Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! Samantha here,  and after much consideration, we have decided to discontinue our challenges, and instead use Sunday for even more inspiration. Part of our team will post some new cards as eye candy for you!

The winner of our final challenge is. . .

Congrats, Sonya!! Please email me at so I can get you set up being our guest designer!

Now for our first Sunday Inspiration, we focused on a great, often forgotten, technique. This technique is called the Shaving Cream Background!!  Here's a quick tutorial.

You will need:

  • Shaving cream -the foam kind, not the gel kind. I used Barbasol because that is the kind I had on hand.
  • 3-4 dye ink reinkers -I am using Stampin' UP reinkers: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Rich Razzleberry for the tutorial (For the card above I used Dusty Durango, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Rich Razzleberry)
  • white cardstock -I cut mine into quarters (4.25inchX5.5inch pieces)
  • lots of paper towels
  • utensils for mixing and scraping (such as a plastic fork and a bamboo skewer used here!)

1. Spread out a couple of layers of paper towels on a table. This will be your work surface. I didn't have any problem with leaking with two layers of paper towels. Open your reinkers so they are ready to use.

2. Spray an area of shaving cream large enough to cover your piece of Whisper White cardstock.

4. Smooth the shaving cream with a fork or whatever you have handy.

5. Put a couple of drops of each color of reinker over your shaving cream surface in a random pattern.

6. Using your fork, make a swirling pattern across your shaving cream to mix around your reinkers. You may have to go across the surface back and forth a couple of times to get the reinkers mixed how you want them.

It should end up looking something like this:

7. Next, with your bamboo skewer (for toothpick, just something smaller) make some smaller swirls across the shaving cream for more detail.

Now your shaving cream should have even more detailed ripples, and it should look something like this:

8. Take one of your quarter sheets of Whisper White cardstock and press it directly into the shaving cream.

Make sure to press it all the way into the shaving cream, even around the edges. There should be shaving cream squirting around all the sides of the paper like shown in this photo:

9. Peel your paper out of the shaving cream.

10. Using your fork, scrape off the excess shaving cream and put the excess back into your shaving cream pile (will explain later!).

11. Use a paper towel to wipe off the rest of the shaving cream from your paper.

Here is what my paper looked like:

Now, I was left with this pile of shaving cream!! So I used it again :O) Repeat the steps using another quarter sheet of white Cardstock.

Swirl and smooth out the shaving cream, press your cardstock into it, scrape, wipe. . .

And now you have two!!

So I repeated the process and ended up with 4 very different peices of cardstock with the same pile of shaving cream. The more I used the same shaving cream, the lighter the colors got, but it still looked neat! I could have probably gotten more than 4 pieces out of the shaving cream I was using if I had added a few more drops of reinker to the shaving cream. Since this is such a messy and involved process, I think it is best to work in batches like I did so you can make plenty of paper for later use.

Now give it a try! It is actually a really fun technique! My hubby even plays along when I do this technique.

Here are the beautiful projects that the designers came up with:





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  1. Cool technique Sami - thanks for sharing! Dang I tried to enter your challenge last night but the inlinkz wasn't working :( guess I was too late!!

  2. This looks like a fun technique. I'll have to try it. The cards came out great!

    I'll miss the challenges but I totally understand that not many people were participating. Maybe it can be added in again sometime in the future.