challenges 4 Everybody: #12 Anything Goes
Outlawz' Greeting Monday Challenge: Show Your Hearts


  1. I told you on The Outlawz that I love this card--it is so cool and has your unusual, usual techniques. I think you are a bit of a chemist at heart, too! ;^)
    BTW, I don't know if I ever mentioned it, but my degree in Food Science required a lot of chemistry classes. Actually, I pretty much hated every one of them. LOL!
    Hugs, Penny

  2. Great card and glad you had such wonderful luck and timing with your win! Fantastic coloring as well


  3. What a fun card, Kathi! Love the fun image and your great design! My husband's a chemist, too. I think I'll have to get this stamp!

  4. The scene you created with these stamps is fabulous. I haven't seen anyone use kk stamps in this way before

  5. Darling card & that image is FAB! Nice coloring too...thanks so much for playing along with us this week @ ABC Challenges!!!

  6. Can I first say thanks for the awesome amount of comments you left on my blog!!
    Now, this card just rocks! Love the whole chemistry angle and story and as usual, your behind the scenes work to get your card created is just incredible - fabulous work :)

  7. Awesome card! I love this image and it's great that you won it. Thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and The Fox.

  8. Wow, your card is absolutely fabulous! I would have never thought of combining those two stamp, but they are perfect together. Love everything about your card!! You can be very proud of it, I would be!! Thanks so much for playing along with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

  9. Made me chuckle, love the image and your sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Good Luck!
    Sandy :)

  10. Fun image and sentiment! Thankyou for joining us this week at ABC Challenges