Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Use Household Objects!

Arwen McCullen is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and her challenge is to use a household object to stamp your background. Here's what she had to say about her challenge:

"Stamp a background with things from the budget. For example, sponges, foil,
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 Amazon (Kylie DiOrio).

Amazon was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a black marker.  Amazon's eyes, beak, and talons were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to give them dimension and shine).
Amazon was set aside while I created a suitable background for him.

Since we do a lot of online shopping, we have quite a supply of bubblewrap with bubbles of varying sizes. I found a piece of bubblewrap with large bubbles, which I painted with Titanium White Media Fluid Acrylic paint (DecoArt). The bubblewrap was immediately inverted onto a piece of 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) and pressed into the surface using both my hands and a brayer. The brayer seemed to be the more efficient of the two paint transfer methods.

The cardstock was peeled away and the bubblewrap was set aside. I thought that the bubblewrap impressions might look like clouds and was pleased that I was right. 

Forget-Me-Not and Cornflower Blue Archival inks (/Ranger) were sponged onto the cardstock over the stamped bubblewrap to create a blue sky. I like my skies to have a touch of pink in them so Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress inks (Ranger) were randomly sponged here and there. Since acrylic paints resist inks, a baby wipe was used to sponge the ink off of the bubblewrap-stamped clouds.

The bubblewrap-stamped ink-sponged cardstock was trimmed to the size of a card front and set aside.

Mesh from a fruit bag was taped over a scrap of kraft cardstock and Gathered Twigs Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the fruit bag. This was die-cut with the Birds and Branch die (Taylored Expressions). Green cardstock was also die-cut with this die. The kraft version was edged with
Gathered Twigs Distress ink. The leaves were cut off the green version and detailed with a Green Sharpy pen (Sanford), then edged with a Copic marker. They were adhered over their brown counterparts.

The branch was adhered to the bubblewrap-stamped ink-sponged cardstock and Amazon was positioned atop the branch. Since Amazon looks as though he's about to say something, so Happy Bird-Day (Carol's Collection) was stamped onto a scrap of the painted/inked cardstock with Jet Black StazOn ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts), cut apart, and placed onto a Conversation Bubble vellum die-cut (Spellbinders).

Thanks for visiting today! 

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenges: To Die For 
A Gem of a Challenge: Birthday Wishes
Let's Craft and Create Challenges: Butterflies or Birds 


  1. What a handsome bird ♥ Loving your background too Kathi ♥

  2. WOW Kathi! Amazing card <3 love it
    xoxo Arwen

  3. Gorgeous and hilarious at the same time! Really love this, Kathi! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  4. Love this Kathi, Arwen is right - Amazing :) xx

  5. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Let’s Craft and Create challenge 103, Hazel, DT – hope to see you again soon. x

  6. Awesome card! Love that colorful bird! Thanks so much for joining us at Let's Craft & Create.

  7. Love it! Thank you for joining us at Lets Craft & Create. Mary DT x

  8. Stunning card !
    Thanks for joining us at Let's Craft and Create and Good Luck !
    Maryvonne DT Member

  9. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft and Create!
    Catherine DT