March 13, 2019

This Technique is Addicting!!

Welcome to the Pals’ March Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because ”Spring has Sprung” - at least on our blog hop if not outside! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My sister is again hosting for Easter. This year my nephew, his wife and 'the littles' will be joining us. My greats are ages 8, 5 and 3 and I love them to pieces! My sister always outdoes herself with games and a basket hunt, but this year, we'll need to kick it up a notch in order to keep the kiddos entertained. As I've been perusing Pinterest for ideas, I saw lots of posts for coloring eggs, which is where I got my inspiration for today's projects.

When I thought of coloring eggs, I thought of the shaving cream technique which made me think of Kim Jolley. I am a great admirer of Kim's work. She is a true artist with an amazing attention to detail. She has a shaving cream method that is different from the norm. Kim uses an acrylic block, stamps it directly onto the ink pad, 'frosts' the inked block with shaving cream and applies the medium to the paper.

I started with a combination of Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo. I played with Whisper White card stock, Shimmery White card stock and Watercolor Paper.

This sample was done on Shimmery White card stock. The inks I used were Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade and Highland Heather. I used a different block for each color.

For this piece I opted to use Watercolor Paper. The ink combo was Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Blackberry Bliss.

Each paper reacted a bit differently. I had to be careful with the WW to not apply too many layers of shaving cream or the paper started to break down. The inky shaving cream glided over the Shimmery White. I found the color really soaked in to the Watercolor paper and I had to be persistent in getting additional applications of color to stick to the already wet paper.

It was a fun experiment and a pretty good sized mess! I used Dollar Tree shaving cream, a kitchen spatula to 'frost' and scrape the cream off of the paper and lots of paper toweling.

Ready to see my final projects?

The goal when using the shaving cream technique is to let your final result shine. The sentiment was cropped using the Lily Framelits.

I wanted this paper to shine a bit more so added random spots of gold embossing powder. A bit of gold metallic thread under the sentiment tied it all together.

(Okay, pun intended😉)

This card base needed 'something', but I didn't want to take away from the beauty of the paper I created. The Doily Builder Thinlits Die came to the rescue and perfectly complements the Dear Doily stamps.

I stamped and cropped two of the floral stems and trimmed one of them to get my double bloom. My shaving cream paper was cropped with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. I used two of the framelits to create a frame of Blackberry Bliss to hold my shaving cream paper.

This paper ended up with such a soft, pretty look. A bouquet from Wishing You Well is the featured image.

How did I attach my bow? Using a 1/8" punch, I punched through the stamped paper and the Melon Mambo layer and threaded by ribbon through the holes. I put all the layers together and tied my bow.

I am warning you that this technique can be a bit addictive! But I encourage you to give it a play.

I'd love to know which project is your favorite. Please leave a comment below.

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  1. A WOW technique equals a Wow card. These are beautiful.

  2. Sue, Your egg colored backgrounds are so unique! Thank you for sharing this fun technique!

  3. I did this technique with my students (we made Easter egg art) and they loved it! I will have to give it a try on some cards. The possibilities are endless! Your cards are beautiful!

  4. Loved seeing all the different results from the technique you shared. Beautiful cards!

  5. Very beautiful! The first thing I thought even before I read your post was "Easter eggs!"

  6. Sue, these are so uniquely different in a wonderful way! I love all three different projects showcasing how to use the beautiful paper you created. I think my favorite one is the first one with bermuda bay, melon mambo, and mango melody :) The gold embossing really put it over the top. Thanks for sharing.

  7. So many spring bouquets~~ You will make a few people smile!

  8. Sue, these are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing the fun.

  9. These are wonderfully creative background you've created. Each card is so uniquely pretty!

  10. Wonderfully unique Spring cards, Sue! I love that marbling! Thanks for reminding me about this technique!!