If you’ve not tried Bubbalux craft board yet, these sparkly Halloween bats are the ideal introduction! Bubbalux can be cut, embossed, and painted to produce fabulous creative pieces. It can also be shaped with a heat gun for making 3D forms, curls, and spirals.
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You Will Need:
- Bubbalux Bat Template DOWNLOAD HERE
- Black Bubbalux
- A hand embossing tool
- Craft knife
- Black embossing ink pad (Rare Earth Black)
- Roller (Rare Earth Brayer)
- Embossing powders (Rare Earth purple and green)
- Heat gun
- Fine sandpaper
- Garden sticks
Cut out a card template 20cm x 9cm for the bat shape. Cut a piece of black Bubbalux slightly bigger than the bat and then peel off the protective backing film.
Place the card bat onto the Bubbalux. Use a ball-ended embossing tool to draw around the edge. Press down firmly to mark a clear line on the surface.
Carefully cut out the bat with scissors or a craft knife and then emboss lines onto the wings and around the body.
Cut a piece of paper to mask over the body in the middle and then roll black ink over the wings.
Place a sheet of paper under the bat and then sprinkle embossing powders over the top. Carefully turn the bat over and shake off any excess powder onto the paper.
Use a heat gun to set the embossing powder and to soften the Bubbalux. Hold the heat gun about 5cm from the surface of the Bubbalux and keep it moving in small circles.
As soon at the embossing powder has set, turn off the heat gun and carefully bend the bat’s wings while the Bubbalux is still soft. Sand along any rough edges. Glue gems for the bat’s eyes.
Glue a garden stick or wooden skewer to the back of the bat. Leave to dry.
Tips: Try making bats in different sizes. Finished Bubbalux bats can be placed into flowerpots or vases. You could also hang the bats by making a small hole in the head with a pokey tool and then thread with thin wire or string.