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All About Smooshing

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Happy Friday! Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice are on Sunday, but I hope you’ll be able to find a little time to craft this weekend, too. And maybe you will do some ink smooshing! A fun and simple technique that can lead to great results.

For my first card today, I used a smooshing technique that gives a little more control than usual over the end result.

 

All you need is a craft mat or similar waterproof surface (I use a laminated half sheet of cardstock) and a piece of clear acetate – as a former teacher, I do seem to have a few sheets still lying around. 😀 For colours, I used four distress inks: seedless preserves, blueprint sketch, evergreen bough and squeezed lemonade. For each colour, I smooshed the ink pad, spritzed with water, then used the acetate to pick up the ink and transfer it to my watercolour panel. This way, you can see exactly where you’re smooshing it! It also keeps the colours from blending too much, if that’s the look you want. Once I had my background the way I wanted it, I set it aside to dry and stamped this cute guy from My Favorite Things’ Puppy Kisses. Since I wanted him to really pop against the background, I didn’t worry about adding any shading or shadows, just coloured his collar with a couple of green Copics. I also die cut a few extra shapes, so I could layer them together and add a bit of dimension.

Once my smooshed panel was dry, I die cut it and a coordinating blue cardstock panel with MFT’s wonky stitched dies. For the heart, I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white, then watercoloured inside with more seedless preserves to increase the intensity. (As you can tell, I couldn’t resist adding a little Glossy Accents at the end. 😀 ) The sentiment is stamped with the same grey ink as my pup.

 

If you’ve received any happy mail from Scrap ‘n Stamp recently, you may have found a fun journaling card tucked in with your order. I decided to turn mine into a Father’s Day card for a work-from-home dad:

Of course I never throw away the leftovers from smooshing! I had a panel I had previously used to die cut an autumn leaf, but look how well it works with this journaling card! I matted the card in black and edged the smooshed layer with some of the same carved pumpkin distress ink I’d used for smooshing. “Nope. Not Today” is a snarky sentiment strip, while the busy stamp and the arrow are from deep in my stash. 😉

I hope these have given you some inspiration to get smooshing! Have a great weekend!

 

Fun With Stencils!

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Hello, and happy Saturday! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. Today’s word prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge is stencils. So today we’re going to have some fun with stencils, using them in different ways. For me, stencils are one of the most versatile products to have in your craft stash. Not only are the versatile, but they’re also very well priced, giving you a great ‘bang for your buck’, so to speak.

STENCILS WITH INKS

This is the ‘usual’ first way we all use stencils. Simply brushing inks through the stencil, to create a background. It’s quick, fun, and you can choose any colour you want to use.  For this card, I’ve paired a stencil strip from Taylored Expressions with the Poppystamps ‘Whittle’ dies. (If you haven’t yet enjoyed our recent Whittle Things Blog Hop, be sure to START HERE, and comment along the way!).

Fun With Stencils

CARD DETAILS

Start with a piece of white cardstock, and blend Broken China Distress Oxide all over. Next, choose one of the wave stencil strips from the Taylored Expressions Set The Scene Waves stencil strip set. Brush on Faded Jeans Distress Oxide, to create the two colours of water.  Use a stitched square die to cut the panel, and attach it with foam tape to a dark blue card square. Attach this to a light blue card base.  Stamp the sentiment in dark blue ink onto the light blue cardstock strip from the Whittle Sealife Sentiments stamp set. Attach the sentiment strip to a strip of dark blue, and glue it to the card front.

Use the Poppystamps Whittle Fish Trio and Whittle Seahorse dies, and die cut the shape. Colour them using Zig markers, and a water brush.  Attach the fish and seahorse to the front of the card.  For embellishments, I chose the Gina K. Clear Quartz Solid sequins, and Brutus Monroe Acrylic Bubbles, to add the ‘bubble look’.

STENCIL WITH GLITTER GEL

The opening of the stencils is an invitation to use just about any medium! Two of my favourites are Modeling Paste (texture paste) and Glitter Gel.  This Tim Holtz Flourish stencil was deserving of some fancy glitter gel, I thought.

Fun With Stencils

The shine & sparkle of this Stickles Glitter Gel is amazing, isn’t it?!

CARD DETAILS

First, tape the stencil to your cardstock; I usually use Purple Tape for this. Next, apply the glitter gel through the stencil, using a palette knife. Be sure to clean off the stencil & palette knife right away with warm soapy water, so it doesn’t permanently stick! Place the stenciled piece aside, to allow the gel to dry.

Stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black Sentiments Collection onto dark blue cardstock in Versamark ink. Cover the stamping with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. Cut banner tails on the right end of the sentiment piece.

Now that your stenciled piece is dry, layer it with a bright green background, on a dark blue cardstock base. Attach the sentiment to the front, using foam tape. No need to add anything else, because the gorgeous shape of the stencil, and shine of the glitter gel, takes care of the rest!

ARE YOU PLAYING ALONG?

I hope that you’re playing along with the daily challenge! Then you can have your own fun with stencils! To join, visit the Facebook challenge page HERE. Share a picture of your project, and use the hashtag #snschallenge. There’s a new word for each day of the month, and you can play along with as many days as you like. At the end of the month, one luck  person is randomly chosen, and WINS a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store!

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*my apologies – the Flourish stencil is no longer available – but the Ironwork stencil is similar. also, the Waves stencil strips are not available, but the Heffy Doodle Stormy Seas stencil easily substitutes*


Dogs!

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Hi all…  Nancy here with another card for the Scrap ‘n Stamp Canada Random Acts of Cardness…. today’s prompt is DOGS.  There are a lot of fun animal stamps and dies out there and I had a lot to choose from when creating my card for today.

I decided to go out of my comfort zone and create a non-clean and simple card today.  And when I showed it to my good friend and to my sister, both said that they wouldn’t have picked this card out as something I had made.  I’m not honestly sure if that’s a good thing or not LOL!

I wanted to create my own patterned paper using some of the smaller images in the MFT New Best Friend stamp set, so I grabbed some inks (Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Kitsch Flamingo, Hickory Smoke, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean) and started randomly stamping images on the cardstock.  Once I was happy with the result, I cut out a smaller panel using the MFT Stitched Rectangles die.  I struggled a bit with what to do next….  so I stamped up the little girl holding the puppy and coloured it with Copic markers before cutting it out with the matching die set.  I used the Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes to create a Kitsch Flamingo strip of cardstock and flicked water on it to create some interest.  I then cut a circle out of a scrap of brown cardstock and used foam tape to pop that die cut and coloured image on to the front of the card.

Like I said, this card is completely out of my comfort zone… what do you think of it?