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.
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))
Thursday, 10 April 2008