Favorite Stamping Techniques

Definitely Dahlia Meets the Emboss Resist Technique Part 2

Emboss Resist TechniqueWow! 

That's what happens when the bold Definitely Dahlia stamp is paired with the Emboss Resist Technique!

(to see another idea using the Definitely Dahlia paired with the Emboss Resist Technique, please visit my post HERE)

For this card, I swiped my Embossing Buddy over the Whisper White card front.  I stamped the Definitely Dahlia using Versamark and then heat embossed it using my heat tool and white embossing powder.  I sponged Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie inks over the embossed images.  I then buffed the images with a paper towel, removing the ink and making the flowers pop.   The ink will resist where the images have been embossed.

I stamped the greeting from Another Thank You using Early Espresso ink after I heat embossed the flowers, but before sponging on the inks.  I wanted the greeting in place so I could lightly sponge around it. 

This card has a fall feel to it.  By switching up the colors, it could easily be made into a spring or summer themed card.

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Stunning!

Emboss Resist Technique-the possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Another Thank You

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, sponge

 

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Technique Meets Definitely Dahlia

Emboss Resist Technique

Emboss Resist is one of my favorite stamping techniques. 

Easy to do and it provides that WOW factor!

Heat emboss images stamped with Versamark using white embossing powder and then sponge on different inks, buff off excess ink, and then you're left with an image that pops!

For more instructions, please visit my Dragonfly Dreams Emboss Resist card here

For this emboss resist card, I used the bold stamp Definitely Dahlia.  The colors sponged on were Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, and Wisteria Wonder. 

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You can really see the added interest in texture that the embossing brings to the card.

The greeting was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock in Island Indigo ink and then lightly sponged with Cucumber Crush to soften the look.  It was matted with Island Indigo and popped up using Dimensionals.

I hope you'll give the Emboss Resist Technique a try.  Please share your results!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Definitely Dahlia, Thank You Kindley

Ink: Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Dragonfly Dreams

Emboss Resist Technique, Dragonfly Dreams

Create a pretty pastel background using the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and the Emboss Resist Technique.

Super easy and it is one of those WOW techniques.

To start, I swiped my Whisper White card front using the Embossing Buddy, stamped the dragonfly image from Dragonfly Dreams in Versmark ink, and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.

Then, with a sponge, I added my Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Cucumber Crush inks over the embossed images.

Sponging on colors for emboss resist technique

When I was done, I rubbed off the ink from the embossed images with a paper towel making the white image pop.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

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The piece was attached to an Elegant Eggplant mat and added to the Whisper White card base using Dimensionals.  The greeting from Wish Big was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink.

The Emboss Resist is an easy way to add interest to any background.  Color combinations are endless.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Embossing Buddy,  heat tool, white embossing powder, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Embossed Copper Foil Paper-Double Hexagon Embossing Folder

Double Hexagon Embossing Folder

Celebrate 2017!

I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year!

To bring in 2017, I decided to create a sparkly copper foil embossed card using the new Double Hexagon Embossing Folder.

The  Double Hexagon Embossing folder can be found in the upcoming Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! (available January 4). 

I love the texture and rich color!

I paired the embossed background with flowers and leaves cut out of Basic Black card stock using Botanical Builder and Christmas Pines Framelits Dies.

The greeting comes from Good Greetings (retired) which I heat embossed onto a scrap piece of copper foil paper using black embossing powder.

This is a cool technique, and the possibilities are endless with all the available embossing folders.

Which embossed copper foil paper will be your favorite?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Good Greetings

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Double  Hexagon Embossing Folder, Botanical Builder and Christmas Pines Framelits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, pearl, Dimensionals

 

 

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Iris Folded Snow Globe

Iris Fold Snow Globe Iris Folded Snow Globe!

It's been awhile since I've done any iris folding. Not sure why since it is one of my all-time paper crafting techniques!

I did a quick search on Pinterest, and found a really fun snow globe pattern from iris-folding.com

The pattern can be found here.

It is basically a circle pattern so it is super simple.

(For more Iris Folding ideas and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page.)

I first embossed my Mint Macaron card front using my Big Shot and Gently Falling Embossing Folder.  I then punched out the circle using my 2 1/2" circle punch. 

I laid the card front over the pattern I printed out from Iris-Folding.com (remember,  place the front side down-you'll be working from the back), and started laying out my designer paper (Blooms and Bliss cut into 1/2" strips).

The "iris" is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with Island Indigo ink sponged on to make a custom color to match the colors in the designer paper and the snow globe. 

(Creating your custom color glimmer paper is easy-see instruction here).

