Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bombshell's July Sketch Challenge!

As you may know, I create the monthly sketches for Bombshell Stamps. My sketches tend to mirror my style, which is clean and layered. I'd love for you to get out your Bombshell Stamps and play along with me!

Here's the Sketch!

Here's my take on it!

I used the focal image from the Mermaid Anchor set, which had never seen ink before though I had used the smaller images!

I stamped the image, colored it with Copic markers, then added two layers of Polysparkle embossing powder (by Ranger) to the fish part of the mermaid. Then I masked the image with Miskit Frisket and airbrushed the scene with two blues and a green. The sentiment, from the Ahoy Sailor set, was stamped, then airbrushed with the same colors while still in a die, which acted like a mssk. My fingers are multicolored now too. Finally, I added two flower gems which were pink, but are now red – courtesy of my Copic markers! I mounted the sentiment die cut on a sparkly ribbon and then added two raindots to the mermaid's mat.

Oh. The patterned papers are by the late lamented Flair Designs. I miss them!

Now that you've seen mine, pop along to the Bombshell Blog to see what the other Bombshell Girls and Pin-ups have to show you!

If you feel like playing on, link your card/project there, on Bombshell's forum, or at PCP's Bombshell forum for additional chances to win your choice of a free Bombshell Stamp set.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Koi Garden!

As you may know, Bombshell Stamps recently released two fabulous Asian-themed sets, Koi Tattoo and Lotus Garden that are available now. The best part is that $5.00 of each set sold will go towards Japanese Red Cross!

The very lovely and exceedingly talented Alaine, one of the Bombshell Girls, challenged the DT to create a project using these stamp sets. Plus, the card also qualified for two challenges over at SCS! Yay. I'm sooooo efficient.

Here's my card:

I used one of the Koi from the Lotus Garden set and also used one of the lotus flowers. The Koi was stamped three times onto a cardstock circle. One of the lotus flowers was stamped into the center of the circle, then stamped again onto another piece of cardstock. The images were all colored with Copic markers. The eyes of the Koi were covered with a layer of Glaze pen. The lotus with the Koi was masked with Miskit Frisket, but the Koi were left alone. The circle was then airbrushed with an aqua Copic marker -- even over the Koi so they looked as though they were underwater.

The lotus on the scrap of paper was cut out. I colored the back of the cut lotus with a layer of darker pink because I planned to roll some of the petals upward to add some dimension. Then I started to color the front of the flower and discovered that the darker pink came through from the back creating a really neat effect. Cool!

I adhered the cut Lotus on top of the other lotus, added some Raindot air bubbles, then mounted the "pond" onto a gray cardstock circle that had taken a run through my Big Kick in an alterations brick folder then got lightly sponged with some Black Soot Distress ink.

I found some very old grassy-looking patterned patterned paper in my stash and mounted the pond onto it.

Thanks for visiting today

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bad Blogger Award -- Again

I've been busy spending a lot of time driving to and from Long Island to visit my father who is still in ICU. The drive is a "hell drive" and can take anywhere from ~one hour to 5 (my personal worst). As a result, I haven't had a lot of crafting time.

Here's a card that qualifies for Splitcoast's Text Me challenge.

I used one of my tried and true techniques to create this peaceful scene. I don't know what to call it, so I'll just call it the "Sponged dye ink onto white metallic paper to make a pretty shimmery scene" technique.

The Castle Wall (DT-010-I) stamp is by Third Coast Rubber Stamps. I stamped with StazOn to get a nice deep black image that would dry quickly.

The patterned papers are by 7 Gypsies. The text is older and the music is newer (Paddington perhaps?). The lovely textured silky variegated striped paper is from a set that I got at a stamping convention. I hoard every scrap of it.

Thanks for visiting today!