Sunday, May 3, 2009

Bubble Paper Mother's Day Card

What you'll need:

For bubble paper
White cardstock cut to 5" x 4 ½"
Shallow pan, such as 9" x 13" casserole dish
Dish soap
Food coloring
Wire baking rack (optional)
For the card
Pink cardstock, about 5 ½" x 10"
3 scraps of patterned paper, about 3" square; or ink and stamps
Adhesive such as double-sided sticky tape, glue stick, liquid glue or mini glue dots
Paper trimmer

How to make it:
Put a small amount of dish soap and a few drops of food coloring into the shallow pan. Add about an inch of water.
Use the straw to blow bubbles until the pan is covered with a fairly even layer of bubbles.
Hold the white cardstock by the edges and gently press it against the bubbles. The bubbles will pop, leaving a colored design behind. Repeat until you get the design you want.
Place the cardstock on the baking rack to dry.
Trace, stamp or print off two letter "M"s and a heart. Use your scissors to cut them out. The Ms should be about 3 inches high and 2 1/2" wide and the heart should be about 1".
Glue the "M"s onto the bubble paper. Glue the heart in between, overlapping each "M" slightly.
Glue the bubble paper to the pink cardstock.
Write, stamp or glue your Mother's Day greeting inside.

To get an even layer of bubbles, use the straw in a zig-zag pattern, going from left to right to left while blowing.
If the cardstock has curled up a bit once it's dry, place under a heavy book for a few hours to flatten.
For a multicolor look, allow the bubble paper to dry, then repeat using another color of bubbles.
Don't use regular printer paper for the bubble paper, as it absorbs the bubble liquid and gets floppy.
White cardstock seems show off the bubbles the best. If you're using pastel cardstock, you'll probably need to use more food coloring to intensify the color of the bubbles.
If you're pressed for time, just use a patterned paper instead of bubble paper.
Keep mom's interets in mind. Try replacing the "O" with a large round flower sticker or hockey puck cutout instead of a heart.
Choose mom's favorite colors!

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