Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mousse Me ~ A Fun Background Technique!

O.k...I was so uninspired today...nothing I wanted to do was working out. I *wanted* to share a fun little box to hold candy and such but I tried and tried to come up with a pattern that would work to no avail.

So I decided to give it up and experiment.

I thought and thought about it and finally decided to play with re-inkers and "stuff"...basically anything I could get my hands on.

I tried some things using Vaseline...had moderate success but still not a look I wanted to share just yet.

I tried some hand lotion ~ again not what I was looking for :(

I was getting discouraged until I pulled out my Mousse! Now, I don't know about you guys but I curl my hair every single day. I have since I was in high school and I think I will till I die. I just love curling my me weird but I really enjoy it. Anyway, I have pretty straight hair so I use mousse on it every day as well.

I figured why not give it a try....I did and it worked!

Here is what I came up with!

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Background Ink Technique

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Mousse of your choice

Re Inker

Heat Tool (a must)



1. Spread a thick layer of mousse over your piece of cardstock. It needs to be pretty substantial ~ like 1/4" (.635cm) thick or more. I tried thinner layers and you just don't get as nice color distribution as you do with thicker layers.

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2. Add one drop of ink. You seriously don't need anymore than that. If you use too much your colors will turn black in the end. Trust me on this. I added 4 drops to one piece and ended up with black streaks everywhere.

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3. Mix the ink into the mousse. I used a paint brush handle and my finger once (now I have a blue finger). Stir the ink until virtually all of the mousse is colored for an all over look. The areas of mousse that are still white or almost white will finish that way.

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4. Begin to heat the inky mousse with a heat tool. You're going to melt all of the mousse but it's going to take a while - 1-3 minutes depending on how thick your layer is and the type of mousse you have.

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This is about 1/2 way through the heat time. You can start to see the patterns emerging where the mousse has been melted away.

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And this image is about 95% of the mousse melted. You can still see small peaks of mousse yet to be melted.

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Here is the finished product!
You can actually see where the layers of mousse were thicker and left behind more colors. In addition to the layers of color you will also notice where the tiny mousse bubbles popped and left behind little round inky signatures! In person (didn't show up so well in the photos) you can also see where the color layers overlapped each other for a cool faux texture look.

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These are a few more examples using different colors....

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So there you go...
You'll never look at your Mousse in the same way ;)
I don't however recommend you try this in your hair....if my fingers are any indication LOL!!!


  1. Totally creative and cool!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings, peace, and love to you,

  2. Ha Ha that is so funny!!! I like straight hair and I can only giggle thinking about what you will pull out of your hat with those products...nevertheless... maybe it is too much like vasaline?

  3. What a great idea! I have cans of mousse that didn't work very well for my hair - now I know what to use it for.

  4. what a fun technique!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Roni! Your one of my every day "treats" either before work or after... I love my treats! Thank you! You never cease to inspire! I will now forever picture you as the little girl(from the blog pic) with mouse and curlers... Tee hee...

  6. Very neat! When you first started telling us the supplies, I thought to myself,"Been there, done it". But no, you surprised me! I have to admit that your site is my all-time favorite! Thank you for sharing so much with us. And I don't know what has changed, but I am now able to see all the photos! It's great! Thank you again!

  7. love the different patterns the mousse I just need to find the can that I bought years ago:)

  8. Interesting...what does the paper feel like when it's done? Does it leave a strange residue?

  9. This is a riot! Thanks for sharing. I do not use hair care products (except for shampoo, conditioner, and color), but might buy some just to try this.

  10. I love this technique so unique and would be fun w/the kids, too!aer


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