Hi, it’s Libby here today, and just like Tami and Sally yesterday, today’s post is a collaborative effort. But I didn’t team up with one of the amazing Hero Arts designers. Nope, I had fun playing with my daughter, Courtney! She is my little budding artist, she absolutely loves getting creative with all of my supplies. And one of the Hero Arts products she loves most are the sweet little Ink ‘n’ Stamp tubs! These sets are fantastic for kids - each one has fun theme, like “Fairy Princess” or “Pirate” or “Animal Prints“, and contains a little inker and eighteen woodblock stamps. The favorite tub in our house is the Sea Life set! But of course, these cute little stamps aren’t just for kids - I love to play with them, too!
Before I get to Courtney’s project, I wanted to share an idea for using these little stamps. I created three inch square notes to tuck into my kids’ lunchboxes. They both love ocean animals! I combined the Sea Life stamps with some perfect sentiments from other Hero Arts sets - OWH Lil Hoot (an awesome set for making cards for kids!) and the pretty Butterfly set. I kept these very simple - they came together quickly, so I could make a nice little stash to keep in the kitchen cupboard. I think my kids will love the surprise!
Now on to Courtney’s project! We decided to try an oldie but goodie technique that kids LOVE! Do you remember the shaving cream technique? Courtney thought it was absolutely magical! We thought it was a fun way to create a background perfect for an “under the sea” scene.
To begin, Courtney put some white foam shaving cream on a paper plate. Using the back of a plastic knife, she spread it out smooth (sort of!) then added dots of ink. In the past when I tried this technique, I used reinkers. I didn’t have any on hand this time, so we tried opening up some Sprays and flicking that ink into the shaving cream!
Courtney used Pool and Green Hills spray inks.
Next, the ink drops were swirled around using the knife. Or a toothpick, a skewer, the end of a paintbrush - any of these would also work just fine.
A trimmed piece of paper was then placed into the shaving cream, and gently pressed down.
After carefully picking the paper back up, the excess shaving cream was scraped off of the paper using the back of the knife. A paper towel was used to clean off the rest.
Voila! A really fun background! She was so happy with the result.
After the paper was dry (I hit it with my heat tool), Courtney went to town with the Sea Life tub.
She was thrilled that she got to use mom’s Prismacolors instead of her own Crayolas.
And her finished card! She loved this technique, and plans to give this very special, handmade card to a friend at her birthday party this weekend. I think she’s catching the rubber stamping bug. Needless to say, I’m thrilled!
I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past technique, and the peek at these fun Ink ‘n’ Stamp tubs. What are some of your favorite oldie but goodie, kid-friendly techniques? I need to think of something for Courtney’s next stamping lesson.
Have a wonderful weekend!