Blowing bubbles isn’t just for kids anymore! Today you get to play like you did when you were a kid. (By the way, if you have kids in your life, invite them to join you!)
In this stroll down memory lane, you will create gorgeous backgrounds for your cards that will each be one of a kind. After all, you can’t blow the same bubble pattern twice!
So, let’s get started and discover five ways to use bubble techniques.
Basic Bubble Blowing Technique
Here’s what you need to get started: a small container such as a plastic cup, a straw, dish soap, a few bright or dark colored reinkers and some cardstock. That’s it.
Pour about 1/4 of a cup of water into the container and add 10 – 20 drops of reinker. Add a few drops of dish soap and use the straw to stir the mixture. Now for the fun – especially if you have kids doing this with you. Blow into the straw until bubbles rise above the top of the container. (Make sure you are blowing into the straw, not drinking in the water!)
The colors used for these cards are Cherry Cobbler, Azure Afternoon, Starry Sky and Old Olive. They all dry light that you might expect.
Five Ways to Use This Bubble Technique
- Just Tap It!
Place your cardstock right over the container and then remove. See what those bubbles created! This card shows the circle shape left by the container.
And here is the finished card with the fussy cut fish from the Let’s Go Fishing Designer Series Paper.
2. Repeat Tapping
Pick up the cardstock and repeat with different areas to get an overall look like this. On this card, the bubbles create the sky. The adorable bunny from the Playing in the Rain stamp set is dancing in the snow.
3. Swiping Technique
Instead of placing the cardstock directly on the bubbles, gently swipe it across the surface of the container. This method creates streaks and trails of color, adding depth and movement to your cards. Play around with the speed and direction of your swipes to achieve different visual effects.
Swipe the cardstock over the bubble to create different looks. On this card, the white part left empty makes the perfect space for the sentiment.
This accent is from the Gorgeously Made Dies.
4. Layering Colors Technique
Why settle for just one bubble color when you can create stunning layered backgrounds? After capturing your first set of bubbles on the cardstock, allow it to dry completely. Then, repeat the process with a different color combination.
Azure Afternoon Ink and Starry Sky Ink were used for the water look. A layer of white cardstock with a circle cut out using the Stylish Shapes Dies is placed over so you can see the water through the circle and along the edge of the card as well. The Sea Turtle stamp set finishes this card off. (This was the card Hank chose as his favorite!)
5. Using Dies & Punches with the Bubble Technique
On this lovely card, notice how both the background and the accent piece are done with bubbled paper. (Is that even a word?)
Old Olive Ink was used on the background and the accent was die cut from a multi colored bubble background with the Gorgeously Made Dies.
This card made with the Delightful Doily Hybrid Die reminds me of vintage doilies. My grandmother used to crochet doilies with thin multi colored thread. I love the look of a vintage card.
And don’t forget punches! The Petal Park Builder Punch was used to punch from a multicolored bubble background. The sentiment is from the Lasting Joy stamp set and stamped on Basic White cardstock cut out with the Scalloped Contours Dies.
Our grandson Hank joined us for this Create with Us Show! If you have kids in your life, they will love doing this with you!
Easy Bubble Techniques for Card Making
So which of these cards made using this bubble technique is your favorite?
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