Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stampotique Designers Challenge: Stars!

It's time for the weekly challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenges. It's challenge #131, which is to use stars.

This week's hostess is Samantha Read. This is what she had to say about her challenge!
I don't know one person who doesn't enjoy looking at the stars. Stars fill us with a sense of fascination and wonderment. Earliest societies mapped and traced stars. The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second and because stars are so distant, many of them millions of light years away means we look in to the sky from the distant past. Therefore I am inviting you to use stars in your creation this week, as the main image or as an accent. I can't wait to see what you make, have fun!
Why not enter the challenge for a chance to win a nice shopping spree at Stampotique? The only requirement is that you use rubber stamps! Do read the rules so that your entry is done properly!

In my not-so-humble opinion, the Flying Monkeys of Oz don't get the recognition they deserve, so I decided to use my new Stampotique Flying Monkey and give one a starring role!

Flying Monkey was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut and set aside.

I used a stars Bigz die by Sizzix to die cut chipboard and then painted the largest star with Tarnished Brass Distress paint.

Chipboard and a star-patterned paper from Graphic 45's collection were die-cut with an Alterations Vintage Cabinet Card die. Several sheets of black cardstock were die-cut with the Vintage Cabinet Card die and the Mini Vintage Cabinet Card to form a frame.

The patterned paper was adhered to the chipboard to form the back and base of the die-cut. The black cardstock die-cuts were stacked and adhered to each other to make a dimensional frame. The edges of the frame were touched with some Classic Treasure Gold (Paper Artsy), then the frame was adhered to the base. The edges were touched with more Classic Treasure Gold.

The star was adhered to the frame and the Flying Monkey was adhered to the star with dimensional foam adhesive.

Chipped Sapphire Distress ink was sponged over the Tornado stencil by Andy Skinner (Tando Creative). It seemed somehow appropriate to use the Tornado stencil on a card featuring a character from The Wizard of Oz, but I digress.

Flying Monkey-on-a-star was adhered to the card front. Ancient gold stickers were used for the sentiment, though I ran out of "w"s, so I used a glittery "W" sticker from another sheet.

Thanks for visiting today!


  1. I love monkeys and I love your card ;)

    xx Arwen

  2. Fantastic Kathi, love your take on the Star theme :)

  3. Fabulous card, love the monkey!

  4. This is so much fun Kathi xx

  5. Love that monkey…. Fab card !
    Corrie x

  6. Kathi, this card is just amazing! I can so relate to running out of letters. It was more than a year later that I finally was able to finish one journal page, but I persisted and finally found the right letters! Monkey looks good perched here upon a star! So nicely put together, my friend. Mwah!

  7. Wonderful design, Kathi! Love that fun monkey, your coloring, and the spectacular framework you made! Just too cool! And the sentiment is fab--had no idea you didn't use that "w" on purpose! Looks like it is supposed to be there! ;^)
    Hugs, Penny