Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Bubbly Christmas Card With Shaving Cream Background

Today I have a fun card using the Just For Fun Bubble Light stamp and a shaving cream background.  When I saw the Bubble Light stamp I knew I had to have it. The stamp brings back childhood memories of the excitement of opening up the box of Christmas decorations and pulling out the bubble lights. Unfortunately one year my mom decided they were too old fashioned to go on the tree anymore so I talked my dad into mounting them on a piece of wood and the lights held a place of honor on my window sill.

I wish you could see this in person as the photo doesn't really do it justice. :-( In fact my camera kept distorting the card.

Just For Fun has several Merry Christmas stamps and I had a difficult time choosing just one. I finally decided on this Merry Christmas stamp. I stamped with Stazon Ink on vellum and then heat embossed using holographic embossing powder. Holographic embossing power is a little more expensive than some of the other embossing powders but I love how it looks using a color ink to stamp with.

I stamped the Bubble Light with Stazon Ink and then used Recollection Glizt  embossing powder only on the branches. Alas it does not show in the photo. I took the gelatos and scribbled on my craft mat and then picked up the color with a water brush and painted the colors on the branches and the tube of the light. I used the metallic color pencils for the rest of the light. Then I used Mod Podge Gold Dimensional Magic on the tube. I love the flecks of gold glitter and really wish you could see this in person.

/To make my background I started out by spreading shaving cream on a plastic lid. Any shallow container will do. A little goes a long ways.

Drop drops of reinker, water color paint or alcohol ink. I've use these successfully. Then with a straw or even the end of a paint brush make a design. You can then place your card stock on top and pull a print or go onto the next step.

I took a gift card with a zero balance and used it to make my design in the shaving cream and then pulled a print. When there was no longer enough shaving cream left on the lid to make prints I went ahead and loaded my gift card with the mixed shaving cream  and used it with a couple of different stencils.

I hope you will try this shaving cream technique. I would love to see your creations. Feel free to post them at:

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Do You Have Your Cards Made? Production Line Cards

Hi everyone sorry I've been missing in action but been busy with projects for the design team. Have one more card to make for an extra post in December. Than it will be starting next year's projects.

Also I had the dreaded apartment inspection. I thought for sure I was going to be busted when the apartment manager opened the refrigerator. Luckily nothing fell out. The next day I cleaned and organized it. What can I say I'd rather be crafting than cleaning any day. This year the whole apartment passed with flying colors. Now I can relax until next October or November.

My sister liked so much a card front I made with the snow person that I decided to make a few cards production line. Usually I do individual cards with every card being different. These have some subtle differences. Especially since I had to salvage them after a few stamping disasters. I couldn't understand why the forest was not stamping nicely like it had done in my first card. I discovered later that Stazon Ink and acrylic paint don't like each other. :-( Or at least the paint I was using. After all my painting, crackling,texturing,etc. I decided to see if I could salvage them. I think I actually like the first three fronts I salvaged with part of my stamping mess showing through tissue wrapping paper better than the one I painted on the back side of the tissue paper after stamping.

I had so much fun painting,airbrushing with a marker, using molding paste, and using one step crackling. Not to mention stamping with two Just For Fun Stamps. :-) I'm so in love with this snow person.

Each snow person was stamped and heat embossed with black powder. Then colored with water colors and cut out by hand using scissors and an xacto knife. I also love how the DecoArt One Step Crackle medium created my ice. I've used other crackle mediums but I have to say I'm impressed with this one. Plus the price is more affordable.

Stamps used are:
Pine Forest
Classic Snowman

Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to adhere the printed sentiment image I modified in Printshop so it would go with these cards.

Are your cards made? Stop by tomorrow when I'll have a card posted using a shaving cream background.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

We Three Wise Men In A Waterglobe

Hi everyone I have today a Christmas card using the three wise men on camels. I love this stamp and it is the perfect size to fit into the Waterglobe Woodbase.

I took purple card stock and used a Paper Studio embossing folder. Then I took transfer adhesive and brushed over the embossing. Once that was dried I used opal DecoFoil.  I had a difficult time trying to get a good photo which showed both the embossed background and the wisemen.

Here is another photo which shows the stamping better. I stamped the woodbase waterglobe and then airbrushed the background with blue and purple glitter markers. Then I stamped the wisemen on camels stamp. I painted the sand with gouache. The woodbase of the waterglobe was colored with a pencil.

It was tricky using Plaid Gold Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.. I masked off the wood base but if you look you may see where it went under the painter tape a little bit. The waterglobe must be a dollar store one. ;-) For some reason the gold glitter came out heavier covering up the stamped stars.I still like the extra dimension that Dimensional Magic creates.

To finish it off I cut a circle out of black card stock. Also I decided to not use a sentiment.

It was fun using the gold Dimensional Magic but I think if using it over a stamped image that using the clear and then lightly sprinkling glitter while still wet would work better.

If you make cards for the holidays do you have your cards done?

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!