Friday, November 02, 2007

R is for Rosie the Riveter

Rosie, an image from Diva Impressions, is stamped with Jet Black Staz-On ink over a red and blue shaving cream background. I embossed the big R and the title Rosie in silver detail powder and mounted the card on navy blue stock.

I had wanted to try the shaving cream technique for a long time. To get this effect, you find some kind of shallow basin that will fit your card stock. I put the whole 8-1/2 x 11 paper in there and just know I will eventually use all the scraps.

So after you get your basin, squirt enough shaving cream into it to cover the bottom. Drop some ink into the shaving cream and swirl it around with a thin skewer. Really Red and Night of Navy reinkers from Stampin Up were used for this card. After you get some veins of color, push the glossy stock down into the shaving cream and then pull it straight up. Wipe the excess shaving cream off the cardstock. You can make multiple impressions into the shaving cream. Add more ink or don't. As you keep making impressions, you may get less dramatic designs.

I tried using matte cardstock also, and got a very different effect. Much less vivid, but still interesting. I think with different colors, it could make an intriguing and organic background.

A benefit of using the shaving cream is that your room will have a bracingly clean smell.

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