Have you ever heard of the Shaving Foam Technique? I spent a happy day in my craft room a few months ago trying it out (and making a mess!) but haven’t got round to sharing the results until now. It’s a really fun, simple way to create great backgrounds. The beauty of it is that each time you do it, the results will be completely different. I experimented with lots of colours and ended up with lots of inked up panels! Before we get on to the cards, I just wanted to share a few tips with you:
- You can use as many or as few colours as you like, but I found three to be a good number. It’s also a good idea not to add too much colour to your shaving foam – I found 2-3 drops to start with was good. You can always add more if you want a more intense mix of colours.
- Make sure you use shaving foam and not shaving gel. You can get it very cheaply from your local supermarket.
- A thin layer of shaving foam (approx 1-2 inches) is enough as you’ll only be picking ink up from the surface
- You can get quite a few panels from a single inking, so it’s handy to have some cut to size that you can ink up and then save for later projects. I used Whisper White cardstock for mine, but you can get interesting results using coloured card too.
- You will need to make sure you have a plentiful supply of kitchen towel and lay something down to protect your work surface, as it (and you!) will get messy!!
Stampin’ Up! have made a great video showing you how to do it, which is at the end of the post. Once you’ve had a look at the cards, watch the video and then have some fun yourself with this great technique!
So, on to the cards!
This first card uses Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand and Garden Green inks. I inked up a panel and then die cut the butterflies from it using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits. The background is made by stamping an image from the Eastern Beauty stamp set onto a Crumb Cake base with Crumb Cake Ink. I then embossed a panel of Garden Green using the Seaside Embossing Folder and stuck the butterflies to it. The little ‘hello’ is also from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and is stamped in Garden Green onto Crumb Cake and then layered onto a Garden Green banner. The butterflies are finished off with a few pearls
For this second card I used Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight inks. I inked up the panel and simply layered it onto a panel of Daffodil Delight and then a Sweet Sugarplum card base. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the ‘One Big Meaning’ stamp set in Rich Razzleberry. I love how simple this one is.
Finally, I played about with some Basic Black and Basic Gray inks to get this monochrome look, which I really loved! When using black, a little really does go a long away and I used just 2-3 drops! I cut my panel into squares using the Stitched Shapes framelits and layered them onto a Basic Black panel. The hearts are cut using the smallest heart from our Sweet and Sassy Framelits.
A great tip when lining up elements like this is to line up the two either end first, and then centre the third between them. The whole thing was then layered onto a Soft Sky card base and the sentiment stamped in Basic Black. This one is also from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and I love the added interest of it being curved!
I hope you enjoyed the cards and are inspired to give the fun Shaving Foam Technique a go. Here is a great video from Stampin’ Up! showing you how it’s done – have fun! You can order any of the supplies needed from my Online Shop.