- Heat embossing, which inspired my very first homemade Christmas cards at some point in the 80s. I embossed an image of a chile ristra in gold and colored it with some hideous 80s markers and thought I was in crafty heaven.
- "WOW bags" - at the first Stampin' Up! workshop I went to, the demonstrator used those Rollagraph rolling stamps to roll alternating diagonal stripes of Posy and Vine in Pink Passion and Green Galore. I think I actually screamed. I'm neither proud nor ashamed of this.
- The shaving cream technique.
But it was SO cool. It was the beginning of my mixed media fascination I think. So different from stamps, ink and paper.
But once you'd made a few backgrounds, that was kind of it outside of color combos.
But for my last retreat I thought I'd modernize it just a bit and see if it worked with stencils. I had been playing with brusho and embossing paste, and thought shaving cream might be less messy in a group setting so I tried it and loved it.
And I think (they can correct me if I'm wrong) the attendees came away with that as their favorite technique we did.
I asked them to bring their own stencils, and some of them were so amazingly intricate - and this technique preserved every detail - it was amazing. So I felt like it would be fun to do a tutorial on it.
Here are some of the cards I made.
Fun right? I've been trying to see if I can replicate this with another inking technique and I've decided it's pretty unique.
So this became one of our Falliday Fest tutorials this week, and I'm super excited about it.
I made a short video on it with some super important tips you'll want to hear, so without further ado...
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do - it really makes your craft room smell nice as a bonus!