One of the color combos I did was an attempt at fall colors. I thought it looked much more like camo with orange. If I knew any hunters well enough to send them cards or had any images, I could make some cards like that. I have plenty of students who hunt, but no close friends or family members. I decided that the paper could also be perfect for Halloween. So, here's another use of the shaving cream technique. The stamps are both Studio G from last year and I colored with Bic markers.
Here's a thinking of you card I made using four different SU greens (Green Galore, Glorious Green, Gable Green, and Garden Green). The cardstock is from DCWV and I used my trusty Nestabilities.
If you haven't tried this technique yet, grab a can of shaving cream from the bathroom, your liquid re-inkers, some plain cardstock (I cut mine to the size of a card front), a plate or tray, a scraper, and a protected work surface. Gloves would also be handy if you're going to be in public afterwards because the ink will stain your hands. I did not do this, but the ink came off when I showered, so fear not if you don't have disposable gloves. Start to finish, give yourself 30-45 minutes depending on how many papers you want to do. It's a lot of fun and I think older children (maybe 8 and up) would love to help with this! It may sound like a waste of shaving cream, but if you plan your colors right, you can get a lot of mileage out of it. (I made over 30 card fronts with one 9x9 tray filled about an inch thick.) Start with shades of the same color and make some papers. Then you can mix the shaving cream well and get a light solid color. Add new reinkers in colors that coordinate with the pale shade and you'll be able to make twice as many sheets with the tray of cream. Today I started with 4 shades of green, mixed and got light green, then added green, orange, and brown (above), then mixed and got a pale greenish brown, then added reds, green, and brown for the paper on the Christmas cards in my last post. I never replaced the shaving cream.
One added benefit- it's like perfumed stationery! The shaving cream I bought has a very light scent and the cards now smell nice, too. :)
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Cards shipped to OWH (as of 8/2/11): 964