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You’re the Bomb

You're the Bomb

Hi All!

It was like an explosion in my head when I had the idea to color a bomb pop and use this sentiment from Paper Smooches’ Slang Gang. I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I’ve used these sentiments several times – one of my favorites is this card – it’s such a great set!

I used table salt to create my background – it gives an icy/frozen/frosty type of look. I used the salt technique on this card awhile back.

The pop is colored with Copic markers and covered in glossy accents. Here is a close-up:

You're the Bomb

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season – it’s going by way too fast for me!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Sentiment panel 2 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches 5.7 x 10.8 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Copic sketch markers used: B02, B05, R37, R22, 0, E35, E31

Altenew Way Too Sweet
Altenew Way Too Sweet
Paper Smooches Slang Gang
Paper Smooches Slang Gang
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 6:04 am


    When I first saw this card, II was intrigued with how you achieved the background. I thought it was so beautiful and very interesting. It also looks pretty easy to achieve. I recently purchased some Winsor & Newton White Gouache paint that I plan to use in the same way that you used the white acrylic paint. Your card is also very appropriate for us in Australia with our recent 90+degree weather (fahrenheit)..The humidity was high too. Thanks, Darlene, for sharing this card with us today. It is definitely going in my Favourites along with many others (smile) to use for birthday in January and February (still our Summertime here)!

  2. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 1:04 pm



    Sweet card (pun intended!)

    I just became a member of the site last night and have already gained a TON of knowledge and inspiration from you and your community.

    Thank you for your years of sharing tips, tricks, and techniques.

    I look forward to contributing here too. In any way I can.

    And, if I’m the only card-making man here, I’m okay with that, too. : )

    Wishing you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas!


    • wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 1:27 pm


      Welcome Michael! So happy to have you and glad that you’re already benefiting from the site. Merry Christmas to you and your family too! 🙂

    • wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 1:41 pm


      I think it’s fantastic that a man has joined us. There should be more of you guys taking up this fun hobby.

      • wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 3:45 pm


        Hi Connie –

        Card-making IS a fun hobby. I look forward to sharing my creations with all of you here at LLC.

        Merry Christmas to you!

    • wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 3:38 pm


      Welcome, Michael! Always nice to see guys who are interested in card making. There don’t seem to be too many, for some reason. Anyway, look forward to seeing your work in the challenges (I hope!). 🐱 ~ Andrea

      • wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 3:47 pm



        Thanks for the ‘welcome’ message.

        Yes! I plan on participating in the challenges. Sounds like a lot of fun!

        Merry Christmas to you!

  3. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Carol Mac

    This is so cute! I love the addition of the glossy accents, it just makes the card! I have that Slang Gang stamp set and use it a lot, especially for “Millenial” cards! Merry Christmas Darlene to you and your family! I just finished my baking so all I have left to do is wrap presents and then I’m done…so I might have time to make this card before Christmas!! 😎

  4. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 3:07 pm


    Love this cute card, so apt for Aussie right now with our summer in full swing..
    Ive seen the salt technique before but it is really amazing how the action happens
    and what a great outcome it has. I wonder if this would work with the oxides too???
    I might give it a go, see if I can get the white normal action as well as the ink colour from the salt.
    You have my mind racing here with possibilities.
    Welcome to Michael, great to see you here and yes Darlene certainly keeps us inspired.
    Thank you for all your wonderful posts this year Darlene, Merry Christmas to you and yours and to
    the community on LLC.

    • wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 3:46 pm


      Hi Dayse –

      Thanks for the shout-out. It’s a pleasure to be here!

      Merry Christmas to you!

  5. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 3:42 pm


    Darlene, for some reason, I never heard of bomb pops, until now. I have seen them (I’m pretty sure), but I guess no one ever said, “That’s a bomb pop”! I love how this card came together. The background to me looks almost like a monochromatic galaxy background. I have that Slang Gang stamp set, but admittedly have struggled with it. Of course, not knowing exactly what all the sayings mean (or how to use them) is a challenge! LOL I will definitely put this card into my favorites, though. Anyway, hope you are enjoying your holiday season as well! 🐱 ~ Andrea

  6. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 5:08 pm


    Darlene, I forgot to mention, that I really noticed the difference in video quality with this one today! Maybe the lighting was different, but it just popped more than even your last 1 or 2, that you also did with your phone. It reminds me of the difference between soap operas and “regular” shows on TV. Not speaking to the quality of content of your videos, and believe me, I never watched soap operas personally! LOL But I have seen the commercials for them, and the video quality always had a different look–just crisper, for lack of a better word, than other things on TV. Just thought I’d mention it. Thanks so much for sharing your work with all of us! 🐱 ~ Andrea

  7. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 5:29 pm


    Wonderful card! The glossy accents really makes the popsicle look real. I’ve never tried the salt technique. I’ll have to try it next year.
    Welcome Michael! My 32 year old son loves to make cards also but he doesn’t have much time to do so.

    • wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 5:26 am


      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for the shout-out. Yes, I TOTALLY understand the lack of time issue. Seems there are 1,001 things screaming at us every day.

      Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. wrote on December 20th, 2017 at 6:32 pm


    Awesome card Darlene. I’ll have to duplicate for my Mother’s birthday on Flag Day, June 14. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  9. wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 4:58 am


    Oh Darlene, as soon as I saw this card, I had the urge to eat one of those delicious popcicles, I remember my daughters when they were little, hearing the music of the ice cream truck and coming inside asking for a bit of money to buy something refreshing.
    Love the salt technique, looks so beautiful.
    Their mouths were all kinds of colors but with a big smile, love it.

    And Michael, welcome, welcome to LiveLoveCards, as you’ve experienced already, Darlene is a never ending fountain of inspiration and talent. This site is full of information and the challenges are fun to participate in.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Maria Rodriguez.

    • wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 5:27 am


      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for the ‘welcome’ (and the hugs!).

      I’m looking forward to participating here as much as I possible can.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 1:28 pm


      Thank you for your kindness, Maria! 🙂

  10. wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 10:27 am


    I love your punny-card Darlene, too cute! Welcome CraftyDad, it is great to have a guy in the house!

    • wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 12:02 pm


      jennyjo88 –

      Thanks. It’s good to be here! Merry Christmas to you!

  11. wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 1:57 pm


    Love the card! I am going to try this. I just can’t get the hang of water with copics!!
    Welcome Michael, can’t wait to see your cards.
    I wish everyone a safe and blessed holiday. MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

    • wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 3:45 pm


      suzierubberstamp –

      Hi there. It’s great to be part of the group. : )

      And a very Merry Christmas to you, too!

  12. wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 7:08 pm


    I have done the salt technique before, and even put a container of sea salt in my craft room just for this purpose. however it is -12* C ( 10* F) here and for some reason ice bombs just don’t look appealing LOL! After 2 weeks of unseasonable high temps ( +15*C, 59*F in Calgary … in December?????) ( this close to the Rockies???) we finally got snow yesterday. And it made up for the past weeks of no snow. The same lawn that actually thought it was going to be green again is now covered with the white stuff, About 4″ of it. We will get a white Christmas after all 🙂 Welcome to the group Michael! It’s nice to have a man around to do the heavy lifting 🙂 Join a Birthday group and/or a holiday group- both is good.. Then you will see first hand how amazing and talented these ladies are. Darlene has inspired us all. Merry Christmas and a big group hug to all of you <3

    • wrote on December 21st, 2017 at 7:38 pm


      Hi carolejt –

      Thanks for the shout-out. It’s a pleasure to be here.

      I’m looking forward to joining a Birthday Group (mine is in October). And I’m sure I’ll be participating in other group projects or challenges.

      And, hey: I’ll do my best on the heavy lifting. LOL!

      Merry Christmas to you!

  13. wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 6:24 am


    That background was very interesting. It is a great background for an “icy pole” as we call it here in Australia. I had my 8 y.o. granddaughter, Olivia, watching this video with me and she wanted to know why you called an “icy pole” a popsicle. I explained that you live in America. She loves craft and your card making videos Darlene.
    Welcome to our community Michael. So good to have a male crafter amongst us.
    To all in our Community have a safe and Happy Christmas!

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 7:07 am


      Hi Glenismaree –

      It’s great to be a part of the LLC community. : )

      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • wrote on December 22nd, 2017 at 1:29 pm


      Merry Christmas to you and Olivia Glenis!

  14. wrote on December 23rd, 2017 at 10:48 am


    Love the background!! Such a cute card😊 I can’t wait to try the salt method. I always forget when I sit down at my craft table😉 Lol! Welcome @craftydad☺!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Darlene!! Adorable little Roxy😉

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