Monday, April 11, 2011

Efficiency: Challenges Galore!!!

This card is for Moxie Fab World's In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge, SCS "Free 4 All #59, Embedded Embossing" challenge, a Steampunk challenge over at Outlaw Women, and a challenge to myself to start using stuff I have but haven't used...

Here it is!

I stamped the hot air balloon from Technique Tuesday's All Aboard set onto white cardstock twice. I colored both balloons, masked them, then airbrushed the sky with my custom blended Copic marker (B21 & blending solution) and a RV11 on both balloons. I cut a wavy mask for the mountains on one sheet of white cardstock. When I was moderately pleased with the sky, I used the negative area of the mask to cover where the sky met the "mountains", and airbrushed using YG13 & YG17.

This was my first time using the Copic Airbrushing set that I got quite some time ago. I got over my fear and gave it a go! Yay me!

Airbrushing was big fun, though I didn't do the best job with it. I did manage to do a great job in airbrushing my hand green though. How very me!

Then I ran the stamped and airbrushed piece through my Big Shot inside a Cuttlebug gear/clock Embossing folder. I cut out the second hot air balloon and popped it up on dimensionals on top of the other hot air balloon. I had done this embedded embossing technique before and this reminded me how much I like the results!!!

I inked the same Cuttlebug folder with Black Soot Distress Ink, added a panel of Kraft cardstock, and ran it through the Big Shot.

The sentiment from the All Aboard set and the gears from Technique Tuesday Borderline Industry set were stamped with VersaFine ink.

Three rhinestones added the necessary "bling" to the project. So, did the description of my so-called creative process make sense???

Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Wonderful card Kathi! I love your airbrushing and the embossing! Great balloon stamp too!

  2. Awesome. The background embossing goes so well with the image. The airbrushed sky is beautiful.

  3. Awesome airbrushing! We're going to give it a try on our Easter Eggs this year the girls are super excited!

  4. So beautiful! Your airbrushing skills are fabulous!

  5. Hey Kathi! Thanks for linking this up to the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)