Tuesday 29 May 2018

Hope Is The Key - using Bubbalux Craft Board

So happy Andy gave me a pack of Bubbalux Craft Board to play with – it's very cool stuff! 
It takes paint really well and even die cuts using Sizzix Bigz dies, (take the plastic sheet off of first and best to use a sturdy machine, this is strong stuff). Plus it bends when heated – that could be useful! 
I cut a piece from one of the A4 sheets using my Tim Holtz scissors, just large enough to fit over the Sizzix Bigz Arch Die - you MUST peel off the film before doing this as it makes it easier for using scissors and die cutting. After cutting the arch I then ran it through again with the Bigz Hope word die. 

My first layer was a wash of Cobalt Teal Hue Media Fluid Acrylic Paint and even though this was a VERY watery wash, the board took it no problem. I then threw a load more paints on (see product list below).
A layer of Crackle Glaze (leave to dry thoroughly) then a coat of Patina Antiquing Cream. 
More layers of paint, I stamped and embossed the Winged Key using Stampendous Aged Silver with a Versamark clear ink pad  - which I also swiped randomly in other areas, to add more Stampendous embossing powders. Bearing in mind all the layers of paints and glaze, heat embossing this board still worked really well.  The board did start to bend (giving me ideas for another project!) but I just flattened it out with an acrylic stamping block while still hot. The arch was left slightly wonky, but I love it!
Embellies were teensy cogs and clock hand, an old zip, a button threaded and pre painted. I embossed the cogs with Stampendous Aged Silver too.

 The stamped key didn't show up too much (see pic of arch above) so I stamped it again onto card, cut it out, coloured with the paints and glued it on.

I added all the bits, a phrase I typed and printed out, a bit of detail with a white pen and black card added to the back to make the words pop.
Thanks so much for looking. A bit more detail on my blog, click HERE. And below are all the product details. 
Suz xxx
Stamps used, Andy Skinner Illusionary Artist Tech Trauma  text stamp:
and Andy Skinner Stampendous Steampunk Set Winged Key
DecoArt Media mediums and Fluid Acrylics:
Titanium White, Cobalt Teal Hue, Metallic Silver, Phthalo Turquoise, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Phthalo Turqouise Hue, Patina Green Antiquing Cream, Crackle Glaze.


  1. Great project using the bubbalux! Loving all the layers!

  2. Wow Suz, you have done a brilliant job with the bubbalux (I need to look out for it now) Loving the zip decoration on the butterfly and the beautiful colours you chose! xx


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