Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dots and Stripes Birthday Card

Samantha Read is hosting this week's challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenges. Her challenge theme is Dots and Stripes.  Here's what she has to say about her challenge:
"I love anything spotty or with polka dots and I also love stripes but they can be difficult to combine. So my challenge for you this week is to use Spots and Stripes in your creations. Have fun! "
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!!! Remember to check to see the deadline for all of this month's Stampotique Designers Challenges!

Newton (Daniel Torrente) and Banner were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a black pen. They were set aside while I created a background for them.

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was painted with Titan Buff and Medium Grey Value 6  Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints (DecoArt). When it was dry, 3mm Washi tape and Removable Scotch Tape (3M) were placed horizontally across the painted cardstock to create masked stripes. Pthalo Turquoise and Pthalo Blue MFA paints were painted over the tape. The paint was lifted and the piece was heat set.

Blazing Red StazOn ink (Imagine Crafts) was sponged over the Punchinella Quintet stencil (Joggles). Midnight Blue StazOn ink was sponged over Polka Dotty stencil (Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490). Titanium White MFA paint was sponged over the Layered Bead stencil (The Crafters Workshop) to add yet another size of dots. Then I realized that the dots were overtaking the stripes so I sponged Titanium White MFA paint over the Dots and Stripes Borders Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490).

Tenticurl was stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink, then the entire panel was sponged with a few layers of Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger) to seal it. Newton (Daniel Torrente) and Banner were adhered to the image panel.

White cardstock was die-cut with the Happy, Birthday, Merry, Christmas Small Words die set (All Occasions), which was then adhered to the image panel. The panel was coated with a few more layers of Multi-Matte Medium. 

Blue Stardust Glitter pen (Sakura) was used to add a glittery touch to Newton's nails, then his nails, eyes,teeth, and Tenticurl  were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura) to add shine and dimension. A red and white polka dot brad was added to Newton's ear as a finishing touch.

Here's a close-up photo (taken at an odd angle) so you can see Newton's nails and Tenticurl shiny dimension.

I know it's a bit busy and I'm not sure whether I like it, but it's done. Done is good!

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life Challenges: No Designer Paper
Creative Artiste Challenges: Anything Goes with Mixed Media
Country View Challenges: Make Your Own Background
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenges: Paint


  1. Too cute Kathi! Loving the colour combo and Newton's lil earring, perfect ♥

  2. I love the swirl with the holes.
    Thank you for joining us at CUYL.
    Hugs from Germany.

  3. Your creation is gorgeous, love the stamp
    thanks for joining our challenge at
    Debbie DT

  4. This is brilliant Kathi! It looks like you had lots of fun!!
    Have a fab weekend.

  5. Oooh I love this Kathi, Newton looks fab here xx

  6. Gorgeous piece of work you have created I love it...
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner