Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Bird Day!

Did you know that I'm a birdwatcher? It's true. I used to actually travel around to see them, but these days, I'm content to see who visits my backyard, though when we travel, we usually bring along a birding guide. I've always liked toucans and would love to see them in the wild one day. Therefore, when I saw this new stamp by Stampotique, appropriately named Toucan and Budgie I had to have it.

This is the first time it got inky!

Since I'm trying to play along with the Stampotique Designers Challenges, I stamped Toucan & Budgie onto text paper from the Lost & Found 2: Blush 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. After checking some toucan images on the 'net, I colored him with Copic markers. When I was done, I added some Clear Glaze Gelly Pen to his beak, his eye, his feet, and to the budgie's eye.

A second piece of the same text paper was sponged with New Sprout Memento ink to tint the paper. Mown Grass, Scattered Straw, and Barn Door Distress inks were sponged over the Leaf Frame stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. When I was done, I die cut the center of the paper to frame the stamped, colored image. After die cutting, I sponged the opening with Black Soot Distress ink, then adhered it over the the stamped image.

The sentiment, by justjohanna/Odd Bird Planet Stamps, was stamped with Deep Lagoon VersaFine ink onto that same text paper and die cut with a Spellbinders die. The paper was left in the die so that it could be colored with Copics to be all matchy-matchy. When it was removed from the die, it was sponged with Distress Inks.

The same text paper was punched with a five-petal flower Paper Shapers punch that I've had forever. I colored all three flowers with Copic markers, wet the flowers, and molded them to make 'em dimensional. The three flowers were adhered atop one another with the petals slightly offset. A tiny flower was punched from the same patterned paper with a Fiskar's punch, colored with Copic markers, wet, scrunched, and adhered to the center of the flower and a black pearl was added.

The card was finished with ribbon and some gemstones.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:

Stampotique Designers Challenge #101: Text
613 Avenue Challenge #21: Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can Challenge #45: Punches & Die cuts
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #161: Birds
The Corrosive Challenge Blog: Challenge #175 - I've Been Framed


  1. This is just gorgeous! I love birds too. The way you used the text paper is fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Crafting When We Can and good luck! Hugs, Robin

  2. Very nice and colourfull card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.

    Laurence DT

  3. Okay, I love this darn image! Love how you stamped him onto the text paper, love your coloring and the background paper with the leaves. It looks fabulous!

  4. What a fabulous first inking Kathi, I love how you've coloured Toucan & Budgie, and altogether brilliant card. Thanks for sharing with us at Stampotique. Sue xx

  5. Love the image on the text - big fan of wordy stuff! The stamp is super cute too, looks great in the frame and I love your colour scheme, very tropical :)

  6. Nicely Done, I Love it.
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week and we hope to see you again soon.

  7. Great! Beautiful colours. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Magda :)

  8. Great card, love it!!
    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.

  9. Lovely card! The toucan looks awesome against the background you created! Thank you for joining our Corrosive Challenge this fortnight.
    Ruza, CDT

  10. Absolutely Adorable. I just love that bird

    Thanks for joining us at Crafting When we Can