Saturday, 18 January 2014

Blowing Bubbles

I was doing my Saturday morning blog surf and came across a technique that I'd never seen before.  My friend, Leena at A La Cards designs for The Technique Twist Challenge.  This morning she showcased this week's technique, "bubble backgrounds".  After reading her description I just HAD to try it and my husband off to the dollar store to get me some acrylic paint!

Simply combine some white acrylic paint with any colour of Stampin' Up ink using a re-inker, add a little dish soap and some water and you're all set to begin blowing bubbles.  I combined my paint and ink in an empty accessories container (e.g. brads or buttons, etc.) because I didn't want to use a lot and I need something fairly shallow.  I held my Whisper White card stock over top of the container while I blew bubbles using a drinking straw and as they popped they coloured the paper.  So cool!

"Bubbles" using Island Indigo and Real Red

Then I turned to one of my favourite sketch challenge blogs, Try Stampin' On Tuesday, for some sketch inspiration:

Try Stampin' On Tuesday Sketch #151

I really like how the banners alternate and wanted to capture that with my "Bubble Background"

I LOVE the look that the "bubbles" have on the paper.  I used Stampin' Up's Island Indigo and Real Red to tint my acrylic paint.  It created a lovely, soft background for my "Language of Love" stamps.

I deliberately did not put a specific sentiment on the card.  I thought it could be used for Valentine's Day, a wedding, a baby's arrival, a birthday or just about anything really.  I wanted to leave it open-ended so that when the right occasion comes along I can use it.

Here is a list of all the supplies you'll need to make this card:

Stamps:  Language of Love (item # 133077 CM or #133074 WM, Occasions Catalogue)

Ink:  Island Indigo, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Other:  Decorative Dots TIEF (item #133520, Sale-a-bration item), Hearts Framelits (item # 125599), white acrylic paint, dish soap, drinking straws.

Happy Stamping!


  1. Now THAT is a fun technique!!! One I will have to try really soon :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Try Stampin' on a Tuesday this week, we sure hope to see you back again soon!!!

  2. what a cool and fun technique!!! your card turned out very pretty :)
    So glad you joined us on Try Stampin' on Tuesday this week!

  3. Very pretty Laura , it turned out perfect !! Thanks for joining our twisted technique :)

  4. Love how you used the alternating BUBBLE BANNERS and combined with the sketch with your fun soft colors! Thanks for TWISTING with us this week!

  5. What a fun technique! I also love how you have kept your card for any occasion as well. Thanks for joining us this week at Try Stampin' On Tuesday.

  6. Great card & looks like a fun thing to do. Thank you for joining in the fun at Try Stampin' on Tuesdays

  7. Laura, love the bubble background technique that you used! Your card is so soft and pretty! Thanks for joining us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday.
    Sara H.

  8. What a pretty card and I love the different bubble colors. Thanks for joining us over at The Technique Twist.

  9. Bubble backgrounds- that brings back memories!! clever take on the sketch! Thanks for joining us at JUGS!

  10. Really FUN card - love your bubble papers. Thanks for joining us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday - Karen, DT

  11. So glad you like this technique, Laura! It sure is fun, isn't it? Thanks for giving it a try and joining us at The Technique Twist this week!


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