Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Medieval Color Splash

Kaz Boughton is the challenge hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog. Her challenge theme is "Color Splash". Here's what she's got to say about her challenge!
"I'd like to see some bright colours to cheer us up in the dim days of January."
If you'd like the chance to win your choice of $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should 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 that great prize!!! 

Here's my card with Stampotique's  Phineas (Amy Wilson Wellenstein).

Phineas was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers in bright colors,  fussy-cut, edged with a black marker, and set aside while I created a suitable background for him.

Variegated gray cardstock was cut to 4.75" x 6.75". Three windows were die-cut in the gray cardstock with one of the dies from the Arched Windows die set by Spellbinders. The bottom of the panel was colored with markers then covered with removable Scotch Tape. Slate Adirondack ink was sponged over the Stone Wall stencil (Green Pepper Press) onto it. 

This didn't have enough contrast, so the Stone Wall stencil was repositioned and Boss Gloss Embossing ink was sponged over the stencil. The stencil was lifted, the tape was lifted (so it didn't melt), and Cement Antiquities embossing powder (Ranger) was dumped on, off, then heat set. This worked a charm as the Cement Antiquities embossing powder added texture and dimension to the stone wall.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore was painted with a variety of Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints by DecoArt until I had a bright streaky background that I liked. Sadly, I was a bad me and put away the paints before recording which colors I used. 

Black metallic cardstock was die-cut with the key corner from SCACD's Fancy Flower and Key Corner die set, SCACD's Ornate Hinge die, and SCACD's Nature's Tapestry Fan die. The black die-cuts were adhered behind the windows in the stone wall, then placed over a strip of the painted cardstock. I *think* I did achieve the look of stained glass windows on a stone wall.

Phineas was adhered to the card front. A Butterflies die by Impression Obsession was used to die-cut text or music patterned paper. The butterflies were colored with Copic markers to echo the butterfly in Phineas' hand. 

Pink vellum was die-cut using one of the Fishtails dies by Die-namics, then the sentiment, Let Your Imagination Take Flight (Amy Wilson-Wellenstein), was stamped onto the die-cut using Jet Black StazOn ink. The sentiment die-cut was adhered and the butterflies were adhered to finish the card front.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Just Us Girls Challenges: Stencils
Kit and Clowder Challenges: Anything Goes


  1. Ohhh, I really love the bright bold color to the windows, so pretty!

  2. This is brilliant Kathi, great choice of stamps xx

  3. This is brilliant Kathi! He's perfect for your background! xx

  4. OMGosh, Kathi, you did it again. Created a unique, fantastic scene with all of your fab techniques! Love this, Kiddo! Great design, coloring, texture, and just plain fun! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  5. Brilliant card.... So original, stained glass windows look great!

  6. Wow! This is really neat! Love the bright colors with the gray stone wall of the castle!
    Great use of stencils and thanks for going over your steps to create this!
    Also, thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  7. Your card is absolutely brilliant! Love the stenciled wall and your stained glass windows! Fabulous coloring on Phineas! Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!