Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I can be such a birdbrain!

That's the truth. Just got this Stampotique Owl with wings and had to have him perched upon SCACD's Steampunk Clock, which is ever-so-cool and one of the fabulous Mixed Media Blank Canvas Collection.

I seem to continually remember birthdays when it's too late to mail a card. Odd for a cardmaker, don't you think? So I decided to make a belated birthday card, figuring that the "I can be such a birdbrain" sentiment, by justjohanna's Odd Bird Planet, was just about perfect for it (and for me).

Anyways, here's the card.

I should mention that the owl stamp is currently unavailable at SCACD. I got the last one. Neener neener So mature. SCACD does have other Stampotique Originals stamps.

Here follows my longwinded description of the card's creation. It sounds way more complicated that it really is. I'm given to hyperbole and verbosity.

First I used repositionable Scotch tape to cover the wings portion of the Owl with Wings stamp as well as his branchy perch. I inked the stamp, removed the tape, and stamped the owl's body onto white Neenah cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Then I stamped off onto Judikins Eclipse tape and fussy cut the owl from the tape and layered the mask over the owl. Using my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner, I stamped the Steampunk Clock, so it would appear that the owl was standing on the pipe at the top. Again, I stamped off onto Eclipse tape and fussy cut the clock and pipes, though I had to do it in different sections because I'm just not that talented to do it at once. Those masks were placed atop their respective images. I used a Post-It note to cover up the owl, inked the stamp, and then removed the Post-It note. Using the stamp positioner again, I stamped the wings over the body, the clock, and the pipes.

I removed all the masks and set them aside for later use. The images were colored using Copic markers, which I won't list because I put them away. Oh well.

Then all the masks were repositioned in place over the stamped colored images and Pumice Stone Distress ink was pounced over the entire piece of cardstock. Then I grabbed my Bricks stencil by The Crafter's Workshop and sponged Aged Mahogany Distress ink over the stencil. The bricks looked too "new", so I shabbed 'em up with my beloved Black Soot Distress ink. I use that ink on most every project, even if it's only to edge those disgusting white edges!

I removed the stencil and the masks, only to realize that I messed up. Big time. I forgot to mask something, so I had to do a quick "fix" by changing the color and adding a bunch of Glaze pens over it to make it look a bit less gross. Oh well, perfection is overrated and is not a high commodity chez moi. I added some shading behind the owl and the clock to make them pop off the brick wall a bit more. I added Glossy Accents to the owl's eyes and I ran out to pick up this week's share from my CSA!

When I returned the eyes were dry, so I added some Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen to the owl's beak and talons to make 'em dimensional and shiny.

With so much going on, I decided to just mat the scene on black cardstock, then onto a Kraft card. The sentiment, from justjohanna/Odd Bird Stamp, was stamped onto that same Kraft cardstock using Onyx Black VersaFine ink. I cut it into a strip, scored it, cut wedges from the ends, and inked it with both colors of Distress ink. I popped it the sentiment up onto dimensionals to make it more bannerific.

Thanks for visiting!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Stampotique's Designer's Challenge #100: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Favorite Inks (I love 'em all, but love Black Soot Distress ink a whole lot
Anything Goes Challenge Blog #93: Handmade Backgrounds
Crazy Amigos Challenges: Templates
• No Matter Which Challenge #9: Things with wings
Oozak Challenge Blog: Anything Goes with Earthtones
Corrosive Challenges #174: My Sentiment Exactly


  1. Great card, made me smile so I,m sure the recipient will smile too!

    Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes. Joanie

  2. Super cool card and it describes me exactly. Thanks for joining us for our "My Sentiments Exactly" challenge. Good luck and I hope to see you for our next fortnight challenge!

  3. If nothing else I am impressed you are able to get the words "neener neener", hyperbole and verbosity all in the same post. But cute idea to perch the owl like that!

  4. A great collaged card !

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  5. WOW!! This is fabulous. I love the way you have combined the images. The colours and details are wonderful
    Thank you for taking part in the No Matter Which Challenge this month
    Sue xx

  6. SO much fun! Thanks for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show! - Ashli :)

  7. Such a wonderful card, wow.
    And thanks for joining in NMWC.
    Hugs Astrid

  8. A wonderful postcard, Kathy. I love owls

  9. Loooove your choice of Image and Awesome colouring! Thanks for joining us at NMWC

  10. I love this! The composition is great, and that owl is so cute! Thanks for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!


  11. I love this! The composition is great, and that owl is so cute! Thanks for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!