Saturday, December 7, 2013

Shaving Cream Technique - Northern Lights for Christmas

I've been wanting to try this technique for a while, I've wanted a few times to do a tie-dye effect, but today I was feeling a bit more calm. Anyway, there is an Inspiration Challenge this week on Splitcoaststampers that uses the Hollanders site for inspiration. This site has many beautiful decorative papers, and I am immediately drawn to abstract, color flowing patterns. I decided to use this as my inspiration to attempt to mimic the Northern Lights in a scene for a card.  Here is the final card:


Let me outline for you the steps to the Shaving Cream Technique. I strongly suggest using rubber gloves, my fingertips are currently very colorful ;)

  1. Assemble Materials: Paper towels, Shaving Cream, Plastic Plate, Bone Folder, Re-inkers, White Cardstock and a pen. 
  2. Shake and spray Shaving Cream in a plastic plate, spread it across the plate with the bone folder.
  3. Apply drops of the lightest color re-inker to the shaving cream (this will be your most plentiful color)
  4. Apply drops of the second-lightest color re-inker (not as much as in #3)
  5. Apply a few drops of your darkest acccent color re-inker 
  6. Swirl the shaving cream making a design with the end of a pen
  7. Apply cardstock and press firmly (ensuring coverage of the entire sheet of paper)
  8. Remove paper and place on clean plastic plate
  9. Use bone folder as a squeegee getting the shaving cream off of the cardstock, then wipe cardstock with a clean and dry paper towel
  10. Let your project dry before using on a project


Here are a few creations that I came up with :) The left two use Marina Mist, Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi ink, the right use Perfect Plum, Marina Mist and (retired) Bashful Blue Ink.

Instructions for the card:

  1. Make card base with Basic Black cardstock 8.5" x 5.5" scored in half at 4.25"
  2. Cut a 5.5" x 4.25" Whisper White Cardstock panel, Emboss with Houndstooth embossing folder, then trim to 5.25" x 4". Adhere to front of card base with Sticky Strip (I find this works best to adhere embossed cardstock, I use a 1.5" strip in each corner, use a safety pin to easily remove the protective strip on top of the adhesive).
  3. Prepare a 5.5" x 4.25" Whisper White Cardstock panel with the Shaving Cream technique. This card uses Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point re-inkers
  4. Stamp line of trees from Lovely As a Tree stamp set in Staz-On black ink
  5. Use glue pen to adhere glue to the ground area, adhere white flocking


  6. Trim stamped piece down to 4" x 3"
  7. Use white gel pen to apply highlights to the trees
  8. Mat with a 4.25" x 3.25" piece of Whisper White cardstock
  9. Mat once more with 4 3/8" x 3 3/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock
  10. Adhere stamped image/mats toward centered vertically and toward the right on the embossed cardstock, using Stampin' Dimensionals
  11. Adhere ribbon and tie bow using Glue Dots
  12. Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set with Staz-On black ink on Whisper White cardstock, punch out with Word Window Punch.
  13. Punch Modern Label from Basic Black cardstock
  14. Adhere sentiment to Modern Label
  15. Apply Rhinestones
  16. Adhere using snail adhesive toward the upper right of stamped image

Materials (product number)

  • Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • Basic Black Cardstock (121045)
  • Marina Mist Re-Inker (119787)
  • Wild Wasabi Re-Inker (109020)
  • Pacific Point Re-Inker (111840)
  • Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set (w.128655, c.127793)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (w.128748, c.127802)
  • Staz-On Ink Pad (101406)
  • White Gel Pen (105021)
  • Rhinestones (119246)
  • Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119261)
  • Word Window Punch (119857)
  • Modern Label Punch (119849)
  • Houndstooth Embossing Folder (123134)
  • Staz-On Stamp Cleaner (109196)
  • Stampin' Scrub (126200)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Snail Adhesive (104332)
  • Sticky Strip (104294)
  • Glue Dots (103683)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
  • Stampin' Trimmer (126889)
  • Craft Scissors (108360)
  • White Flocking (I got mine online)
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