Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day Card - Shaving Cream Painting Tutorial **Flamingo Scraps**

I hate to buy cards, and one way to try out a new technique without feeling like I wasted my time on a small ATC or tag that I will never do anything with is to try the technique on a card, my family gets a lot of guinea pig cards due to this - thanks guys!!

Here is my father's day card I made for my husband this year.  I used a new technique to me, painting with shaving cream.  This is nothing new, kids crafts have done it for years, and it creates a really cool effect - so please do not feel like I created his new idea, but I did not follow another persons tutorial or post, it came out of my head for how I did it.

I used plain kraft cardstock for the base of the card, and then cream cardstock for the base of the shaving cream painting (I matted the painted paper in the same cream cardstock).  I then added a small sentiment I printed and hand wrote and a cute little paperclip bird from Maya Road - go check out Flamingo Scraps to get yourself one!!

Shaving Cream Painting Tutorial

1) Supplies - Cardstock, shaving cream, glimmer mist (I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine in green, yellow, red, and orange), foam brush, small container to hold shaving cream (small bowl works great).

2) Fill up you bowl with about 1 cup of shaving cream, this is plenty for a 12x12 cardstock, i only did an 8x8 size paper.  Open up the top of your mist and pour some onto the shaving cream in different places.  Use your brush to mix it  - only one or two stirs, do not over mix or you just create a new color.

3) Cover paper with shaving cream all the way to the edges.  I placed my craft mat under my paper so no big deal if it leaked over, easy clean up with water.  Don't' over mix you shaving cream when applying it, or you will not get the swirly effect.

4) I let it sit for about 1 min and pulled all the shaving cream off the paper at this point and it looked like this.  It was not as blended as I wanted it to be, it was too white.  This could easily be a stopping point for you if you wanted.  I would still let it dry for an hour or so before you did anything else to it.

5) I reapplied the same shaving cream (it still had color in it) and covered the entire paper again.  This time I made sure there were lots of peaks and valleys so I used the foam brush and pulled up the shaving cream to create the peaks.

Here you can see the peaks I created.  This is just to give the paper more texture when it dried.  At this point I then sprayed with the sprayer mist bottle a little of each of the colors I poured into the shaving cream from the start to create another layer of color.  I then let it dry.

 6) This is what it looked like after 3 hours of drying time.  As you can see some of the shaving cream is starting to evaporate and dry out, but not all of it.  The more shaving cream you apply the longer it takes to dry.  This is a patient craft!!

7) After 4 hours I scraped off the remaining shaving cream and got this result.  You could have left it dry over night and had nothing to scrape off, it would have just given you paper more texture.

I then cut this paper up and created 3 strips for my card, but this could easily be used as a background or a create your own patterned paper.

Here is the finished card again.
Before I applied the bird and the sentiment I flicked some mist on over the entire card - same colors I used before.

Supplies Used
Mist - Heidi Swapp
Shaving Cream
Cardstock - Recollections
Metal - Maya Road
Pen - Recollections


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Have a Grrrrreat Father's Day - Card **Memory Maze**

Every year I love to make cards for all occasions, including father's day.  So this year I had this great 3D Stackum sheet from Sally of tigers and I knew it would be perfect for a father's day card.

I used a simple and clean design for the card so the tiger would stand out and be the main focus.  The 3D stackum sheets are so easy, and this one is no different.  I used my paper trimmer to make nice clean straight lines, inked the edges with black ink, and stacked them up.

Here you can see the pop dots or foam dots I used to layer each one on top of each other - stacked on each other.
 It is very cool effect and it creates a big impact in the finished product for just an easy thing as cutting!!

Memory Maze Supplies Used
Similar Item - Tiger - DS0147

Other Supplies Used
Cardstock - Bazzil
Ink - Clearsnap
Foam dots - recollections
Font - Kristen

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sweet Baby - Card **Memory Maze**

A good friend of ours just had a baby girl, so when I saw this chipboard piece it immediately thought it would make a wonderful centerpiece for a baby card for her.  Congratulations on you new baby girl!!

For the chipboard I first used markers in bronze, black, green, and light pink to color the chipboard, just like I would color a coloring sheet of paper.   I use markers like sharpies, Bic Mark-its, Copics, Faeber Castell markers, etc because it is easier to do detail work with precision and make it look good compared to paint and a brush.

