March 17, 2016

Shaving the Leprechaun?


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I do hope the Luck of the Irish is with you today and always. I figure I’m Irish by proxy since I married an Irishman..hahaha, but today, we all get to be a little bit Irish. So in honor of the day, I created a couple of cute little St. Patty’s Day cards to share with you using the Shaving Cream technique to create my background paper.
 

The little Leprechaun was made using Whisper White and the 1¾’ circle punch for his face, the Decorative Label punch cut in half for his hat and the Word Window punch for the brim of his hat, punched from Cucumber Crush. For his beard, I used the 1¾” scalloped circle punch pushing the Pumpkin Pie paper only ¾ of the way through. I added a little Pink Pirouette ink to his cheeks and free handed his facial features using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker™.

The Shamrock was made using the Sweetheart Punch and Cucumber Crush. I punched 3 hearts and for the stem, I used the Bird Builder punch. I then adhered all of the pieces to a 1” circle I punched from the Cucumber Crush cardstock. I then popped that up on Dimensionals™ onto a 2½” circle punch.

For the background paper on both cards, I used the Shaving Cream technique. I started with a plate full of shaving cream (I used Barbersol since that is what my husband shaves with) and I then added random drops of Cucumber Crush, Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz re-inkers and “stirred” them around until I had the desired marbling effect. (Avoid over mixing/stirring as you will end up with a muddy mess if you do). Once I was happy with how the shaving cream looked, I took my cardstock that was pre-cut to 5¼” x 4”  and placed it face down into the shaving cream. Then I just wiped away the excess cream and hit it with my heat tool to quickly dry the paper. I then added my embellishments and my sentiment, which comes from the ever popular Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, and Viola!  

Go ahead and try the Shaving Cream technique, experiment with other colors. The sky is the limit on this one. Try blues for a water or sky effect. Use a mix of reds and greens for a Christmas look or pinks and yellows and soft blues for an Easter/Spring look.  Like I said, you can go in many directions with this one technique. So pull out those re-inkers and raid your husbands side of the vanity. You will be pleasantly surprised with your results!

Please leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts on this one.

Happy Stamping,

Katrina

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