The trees are pieces found in the November Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit.  In the kit, they are white so I simply stamped the coordinating image from the stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  They are popped up using Dimensionals.

The ring around the snow globe was cut out of Island Indigo card stock using my Big Shot and 2 layers of circle framelits.

I didn't care for the base of the snow globe in the pattern, so I cut a triangle free hand out of Island Indigo card stock.

Since I'm pretty much done with Christmas cards, I wanted this to be a winter wishes, Happy New Year or even a thank you card.

I searched through my stamps and found this small "hello" and scribble that I knew would work with my 7/8" and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches.  Layering the 2 punches would fit perfectly on the front of the snow globe.  

To complete the card, I added a few rhinestones for bling and mounted it to a Whisper White card base.

This Iris Folded Snow Globe was a great way to revisit one of my favorite paper crafting techniques!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pennant Parade and Kindness Matters (both retired), Wonderful Winterland

Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Circles Framelits, 2 1/2" circle, 7/8" scallop circle and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit, sponge, Dimensionals, rhinestones

 

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Background Santa Part 2

Tie Dye Santa

Here's one more tie dye background paired with Santa cut out of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die.

See my Melon Mambo/Tempting Turquoise die dye Santa here

Colors for the background are Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Wisteria Wonder.  Inks were dabbed onto my clear block "E", spritzed with water, then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then lifted it up, and I was left with a tie dye background.

After Santa was cut out, the greeting was heat embossed using white embossing powder, then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.

What colors will you use for your tie dye Santa?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder,clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water,  Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Flurry of Wishes-Emboss Resist Meets Clear-Block Stamping

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Here's another take on the Emboss Resist Technique. 

This card combines the Emboss Resist and Clear Block stamping techniques!

I first created by clear block background by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "E".  I spritzed it with water so the inks would run and pool and then stamped it onto my Whisper White card front.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds.  I then removed the block and let the paper dry completely. 

(It is important to make sure the paper is totally dry before moving onto the next embossing step.  If you don't, when you add the white embossing powder and emboss, your background may turn white wear the paper was wet.)

Next, I stamped the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes using Versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  I sponged on a little extra ink around the embossed images, then buffed them off with a tissue.  This makes the embossed images pop.

I added rhinestones that had been colored with a purple sharpie to the centers of each snowflake.  I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little extra shimmer.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, clear block "E", Stampin' Spritzer with water, sponge, rhinestones, purple sharpie

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Flurry of Wishes

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One of my favorite stamping techniques is Emboss Resist. 

It is one of those WOW techniques, but it is so simple to do!

For this card, I started by stamping the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes onto my Whisper White card front using Versamark ink and heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.  Then, I simply added Island Indigo, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder inks over the embossed images.  For the centers of the snowflakes, I used a sponge dauber and Island Indigo.  For the rest of the background, I used a sponge to add Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder.  Once I was done, I buffed the embossed images with a tissue.  This removes the ink from the embossing and makes the image really pop!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Sponge Dauber, sponge, rhinestones

 

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Happy Ornament-Clear Block Stamping

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 I'm really liking the fun Happy Ornament stamp found in the SU! Holiday Catalog!  

This stamp is perfect for water coloring, but I decided to change it up a little bit by creating a clear block water color tie dye background.

I inked up my clear block "E" by patting on Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon and Cherry Cobbler inks.  I spritzed the block with water until the ink began to pool and run and then stamped it on my water color paper card front.  I let it set for a minute or two so the ink would absorb into the paper, lifted it up and set the paper away to dry.  After it dried, I stamped the ornament using black archival ink.  I colored in the bow using a black Sharpie pen and then added a rhinestone that I colored using a red Sharpie pen.

The color possibilities are endless!

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Jar of Love Jar of Fishes with Video Tutorial

The new stamp set Jar of Love and coordinating Everyday Jars framelits dies just makes me smile!  The possibilities are endless to make fun, cute cards.

Here's one I created recently featuring watercoloring, heat embossing and embossing folder swish techniques.

 

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To view my video tutorial for making this card, please visit here.

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Jar of Love

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, watercolor, Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot,Everyday Jars Framelits Dies,Woodgrain Embossing Folder, heat tool, clear embossing powder, Aqua Painter, Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, pearls, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Glue Dot

 

Happy Stampin'!

Sheltering Tree and Watercolor Paper Towel Background

 

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The background above came about as I cleaned up the inside of my Woodland embossing folder using a paper towel after creating this card shared for the Nacho Average June Blog Hop.

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After the clean up, the paper towel looked similar to this one which was used for cleanup in another project:

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The paper towel is 2 ply, so I removed one of the plys, glued it to a piece of card stock using a glue stick and then stamped on it.

