Saturday, September 21, 2013

Chick Magnet Ensemble for Stampotique's DT Call!

If you've been to my blog at all over the last six months, I've fallen head over heels in love with Stampotique Originals stamps. Their style, ranging from whimsical to edgy, makes me swoon in delight, especially since my style tends to run from whimsical to edgy to cute-ish with a bit of punny word play and humor thrown in for good measure.

When I saw that they were holding a Design Team Call, I knew I had to go for it as I adore working with these stamps. I had a gazillion ideas, but settled on this one.

It all started with Birdy Shoes. He's a very cute bird and he's sporting a pair of sneakers. The sneakers save him from becoming cutesie. In my world, cutesie is just not done. Anyway, I decided since he was so stylish, he needed some accessories and would attract some friends...


It was my first time making a box and it isn't the best piece of paper engineering I've seen, but it'll do. The box was made from 140 lb. Strathmore Mixed Media cardstock, which was painted with Fresco Finish paints by Paper Artsy. A darker shade was sponged over a stencil by Tando Creative, and some dots were sponged over the Tiny Circles stencil by The Crafter's Workshop.

Birdy Shoes was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink onto the painted surface. He was stamped again with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock and colored with Copic markers. Clear Gelly Glaze pen was added to his beak, then he was fussy cut and adhered over his stamped counterpart on the box's lid. A very old Snowman QuicKutz die was used to die-cut a hat and a bowtie, both of which were colored with Copic markers, then adhered to Birdy Shoes. QuicKutz alphabet dies were used to die-cut "Chick Magnets".

Four 2" Stampbord square tiles were temporarily adhered to scrap paper, so that they formed a continuous 8" surface. A mask was cut from scrap paper and used to form the separation between the grass and night sky. Distress inks were sponged over the mask until I was happy with the result. Then Copic Opaque White was flicked over the sky to simulate stars.

Birdy Up is a fabulous stamp because it has four fabulous birds that can be used together or separately or in combination. Birdy Up was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, and each was adhered to a tile. Dazzle Frost Shimmer VersaMark was applied to each tile and embossed with Filigree Clear embossing powder. This process was repeated several times to produce a thick glossy layer on each tile. I didn't realize how much the colors would change after all the layers of embossing were added, but they did start out quite different from each other. Nonetheless, I like 'em. Oh. Yes. The last step was to add magnets to the back of each tile.

The next part of the ensemble to create was the card. Birdy Shoes was stamped with  Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock and colored with Copic markers. Clear Gelly Glaze pen was added to his beak. He was masked with a previously created mask, then a floor was drawn in. A Disco Ball by Memory Box was stamped towards the top and onto Eclipse tape, which was fussy cut, and adhered over the image on the card. My Copic Airbrush system was used to airbrush a background over both Birdy Shoes and the disco ball. The masks were removed and the disco ball was colored with Copic markers and coated with a layer of Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen. The glitter pen was also used with the Sunburst stencil by The Crafter's Workshop to create a glittery aura from the disco ball.

The patterned paper is from the Cupcake 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. The sentiments are from justjohanna/Odd Bird Planet.

And here's one final image of the ensemble all together!

Thanks for visiting today!

P.S. I would be happy working for either the Challenge Design Team or their other one! I just would love the chance to work with this fabulous company and great group of designers!!!

P.S.#2: You can see my other Stampotique creations by clicking on Stampotique in the Label puzzle thing over there on the right. 

P.S.#3: Not to SSP (shamelessly self promote), but there's a separate page link to the right that shares my crafting resumé, including publications, past/present design team experience,etc.


  1. What an absolutely CLEVER idea, Kathi! Love your "chick magnets!" I have visited your blog as many times as you have submitted something for the SDC, which is almost ALWAYS! Good luck with your application!
    P.S. Can you add a "follow by e-mail" option to your sidebar? I hate to miss your posts!!

  2. Just awesome!! LOVE the idea for the 'Chick magnets' - too cool!! You'd definitely get the DT job if I had to choose :)

  3. Kathi, this is a wonderful project! Love the box; it's so, so cute! And the card is just darling! Great creative techniques, as always, and fab coloring! :^)
    I wish you much luck with the DT call--I so hope you get in! You deserve it, for sure. :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  4. Hi Kathy,
    How are you ? :)
    I wish you good luck for the Stampotique DT call. Your creation is adorable :)
    Best regards from Paris,

  5. Oooo Kathi, this is so cute !!!! I love your idea of starting from Birdy shoes (love it haha !) and combining it with these mini stamboard squares within a box... Very cool !!! Hope you will be in the team, good luck ! Coco xx

  6. And I see also that you know and appreciate my dear friend Sandra (Titepo) ?!!.. I'm very happy with all what I see on your blog, you are gaining a new follower haha ! :) Can't promise to leave you a comment each time, but as much as possible Kathi ! Coco xx

  7. The chick magnets are darling. Thanks for joining us for the design team call and best of luck!