Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My turn to host Stampotique Designers Challenge!

It's my turn to host this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge. Here's what I've got to say about it!
It's almost Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day makes me think of couples, so my challenge is called Perfect Pairs.

Use two (2) of an item so that things are in pairs. This can be two images, two embellishments, two layers of patterned paper, two colors, etc.

See how many pairs you can use in your project. Just be sure to use at least one perfect pair and have fun!
I'd love if you'd play along with this challenge. Be sure to read the challenge rules so that you get entered for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Here's my card, featuring Stampotique's Gibi and Tobi.


Gibi was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. She was also stamped onto Eclipse Tape and fussy-cut. The Eclipse Tape was placed over her and Tobi was stamped, also using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then colored with Copic markers. Tobi stamped again onto Eclipse Tape and fussy-cut.

Once his mask was in place, Spun Sugar Distress ink was sponged over the plain long heart from the Mix and Match Hearts stencil by The Crafter's Workshop, then outlined with a Spun Sugar Distress marker. This process was done twice, so the hearts appeared to be intertwined.

The plain long heart from the Mix and Match Hearts stencil was traced onto a double layer of Eclipse Tape and fussy-cut. These Eclipse Tape masks were layered over the hearts and the background was airbrushed behind all the masks with the Copic airbrush system. Copic markers were used to add a grassy ground for my lovely couple.

The stamped panel was die-cut using a Nestabilities die by Spellbinders, then adhered to a cardfront created from two layered (and Black Soot Distress ink edged) patterned papers from the very old Eskimo Kisses 6x6 pad by Basic Grey.

The sentiment was computer generated, then die-cut using an Impression Obsession die.  Spun Sugar Distress ink was sponged over the Dot-Fade Layered stencil and the Stripes Layered stencil (btw, the Layered stencils are on sale right now) onto the two die-cuts. Two heart-shaped gemstones were added to each die-cut and the card was finished with two sets of round gemstones.

If you're counting, my pairs are:
  1. Two stamped images, namely Stampotique's Gibi and Tobi.
  2. Two stenciled, outlined hearts
  3. Two layered patterned papers
  4. A two-part sentiment 
  5. Two die-cuts (sentiments)
  6. Two different stencilled backgrounds on the sentiments (Dot Fade and Stripes)
  7. Two sets of heart-shaped gemstones
  8. Two sets of round gemstones 
Thanks for visiting today!

I shall be entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges: We Love Stamps
Crafter's Cafe Challenge #50: Must Have Hearts
Fab and Funky Challenge #203: Love/Valentine Theme
Card Mania Challenge #40: Love is All Around 


  1. wow this looks great, a lovely pair! Groetjes Karin

  2. This is brilliant Kathi, they go so well together! Thanks so much for the fab challenge xx

  3. Fab card, Kathi! Love the papers and fun images! Great design!

  4. Your 2x2 card is darling, Kathi! Love the fun images, your coloring, the background you created for them, and your fun DP & sentiments! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  5. Great job, Kathi. I couldn't get that many pairs !
    Corrie x

  6. Really funny and good challenge idea!! :D ... and great take on it Kathi, I love your card with so many 'two' elements that fit perfectly together!! Hope you are recovering well of your eyes surgery. Hugs xx

  7. Fabulous! Gibi and Tobi do make a perfect pair. Congrats on your first hostess gig with Stampotique.

  8. What a brilliant theme - and what a fabulous card - they really do make a delightful couple!!
    Alison x

  9. Now that is one adorable looking couple!

  10. Such a great couple! Stunning colouring. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  11. This is SUPER cute, and that is my FAVORITE of all time DP. Great job!

  12. What a different image you used! I love it. Your coloring is great and love the way you composed your card! Thank you for coloring along with us at TCCB.

    Nadja DT

  13. Great card and a unique image! Great composition and beautiful coloring! Thanks for playing along with us here at the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.
    Chana, DT Coordinator

  14. Fabulous fun card Kathi! In answer to your question on the eclectic Paperie blog, the sketchpad size I used is 42cm x 21cm. Sue C x

  15. Love your card and thank you for a great challenge :) x

  16. Great challenge, Kathi, and an every greater use of two's!! Well planned out and put together!