Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monochromatic! Blues

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Tanja is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Monochromatic". If you'd like to play along with this challenge, visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's what Tanja had to say about her challenge!
Hello crafty fellows, today it's my turn. I selected the theme "Monochromatic". Well, in fact it's a big challenge to myself.  I actually prefer it a little more colorful. But restrict myself to work tone in tone? First let's see the projects from the amazing Stampotiue Design Team. And now... Come on up! I'm longing to see all your stunning monochromatic artworks. Hugs Tanja
Here's my monochromatic journal page using Stampotique's Single Tear.

A brayer was used to paint Antartica, Ice Blue, then Sky Blue Fresco Finish Acrylic paints onto 140 lb. Multimedia cardstock. After each color, the brayer was rolled onto another sheet of this cardstock to clean it. When I was happy with the depth of color, Peacoat Fresco Finish Acrylic paint was watered down and brayered over the mixed blues to add a touch of darker blue.  A mini-mister was filled with 2/3 water and 1/3 Peacoat Fresco Finish Acrylic paint, shaken, then sprayed onto the painted cardstock, which was standing up on paper towel to allow the drips to travel down the paper. When I was happy with the result, I heat set both the sheets of cardstock.

The "clean-up" cardstock was die-cut using SCACD's Classic Clock die, the Musical Notes Die-Namics die, and a Boss-Kut alphabet. These die-cuts were adhered to the painted cardstock using Matte Glue and Seal, which was also used to add several layers to protect the piece.

Stampotique's Single Tear was stamped onto tissue paper using Deep Lagoon VersaFine ink and heat set. The tissue was flipped over and Ice Blue Fresco Finish Acrylic paint was sponged behind the image. Matte Glue and Seal was brushed over white cardstock and the stamped painted tissue paper was adhered to it. This piece was then adhered to the journal page using Matte Glue and Seal and an additional layer of Matte Glue and Seal was brushed over the entire piece.

Translucent Embossing Paste by Dreamweaver was brushed over a 6x6 Raindrops stencil by Prima and allowed to dry over night. The next morning it was a bit flat looking, so I added some white Glaze pen to the drops, but that still didn't ring my bell, so I added some Diamond Glaze to the drops to make them rounder. While I was adding the Diamond Glaze, I decided to add some over the tear on the Single Tear image. The piece was set aside to dry and I left my craftroom to resist the temptation to touch the Diamond Glaze. (Guess how I learned that lesson!)

When I returned, everything was dry, the raindrops looked like raindrops and the tear looked teary. I was happy, but the page still looked a little flat to me. Then I remembered that I had received White Fire Treasure Gold as a holiday gift, so I got out that bad boy and used a fuzzy paintbrush to brush some shiny glimmer over the die-cuts on the page. Much better! This magpie does like shine and shimmer!

A bit of hand journaling was added and the page was then adhered to the journal using Matte Glue and Seal, allowed to dry, then dragged outside for a photo shoot.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall be entering this journal page in the following challenges:
Country View Challenge #12: Painty Pleasures 
Take a Word Challenge: Blue
Simon Says Monday Challenges: Paste
Perfectly Rustics: Shades of One Color
Timbroscrapmania Challenge #88: Monochromatics
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges: Monochromatic
Inspiration Journal: Show it with Words


  1. Very artistic and creative design, Kathi!

  2. Oh, my, I love the design, depth of color, shimmer, and cool die cut elements! I feel a bit badly for the subject, though, with that tear and all. ;^)
    Great art piece, Kathi! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  3. wonderful page. Love the texture and shading. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  4. Gorgeous work Kathi, beautiful and very clever also. I love the idea of these raindrops, they are perfect!! and I also love the shine on your die-cuts! Well done! :)

  5. Love the textures in this and the blues you have used!

  6. Not only is this beautiful, it is technically perfect, well put together, and so very thoughtful! Exceptional work on this challenge!

  7. Kathi... Really like the texture you have created on this project! It's super. And the tears coming from the stampotique image work so well

  8. Such a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us over at Open Minded Crafting Fun, Good Luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison DT x

  9. Really lovely page, I love all the blue tones and what a great way to do the monochromatic challenge. Well done!!

  10. This really is gorgeous!I really love all the depth of color and the subtle yet amazing details! Thank you for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun!

    sharla~dt :)

  11. Very creative journal page - love the monochromatic tones and the raised text especially :)

  12. wow gorgeous creation! Just love the great embossing you have done for it as well!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I’m doing a little giveaway to celebrate 500 followers come and join in

  13. WOW this is stunning, love the whole idea

  14. Fabulous moody blues - it's really beautiful!
    Alison x

  15. Fantastic!!! I love the embossing.. The blue is just perfect!! Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

  16. Beautiful page, I love the texture you created. Thanks for joining us at TSM challenge.

  17. Beautiful page, love the texture and the blues you have used. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  18. Amazing use of the embossing and those tears are done soooo well! Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics!!
    Smiles Sharnee :)