Technique Junkies

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Hi Technique Time Tuesday friends!  I’m so happy you stopped by today. 

My name is Ellen and I am your hostess for the month of February. 

This month we have been playing around with a really fun technique called
Shaving Cream. I have to admit, I love making a mess when I craft and I feel right at home when I have ink or paint all over my hands. This super fun technique lets all of my inner messiness out. 

As the monthly hostess, I get to CASE a card from the linked creations. 
I have to say this has been a hard decision! I finally decided on this beautiful CAS card made by Nance Salkeld  at Soul Stampin’ Designs

I fell in love with the white on white embossing topped by that gorgeous rainbow colored heart. 

I kept the white on white, the embossing, the colorful element and the purple for the sentiment, but I used a butterfly instead of a heart. I really had fun CASE(ing) Nance’s beautiful card. Thank you for sharing that lovely inspiration with us Nance!

CONGRATULATIONS Nance! Don't forget to pick up your badge for being CASEd on Technique Time Tuesday!

Remember you still have a week left to join in the challenge. Here is a link to the tutorial (click here) and thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Triple Time Stamping Winners!

Sorry to be a bit late with these, all!  We've all been super busy...and what happened to February?!  This short month always throws me off! ;)

THANK YOU to everyone who played along with our fabulous Triple Time Stamping challenge--the entries were AMAZING and it was SO hard to make our choices, but we've done it!  Let's get to it!!!

and earner of the prize
from Shana is~

CONGRATS, Debbie!  We all LOVED your amazing and creative take on this technique!  Please email Mynn at onastampageATyahooDOTcom to claim your prize and grab your blog badge--very well deserved, friend!

And now, our Showcased Cards
in numerical order~

Congratulations, ladies!  Please grab your badge and wear it with pride--all very well deserved and all fabulous!

That's all for today!  Hop back next Tuesday to see who Ellen chooses to CASE!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tips & Variations: Shaving Cream Technique

Hi, friends!  I'm so sorry I didn't get a video out this month--SO many things happened in January that really shook my world, last of all was the flu!  SO...I'm here with a special variations post!  I've been snowed in after the flu and so I didn't have a chance to get shaving cream, so I looked and looked and figured out a way to do a FAUX SHAVING CREAM that give a similar effect to the real thing!

Here's the card I made with the FAUX technique~

So, wanna know how to do this?  Well, good!  That's why I'm here today!  I've got some step by step instructions on how to create this--and you won't need to worry about glove or getting things really messy!  This is just a medium mess way to get the effect! ;)

Supplies you'll need:
1. Large acrylic block (Or small, depends on how much you're wanting to make!)
2. Inks (I used 3, but you can use as many as you'd like.)
3. Glossy card stock (It makes it easier!)
4. Jumbo wheel with larger block words/images on it

How to:
1. Ink up a large acrylic blog with the lightest color of ink.
2. Ink up your jumbo wheel with the next lightest color of ink.
3. Set the wheel onto the acrylic block and smudge/smear a bit.
4. Continue in a few places until you like the amount of color.
5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 with the darkest color of ink.
6. Lay the glossy card stock on top of the block and rub the back of it really good.
7. Remove the card stock.  Smear the colors with your finger tip.
8. Use it on a project!

There you go!  So simple--and I LOVE the way it looks!

If you still want to try the original REALLY messy (AND FUN) technique, we have a few tips for that technique, too!

Louise says, "I used a plastic spatula to remove the foam, gave a much crisper finish that the tissue and didn't smudge. Also, try drawing a shape in the foam before you print, and don't forget you can take a few prints off before it gets too messed up."

I'd also like to add that you can use reinkers and not just spritzes and sprays!  I bet you could even use food coloring!  Now I need to go try it out! ;)

I hope you join in our challenge this month--with the real deal or the faux technique!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Shaving Cream Challenge

January's challenge winners will be announced on the 3rd Tuesday of February, 
so stay tuned to see who won the amazing prizes! 

