Thursday, 10 April 2008

Hubble Bubble

Hello!

Sometimes inspiration can come from the strangest of places and today was no exception! I was at work, walking up the platform and the sun was shining in through the lovely glass roof of the station. I looked at the side of the train and I could see the sun was highlighting a pattern on one of the coach doors of the train. And this pattern looked like the door had been wrapped in bubble wrap when the paint was wet and then the bubble wrap had left a lovely dotty effect on it.

So, guess what? I decided to have a go at making my own "bubble wrap" pattern.

I inked up a little tag using Adirondack Wild Plum and applying it with a damp babywipe - this is a fab way of applying the inks as it gives a more scratchy covering than Cut & Dry. I then quickly dried the ink with my heatgun and then using a small piece of bubble wrap, I rubbed a Pearl Dabber over the the bubbly side. I then turned this over and pressed it onto the inky tag. I repeated this until I had the coverage I wanted and then wiped off the paint and used Purple Twilight Dabber and did the same again. I ended up with a really lovely dotty pattern - just like the train door :O))

Piccie taken so you can see the bubbles




I then used my most favouritest Paper Bag Studio stamp, inking with Black VersaFine and stamped this onto the tag. Now, the ladies over on My Time to Craft Challenge have set the theme this week as "In Stitches". I am completely useless with a needle and thread so I cheated and used Stitch Stamps, stamping rows of them all around the edges of the tag and down either side of the main image. I then got a little ambitious, found a needle and some silver lame thread and sewed three buttons onto the tag. The buttons are from the Tim Holtz range of embellies and are lovely silver metal ones...note I used buttons that only had two holes though....I don't want DH to get the wrong idea and think I can start sewing buttons on his shirts now do I? LOL

I punched a hole in the top of the tag with my Crop-A-Dile and then set a white eyelet into the hole and added some pink and silver fibres to finish the tag.

Finished Tag




I am soooo chuffed with the whole outcome of my playing and will deffo be using the bubble wrap to make more patterned backgrounds...and the best thing is that bubble wrap comes in loads of different sized bubbles so I can make bigger ones or smaller ones if I want to! Result!

Thanks for looking.....please give me your comments about this new, if a little messy, technique I have used :O))

Hels x

20 comments:

Andrea Harold Divine Handbags & Accessories said...

Being totally uncrafty, I admire those who can craft. Looks good and looks like fun - the bubbles. Great idea.

Also like your blog page - how did you get all that width! I need another 1/4" of an inch and can't find out how to get it.

Angie C said...

Another fantastic tecnique you seem to have mastered Hels - it looks very effective = well done

Hels said...

Thanks Angie....loved playing!! Andrea, thanks for visiting, have left you a message on your Blog x

Elisabeth said...

Your creations totally amaze me! I wish I could think outside of the box and do things like this. Gorgeous!!

Andrea said...

WOW Hels I am blown away by your ideas, its a fab tag xx

Mee said...

Brilliant. I take away loads of inspiration every time I visit your blog!! Thank you for joining in with the challenge this week :o) Jo x

Donna said...

Wow, Hels another great piece of work, I love the way you get your ideas it's amazing. Thanks for yet more inspiration. xx kretrina

Lesley said...

Looks great Helen, and I love Wild Plum too! Thank you for joining our challenge this week xxx

Denise said...

Inspirational Hels as always- and I love love that 'hands' stamp xx

CraftyC said...

You do make me laugh Hels, dont know how you come up with your idea's!(LOL). Great tag see your still in purple mode...
Clairexx

Sarah said...

Fan-tag-stic!! (sorry about the pun!)
You come up with some amazing ideas!
xx :0)

Hels said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments...Hels xx

Annapurna said...

Love the colors you used on this one. It really looks like your background has bubble wrap on it. Beautiful tag.

Ruby Claire. said...

i LOOVE this technique! (One of my favs) and i love what you have done with it!
TOTALLY RAD!

nessy said...

wow ~what fun and what a fab tag!!
great to see how you are inspired to create these stunning works of art!!
vanessa xx

Linda Elbourne said...

Fab Hels - I love this more than I love the bubbles in Aero X

Hels said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments :O))

craftyscot said...

gorgeous tag Hels, that is one of my fave stamps too
x

My Time To Craft Challenge said...

Thanks for taking part this week, great work!

Sue said...

Fab tag, Hels. you don't half come up with some weird and wonderful ideas LOL. xx

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