I then went over the colored chipboard and used Stickles in black, dusty rose, and lime green to color the vines, flowers, and people.  I left the outside border without glitter because I liked the look of the metallic bronze sharpie just the way it was without glitter.

Mother and Child

Memory Maze Supplies Used
Mother and Child - S0105

Other Supplies Used
Cardstock - Bazzil
Sticker - other
Ink - Clearsnap
Chipboard - Memory Maze
Markers - Faber Castell and Sharpie
Glitter - Ranger


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Memories (Rohan) **Memory Maze**

In our second year of marriage (2003) Mike and I got our first dog together, Rohan, named for the Lord of the Rings.  We got him from a shelter in Houston at 7 weeks old and were not sure how big he would be, he was only 8 lbs when we got him.  We only knew his mom was 78 lbs.  Turned out he was going to be a 115 lbs dog, and a pure sweetie.  We assumed he had some German Shepard due to his coloring, and then we though lab and maybe golden retriever, but he was a true mutt and a great dog.

This past January he passed away.  He crawled back in a corner of our backyard and passed peacefully hearing our boys playing in the grass around him.  He was just shy of 10 years old.  So mild mannered and calm, but he kept the best of unwanted visitors from our front door due to his size.  He was here for all our children's births and let Morgan and Brandon pull and tug on him to just the softest growl of "go away", but never a bite.  He had his moments of being a dog - destroying our fences, door frames, bathroom floor, and backdoor, but he will always have a soft spot in our hearts as a big sweetie of a dog.

For this layout I used layers of papers, findings, flowers, stickers, metals, journal cards, buttons, and the lovely chipboard from Memory Maze.  I glued them all down and painted them with gesso, let it dry, and misted with various types of mists in colors of green, red, orange, and yellow.

Here you can see the chipboard of "friends" with I separated out into 3 parts using water - tutorial found on my blog from the recent blog hop we just had,  and the edge of a open window shutter.

Friends - C

Here you can see the word "memories", the word "boy" that I cut from "It's a Boy" and then split in two using water - same tutorial as above, and the inside of the the flowered window frame.
MemoriesIt\'s a Boy

Memory Maze Supplies Used
"Memories" word - G0059
"Its a Boy" word - C0001
"Friends" word - G0003
Window with shutters - (similar item) - VOW44

Supplies Used:
Patterned paper - Prima, Making Memories, other
Cardstock - Bazzil
Chipboard - Memory Maze
Metal - Tim Holtz and found
Stickers - Jolee and other
Mists - Shimmers and Heidi Swapp
Mediums - Ranger
Flowers - Prima
Doilies - Recollections
Found items - other


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Reed 2013 - Daddy Gift **Flamingo Scraps**

Every year for father's day I am always wondering what to give my husband for father's day.  We don't go all out or spend lots of money, that is just not us, but we both do recognize each other on mother's day and father's day to let them know how much they mean to our children and to us.

This year I made a little shadow box from the Prima wood pieces box, why not use the box the cute little wood items came in.  I treated like a typewriter or shadow box you see everyone doing right now.  In it I placed 4 pictures of our children taken with in the last 2 weeks (except for our little angel Kristen).  I wanted candid shots, of just their smiling faces, just as they are to us everyday.

I used Heidi Swapp's color shine mists in various colors (Mustard, Primrose, Georgia Peach, and sweet cherry) to color the Prima wood box and also to color the Prima wood shapes and the Prima Resin pieces.

Here you can see an up close shot of some of the Prima mini flowers and some of the colored wood pieces.  For the paper backgrounds I used Pink Paislee's Journal cards and paper good from their Cottage farms collection.  I just cut out the sections i liked to fit in tot he little squares.

Here you can see the Prima resin (corner and little bird), wood, and also a bit of the Prima wood flower I glued on the back of the wood frame to use to hold the box up on the wall (since it is so light).

 Hop on over to the Flamingo Scraps Store and take a look at all the wonderful goodies they have to offer!!

Supplies Used:
Wood - Prima
Resin - Prima
Flowers - Prima
Patterned papers - Pink Paislee
Cardstock - Kaisercraft
Pen - Recollections
Glue - Zip Dry
Mists - Heidi Swapp
Stickers - Kaisercraft
Ribbon - Maya Road


Erin Reed

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