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31st July 2018

This issue (issue 180) we’re so excited to offer all of our potential new subscribers an amazing Spectrum Noir AquaTint pen bundle for their subscription gift.

Inside the magazine, Jo McKelvey shared a stunning selection of makes showcasing just what can be achieved with the pen set we have on offer.

From combining the AquaTints with Tacky Glue and using acetate as a colouring panel, to using the pens to stamp with and creating a colour wash background – she’s really pushed the boat out. And to top it off – we kept one other technique to show you exclusively here – this time she’s creating a bubble background and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this technique as much as we have!

Let’s shell-ebrate

You will need
watercolour cardstock
black cardstock
Centura Pearl cardstock
Collall All Purpose glue
VersaMark inkpad
Jet Black StãzOn inkpad
white embossing powder
3D foam pads
double-sided tape
Metallic & Glitz and Glamour AquaTints pen sets from the subscription gift
washing up liquid
small container
heat tool
manual die-cutting machine
My Favorite Things Too Cute Turtles stamp & die


HOW TO: create a bubble background using AquaTint pens

1 Take a piece of Sheena stamping card, and add drops of colour, using a water spritz, spray at the colour in different directions, pat and leave to dry.

2 Stamp your sentiment using VersaMark onto black cardstock and heat-emboss with white embossing powder – set aside for now.

3 Take a small container, and add droplets of colour direct from your aquatint pen into the container. Add a small amount of washing up liquid and some water and stir thoroughly

4 Gently blow through a straw until the bubbles rise, take a piece of watercolour cardstock and lightly press into the bubbles, you will need to repeat this several times.

5 Keep going until you have filled the piece of cardstock. Then make another mixture using a contrasting colour.

6 Using the piece of cardstock you spritzed in Step 1, stamp your image onto it and cut an area out, then stamp the image fully onto the bubble background card and paper-piece.

7 Assemble the card together, using the backgrounds as the main elements, finish with a little pearl to the flower.

Safety first
Ensure you do blow through the straw – you do not want to drink this mixture!

Top tip
This can be messy – make sure you have covered your clothes and surround area, as the bubbles will pop and leave colour behind

Don’t forget

To sign up for this amazing subscription deal to get your copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft delivered direct to your door, AND receive this amazing AquaTint pen bundle. Visit to order your subscription

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