Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A close shave?...

Happy Wednesday,

Today's card is anther using the new stamps to die for and the shaving foam technique which quite a few of my blog family asked to see in close up!

For more details on the shaving foam technique then click HERE for a pictorial tutorial on Sue Wilson's Particraft blog.  For this project I used the garden meadow set of Acrylic Drawing inks, using these you get a softer colour look and the shaving foam does not get muddy as it can with alcohol ink.

For the stamped element I used the Heritage Flourish stamp to die for from the new range.  I stamped this in black archival ink then heat embossed it with clear detail embossing powder.  I cut this out with the matching Hamilton die designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions.

Next I cut another of the Hamilton dies in black card, cut this in 2, and mounted this behind the stamped image to give a shadow.

Finally I inked the trailing Ivy die with a brayer and archival jet black ink to make a letter pressed die cut of the ivy. I cut this out and added it around the main image along with a bow made of black and jute twine finished with a small black dazzler.

Card Size: 21 x21 cm
Colours: Coconut White, black foundation card, chrome gloss card
Stamps: Heritage Flourish Stamp to Die For
Dies: Hamilton
Inks: Jet Black archival ink, 
Embellishments: Black and Jute twine



  1. Morning John, loving today's card x

  2. Hi John.
    Another beauty Thank you.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  3. Morning John, a beautiful card today love the colours you have used for the shaving foam technique.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Hi John,
    Fabulous Card Great Technique, I Love The Shaving Foam Background Although I Don't Think I'll Ever Try As I'm Not A Messy Crafter And I Hate A Mess, But You Guy's Always Make It Look So Easy.........
    Thanks For Sharing
    Hugs From Sam xxx
    ✂️ Carry On Creating ✂️

  5. Morning John
    A lovely card I do like the shaving foam technique it adds interest in your cards.
    I love the sentiment too xxx

  6. Hi John, fabulous card, love the colours on the background, this is one of my favourite techniques and I use it often. Have a great day. Bx

  7. Hi John, a very lovely card , the background looks great.
    I will not try it as i would get into such a mess .
    Take care
    Elaine H X

  8. Morning John, This card is gorgeous, I love, love, love, this background and the colours are fabulous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  9. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the background. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  10. Good morning John. Gorgeous card today. Must give the shaving foam technique another go - Anne and I tried it years ago with Sue. I must buy some twine as these bows look good and aren't so full on as wide ribbon.

  11. Hi John
    A lovely card, this technique makes gorgeous backgrounds.
    B xx

  12. Hi John,
    Realy nice card. I haven't got round to palying with shaving foam as I get in late from work. Agrre about the ribbons Jan - love it. Must invest.
    Anne M xxx

  13. Hi John beautiful card I love the background the results are stunning may give it ago .Gloria (sidcup) xx

  14. love doing this technique it's made a beautiful card

  15. Morning John, I love the effect the shaving foam has and the wonderful patterns it produces, thank you so much for sharing.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  16. Morning John,
    I love this card, also love how you have done the background.
    I watched you do the shaving foam technique on Hochanda, I haven't tried it myself yet, but I've been told we are going to do the shaving foam technique in a craft class soon, should be fun.
    Thanks for sharing

  17. Good morning John, love this technique!!! You get a different background everytime!!!
    Have a good one!!!
    Loopy Lynda xxx

  18. Beautiful card John. Love the background.

  19. Such a beautiful background...never tried this technique before

  20. Lovely card John, never tried the shaving foam thing as John uses Gel, will have to buy some and try it, xxx

  21. Morning John,
    A lovely card, I like the shaving foam technique it's always a surprise when you wipe the foam away, have been doing it myself recently.

  22. Lovely card, great background.


  23. I love the unpredictability of the shaving foam technique, you never know how it will turn out. You have produced a lovely background with the colours you have used.


  24. This technique is so effective. As Jan said, we did it with Sue some time ago.

    Anne (Northampton)

  25. It is a lovely technique using shaving foam - love the simplicity of the look.
    Many thanks,
    Sue Mac

  26. Love the card John it's beautiful wish I had the courage to try the foam thank you
    Love June Horrocks xxxxxx

  27. I have missed some cracking cards whilst away and especially love the background on todays. The colours are just right. Brill. Luv Jxxx

  28. Hi John,
    beautiful, I LOVE the shaving technique.
    Hugs, Rose

  29. Hi John, I really must bite the bullet and have a go at the shaving foam technique as it looks absolutely stunning on this card. I will have to wait until the house is sold as I have to keep it looking like a show house while it is on the market (and it has been since September) so I am too frightened of making a mess. Cross your fingers for the viewing this afternoon.


  30. Hi John, gorgeous card. The shaving foam technique is one of my favourites. It's like play time for me, lol. Love and hugs,
    Alison D x

  31. Good morning John, must try my drawing inks with the shaving foam instead of alcohol inks. Beautiful effect you have created, love from Jackie xx

  32. Hi John. This is a perfect card. I like the way the sentiment is small to allow the background to shine. I like the blue and green combo. I must try this. Anne O

  33. Love this card John. Must get some drawing inks and try this technique. Thank you.

  34. Love the background on this card, would you believe I am creating some backgrounds this afternoon with this technique!
    Linda xxx

  35. Hi John, lovely card and a great background technique really shows off the die and stamp to perfection.

  36. Absolutely gorgeous card and I love that background, it is so
    pretty and unique I love it.
    Despite stocking up on cheap shaving foam I have still not got around to trying it yet but I do love the results from yourself and Sue showing it and promise myself I will get around to trying it.

  37. Hi John, just love the card. I think the shaving foam technique is wonderful and have used it a few times until son in law realised I was using his stash.
    Love Val x

  38. Lovely card. Not tried this technique but looks good.

    One more night and day then we can head home. All safe so far lol


  39. I've only tried this technique once I need to get some of these drawing inks and try again because it is so effective The die cutting and stamping ain't bad either hee hee! Gorgeous

  40. I've tried the tech and I love it. Your card is super (from a missing in action commenter.) What's wrong with Sue's blog - can't leave a comment without giving a friend's email addy? Won't be commenting for much longer, will run out of friends.

  41. Great background John. Got a decorator in at moment and tried to pinch some of his wallpaper paste powder as someone suggested on Saturday, but he had blooming used it all up. Tut. SueL x

  42. Hi John,
    Lovely colours in the background, I haven't tried the drawing inks but love the shaving foam technique.
    Thanks for sharing,

  43. Eh up John
    Brilliant background. I love messing with the shaving foam but haven't done it for a while. Will have to have another play.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x