Hot Mess = Success ~ playing with glue!


Hi friends!

Today's card is for the Hot Mess = Success card group

where the cards we make are ..... messy!

This card was so much fun to make

and I almost needed a raincoat there was so much water!

I added the 'how to' video to my YouTube channel 

if you want to peek

and I'll do my best to show you here, too :)

To create this card, the one unexpected item was:  school glue!

As you may have seen from the video,

this came about a couple of months ago after chatting with a friend.

She wanted to create emboss resist cards but didn't have Versamark

and I remember learning that glue resists paint 

100 years ago in grade school :)

I tried it and it worked so for today's card, I'm showing you another one.

To get started, you'll need 

glue, water, brushes, heavy weight cardstock, squeegee

 and paints, watercolors work best.

I've done this with acrylic paints, too, and it takes 24 hours to dry

and watercolors can be used with a heat tool for faster completion.

Once your glue is in place, don't move the glue - move the water!

I add gobs of water around the glue and let it work organically.

If your brushes touch the glue - no biggie ..

just rinse them before the glue dries.

I did several takes and ended up using the one above 

and stamped my Altenew flower Celebrate Today as my image.

For this Hot Mess = Success, was it successful?  Yes!

Would I do this technique again?  100%!
I had a joyous time and the end result was pretty pieces!

You can see the other members cards by heading to my sidebar

where you'll find Darlene, Barb, Carol, Jeanette and Terry.

This was by FAR my messiest but total fun - glad I gave it 

the old college try!

Here's another look:

I hope if you are in the mood for having crafty fun

and don't mind getting your hands and desk dirty/full of water,

give this technique a try ~ I highly recommend how therapeutic it is!

Thanks for stopping by!

card entered to:  Word Art Wednesday


  1. Fabulous make, Kelly! I enjoyed the video too! Fun technique.

  2. Messy and fun and what unique and beautiful technique. I enjoyed the video and learnt lots....Thank you Kelly x.

  3. Kelly, your card is stunning! Lovely results from the water-drenched messiness!

  4. A brilliant make Kelly and a fun technique. A great result. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  5. Kelly this card is great. I love the sounds of the technique and really want to gibe it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  6. WOWZA! A super card with a kind of super messy technique! I love the softness of the image and the video was so fun to watch! Thanks for getting messy this month with me!

  7. This is a great card! I enjoyed watching your video. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Such fun technique, Kelly!! Thanks for sharing! Love the soft effect on your card! Biggest hugs!

  9. What a great result Kelly - I may just try it - but outside on the deck :)
    Stay safe

  10. Thanks for the video - such an interesting technique and pretty effect. Your card is beautiful.

  11. Gorgeous card and colours..Loz

  12. How cool is this?! VERY cool!!! Love the subtle colors and the image is so pretty. Many thanks for the video, it will be super helpful when I try this!