Making Bubble Backgrounds

Good morning crafty friends!

Do you remember when you were smallish, and you went out to a restaurant and got a STRAW with your drink (probably chocolate milk)? And then you started to blow bubbles in it because it was hilarious and fun? And then you got told to cut it out by your parents because it wasn’t “lady-like”, annoying, and you were probably making a mess?

Well get excited because today, we are being annoying, awesomely un-lady-like, and MESSY – seriously clean your work area before you do this!

This inspiration comes from a video one of my good friends sent me on Instagram, and I coincidentally had just bought Lawn Fawn’s Rub-a-Dub-Dub set the day before… serendipity!

Now there is a proper way to do this, but I just winged it (wung it?) and made it up as I went along. You’ll need:

  • Acrylic paint – use darker colors for best results (in the future I’m going to experiment with watercolors too!)
  • Soap (I used Dawn Free and Gentle). I’m not sure how acid-free this is or how it will hold up over time, but it’s fun for now!
  • Water
  • Thick white/light paper (I used Bristol)

Use a few drops of soap in the bottom of a not-important container – I found my paint cup worked better than a flat container (see my 25+ year old cup below!).

Then add about 2 Tablespoons of paint, and enough water so that it bubbles. I diluted mine quite a bit at first and had to add more paint. You want it bubbly, but not so much paint that it’s too heavy to stay on the top of the bubble (sounds weird, but it makes sense when you start).

All you do it blow bubbles in the liquid, then lightly dab your paper over top of it. Big bubbles give you lighter prints, smaller ones darker prints. These are my two end products – minus my first terrible attempt. It does take some playing around.


I dried the pieces with my heat gun between pressing it into bubbles to avoid a soggy mess, then left them overnight under a heavy book to get them as flat as possible.

All I did after that was cut them into two square cards, and adhered them on a bristol base. I stamped and fussy cut some ducks and tubs from the Rub-a-Dub-Dub set with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink on bristol paper, and colored them with Tombow Dual Brush markers.

After stamping a sentiment on each card (I used sentiments from Mama Elephant’s New Family set), I glued and foam taped everything down and that was that!



Aren’t those ducklings some of the cutest you’ve ever seen?! I thought these turned out just wonderfully, and the bubble backgrounds are just perfect for these cards!

Pro-tip: These baby duckies are very hard to fussy cut – there is a reason they are in the tub, and that reason is that they have no legs. 😦 I would suggest buying the coordinating dies if you need ducks with legs!

Well thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the bubble paper (and subsequent mess). Let me know in the comments if you try this with watercolor or any other medium!






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