Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Use Green as your Primary Color!

Kristen is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Green as your Primary Color". 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 Kristen had to say about her challenge: 
Hello there, Kristen here, and I am the host of this week’s Challenge.  I am a huge fan of using Primary colors in my projects, with Red being my favorite, but since it is March, and this month the month of the beginning of spring and St. Paddy’s Day. I am challenging you to use GREEN as the main color in your project.  I can’t wait to see what you create. Have fun and have a great week!
Here's my project which took a left turn somewhere, but definitely not at Albuquerque!

If you've visited here before, you know that I love birds and Stampotique has some terrific ones. In fact, there's a whole category for birds! One of my most favorite Stampotique birdies is Birdy Shoes There's something so sweet and whimsical about him.

Birdy Shoes is a very fashionable bird and loves to celebrate all the holidays by getting into the holiday spirit. He morphed into a green bird here and was colored with Copic markers after being stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock. His beak was coated with Clear Gelly Glaze pen to make it shiny and dimensional. He was fussy-cut and set aside.

His top hat was die-cut from dark green silk-finish specialty paper by FiberMark using a very old die from QuicKutz. The hat band and clover were die-cut from some even older fabric paper from my stash using another very old die from QuicKutz. I colored the clover with Copics because I could.

Here's where my plans went awry. I had planned to use some very old green patterned paper from the Lime Rickey 6x6 pad by Basic Grey. But then I found a clover punch, punched up a strip of scrap paper, and sponged Mown Grass Distress ink through the paper onto green cardstock for Birdy Shoes  to stand on. I liked it, but it needed something, so I sponged Mown Grass Distress ink over the dot portion of the Punchinella stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. Better, but still not right.

I grabbed my Tenticurl stamp and my Mown Grass Distress paint. I applied the paint to the stamp and stamped it onto green cardstock. It wasn't quite long enough, so I stamped it again upside down, quasi-joining up the Tenticurls, then fussy-cut it, and adhered it over the clover piece.

But the card front still needed something so Mown Grass Distress ink was sponged over a circle stencil.

Now Birdy Shoes had something to stand upon and he had a background! He was adhered onto Tenticurl and his hat was added. Now it was time for some more St. Patrick's Day accessories. Did Birdy Shoes need a rainbow, a pot of gold, or something else?

Since he's my stamp, he obviously needed a nice cold mug of green beer. I used a very old QuicKutz Beer Mug die to die-cut a piece of acetate packaging. I taped the mug down, covering the handle and the top and sponged Limelight Fresco Finish acrylic paint over the acetate. Limelight is translucent, so some Mowed Lawn Distress paint was sponged over it. The tape was removed and the beer mug was set aside. The QuicKutz Beer Mug die, actually had a companion Beer Foam die, so I used it to die-cut white paper, when I couldn't find this fluffy paper I had (somewhere safe). I used Copics to make the beer foam look foamy, then adhered that over the beer mug, then positioned the beer mug on the Tenticurl very close to Birdy Shoes.

Banner was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and fussy-cut. It was added to the top of the card front. Ancient (from 1992 or 1993) rub-ons from WH Smith (in England) were used to add Mar 17 to the Banner's pennants. Mown Grass and Pine Needles Distress ink were used to edge the card front, which was adhered to a green A2 card.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: St. Patrick's Day
Crafty Boots: Green
Amusing Challenge: Green
Open-Minded Crafting: Use Green 
Craft for the Craic: Something Green
Craftitude Challenge #60: Anything Goes/Green


  1. That is such a cute bird image and I love him in green and how you have teamed him with that pint. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  2. Wow... You got the GREEN off to a T !
    Love how you have done birds shoes... I really must buy that stamp!

  3. Cute card, sweet image and lovely layout. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  4. What an absolutely fun and playful card, Kathi (not surprised about the beer at all!). Birdy Shoes would be a hit anywhere, but I love him here celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Cheers to you, my friend!

  5. Love it! great fun card xx

  6. hilarious, love the bubbles in the beer mug :-)

  7. Gorgeous!!! Love that banner.. Your papers are fantastic!! That little bird is adorable!! 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}

  8. Oh my, adorable!! Love your green choice! And love that cute bird ;)
    Thanks for playing along at Open-Minded Crafting Fun! Wish to see you again next time.
    Hugs, Mikha

  9. Love this card! His hat really suits him! xx

  10. This is so so so lovely Kathi!!! I don't have this bird stamp, but you're right it's totally cute.. especially in the way you have used it today! I'm in awe because for me, a single color challenge is really not easy; But your card is fantastic!! Hugs

  11. Next time I see a dizzy bird I will remeber your card! SO CUTE!

  12. Brilliant vivid greens - I'm not sure I fancy Guinness that colour, but he certainly looks happy enough with it!
    Alison x

  13. Wonderful use of green, thanks for joining us at Open Minded Challenges this week

  14. Love all the green, Kathi! And I am not Irish! :^) But I live in the desert, so green is a pleasant change! ;^)
    Love the birdie in his shoes--his top hat is top notch. But his beer steals the show. It is just too cute, and perfectly colored to resemble foam. :^)
    Great little banner, too! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  15. what a fun card! love that bird and that frothy beer!!!!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

  16. Oh my gosh, I love the image. He's adorable!! Thank you for joining us at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenges.


  17. He's definitely a Paddy bird :) Love the whole whimsically green attitude to this great piece!

  18. Loving your green card, that little bird is so cute! Thankyou for joining us this month at Craft for the Craic

  19. Great card, love that Thanks for joining in with the Artistic Inspirations Challenge! Suz xxxbird!

  20. This is a great card, so different, love your use of the color green. Sylvie Craft for the Craic DT