Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bombshell's Ms. April's Challenge: Monochromatic Tag!

Teresa Abajo, who is Bombshell's Ms. April, has issued a challenge to create a monochromatic tag using Bombshell Stamps. Remember to visit Bombshell's Blog and forum so that you can enter your tag in this challenge for a chance to win a great prize (free stamps).

Here's my tag! Click on it to enlarge it!

My tag features the mermaid stamp from Bombshell's Mermaid Treasure set. She was stamped on Neenah white cardstock, using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored with Copic markers which I'll list below. I went over her tail using a Gelly Roll Clear Glaze pen to add dimension and shine to it.

Then I went about creating my scene.

The shipwreck is actually the ship from the Homeward Bound set, which was stamped onto Neenah white cardstock, using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored with Copic markers. I fussy cut the body of the ship and the bow mast thingy (the prow?) and set it aside. The treasure chest was also stamped, colored, and fussy cut.

I colored the sand portion of the scene with Copic markers and then colored over it with a VersaMarker, dumped on Desert Tapestry by PSX, and dumped off the excess. I adhered both the shipwreck and the treasure chest from the Mermaid Anchor set to the sand area of the tag, and repeated the Versamarker/ep process again twice until I was happy with how it looked. I was aiming to make it look like the shipwreck and the treasure chest were partially buried in the sand. I should mention that I've been hoarding this embossing powder for a long time since it creates the perfect sandy look.

Anyway, when that was done, I used my trusty Quicky Glue pen over the gold in the treasure chest, then added gold glitter to look like treasure!

I was delighted to find that I had saved a mermaid mask, so when the glue had dried, I added the mask over the stamped, colored mermaid, and repeatedly stamped the seaweed and the fish stamp, both from the Mermaid Anchor set, over the scene.

The next step was to airbrush the entire tag using my Copic Airbrush system and two colors of BG markers. When that was done, I went over the seaweed and fish to darken 'em up a bit, then added Gelly Roll Clear Glaze pen to all the fish and all the air bubbles.

The tag was finished with some Waxy Flax and a gold anchor charm.

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, E50, R21
Hair: YR30, Y21, T1, T3
Tail: BG11, BG23, BG34
Starfish: E30, E31, E34
Treasure Chest & Shipwreck: E30, E31, E33, E34
Sand: E30, E34
Airbrushed "sea": BG11, BG32, BG45

I shall enter this tag in the following challenges:
Dragons Dream: Tag It On #138: Blue, Sea, and Stencils
Cards Und More: Add Some Metal
PaperTake Weekly: Anything Goes
Through The CraftRoom Door: Anything Goes


  1. Kathi, you do create fabulous pieces that require a great deal of technique and savvy, neither of which is my strong suit. So I really love seeing your cards & tags! This one is just so darn cool! Love the whole scene, and probably my favorite part is the shiny treasure chest. I really heart that! Wonderful tag! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  2. This is so creative I love everything about it. Thanks for playing with us this week at TTCRD.

  3. I get to comment for a challenge, too! Well, I won't repeat everything I already said--that would bore you! But I do love your tag and thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD this week! Hope to see you back here next week! :^)
    Hugs again, Penny

  4. Hallo! Ein wunderschönes Kärtchen. Vielen lieben Dank für deine Teilnahme bei Cards und More! Liebe Grüße Doreen

  5. This is so lovely and sweet, thanx for joining us at Cards und More, hugs, marion

  6. Man alive - that's one almighty chunk of creative work for a tag! Fab end result though - great scene for that mermaid :)

  7. What a fabulous tag Kathi, I love that bombshell stamp. Thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream Tag It On. Sue xx

  8. Oh, what a lovely tag!!And I love the colors!

    Thank you for joining us at cards and more!


  9. A wonderful tag with great details. Thanks for dreaming with us at Dragons Dream Tag It On.