Thursday, November 27, 2014

In the words of...

Kay is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is "In the Words of Edgar Allan Poe!" Here's what she had to say about her challenge!
My challenge this week is a simple one, but requires a bit of research on your part. Just as many of the Stampotique Originals' artists design stamps that might be described as a bit "quirky," so, too, was Edgar Allan Poe a bit quirky. He is a well known author and poet, living from 1809-1849. His quotes range from the romantic to the melancholy, and from the thoughtful to the murderous! The choice is yours. Allow yourself some time this week to combine a quote from Edgar Allan Poe with one or more stamped images to create something unique!
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $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!!!

I need to thank Kay for this challenge because (a) I loved Poe, (b) I had started a "Quotes" art journal but haven't done much for it, and (c) I had big fun with this challenge!

Here's the journal page that uses Stampotique's  Vine Scroll (Arwen McCullen),  Arch (Arwen McCullen), and Angelboy (Daniel Torrente).

The Arch was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto 140 lb. Strathmore Mixed Media cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The grass and the stones were also colored with Copic markers.

The Arch was stamped again (without reinking) onto Eclipse Tape then fussy-cut. The mask was placed over the Arch (not the stones),  Post-It Notes were placed over the grassy part of the scene. A circle was punched from Eclipse Tape to serve as the moon. Clouds die-cuts by Memory Box were also die-cut from Eclipse Tape. The moon and clouds were placed in the sky to complete the scene. The sky was airbrushed using the Copic Airbrush System with my favorite night sky combo of B63, B66, B69, B78, and B99 Copic markers.

The masks were all lifted and set aside for future use. The scene was touched up, then the cardstock edges were edged using the corresponding Copic marker color. The scene was set aside.

Angelboy was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with black marker. He was fussy-cut and his wings and halo were discarded (I guess that makes him a Fallen Angelboy.  Sorry. I couldn't resist.) to correspond more closely with the quote. His shoes were coated with a few layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen to give them some dimension and shine. He was set aside with the Arch scene while I worked on the background.

Vine Scroll was repeatedly stamped with Dazzle Frost Shimmer VersaMark, then heat-set with Silver Fine Detail Embossing Powder.  Cobalt Blue Hue, Pthalo Blue, Diozazine Purple, Interference Violet, and Interference Blue Media Fluid Acrylic paints by DecoArt were sponged and/or stippled over the embossed Vine Scrolls. This was done gradually to build layers of color and stippled pattern. Sadly, it's snowy here today and overcast so you can't see the shimmer from the interference colors or the shine of the silver embossing. I will likely re-photograph this page when it's sunny again. 

The background still needed something, so Silver Delicata Shimmer ink (delightfully silvery) was sponged over the Tiny Circles stencil by The Crafter's Workshop. The edges of the page were then sponged with Dazzle Frost Shimmer VersaMark, then heat-set with Silver Fine Detail Embossing Powder.

The Poe quote was computer generated, then printed out onto vellum, trimmed, then adhered over the stamped scene. Silver metallic cardstock was die-cut with one of the two dies included in SCACD's Garden Corners die set, then adhered over the top corners. I wanted the vellum to be a bit flatter and more secure, so I used my beloved Tiny Attacher to staple it to the cardstock.

Silver metallic cardstock was also die-cut with the border die from the Ironworks die set by Spellbinders. 

The stamped scene was adhered to the journal page and the Ironworks border die-cut was adhered along the bottom of the stamped scene. Tiny Attacher staples were used to add a bit more metal to the piece. Angelboy was adhered to the scene and I called it done!

Here's a close-up so that you can read the quote!

Thanks for visiting today!
I shall enter this page in the following challenges:
Cards und More: Simply Blue Crafty Creations Challenges: Embossing
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: Anything Goes


  1. Such a creepy-cool page, Kathi! ;^)
    Love the images you put together and all the techniques you used to create this! Really fab coloring, quotation, and design! And lol about him being a Fallen Angelboy! Poor baby! ;^)
    Hugs, Penny

  2. I love how you used Angelboy without his wings. Gorgeous project !
    Corrie x

  3. I am just thilled, Kathi, that you love my challenge!!! You did such a remarkable job with every little detail that I am amazed. I am happy that you used Arwen's arch and (Fallen) Angelboy sans wings. This piece would not have been quite so perfect had you used the wings, I fear. Love the idea of a journal of quotes! Just might have to create one, too!

  4. A very unique theme, and a great resulting card! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  5. Wow! I had never thought that one could create such a meaningful journal page using Stampotique stamps!

    Especially the one you used works pretty well with the wonderful quote from Edgar Allan Poe! I like it!

    Thanks so much for the lovely comments on my blog! Highly appreciated! ;)

    Claudia x