February's Top Winner will receive 
offered by our hostess, Ellen!!! 
Hello lovely friends and followers it is Karen P here today.  The lovely Mynnette is recovering from a bad dose of flu so this month we will be sharing a step by step photo tutorial with you.  I offered to help Mynnette with this post so that she can try to rest a little, a very busy lady.

This month we have another fun technique for you to try. The results are fabulous one off’s! This is a cheap way to make your own background papers and most of you will have the supplies you need at home.  It is called the Shaving Foam Technique and I bet most of you have heard or tried this before. If you have or haven’t tried it yet we hope you will this month and play along with us too.

Our lovely Rocky had a tutorial of the Shaving Foam technique using Cosmic Shimmer sprays on her blog.  Luckily, for me, I've not had to do a lot of work, thank you Rocky you are a star!  I’ve also photographed my shaving foam experience with re-inkers and inks and if you want to check that out please click on my card below to go to my blog to see the photographs.


Shaving Foam

Two or three colours of re-inkers; inks; shimmer or ink sprays

A container or plate to spray the shaving foam onto – use something you can dispose of or something that will never be used for food

Kebab stick/Plastic Ruler/Skinny paint brush (the end of it)

Craft mat to protect your work surface

Kitchen towel
Disposable gloves

 Before starting I strongly recommend you do the following:

1. Cover your work surface with a large craft mat or several layers of newspaper, you can wash your mat or dispose of the newspapers once finished.
2. Wear old clothes or an apron to protect your clothing.
3. If you don’t like to have mucky fingers you will need to wear disposable gloves.
4. Cover a second surface where you can leave your papers to dry.
5. Have everything ready and at hand before you start.  I used A4 coated paper and I cut it into A5/A6 pieces before starting.


How To:

Fill a container with about an inch of shaving foam.  Rocky used the lid from an A5 storage box and the cheapest shaving foam she could find.  Any fragrance from the foam does not last or scent the paper.  Flatten the foam with the end of a ruler or similar to give you a smoother working surface.

If you are using mica sprays or misters you need to agitate before spraying onto the foam.  This will produce a nice effect but we want the lovely swirly patterns you get inside old books so you will want to mix it up a little.

Make your swirls with the end of a paintbrush,/skewer that can be wiped clean easily. Fingers tend to be a little too big for this.  The beauty of using shaving foam is that your swirls do not continue to move around until you put your paper/card on top like water would.

Place your card on top of the foam, press down gently to make sure you have contact with all the ink.  Rocky says card is best for this technique as paper is too weak.  I used Claritystamp coated paper which did not absorb the ink or shaving foam and I found it worked okay for me.  However I would not use copy paper because it does fall to pieces.  Lift the card/paper out of the foam.

The excess foam can be removed by running a ruler gently along the card.  Return the excess foam to the container.  You should get several images from the ink and foam mixture.  Each one will be a little paler than the last.  If you used a spray with mica it will show clearly on the first copy but may not be apparent after that.  This can always be rectified afterwards by spraying a little clear 'Pearl Mist' over the card.

This colour choice was quite light but produced a beautiful spring like colouring which was ideal for the tag that Rocky was making.

Bold colours are great. This tag was made with Purple Haze and Aqua Lagoon. Rocky tries to keep a tag book, made using scraps of card, to remind her of favourite colour combinations.  Rocky writes the colours used on the back, punches a hole in the corner and hangs them on a big clip ring – I must start doing that!
Below are a couple of photographs that I took whilst doing this technique.  You can see that there really is no difference if you use mists, inks or re-inkers.  I used Distress re-inkers first and I used them very lightly.  As I got a bit more daring I used some very old Dee Gruenig Posh Inks (+10 years).

We've got an amazing guest designer with us this month--

Here is the lovely card Sarah made to share with us this month ~

And now some inspiration from the Crew~