Last month we had an online event for demonstrators in the South Pacific. It was a fun afternoon of crafting together with presentations and some ‘hands on’ crafting. The first presentation was the ‘smooshing’ technique. My first attempt did not turn out well – it ended up in ‘file 13’ – but I was pleased with ‘take 2’.
To create my card I started off with a piece of Shimmery White measuring 8cm x 12cm. I stamped my image – Daisy Garden – with VersaMark and White Embossing Powder. Now the fun begins. You will need either a piece of Window Sheet or some cellophane. I used the cellophane wrapper from a pack of Designer Series Paper.
I ‘swiped’ my Daffodil Delight ink pad (left to right) and then repeated the process with Pumpkin Pie. It doesn’t matter if the colours overlap a bit.
Add a light spritz of water to the inks then place your stamped image face down so that it picks up the ink. I gave it a gentle push all over so that I got good coverage of the ink before lifting it off. I then gave it a bit of a heat with the heat tool on the low setting to dry it a bit.
Once it was dry I trimmed it down using the Stitched Rectangle die and adhered it to my Thick Whisper White card base using Foam Adhesive Strips. I kept with the heat embossing theme for the sentiment as well. I like the contrast of the black cardstock against the Pumpkin Pie. This was adhered with dimensionals. The bow uses White Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. This pack contains 5 different colours – Crumb Cake, White, Black, Gray Granite and Very Vanilla.
This technique gives you another alternative for your backgrounds when you don’t want a plain white background. It’s also the type of technique that every time you try it you’ll get a different look. So grab a couple of colours and give it a try.
Until next time …