Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Limes, Lemons, Oranges...

Sue Davies is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Her challenge is "Orange or Lemons, Use Citrus Colors". This is what she said about her challenge.
"Ever since I was small I've loved the color yellow and the rest of the citrus colors. They are just so fresh and always make me feel happy. So, this week I want you to use citrus colors and spread the happiness!"
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, which uses Stampotique's Toucan and Budgie (Kira Nichols) and For the Birds (Janet Klein).

Toucan and Budgie were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then toucan's eyes were coated with Liquid Glass (DecoArt's Media line) to add glassy dimension and shine. Toucan and Budgie were set aside while a background was created for them. 

Since I've slipped down the slippery slope into Mixed Media, I've collected various oddments, such as bottle caps and lids, to be used while creating. Lids from eyedrop bottles, nose sprays, and a broken mini-mister cap were dipped into Zesty Zing and Limelight Fresco Finish Acrylic paints by Paper Artsy), then stamped onto a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock by Strathmore. I just kept dipping and stamping, creating patterns of intersecting rings. When I was happy with the coverage, I heat set the paint.

Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink was sponged over the painted rings, which acted as a resist. Spiced Marmalade Distress ink was sponged along the sides towards the center. The surface was misted with water to add additional interest and pattern, then the sheet was heat set again.

Squeezed Orange, Fresh Lime, and Lemon Zest Dylusions Ink Sprays were gently misted over the piece to add a bit more citrus-y color to the piece, then heat set. The image panel was die-cut with an A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die (Spellbinders) and the edges were sponged with Distress ink.

Lime green self-adhesive cardstock (QuicKutz) was die-cut with both the Loopy Rings Border (Memory Box) and the Elegant Flourish (Tattered Lace) dies. The Loopy Rings Border was adhered to the base of the card panel. The flowers of the Elegant Flourish were painted with Limelight Fresco Finish paint, coated with a layer of glue, and Yellow Fun Flock (Stampendous) was sprinkled over the glue. When the glue was dry, the Fun Flock was tapped with a touch of Spiced Marmalade Distress ink to add a bit more color. The flocked Elegant Flourish die-cuts were adhered to the page and Toucan and Budgie were positioned atop a flourish.

Here's a close-up so you can see the dimension and texture created with the Fun Flock and the Liquid Glass.

White cardstock was die-cut with an Arrows die (Die-versions), sponged with Squeezed Lemon Distress ink, and stamped with the sentiment, For the Birds (Janet Klein). This was adhered along the left side. The image panel was adhered to a lime green card, and I called it done.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges: Things with Wings
Come and Get It Challenges: Texture
Craft Your Passion Challenges: Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges: All Things Bright and Beautiful


  1. And breathe, i held my breath while i was reading your post and the list of items you used to create your panel, wow is all i can say as i love your whole page, so much colour and dimension, i might have been inspired as i will struggle with this weeks challenge :-) xxx

  2. Couldn't be more perfect, Kathi! We not only got the required colors, but depth, dimension and lots of fun!!

  3. Just gorgeous! Love that toucan xx

  4. What a beautiful card, I love the toucan and your flourishes are so beautiful.

  5. Beautiful card, Kathi ! Love everything about it.
    Corrie x

  6. Fabulous... The colours are just perfect... Love it

  7. You didn't call it done until you spent about a year on it though, did you. Good grief, Kathi, I would never have the patience! :^)
    Love how this turned out--well-worth all the effort! Fabulous design, texture, background, and coloring. And the image is just too stinkin' cute! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  8. WOW this is simply stunning I love the colours too perfect creation, thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this time hugs Pops x

  9. This is just wonderful Kathi, the background is stunning, and the die cuts are so delicate. The toucan makes me smile he reminds me of Tucki Toucan from George of the Jungle which is still one of my favourite films lol). Love t! xx

  10. Fabulous card, beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for the Craft Your Passion Challenges - hope to see you again soon, hugs, Helena

  11. Oh Kathi.. Seeing this on FB too first, I couldn't imagine and see all the lovely details like the way you have made your background (wow!) the liquid glass on the eye of the toucan (though it's not easy to see it woll on the photo), the fun flock on the flowers and so on!!! Fantastic work and card, LOVE it!! Hugs, Coco xx

  12. WOW!!!! such a beautiful background Kathi, it is stunning, lovin the flock and your amazing toucan!!! :)

  13. Fabulous card Kathi! That is one super cute Toucan and I love the gorgeous background you've created.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx