Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September Bombshell Sketch Challenge!

One of my roles as Captain of the Bombshell Design Team is to create a monthly sketch.

Here's September's sketch:

Here's my take on the sketch:

A while back, I saw Tim Holtz demonstrate a technique using his Kraft Glassine. Whereas I do have some Kraft Glassine, I also have these handy dandy white glassine envelopes courtesy of the USPS. They pack stamps in them when you purchase them. I kept those envelopes figuring that one day I'd do something with them.

Today was that day. I stamped the ship from Bombshell's Homeward Bound set onto the white glassine using black StazOn ink. I let it dry for a bit, then flipped the glassine over so that I could color on the reverse and not have the StazOn ink smear and/or ruin my Copics. I discovered that I had to go with darker colors than I'd ordinarily use to have it show on the opposite side. I colored the sky and the sea using older Prismacolor markers.

Then I took a heat gun to the image and heat set both sides of the piece until both sides looked waxy, which meant that the ink had been absorbed into the glassine. There are a few spots where I scorched the glassine, but the scorch marks added to the vintage look. When the piece cooled down, I tore the edges of it, crumpled it up, smoothed it out, and then stapled it to a black on white clock patterned paper from 7 Gypsies using my Tiny Attacher.

The other papers are all from 7 Gypsies too, except for the card front, which is by Basic Grey.

I used pink and orange ribbon from my stash that repeats the color of the sun. The sentiment was added with Doodlebug rub-ons. Three tiny star brads were added to finish the card!

You should play along with this sketch and share it with us on Bombshell's Forum and on the Bombshell Blog. Feel free to flip, flop, and make the sketch your own. The only rule is that you have to use a Bombshell stamp (free digis are on the forum!). By playing, you get a chance to win your choice of a free set of Bombshell Stamps!

Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Great technique and guess I'll be saving those stamp envelopes!! Love this layout as well and the distressing looks wonderful.


  2. Well, well, well. Hmmm...what was I going to say? Oh yeah, well, well, well--that's a very deep subject.
    To the matter of your card. OMG, Kathi! Do you ever run out of cool techniques to use on a project? Methinks not. Methinks you have a veritable plethora of techniques to pull from. ;^)
    Love this card! Firstly, I love your sketch! And I love your take on your sketch! And I love your image, cool coloring, papers, etc., etc., etc.
    I'm tired. I must away with myself.

  3. I ADORE this card!!! Really love the composition with all the different papers, but the way the image is done is just plain amazing!