Thought Bubbles

I had created a new bubble panel on the Ranger black cardstock, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then inspiration struck – to combine it with the funny Tim Holtz Snarky Cats. There’s a sentiment about thought bubbles that works perfectly!


More than once I’ve had the same feeling about my thoughts – thank goodness that they don’t appear in bubbles above my head!

Thought Bubbles

I’m sure that I wouldn’t want to see what others are thinking about me, either!


To create the background, you’ll need the Ranger Alcohol Ink black cardstock, some alcohol pearl inks, a small paint brush, a couple of coloured gel pens and a white gel pen. Start by selecting a few round objects to trace the circles. I had a brainwave, and used my nesting circle dies! Use the coloured gel pens – I chose a neon green and gold – to trace/draw the circles.  Next, put a few drops of pearl alcohol inks into palette wells. I chose Alchemy, Villainous and Enchanted (purple, pink & yellow).  Pick up one colour at a time, and create the reflections in the bubble. Work from the edge of the bubble inwards, leaving gaps between the colours, and space in the middle of the bubble.

When finished with the pearl inks, use the white gel pen to add the white highlights and light ‘flares’ at the edge of the bubbles.  Finally, trim the panel to size.


On white cardstock, stamp the cat and sentiment from the Tim Holtz Snarky Cats set in Memento ink. Use coloured pencils to colour in the cat. I chose a light & darker gray for the cat, along with green for the eyes and lightly shaded in some pink for his nose.  Use scissors to cut out the cat (there are no matching dies), and the sentiment. Attach them to the bubble panel using foam tape. Finally, attach the card front to a heavy weight white card base.

Thought Bubbles

I realize that thought bubbles aren’t your usual bubbles, but I thought the connection would still be cute!


I hope that this creative background has inspired you to experiment a bit more with your cards. The alcohol inks, pearls and regular, are fun to play with. Changing the substrate you use them with gives you a completely different result each time.

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Thought Bubbles

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

3 thoughts on “Thought Bubbles

  1. Such a great card! And, like you and the cat, I’m so glad my thoughts are silent. (Usually…sometimes they slip out of my mouth all by themselves.)

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