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Friday, August 14, 2009


Hello everyone, remember how much fun blowing bubbles used to be? Today's post is a tutorial which I hope will inspire you to let loose and have some fun with your paper crafting. In fact this is so much fun you could invite your children, grandchildren or friends to do this with you. I will show you how to make the Designer Bubble card stock I used in this Birthday card.
Card Recipe
Brown card stock, bubble card stock, violet pink vellum paper and the cute cake in the center is card stock from DCWV THE SWEET STACK available at Die Cuts R Us. I cut and embossed the cake and sentiment with Spellbinders Petite Ovals Nestabilities available at Die Cuts R Us.
I dipped the edges of my ovals in a Vivid raspberry ink pad and added some pink glitter to the flowers I cut with Cricut Walk in my Garden available at Die Cuts R Us, and then added a brown ribbon.
Bubble Card Stock Recipe
Plastic tablecloth or protective cover for your table, plates to catch the bubble drips, small bowls, water and 1 teaspoon of sugar per small bowl. 1 bottle of bubbles- I only used 1/4 of this small bottle for all 5 dishes. Straws, food coloring (I used Neon Bright's I found at $store)
Sorry my recipe did not give a measurement for anything but the sugar. I did approximately 1 part bubbles to 2 parts water (free pour) and I added more food coloring as needed.
Card stock, I cut 8 1/2 x 11 sheets in 1/2 to make them a little easier to manage. I also try different colors because you never know what combination will look best. Rubber gloves are optional and old clothes for the little ones.
Now let the fun begin! Mix your water, bubbles, sugar and food coloring with your straw and start blowing bubbles! This was so much fun, and the bubbles were such beautiful colors too! Put a plate or old pie tin underneath to catch the mess, I figured that out a little late.
Notice the difference in the 2 bowls of bubbles? You want your bubbles to look like the top picture BIG, not the little bubbles near the straw in the second picture. Small bubbles make a large dark spot on your card stock.
Hold your card stock over the top of the bowl and let the card stock smash or break your bubbles. Pick up the card stock and move it around to fresh bubbles and keep doing this till you fill the page with bubbles (you may have to blow more bubbles to finish the page).
This does messy ,1/2 way through I added a plate underneath.
Above the card stock drying out on the table,
below you can see it brightens up after it dry's for 24 hours.
I do hope you decide to give this a try, it will definitely release the inner child in you. So now that you have your very own designer bubble card stock what will you create with it? I think it would be a great background to use as a frame on one of those cute images everyone colors in with their Copic's (which Claudia will have on sale for 2.99 each starting Monday August 17th at Die Cuts R Us but hurry sale ends 8/23) or how about the Quickutz 2x2 shape dies super sale: 40% off! Sale ends 08/16. Stop by her store and check out all the new products, she has been adding loads of new goodies daily! Anyone else have any suggestions as to what you could do with your Designer Bubble card stock? Please share your ideas with us ~Diane

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Cara said...

Diane!! My kids would love this making this bubble paper. It would be so fun and I would have lots of colorful paper :o)
Great tutorial!! Have a nice weekend!

Kimberly said...

This is a very interesting way to make some very cool paper. Will definitely give it a try. Great tutorial!

CelticWoman said...

well that sure adds up to a lot of fun and the end results are wonderful, thanks for sharing that easy to do, well explained idea. The card is awesome. Sandi

Crayola58 said...

Diane, this is a GREAT tutorial. I love the colors on the cardstock you finished. What great fun... I must try this...as soon as I find a clear tablecloth ...
Carole DCRU DT

1CardCreator said...

Carole, I buy my tablecloths at dollar tree. They come in handy when we have the neighborhood girls over for a card making session. ~Diane DCRU DT

Margie said...

What a wonderful and cool tutorial!
My boys will love this ;)

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG! How fun is this! Can't wait to try. Fabulous tutorial! xxD

62 Cards - Sammye Jo said...

Diane- YOU ROCKED IT! Tutorial Queen! All of us have big shoes to fill! (And messes to make!)

Amy Croley said...

This looks fun!

Yvette said...

Ohhhh this is sooo cool Diane!!! Can't wait to try this out! TFS!!

Gwen said...

Diane, I love this idea! Would you mind if I borrowed this for a class? I think it would be a big hit for all of my kids and some of my friends who have children. A project you can do together is always wonderful. Really great idea.


the whimsical butterfly said...

Totally cool bubble paper! Wow!

1CardCreator said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and support! This really was a fun project (even at my age) and I love the results. PS to all of you. You can let your paper dry and add another bubble color on top of it. Thanks for looking and thanks for sharing.
~Diane (DCRU DT) <(*<*)>

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