Sunday, January 22, 2012


You can breathe a sigh of relief. I'm taking a little break from bad gnome pun cards for a bit.

I wanted to dispel the snowy cold late January gloom with a warm and tropical card. So I grabbed my new Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue 8x8 pad and Bombshell's Hula Girl and set about creating a card based upon a sketch by Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Did you know that Simon Says Stamp's store carries Bombshell Stamps? They do. Sadly, they don't seem to carry the Hula Girl set. I'm a dweeb and didn't check until the stamped panel was all done. So, I figure I'll just make a second card using one of the sets they do have. I even know which papers I'll use.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my card:

Here's a close-up of the sentiment:

Here are the (long-winded) details. Hula Girl was colored with Copic markers, then masked with Windsor & Newton masking fluid. When the fluid was dry, I adhered a strip of removable Scotch tape to create the the division betwixt sea and sand. The "sea" was airbrushed over the torn edge of scrap cardstock with BG11, BG13 and B16. Then I flipped the tape, covered the "sea", grabbed the other torn edge, and airbrushed E41, 42, and 43 to create the beach. When I was done, I peeled off the mask and used a white Inkssentials Gel pen to add white caps and foam to the sea.

The sketch called for all sorts of different embellishments, so I pulled out my very ancient Prima flowers, some old ribbon, and some equally old buttons. I usually agonize over placement of embellishments, get frustrated, and end up leaving 'em out, so it this sketch was major fun for me.

Since my motto is "A Project just don't sing if it ain't got the bling!", I added gemstone flowers to the Primas and used glitter stickers for the sentiment. I should note that I used my Copics to color the white glitter stickers. Gotta love that I can get all matchy-matchy with things.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Sketch by Domi Challenge
Outlawz Promarker/Copic Friday Challenges: Girls Only!
Let's Ink It Up: Challenge #19 -- Anything Goes!
Addicted to Stamps "Summer in Winter" Challenge
Craft A Scene Challenge #1 -- Anything Goes


  1. Fabulous card, makes me want to go on hols. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, hope to see you again next month. Hugz Suzanne

  2. That's really summer in winter!! What a beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at ATSC!!

    gr. arjette.

  3. You've made a great scene with your hula girl. Love the paper you chose for the card too. Thanks for joining us at Craft a Scene. NancyD

  4. Yes,definitely summer in winter!:)
    Love your card,Kathi!Fab colours and design!
    Thanks for joining us at ATSC!

  5. Great sky and beach you have created for your hula girl. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Craft a Scene.

  6. Wow, what a great card!! I love the bold bright colors and I am so inspired by your tutorial on how you airbrushed the background. I will definitely try that. Thank you for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
    xoxo, Christine

  7. You go girl, get those challenges. I looked at that same sketch and really liked it. I love what you've done with it using the hula girl and the traveloge paper. I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new grapic 45 it goes so well with this stamp set

  8. Brilliant summer card! Thanks for joining in our 'Summer in Winter' challenge at Addicted to stamps. Hugs Teresa xx