Today's Stampotique Designers' Challenge is brought to us by the very creative Kristen Catalano. Here's her challenge:
Hello there, Kristen here, and I am the host of this week’s Challenge. I am a huge fan of using Primary colors in my projects, with Red being my favorite, but since it is March, and this month is the month of the beginning of Spring and St. Paddy’s Day. I am challenging you to use GREEN as the main color in your project. I can’t wait to see what you create. Have fun and have a great week!I must admit, my first thoughts turned to St. Patrick's Day, but then to a mushroom stamp that I recently bought and had not yet used. From there, I immediately thought of another new stamp, this one a text stamp about a "magical place." A smile crossed my face as I recollected the use of psychedelic mushrooms in years past to take one to a magical place! I won't offer up a more detailed description of "trips" taken by some (not me!), but you can check any search engine for said mushrooms if you want more information.
My project today is a card using green as my primary color.
I used a white card base, added a piece of olive green card stock, then trimmed and added a quick and easy background by using a piece of designer scrapbook paper with some of the same green tones. I stamped my mushroom using black Archival Ink and heat set it. (I do this heat setting after using Archival Inks so that they are permanent and won't rub off onto my hands and transfer to unwanted areas of my project.) I used a blending tool to add a bit of Wendy Vecchi's "Fern Green" Archival Ink (by Ranger) to the edges.
Next step is to stamp my dancer image directly onto my background paper. Then, I stamped it again onto white card stock, where I colored it with a watercolor brush and a bit of ink pressed into the lid of my stamp pad. Copic markers were used for the fleshtones. I then cut out the image--minus the musical notes which will reappear when I adhere it over the image on my card.
I stamped the text stamp onto a scrap of background paper, then matted it with a scrap of the olive green card stock. I popped it up on pop dots for a bit of dimension, and done! Here are the stamps I used:
This card is going to my daughter Michelle who a few months ago was brave enough to change jobs after more than 16 years with the same company. She has joined a start-up company full of energy, enthusism and electricity--a magical place, if you will!
I hope you will participate in this week's Stampotique Designers' Challenge. You can read the rules and submit your work here. At the end of the month, you will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win one of two $30 gift certificates from Stampotique Originals for any of their products.