Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Text Challenge!

Corrie is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is "Book Text"! Here's what she had to say about her challenge.
"Hello everybody and happy Wednesday to you all! Today it is my turn to host the Challenge and I would like you to use book text. This is such a versatile material and when I get a bit stuck, I regularly reach for an old book to use the pages. I think everybody has an old book or magazine lying around to use. I can't wait to see what you come up with, but most of all have fun creating !!!
 If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. 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 my card, which uses Unicorn's Cousin (Kira Nichols).

Unicorn's Cousin was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut. His eyes were coated with Diamond Glaze to add bulbously glossy dimension and shine. His center horn was highlighted with Gold Spica Glitter pen, then he was set aside while I created a setting for him.

As this was a text challenge, I grabbed my trusty Roget's Thesaurus that was salvaged from that bwitch-Irene-caused flooded basement, a sheet of music claimed from my mother's Sandy-flooded basement(with pencilled notes from my violin teacher dated 1966 in which he told me to watch my intonation), and the German paperback that my husband purchased for me to rip up. I don't think he realized that it was a translated bodice-ripper by an American author, so it has all this German, then words like "Navy Seal" in it.

I tore several of the pages and adhered them to a 6x8 sheet of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore using Media Matte Medium by DecoArt. When it was adhered, I sealed it with an additional layer. When the Matte Medium was dry, I sponged Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Diarylide Yellow DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, which are all transparent acrylic paints, over the text and let it dry. It was a bit dark and flat looking, so I watered down some  Titanium White MFA, sponged the diluted paint over the Latticework and Harlequin Layering stencils by Idea-ology., and wiped it back with a baby wipe. Much better. I let it dry, then hit the seams between the torn papers, which were slightly raised even through the layers of paint, with my beloved Black Soot Distress ink. 

Music paper was die-cut with SCACD's Breezy Branches Statement Corner, then colored with Copic markers in autumnal hues. Another piece of music paper was painted with Phthalo Green-Yellow MFA, then sponged with Diarylide Yellow MFA to add some contrast. When dry, this was die-cut with a Grass Border by Poppy Stamps. 

The German book text paper was painted with Picket Fence Distress paint, heat set, then die-cut with Puffy Clouds and Marshmallow Clouds dies by Memory Box. Milled Lavender and Spun Sugar Distress markers were used to add a bit of detail to the clouds, which were then edged with a Silver Wink of Stella glitter pen. Yep, I added a silver liner to the clouds. It's those kind of details that make me chortle and chortling is good for the soul. You can quote me if you'd like.

Black cardstock was die-cut with the Cat Set dies by Impression Obsession. A tiny Dragonfly punch was used to punch black cardstock. The dragonfly punchies then received a coating of Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment was die-cut from black cardstock using a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

The die-cut elements were then adhered to the painted text paper substrate and Unicorn's Cousin was added to his scene. The finishing touch was to add letters to the clouds and the bottom sentiment using Label Letters by Idea-ology!

Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Definitely outstanding!! You went above and beyond expectations on the book text use!!! AH..MAY...ZING!!!

  2. Wow, this is so pretty in color and esthetic. I love it!

  3. WOW Kathi a truly inspirational page with so many things to look at, the die cuts the German book pages and the background, just astounding how much you managed to get on there! Loving your card :-) xxx

  4. This is a FAB card Kathi! Love all the shades and contrasting paints you chose to build your background, and everything then is so cute (starting with this stamp by Kira, I also love it!! :) Hope you are well, hugs to you

  5. What a great card! I am a big fan of using book text both in the background and foreground, and you have used it perfectly here! Love the humor!