Easy, Easy!

I love the texture it gives to the card.  And I always like to recycle and reuse!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree

Ink: various that were originally swiped on the inside of the embossing folder, then spritzed with water.  Early Espresso and Emerald Envy for the trunk and tree.

Paper: Soft Suede, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

Casology Sunshine Challenge-Clear Block Kinda Eclectic Watercolor Background

 

Here is another card that I created using the CASology challenge theme "sunshine" as my inspiration.

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I used one of my favorite stamping techniques for this card: acrylic block stamping.

Because I wanted the watercolor background to be contained to a rectangle shape, I first created a mask out of regular computer paper using my paper trimmer. I cut the mask the same size as my "E" clear block.

I laid the mask over my watercolor paper card front, securing it with a little temporary adhesive so it wouldn't shift while I added my color and did my stamping.  I dabbed my Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist , Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry stampin' spots (from various Paper Pumpkin kits) onto my "E" clear block. I then spritzed the block lightly with water so the inks began to pool and run.  I then placed the block through the mask onto the watercolor paper and let it set for a few seconds, allowing the ink to absorb into the watercolor paper.  I removed the block and let the paper dry. 

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Once it had dried completely, I removed the mask, swiped my Embossing Buddy over the watercolor background, stamped the sun image from Kinda Eclectic using Versamark ink, and then heat embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder.  I then stamped and embossed my greeting from Ray of Sunshine.

 

Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Ray of Sunshine (retired)

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, watercolor, copy

Accessories: "E" Clear Block, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, Early Espresso embossing powder (retired), Stampin' Spritzer with water, Dimensionals.

Happy Stampin'!

Casology Sunshine Challenge-Kinda Eclectic Tie Dye

This week's Casology challenge is Sunshine!

CAS sunshine

I thought I'd play along:

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When I read what this week's challenge was, I immediately knew I wanted to do a tie dye background. 

To create the tie dye effect, I combined two of my favorite stamping techniques: watercolor and clear-block backgrounds.

To start, I dabbed Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry Stampin' Spots (from various Paper Pumpkin kits) onto my "E" clear block.  I then spritzed the block lightly with water so the inks began to pool and run.  I then simply stamped the block onto a piece of watercolor paper and let it set for a few seconds, allowing the ink to absorb into the watercolor paper.  I removed the block and let the paper dry.

Once dry, I cut the paper down to match the sun from Kinda Eclectic.  I then stamped the sun using Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder.

I  thought the paper was dry enough, but it actually wasn't.  You can tell by the little flecks of embossing powder scattered here and there, especially in the upper right hand corner.  That's ok as I think it adds a little bit of interest.

To complete the card, I added the tie dye background to a Whisper White card base and stamped and embossed my greeting from Ray of Sunshine.

 

Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Ray of Sunshine (retired)

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangelo Twist, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, watercolor

Accessories: "E" Clear Block, heat tool, Early Espresso embossing powder (retired), Stampin' Spritzer with water, Dimensionals.

Happy Stampin'!

Clear Block Stamping Lovely as a Tree

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For this card, I used one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques: clear block stamping.

I tapped Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Cucumber Crush inks onto my clear block "H".  I lightly spritzed the block with water so the ink would pool and then stamped the block onto my Whisper White card front.  I let the block sit for a few seconds, then lifted it up and voila, I had a pretty watercolor background.

I let the ink dry and then stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree over the background using Soft Suede ink. 

For a little shimmer (hard to see in the photo), I brushed on some clear Wink of Stella.

The greeting is from Holiday and Wishes which is retired.  I kept the set and use it often as I really like the simple happy birthday.

 

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Lovely as a Tree-Masked and Sponged Background

We were fooled again! 

We thought spring had arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  After a few days of warmth and sunshine, we are now experiencing cool, misty/rainy/snowy weather. 

This card reminds me of the scenery as I look out my living room window. 

Wintery  looking!

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To create this card, I first created a mask for the moon by punching out a post-it-note using my 1 3/4" circle punch.  I laid the circle mask on my Very Vanilla card front and sponged around it using Soft Suede ink.  I then removed the mask.  I stamped the pine trees from the stamp set Lovely as a Tree using Soft Suede ink, first at full strength and then again without reinking. I then stamped the trees again using Black Archival ink, again at full strength, then again without reinking.  I added a torn strip of Soft Suede card stock to the bottom and tied on a piece of  Black Baker's Twine.

Easy, easy!

Other supplies: post-it-note

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White Wash Fence-Happy Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day!

