Thanks for stopping by.
Those pesky little menaces, Wurka and Hollick were up bright and early again this morning. This time they were trying to convince me at 5am that I hadn’t boiled enough spuds for today’s potato salad, and that the potatoes I had boiled were over-cooked and would just turn to mush.
So uppy getty, send Davey to shoppy for more spudsy.
Now we’ve got enough potato salady to feed a bloody army!
Let’s just get out of the kitchen for an hour I say!
If you flick back to yesterday’s blog, you will know we are having a little Craftalongabarbie Session with a Shaving Foam background spread through our Jo’s Bubble Stencil.
I’m hoping you’ve already done this bit, so that we can move forward!
Our guests are arriving in 2 hours, and at this point all they are getting is Potato Salad – lots of it!
Have you got everything handy?
lowtack masking tape. tick
Replace the stencil over the Shaving Foam bubbles,
but move the stencil over a tiny bit,
so that you get a white echo on one side.
If you wear bi-focals or vari-focals,
this will probably happen automatically.
Secure it with low-tack masking tape.
Now press a Versamark ink pad all over the colourful bubbles,
or whatever stencil you are using.
And before you make comment about my blue Versamark Pad,
may I just tell you this is my best one!
Remove the stencil and then sprinkle clear detail embossing powder over the card.
Tap off excess powder and make sure there are no stray speckles.
Heat to emboss. Lovely. Bit dimply.
Let’s do a second layer.
Are you keeping up with me?
Ok. I’ll slow down a bit.
Replace the stencil.
I put it back directly over the colourful bubbles this time.
Squish the Versamark ink pad through the stencil,
remove the stencil, add the powder, dust off excess…
Heat from underneath this time.
And HEY PRESTO!
It’s like glass.
Move the heat gun around a little as you heat from underneath,
or you too could scorch your creation like I did…
Shall we have a 2 minute break?
Kettle on. Milk no sugar for me xx
Clear away the powder and the heatgun,
and get out the ink pads and the brushes.
Start with a light colour, like Tumbled Glass, and apply colour with a Clarity brush, always brushing from the bubbles outwards to the sides.
Do the same with a darker colour now, like Faded Jeans.
Use a make up sponge to get in between the little bubbles.
I used the brightest colour, Picked Raspberry, last.
Still work the colour off the bubbles to the outside in long brush strokes.
Use a damp baby wipe to carefully wipe ink off the glazed bubbles.
You will be surprised how easily it comes off and how bright the bubbles are underneath!
Then take a dry paper towel and wipe the bubbles dry.
If you want to add more depth to the background, go ahead!
Just do the same brush, make up sponge and wipe steps again.
I will wait for you….
Trim the card back close to the bubbles.
Load a little of the lightest colour (Tumbled Glass) onto your Clarity blending mat
Did I mention you need one of those?! No? Sorry.
Go and find it then…
Then gently work the colour into the edge of your artwork.
Move round all 4 sides.
Then do the same thing with the darker colour, Faded Jeans.
Easy does it; although these little round tools are much easier to use than the square ones.
Done the edges? Good job!
Now put a little water in the cup of your hand,
and flick water at the bubble art.
Let the water soak in a little, then blot with a paper towel.
Heavens above! It’s a Galaxy!!
Use a ruler and a black Sharpie Pen to go round the edges.
Sorry, forgot to mention them. Well while you are getting them,
go dig out your Word Chains too;
We need a cool sentiment, Here are the newest ones from Clarity…
Decide which way round you like your art,
and then add some cool words with a black Archival.
Mount on a piece of the same card to flatten it.
How did you get on?
Which colours did you go with?
Did you get the light on one side by moving the stencil?
So here is the colour combo I went with.
Any other great trios you would suggest here?
Well, did you enjoy that? I really did!
Now let’s see your work!
If you can load a photo of it below, then fantastic!
Tell us how to do that too.
Otherwise, how about my Facebook page?
Or email it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will load it into a little Galaxy Gallery on the website