Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fish Cards with Paint Bubble Backgrounds Tutorial

I recently made a bunch of cards using a painted bubble background.  It was loads of fun, and I haven’t seen it done often in cardmaking, so I thought I would share a simple tutorial.

(This card is also is being entered into Tuesday Throwdown’s Stitching Challenge)

You will need acrylic paint, dish soap, water, a container to mix in, and a straw.  I used this pie dish, but you might want to try a disposable cup or bowl, or maybe a take-out container.



I mixed about 1 part paint to 5 parts water. I added a few drops of dish soap.  I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it.  Your mileage will vary here depending on how pigmented your paint is.



Mix it together with the straw and then blow the bubbles till you have tons of bubbles.  I didn’t want to waste too much paint, so I tipped the pie pan to the side and pool the liquid in one spot before blowing the bubbles.



Place your cardstock right down into the bubbles.  Some have found that scooping the bubbles up with the paper, and popping them yourself, is another way to do it.



Here is one of my backgrounds!  Let me know if you give it a try!


For this background, I had tried using a disposable cup.  I got an outline of the cup, too, which is a fun look.

Tips:
1)  Don’t have acrylic paints, try any of your reinkers.  
2) Want a lighter color, add water.  Want a darker color, add more paint.  
3) This can be messy!  Don’t work around your beautiful, completed card projects!  Don’t wear your favorite shirt!  I worked in the kitchen.  
4) Be sure to only blow through the straw, resist sucking in at all costs!
5) These don’t just have to be blue water, I am going to be doing black for Halloween cards.  Layer different colors, too.

Supplies:  Inkadinkado Fish and Bizzaro Stamps fish, Hero Arts (with Basic Grey) Awesome sentiment stamps, Versafine Black ink, K&Co patterned papers, DCWV Citrus Stack, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles, Spellbinders Fancy Edged Rectangles dies




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14 comments:

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

What a fun idea for a background!! Thank you so much for including process information and photos!!

Carol L said...

Thanks for showing us how to make these fun backgrounds with bubbles! Love them all and I especially love those comical sentiments on your cards! Love the first with the "WORD" sentiment - cracked me up! NJ on all of these!

wannabcre8tive said...

Your fish cards are very cute. I like your new techniques. It looks great.

Lois said...

What an interesting technique! I may have to give it a try -- I like cards that depict sea life. I love all your cards.

Mac Mable said...

I have never heard of this technique..isn't it fun? What unique and fabulous effects you've created. Fabulous cards and thank you for the step by step and the hints and tips...Will be giving this a go x.

Cat Craig said...

What a fabulous tutorial. I love those bubbles they are magical. Thanks so much for sharing the steps. Your cards have a wonderful depth to them thanks to those bubbles.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What fun bubble backgrounds and they work so well with all your cute fish images. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

Bev Polen - Guneaux Designs said...

Wow, Heidi! I love your gorgeous fish cards using the great technique. You got great results. I've not tried that before, and maybe I will now! Fantastic work! Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

This technique is just perfect for underwater scenes, I like the results using the cup :)

Beth Norman said...

Love the results of this technique. It is so pretty in the blue. Your fish stamp is just perfect.

aussie aNNie said...

Love this technique, have tried it before and the results are amazing. After seeing this post I really want to do it again...
Last time I forgot to blow into the straw and instead sucked it up...mmmmm oh not so in this technique.xx

Marina said...

What a great technique - it looks fabulous!

Bonnie said...

What a fun technique, Heidi! I'm going to remember this for CAS Mix Up or CAS Watercolour!

Theresa Pollack said...

Love this technique! Will have to try! Great fish cards!!