This month we kicked off our second year of the Technique Blog Hop with the shaving cream technique. It’s the first time I’ve worked with shaving cream in crafting and I do hope it will be my last. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have caught one of my several posts where I confess I dislike working with messy techniques. I would definitely put working with this medium in that category…there’s something so unsettling in having to do a full-blown cleaning after making a few cards.
We were given links to a few videos to help jump-start the learning process. I’m sharing my favorite here:
The idea behind these technique hops is not only to make projects which will hopefully inspire you to try it, but to share what we learned while tasked with working with a particular technique or product. So here are a few things I’d like to share with you:
- This is a messy technique! I repeat, this is messy! So be prepared by having these items on hand:
- paper towels (I used a full roll)
- protect your work surface (I placed a large trash bag down before I started)
- have another trash bag handy for all the shaving cream waste
- have a suitable receptacle in which to place the shaving cream. I purchased disposable cookie trays so I could dump the whole mess when I was done.
- Also have a flat protected space to place your panels to dry
- don’t use newspaper as the print will bleed
- and don’t make the mistake I did by piling the panels on top of each other to flatten them out under weight when I “thought” they were dry. The color leached from one page to another. Let them dry overnight.
- Wear latex gloves if you want to avoid getting ink on your hands.
- Don’t go in with a preconceived notion of what the finished piece will look like.
- I found some colors were much bolder than I anticipated and others didn’t show up at all
- sometimes less is more when adding color
- be sure to mix well to avoid gaps in color…they are very obvious in the finished panel. Also make sure you have the shaving cream smoothed out before you lay your paper on it.
- A squeegee definitely works best for removing the shaving cream. One as wide as the panel is even better.
- Place your paper on the shaving cream and pat down firmly and evenly.
- Before removing your panel completely, pull up a corner and if you see obvious gaps, put it back in place and press down again.
- After removing your panel, allow it to sit for a few minutes before removing the shaving cream to allow it to absorb.
- I used only Stampin’ Up reinkers, but you can also use acrylic paint, food coloring and a few other things which have been shared by others in the hop.
I want to share each card I made for the hop again here and just briefly touch on how it came together.
For each panel I made for this card, I used only one color reinker, Bashful Blue (retired), Rose Red, So Saffron and Mint Macaron. To create the focal panel I used a technique we experimented with last year, inlaid dies. The die I used here is the Elizabeth Craft Designs Daisy. After the cutting the daisy from my blue panel, I attached it to a mat of Marine Mist card stock and inserted the die cut pieces. I then cut another daisy and attached it with dimensionals. The greeting (and sentiment inside) are from the Avant Garden stamp set from Stampin’ Up.
To create this panel, I combined Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, and Calypso Coral. I cut the panel and the Calypso Coral and Certainly Celery card stocks using the Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die. The Lorelai Leaf and Lorelai Leaf Outline dies by Memory Box were used to cut the focal piece. I played around with several embellishments in the corner but opted to take the advice of my friend and fellow blogger, Claudia, when she said to allow the paper to speak for itself.
I combined Rose Red and Pink Pirouette to create this piece and fully expected a much softer look. The result led me to share #4 in my list of what I learned above…less is more. I cut the center using the technique shared in this video with the Stacked Hearts Wafer Die by Simon Says Stamp. After I made my first cut, I realized it really wouldn’t work in this direction as it wouldn’t fit in my Big Shot, so I did some cheating by cutting and pasting hearts into the center section…don’t tell, okay? The hearts were made using Papertrey Ink’s Limitless Layers 2: Hearts Collection. The words were cut from Glitter Craft Foam using the Expressions (retired) and Hello You Thinlits by Stampin’ Up. I cut a few small hearts using the scrap.
For this last card, I just placed droplets of Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi and placed a piece of Whisper White card stock on top without mixing them. As surprised as I was that my Valentine’s card panel came out so bold, I was equally surprised this panel came out so subtle. I stamped in Whisper White using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp to provide detail on the wings. Then I used the Detailed Dragonfly dies to cut the base and the overlay from shimmery vellum. I used the Hello Sunshine stamp set for the greeting and sentiment and the Awesomely Artistic set for the dragonfly and dots inside. The die is Oval Doily/Frame from Cottage Cutz.
That wraps up all I know about this technique. See you next month with a new technique or product.