Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Stampotique Designers Challenge #115: Lots of Layers

Since I fell in love with Stampotique stamps earlier this year, I've challenged myself to participate in as many of the challenges on their Designers Challenge blog.

Here's a card for Challenge #115: Lots of Layers.

Stampotique's Birdy Shoes wanted to make some new friends, so I found him some papers from My Mind's Eye's Fine and Dandy: Girl & Boy 6x6 pads that featured birds. I decided that paper-piecing Birdy Shoes and layering papers would be a great way to meet the challenge.

I stamped Birdy Shoes four times. Once onto the graph/bird patterned paper and then onto three different sheets of patterned paper. I fussy cut the head, torso, and wings, added shading with Copic markers, then edged each piece with a black Big Brush marker. When I was done, I adhered each part to its respective body part on the base image. Clear Glaze gel pen was added to his beak and Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen was added to his sneakers.

I decided that Birdy Shoes needed to be grounded, not because he was a bad birdy, but because I didn't want him floating in air. So I added some light YG Copic under his feet and under the feet of the other birds. Can't have ungrounded birds unless they're in flight. That just wouldn't do.

I set about layering four different patterned paper for the card front. That wasn't enough layering for me though, so I die-cut more patterned papers using a banner die from Taylored Expressions. I fussy cut a flag from each sheet and layered them onto a base banner. The banner was edged using the black marker. I punched two tiny flowers and layered them atop glittery black metallic vellum circle punchies, which were used to anchor the banner. Black rhinestones were added between each banner and tiny black rhinestones were used as the center of the anchor flowers.

I still thought I needed some more layers, so I die-cut green patterned paper (hadn't used green paper yet) using a Fishtail Flag die by Die-namics. That needed to be layered too, so I die-cut a size larger from glittery black metallic vellum.

I had thought I'd use a speech bubble die for the sentiment, but decided to use the horizontal fishtail banner instead. The sentiment, from the sadly defunct justjohanna/Odd Bird Planet Stamps, was stamped using Onyx Black VersaFine ink because I think it does the best job with finely detailed or small stamps.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Stampotique Designer's Challenge #115: Lots of Layers
C is for Challenges #5: Lots of Layers
The Crafty Bloggers Network: Things with Wings
Lady Anne's Challenge: Must Have Wings
Paper Playtime: Must Use Three Different Papers


  1. Hey, Kathi, this card is just so full of fun I want to burst! You have really layered it up for the Stampotique challenge this week, and it is adorable! Good call on that banner rather than the bubble--very creative!

  2. Love it Kathy - such pretty papers! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network.

  3. That birdie is so cute in his shoes, love what you did with him. Great card!

  4. Very creative card :) I love the Stampotique stamps too and this looks so fab with the paper piecing and cool colour scheme! Hope you're planning on entering for the DT???

  5. OMWord, Kathi! This is utterly awesome! Fabulous design! Love the images, the layering, the die cuts, the DP, and the bling! The colors are so pretty, too! Love this! :^)
    Hugs, Penny
    Glad that the birdies weren't in trouble when you "grounded" them. ;^)

  6. what a cute making, you sure did our challenge proud! thanks for playing with us at Stampotique :)

  7. This is fabulous Kathi, I love how you've paper peiced Birdie shoes, and what a gorgeous background you've given him. Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Stampotique. Sue xx

  8. Such a beautifully cheerful and colourful card, great image you have used also. Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

    Lady Anne's Challenge's
    Lady Anne's Blog

  9. What a cheerful, funny card! Love the papers you've used. I would like to thank you for entering my ‘C… is for challenge’ blog and I wish you good luck in the draw.
    Anna xxx

  10. This is so pretty. You have the perfect balance of colours making it so cheerful and it would put a smile on anyone's face.

    Thank you for joining us at the Crafty Bloggers Network this month.
    Claire x
    (CBN DT member)

  11. I love this Kathi, and I love seeing how you use the birdy in different ways!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Stampotique this week. Have a great weekend xx

  12. Love all the various paper piecing you did on him and tennis shoes on a bird? hysterical!

  13. Beautiful colours loving the detail you have put into it.
    Thanks for joining us at crafty bloggers network
    Hugs Kelly DT