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2/02/2017

NBUS Challenge 10 - Bubble Wrap

Welcome! I think I've managed to not miss the deadline for Darnell's 10th NBUS Challenge! And the optional theme, aside from using NBUS (which means Never Before Used Schtuff - in case you are one of the few bloggers who doesn't know what NBUS means!) Additionally, if acronyms are used in my post that are unfamiliar to you, be sure to check the tab Blog-a-nitions at the top of this blog. I try to put in definitions coined by some of the clever cardmakers - if I didn't know it, guessed other folks might not either!

Challenge 10 optional choice was to use Bubble Wrap as a part of the card design, with alcohol inks, reinkers, whatever ink would work on Bubble Wrap. Now, I had played some months ago with yupo paper & copic various ink (which is alcohol base).  Blotted the wet yupo with some bubble wrap. Took a while to dry, and then I didn't know what the heck to do with it - & other things got in the way. THEN: the night prior to learning about this challenge, tried one of the old C/B folders -the  green kind if you remember - which would cut out a portion of the embossing.

OK, still got that piece bubble wrap, so got busy with some alcohol inks, just selecting random colors. Had cut a few pieces of 144# Yupo Paper**. Dropped the inks in sort of a circle pattern onto the bubble wrap, and plopped the Yupo over it. First was very wet; still had ink on the bubble wrap, so plopped on the 2nd Yupo. STILL had some ink, so here comes the 3rd piece, still getting faint inking designs. I think I finally got all the ink pretty much off the bubble wrap. Took overnight for the 1st piece to dry. Since I need to get crackin' on Valentine cards, that's what my efforts became.


Covered a top fold white card base with another piece of white c/s which had been embossed rather than cut. (Jennifer McGuire has some good youtube videos showing the sandwich for doing this technique).

Fishtail banner was cut from the 3rd inking, very faint, but thought it would make a nice look behind the Valentine - which was cut from the 1st, more intense piece.  Ranger & Pinata alcohol inks were used in colors of silver, red, blue, green and yellow.

**YUPO Paper Weight: A good friend had shared that she's had trouble cutting 144# weight. I didn't even know that Yupo came in various weights! Checked what mine was, but I'm happy to say with 2 fwd & backward passes - just to be sure it cut well - this die cut 144#  Yupo nicely. And it's a very thin weight die too, not thick like some of the MFT ones. (Yupo is a specialty paper that looks like glossy card stock, but has different properties. Think it has a lot of plastic in the makeup - so best not to use a heat gun to dry...at least not close to the Yupo).

- Black faux suede paper was backed with Stickit to cut the sentiment. Came out of the die very smoothly. However, removal of the backing paper didn't go nearly as easily as it does in the videos. Was good to not have to bother with tiny dots of glue however.

- red snippet to cut the tiny hearts. This paper is a shiny silk like paper, has slubs in the paper that looks like raw silk fabric.

NBUS Supplies: Elizabeth Craft Heart Background die 1261;Hero Arts Infinity HeartsHero Arts Valentine Words; black faux suede paper which has been around for a while, as has the Stickit and it's first time used. Normally I reach for Sookwang, which is a thicker double sided tape.

Thanks for joining me, and if you think you'd like to play with Bubble Wrap, Darnell's Challenge 10 is open until Feb 5. Be sure to check the rules. The bubble wrap is optional, so you can pull some of your old, never used stash, and join in the fun right here:

Edit: Whoo Hoo! The Snippets Playground Week 265 & 266 is still open! I've been MIA for so long Parsnip might not even recognize me, but this card has got SNIPPETS! So I'm going OVER!
 
PS: many of you have commented on the pretty jeweled cardinal that I've had on some recent posts. It was a lovely pin sent to me by my sweet Brenda.  Since I rarely dress up where a pin is appropriate, I thought it would look pretty decorating my card photos. And, I can always pin it on, if I _should_ dress up! She is such a sweetie. 

47 comments:

crafty-stamper said...

Love the bright colours on the heart and the paler ones on the banner look good too
Carol x

Diane said...

Super fun colors and technique Mary.

Hugs Diane

scrAPpamondo said...

This is so creative!! Love the bright colours of your first paper and contrast with the delicate tones of the banner! I have never tried yupo papers and bubble wrap, it seems so fun!
I'm very busy, you are in right, my friend! Thanks for understand!
Hugs

Loll said...

Love the vibrant mix of colours for your bubble wrap stamped heart, Mary. Great card with lots of texture and dimension. xx

Nancy Stislow said...

How colorful and fun this is! I never heard of an embossing folder that cut too! How neat is that! Love the beautiful heart you created with your alcohol ink and bubble wrap. Sounds like it was a fun thing to do!

Carol L said...

This is such a pretty entry for the NBUS challenge! I love all the different looks you got with the bubble wrap and all of the fussing around for the perfect look! The background embossing looks fabulous too with all of those wonderful colored dots! Well done on the card, and yep - Brenda is a sweetie to send you that gorgeous pin :)

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, what a fun and colorful card! Don't know if I will find time to play with bubble wrap before the challenge ends but my fingers are itching to play...

JennyH said...

This turned out great Mary, so bright and cheery : )

Valerija said...

Beautiful card. Love the bright colours.
Valerija xx

Di said...

Ha! Parsnip asked me who the new gal was :) Fabulous to see you in the Playground and what a gloriously coloured and designed card Mary. I need to get some Yupo and have a play! Hope you come back again soon!

Hugs

Di xx

Pippa said...

Love the bubbly colours, what a great card Mary.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

WOW! What a wonderfully, colourful piece you have created there Mary my friend! LOVE what you did with the bubble wrap! Isn't it funny when you do that sort of thing, how it seems to go on and on! When I do watercolour 'smooshing' I put down piece after piece after piece,and still I have to - reluctantly - end up mopping some up! You have made a wonderful card with it my friend! Have a great day! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Marilyn said...

