Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bombshell's January Sketch Challenge!

Greetings! I'm back with another 2012 calendar based on my January Sketch. There's a sketch challenge based on this sketch going on over at Bombshell Stamps! Feel free to use the sketch and enter for a chance to win a fabulous prize. You can enter on the forum and/or on Bombshell's blog!

Here's the sketch:

Here's the calendar: (No flash before I decided to use eyelets to hang it.)

Here's the calendar hanging on my wall using eyelets and twine to hang it. The lighting in this area of my room is very poor, hence the flash and color difference.

Close up of banner:

Close up of ship:

Close up of bottom area:

The layout of this is screamingly similar to the other calendar that I did, but there are a few differences. Plus, if you can't case yourself, who can you case? :D

I used Homeward Bound, which is one of my most favorite Bombshell Stamps sets! The ship, sentiment, and compass are from this set. The anchor is from the Classic Tattoo set.

The ship was stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I tried a different color combination for the sails (E40 blended with R0000) and am quite happy with it. The ship was masked, die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 22, a tape-masked horizon line was added and then the sky was airbrushed with a custom blend of B21 plus colorless blender and a touch of RV00. The tape was moved and then I airbrushed the sea with a combo of B32, 34, BG72, and BG53. The die moved and messed it up, so I ended up touching up the sea by hand. When I was happy with the colors, I added some white "sea foam" with an Inkssentials white gel pen.

The sentiment was stamped, then I realized that I didn't have any banner dies that would work, so I drew my own using chalk pencils. Shading and aging were added with more Chalk pencils, then Black Soot Distress ink was added to define the edges and add more aging.

The anchor and compass were stamped with Champagne VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder. I used the same combo of Chalk pencils and Black Soot to age and distress these panels.

The background patterned papers are from Graphic 45 and the map paper is from Frances Meyer. After I put the whole thing together, I adhered it to the cardboard backing from a 8x8 paper pad. Krylon Gold Leaf pen was used to edge the entire piece.

After I took the photos, I tried to hang it using the tab on the back of the cardboard, but it didn't work, so I used two eyelets and more hemp twine.

I probably have gone on long enough, so thanks for visiting today.

I shall be entering this in the following challenges:
• Bombshell's January Sketch Challenge
Moxie Fab World's "Map to your Heart" Challenge
The Outlawz Copic/Promarker Friday's Challenge (Blue, Aqua, Turquoise, Sand)
iCopic Lovers #65 Unloved Colors Challenge: I rarely use E40 or R0000
Simon Says Stamps "Spots or Stripes" Challenge
Simon Says Anything But a Card challenge


  1. Gorgeous calendar Kathi :-) I love the seafaring theme fabulous images and design :-) The twine looks fab too !

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  2. What a wonderful gift to give to that special male..gorgeous work... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  3. I love this calendar! It's really gorgeous.:)

  4. LOVE that you CASED yourself! FAB calendar! LOVE the boat and that sentiment! Clever idea!

  5. Fabulous calendar! Love the ship and your colors! Thanks for joining us at iCopic Lover!

  6. Beautiful! Love the papers you used! Thanks for joining us at iCopic.
    Tracy Valure

  7. great calendar image! Thanks for playing the iCopic challenge! :)

  8. What a great card! Thank you for joining us at iCopic Lover! Hope to see you again next week!

  9. Hey Kathi! Thanks for linking this up to the Map of Your Heart Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

  10. What a beautiful calandar, Kathi ! You wonderfully coloured and organized its elements :)

  11. What a fabulus calendar ... a great gift! Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show ... we hope to see you again soon.

  12. So pretty! Thanks for playing along at iCopic. I hope to see you back for our new challenge this week.