 

To create the white wash effect, stamp Hardwood on Sahara Sand card stock using Versamark.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Fill in the parts of the embossed image with a chalk marker. Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.  Pick up the color from the lid using an Aqua Painter or wet brush and color over the embossed image.  For this card, I used a combination of Soft Suede and Cajun Craze inks.

Create a palette of ink in the lid of an ink pad by squeezing the top of the closed pad.  Open the pad, and there should be a spot of ink in the lid.

 

Stamp Set: Hardwood,Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Versamark

Paper: Sahara Sand, Pool Party, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi, Cucumber Crush

Punches: Build a Bird, Chevron Border, 7/8”Scallop Circle and Boho Blossoms punches

Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Fringe scissors, Candy Dots, Chalk Marker, Aqua Painter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Shaving Cream and Fabric-Dish Towel and Coasters

 The swap theme for our March Stamp Club is anything but a card.  I always look forward to this theme as I know the Stamp Club members will come up with some really great ideas.

Since I've been on a Shaving Cream Technique kick the last couple of weeks as I prepped for an upcoming class for the Ladies of Wetmore, I thought I'd try something slightly different by doing the technique on fabric using fabric paints.  My original idea was to give shaving cream dyed dish towels as my contribution to the swap.  I purchased some flour sack dish towels at my local ***mart and gave the technique a try. 

Shaving cream technique 059 Although it worked, and my first try came out great (see photo), I decided it was a little too cumbersome to do simply because of the size of the towels. 

So, I decided to go with Plan B and scale the project down somewhat by making shaving cream fabric coasters!

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They were simple to do although it did require a little bit of sewing to put them together.  Honestly, getting out my sewing machine and making sure I had enough thread in the bobbin was the most difficult part of the whole project!

I started by cutting pairs of squares of white muslin fabric.  I made my mix by swirling yellow, purple, blue and green fabric paints into the shaving cream.  I set the squares into the mix one at a time, letting them set for a few seconds.  Once the square were removed, I scraped off the shaving cream which left pretty swirls of color. 

Once the fabric was dry, I sandwiched a piece of natural cotton batting between two squares and cut them out using my Big Shot and Bigz Scallop Square die.  Then, I simply stitched them together.  I then cut out butterflies from scrap pieces of fabric again using my Big Shot and Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die and attached them to the front of the coaster using "Tacky Glue".  I had the butterfly buttons in my crafting stash, and I simply glued them to the fabric butterfly using "Tacky Glue." 

The buttons do create a little bump in the coaster.  As long as a glass with an indented bottom is placed on it, there isn't a problem.  My husband did point out that his beer pint glasses aren't indented so these coasters will not work for them.  I told him that I didn't think any of the ladies would be using them for their beer glasses.  And if they did, I'd give them a heads up!

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For the tea towel, I followed the directions on the bottles of fabric paint for drying, setting and washing: let dry for 72 hours before washing.  It washed and dried fine without any of the paint washing out.

Fun, fun!

Supplies Used:

shaving cream, fabric paints, white muslin fabric, natural cotton batting, Big Shot, Bigz Scallop Squares (retired) and Bigz Beautiful Butterflies dies (retired), butterfly button, "Tacky Glue"

Happy Stampin'!

Easter Bunny Shaving Cream Nugget Boxes

Happy Easter!

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I made these Happy Easter Bunny chocolate nugget boxes as thank you gifts for an upcoming class.

The boxes were made using the Shaving Cream Technique and the Angled Tag Topper punch and were filled with 3 chocolate nugget candies

Paper measurements: 7/8" x 7 1/2", then scored at 3/4", 1 1/2", 3", 4 1/2", 6" and 6 3/4"

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Basic Gray Archival

Shaving Cream Technique: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi ink refills

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight

Accessories: shaving cream, 3/4" and 1" circle punches (for rabbit's body), Big Shot, Lattice Die (for rabbit's ears), Bitty Banner Framelits, Angled Tag Topper, small flower and 1/16" circle punches, various baker's twine, fringe scissors, various candy dots

 

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Shaving Cream Butterfly

This is one of the projects we did for my Shaving Cream Techniques class for the Ladies of Wetmore.

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Ink refill colors used were Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Mint Macaron.

For instructions on how to do the Shaving Cream Technique, please visit my March 15th posting HERE.

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Shaving Cream Expressions Natural Elements

I've been having fun playing with shaving cream and reinkers as I was getting ready for a Shaving Cream Techniques class for the Ladies of Wetmore. 

For more shaving cream ideas, along with a link with instructions, please visit my blog posting from March 15.

I really like how this one turned out.

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Other supplies: shaving cream, paper plate, plastic fork, lots of paper towels!

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