Pretty!!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wonderful project Mary! Loved seeing the differences in the generations of the inks. Super idea to use the lighter shades in the background. Sounds like you had a lot of fun with this one!

Olga Fink said...

Wow this is gorgeous! such a bright card! lovely design too!
xoxo Olga

Brenda said...

Wow, what great impressions you got from your bubble paper Momma Mary! I love your card, it is so bright and fun! Makes for a pretty Valentine card. Love the embossing and love your banner with the bubbles in less ink. So pretty!!! I haven't did my card, guess will work on that today! Have no clue what I'm doing with the bubble wrap, but I will figure something out! lol Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

Great job with the bubble wrap, Mary! I love the contrast between the softer colors and bold! Love that sentiment die too. The black is such a perfect contrast!

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
was glad you managed an entry, and was wondering what design you would choose, as I knew you had alchol inks.
I din't have any so I made do with other stuff I had.
I had trouble finding bubble wrap too as I awas completely out of it, and then I remembered they use inside jiffy bags over here.

Your card is very lovely and the colours are so bright and lovely too.
What a very fab idea to make it into a Valentines card too.
Super designing as well and your embossed background is wonderful.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
forgot to say thank you for the expaination about Yupo paper as I have heard a few crafty peeps talk about it, and I didn't know what it was.

Stampsnob. said...

Now that is just plain fun Love it .Lis

Redanne said...

Oh what beautiful colours Mary! I love how the technique turned out on your card - perfect for a Valentine! Hugs, Anne xx

Donna said...

Lovely card Mary, like the bright colors you used with your bubble wrap! Thanks for the tips on Yupo paper.

Kath said...

A fabulous card - great design and lovely colours too.
Kath x

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Lovely card. Really like the Cardinal brooch.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! The colors are fabulous!! I love the technique you used and the heart embossing!! And that is a beautiful pin from Brenda!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

jimlynn said...

Wow! You rocked it with the bubble wrap! OUTSTANDING and so pretty.
Lynn

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love the AI's on Yupo- so pretty- lovely Valentine!!! I should join in the NBUS- have plenty of that! I did not know Yupo came in two weights either.....!

Daffodil Cards said...

Beautiful colours and design, LOVE all the hearts in the background and the die, love the fainter colours in the fishtail too. A Beautiful card.
Faith
x

cuilliesocks said...

What a wonderful bright funky card, love the design with the bubblewrap, and the bold sentiment, Kate x

pam said...

Fabulous colourful Valentines card Mary, love these colours and your embossed background.
Pam x

Kathleen said...

Well done you , Mary, love the idea of different colours for a Valentines card, nice bright one son the heart and like the subtle ones on the banner.

Kath x

cotnob said...

A super card Mary, lovely bright colours and great technique.
Have a lovely weekend.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Sarah said...

LOVE this card very much Mary. Those bold colours are right up my street and make for a perfect Valentine card. Love the banner too, the bubble wrap certainly held on to the ink and you got great value from it xx

Mrs A. said...

Terrific Mary. This is so spot on. (sorry didn't mean that to be a pun). Love the vibrant colours which all work so well with your idea.
hugs Mrs A.

Carol said...

Great use of the bubble wrap Mary, love the bold colours against the white embossed background. (I have some fluffy card...never thought to cut sentiments with it!). Carol x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Great bad venture in your playing, lovely work, and if Parsnip is clearheaded he'll know you no probs 😄
Thanks for popping over and leaving your lovely kind comment.
Yet to try yupo and till it's cheaper in Oz don't think I'll bother.... too many goodies out there sometimes I think.
Hugs Shaz. X

Birgit said...

How unique to use bubble wrap and your card turned out so well. I love it, very bright and cheery

LesleyG said...

Very vibrant, had to zoom in as I thought at first it was an envelope instead of a heart doh, me eyesights going! Love it, great colours xxx

Greta said...

What a fun & unique Valentine, Mary! I'm just about to give bubble wrap a try myself--loving how Darnell inspired everyone!

Maxine D said...

Oh Mary this is fabulous - love the vivid colours on the heart contrasted with the subtle colour on the banner.
Blessings
Maxine

Linby said...

Great you made it to the playground, Parsnip will welcome you with open arms LOL!
Love this bright colourful card - great take on the Darnell's challenge. I didn't know Yupo came in different weights either!

Sheila H said...

Your Valentine bubble wrap card is very vibrant. The heart and banner stand out nicely atop the embossing. I hope I make the deadline with my bubble wrap. (My background is not pretty, unfortunately. But I'll do the best I can with it.)

Pia S said...

I don't have any alcohol inks, only ink pads, gessos and a few brushos. I don't know if they work with this technique? I had lots of bubble wrap before Christmas, now I can't find any, but will hang on to the next bubble wrap I'll get my hands on. This little heart looks so playful, its colorful bubbles made me think of LEGO pieces:)

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love that heart with the wonderful vibrant colours and the flag with the more subtle colours, Mary!!!! Isn't the bubblewrap thing such fun to do, hey!!!! The dry embossed bg and the small die cut hearts are beautiful!!!! A lovely Valentine's Day card, my friend!!!!
Hugz

scrappymo! said...

This is a bold take on Valentines. Lots of colour and texture with that bubble wrap inked focal point.

Sue - said...

Lovely bright valentine card! I haven't played with Yupo yet - it's on my to do List!

Darnell said...

This really makes me happy, Mary! I love all the bright colors and the layers and the embossing and lots of dimension! A stunning Valentine! You knock everything out of the ballpark with tons of enthusiasm and I love that! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #10 and joining in the optional theme!! Hugs, Darnell