Wednesday, March 19, 2014


R.Maria is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Masculine". 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!!!
 ''How many masculine cards did you make in the last month? I personally made zero cards. Masculine creations can be a real challenge. I challenge you to create something using the masculine theme. Keep the cuteness and bling away this time. Lock them in your drawer. Let's make men feel special at least once in a while with something made only for them''.
Here's my card! I hope it's masculine and not cute.

What's more masculine than a rooster? Rootie Toot is the star of my card. I'll admit that I was singing "You're so vain" whilst making this card and he really is vain, what with his handsome plumage. Plus he's posing atop a weather vane. Yeah. I really did go there. :D

Back to the card. Sort of. As a suburban person, I haven't been around (m)any real roosters, so I had to do some research to find out about their coloration. My bird books didn't have any photos, so I resorted to Google. Who knew that there so many differently colored roosters? Not me.

Rootie Toot was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers whose colors were chosen based on my research. I selected a very masculine variation in keeping with this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge theme. When I was done coloring Rootie Toot, the image was fussy-cut and set aside.

The background was created with Stormy Sky Distress ink which was sponged over a very old clouds stencil by Fairytale Creations onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore.

An equally old QuicKutz die was used to cut the arrows from black cardstock. Three arrows were stacked up and painted with Brushed Pewter Distress paint. The feathers of four of the arrows were cut off and two arrows were stacked with the points facing away from each other. These were also painted with Brushed Pewter Distress paint. Mini Studio QuicKutz dies were used to cut N, S, E, and W from black cardstock, which were adhered to the double pouint-ended arrows. The "body" of the weathervane is an Antique Lamp Post die by Poppy Stamps, which I hadn't used in forever-and-a-day.

Here's a closer view of the weather vane and Rootie Toot.

The Pediments Alterations die, which I had purchased and not used [bad me], was used to die-cut a scrap of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore and colored with Distress markers.

I didn't use a sentiment because I haven't yet decided who will get this card for what occasion.

Thanks for visiting today.

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Boots Challenges: Feathers
Lexi's Creations Challenge #112: Dies and Punches
Marker Pop Monday: Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie: Neglected Dies 
Inspiration Journal Challenge: A Splash of Color


  1. Really love your scene! Great coloring, and the way you combined your die cuts with your image is just too cool for school. Oh, and, btw, this makes a great masculine card. :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  2. Gorgeous card, fabulous design and great colouring. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  3. That's a fabulous and beautifully coloured image and I love your cloudy sky. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  4. This is definitely NOT is a bit of Americana, and I love it. That rooster certainly DOES make it masculine (comment "cleaned up" a bit for this audience)! hehe

  5. Super cool! Those clouds are awesome and I love the simplicity of the design even though it must have taken you ages to get that completely polished look. Great colouring of Rootie and I love the weather vane :)

  6. Love your card and the clouds are wonderful!

  7. Love the metal weathervane and your clouds look fabulous!

  8. I love your card Kathi, you showed me a great and funny way to use the pediments, thanks... :) And I'm waiting for Rootie Toot that was on my wishlist, I LOVE it!! Hugs, Coco

  9. Love the way you've thought outside the box with your dies and created a splendid weather vane for this. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  10. What a fun card for a guy and great use of your neglected die. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  11. Hi Kathi :)
    It is brillant ! I love the way you used your rooster stamp. So well done !

  12. Way to dig into your stash! This is a great masculine card. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Journal. =)