Mermaid school

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October 13, 2015

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Shaving cream backgrounds have been around for a long time now, but I always found it a very messy technique and to be honest – it didn’t really inspire me. Then when I was playing with some ideas for watery background effects for my seahorse cards, I thought I’d give shaving cream another go, but do things a little differently. I had a fabulous time playing and am ecstatic with the results!! And hardly any mess. I’m sure you’ll love it too. I can hear you scrambling for the bathroom cupboard to steal away hubby’s shaving cream as we speak.

mermaid school

Material List: Stamp-It 2286F Mystical Mermaid; Jet Black Archival Pad; Fresh Lime, London Blue, Calypso Teal & Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion Sprays, Evergreen Bough & Peacock feathers Distress Sprays; Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Stains, various Alcohol Inks; white Matt & Kromekote Cards, Marigold & Great Lakes Bazzill Cards, Orange Magenta Mesh; Shaving Cream, Liquid Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Black Zig Pen, Waterbrush, Seahorse Punch

 

 

Note: the steps shown below were photographed after completion of the above card, so the finished result will look slightly different.
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1.  Squirt some shaving cream onto matt white cardstock. You don’t need too much. Spread with palette knife to nearly cover card, then place another piece of  white card over it. Squish slightly together, twist a little, then slowly peel apart. This will create mountains and valleys in your cream that would be hard to do with just the palette knife.

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2.  Spray your creamed card with inks. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Fresh Lime, London Blue and After Midnight.

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3.  Now for the fun part – heat using a heat gun! This evaporates the shaving cream, leaving behind air bubbles and ridges of white. Very organic looking. I love it!! (Note: that’s why you don’t want too thick a layer of shaving cream on your card to start with as it will take too long to dry and may start to smoke.)

4.  Layer your finished card onto desired backing. I used some orange and blue Bazzill cardstock with some Magenta mesh placed diagonally across it.

5.  The mermaid stamp you will notice is actually only the top half, which is good because that’s the hard part done for you. Now all you need to do is extend the line of her body downwards to include her hips. Do this with a pencil first until you’re happy with how it looks (don’t forget to give her a belly button), then go over in permanent black felt tip pen. Colour her and her fish in. I used a combination of Distress Stains, Distress markers and Liquid Pearls. Cut her out, tearing across bottom below hips. Mount her onto shaving cream background card.

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6.  I punched out the little seahorses on white kromekote gloss card, then coloured them with alcohol inks. I positioned them randomly in front of the mermaid, then added a little Stardust Stickles to make them shimmer. See below for some more samples I did with this shaving cream technique.

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