It started with a video!

Rather a long time ago, to far back to admit, I bought a tin of shaving foam in order to have a go at the shaving foam and ink technique to make backing papers. Well that tin of foam has been languishing in my craft room for so long that I hid it in shame behind some craft dvds. A couple of days ago Susan Renshaw posted a video on her Facebook page  where she was demonstrating the technique and as a result I finally got out the foam and had a very enjoyable if messy time.



All of this just to get one background piece for a card!

You can find Susan’s video here and her wonderful blog here. Do go and have a look, she is so inspirational.


Materials used: 
Aliciabel Digi Stamp – Curious Fairy
X-Press It card
A5 card blank
Copic pens
printer card
shimmer paper
purple and yellow card
Britannia flower petal die
text dies
small purple fluffy feather
white flat base pearl gem
Wink of Stella brush – Shimmer Clear

For the backing paper: 
cheap shaving foam
very old calligraphy ink (I am sure new ink would work just as well!  Reinkers are good too but I do not have any).

The curious fairy is printed on X -Press It card and coloured with copics with Wink of Stella on the wings then matted and layered onto yellow and purple card.

The backing paper is made using shaving foam and ink.  If you need a more detailed explaination go and see Susan’s video, she can explain it much better than I can and you get to see how it is done.

The flower is cut from shimmer paper and coloured with a Copic pen. The words are cut out of yellow and purple and stuck together slightly off set.

This card is heading off to my great niece who will be three at the end of the week. Hopefully she is not one of the rare little girls that does not like fairies!

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks Showcase #11
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #282 – Anything Goes
Where The HeART Is #10 – Anything Goes
A Beautiful Mess #10 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #22 – Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #111 – Use A Die Cut
Creative Fingers #111 -Anything Goes 
Simply Papercraft #30 – Anything Goes
Imagine That! Creative Playground #5 – Tic-Tac-Toe (Gems, Sentiment, Flowers or Die cut, Patterned Paper, Flowers)
Let’s Colour Linky Party #10
A Bit More Time To Craft #22 – Anything Goes
Digi Stamps 4 Joy #125 – Anything Goes/ Optional Twist: Fairies
Not Just Cards June – Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner #June – A Beautiful Mess
Sisters Of Craft #June – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place #June – Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine’s Colour Your World – Anything Goes 
Create and Inspire #48 – Anything Goes


About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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13 Responses to It started with a video!

  1. Diane Hover says:

    Adorable card, so pretty, too! Love the shaving cream background, I have a few of these made in my stash, too! Thank you for joining us at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards for our challenge!
    Diane CC&C DT

  2. jmhave44 says:

    Oh what a fun background. If it makes you feel better, I took a class (paid good money too!), bought the supplies to do the shaving foam..and there it has stayed. It’s a wonderfully lovely background for your cute little fairy girl. This is such a happy image, and so beautifully colored. Good for you with the pretty colors you’ve got in the foam too, because this translated to such a nice background. Hope you made lots of backgrounds during the session, cause it’s a bit messy, and shame to waste all the ‘fun’ on just one background! TFS & Hugs.

  3. Bluedaisy says:

    Wow! Love this! Thank you for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Crafting With Friends!

    Tracy (DT)

  4. Sue says:

    Darling card and great technique for creating your background. Thank you for joining us at 2 Creative Chicks.

    Sue – 2 Creative Chicks DT

  5. karin says:

    Pippa this is so sweet and beautiful
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck


  6. AUDREY ERNST says:

    Super cool tutorial, I love the background you made, beautiful colors!! Thanks so much for playing at Imagine That Digis by Kris Creative Playground. Hugs:) Audrey

  7. jean says:

    Stunning card, fab background, love the hues of purple. Such an adorable image too, great colouring.
    Thanks for joining us over at Penny;s Paper Craft this week. Jean DT XXX

  8. joiatrr says:

    Wow – what a GORGEOUS background Pippa and LOVELY card. Thanks bunches for joining the “A Beautiful Mess” challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER. j.

  9. Jackie says:

    Wow, great work, well done and good luck Pippa!
    Hugs, Jackie

  10. Tania Scott says:

    Great image and card ,Thank you much for participating in our IMAGINE THAT! CREATIVE PLAYGROUND challenge!!! Hugs DT Taniaxx

  11. ~DEANNE~ says:

    Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IMAGINE THAT CREATIVE PLAYGROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  12. carol gill says:

    Beautiful card and love the coloured bacground you achieved-I must admit I bought some over a year ago and have only recently had a go and used acrylics-not sure if it was worth all the hassle though TBH—-Thank you for joining us at Create and Inspire
    Carol DT x

  13. Ellie says:

    Love this technique and the image you used is so cute too!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Let’s Color linky party
    Critters and Creatures linky party

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