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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!

 

Sweet Friend Cupcake Valentine

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Hi stamping friends and welcome back. Sandi here and hope you had a very Merry Christmas. Today’s card share is a copic colored Sweet Friend Cupcake Valentine.

I used the Colorado Craft Company GIGANTIC Cupcake stamp for today’s project. They have a whole line of these super large stamps (ClICK HERE to view them) that I just love and they are perfect for practicing your copic coloring.


Please note, the Cupcake is on a preorder as it was so popular it sold out, so ordering it now will reserve it for you. I have linked to the ice cream cone as you could use the same colors to color it.

Sweet Friend Cupcake for Scrap 'N Stamp Canada

Strawberry cream on Chocolate is my favorite cupcake so that’s what I decided to color today. I stenciled a random dot background onto my pink card front to mirror the dots I added to the cupcake paper.

The cupcake itself is colored on White card stock, cut out and glued to the pink card base.

Sweet Friend Cupcake for Scrap 'N Stamp Canada

For this one I wanted a more “valentine” feel to it, so I used the My Favorite Things “lots of Heart” stencil for the background.

Scrap N’ Stamp is one of the few places in Canada you can order copic markers from online.

Here’s a list of the colors I used for today’s project, and there is a video below walking you through how I colored this fabulous morsel of goodness too. But hey, feel free to create your favourite flavor of cupcake too.

Strawberry: R20, R21, R35, R46, R59

Leaves: YG03, YG17

Icing: RV02, RV11, RV13, RV14, RV25

Cake: YR23, E25, E37, E59

Paper Cup E-41, E43, E44, Dots RV13

Sweet Friend Cupcake for Scrap 'N Stamp Canada

In the video I also show you how I stamped the cupcake in the center of a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 (half sheet) of white card stock. I colored the cupcake the same as the pink one, but instead of cutting it out, I cut it in half to create two card fronts.

Then I used B000 copic in light blue to color the background for this one, and used two more of the sentiments from the stamp set for these fun guys.

Here’s the video for today’s Copic Colored Sweet Friend Cupcake Valentine Card

That’s it for me today, I have listed the supplies I used below, simply click on the image for a larger view and/or place your order.

Thanks so much for stopping in, and until next time,

Happy Stamping

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens Review and Card

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Hello! Chala here for today’s blog and I am excited to share a “new to me” product the Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens.

Scrap’N Stamp sent me two packages of the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to try and I thought I would share my thoughts and the card I created.

Having used pens similar to this in the past like the Wink of Stella and the Aqua Flow Waterbrushes I thought I had a good idea of how they worked…but, I quickly learned that there were some differences as well!

Let’s start by talking about the sets I received and the colours that are included in each.

The Festive Season set which included Matador Red, Pressed Olive and Baked Cherry.  The Autumn Woodland set and it comes with Spiced Ginger, Rustic Oak and Evergreen Fern.  These sets really compliment each other well and were perfect for the fall themed card I had in mind.  I did some simple stamping, masking and heat embossing to create a scene and then wanted to watercolour the images in. (Check out the YouTube video to see the card being made)  Before I got started though…there was a bit of set up with the pens.

The first thing you need to do is to remove the little yellow washer.  To do this you unscrew the pen top from the base.  Remove the yellow washer.  You can throw this away as you won’t need it anymore.  Carefully rethread the top and bottom piece together, being careful not to cross-thready.  There should be a “click” once it is together.  I recommend taking the lid off the top to do this as it took me a while to figure out I was just turning the lid and not the whole pen top.

With the two pieces are back together, locate the raised word “press”  it should be located next to the colour indicator swatch on the base of the pen.  gently squeeze to push the watercolour into the clear reservoir of the pen.  Don’t squeeze too hard as you can actually project some of the pigment out.  You will want to have a scrap piece of paper handy so that when the colour drips out you can work it into the bristles of the brush.  This process can be seen in my YouTube video which is linked below.

Continue this process with all of your pens.  Once they are primed and ready to go….it’s time to play!

The one thing I noticed was how “juicy” these were and how rich the pigment is!  A little goes a long with with these babies!    You can use them direct to paper, wet on dry, wet on wet or scribble some onto a smooth media surface like the Tim Holtz Glass mat and then use a brush to pick up the colour.  Again, I show all of this in my YouTube video linked below.

These pens would be great if you like to travel with your supplies.  It is best to seal them in a bag or container to ensure they do not leak or become crushed.  I think the best way to store these would be laying flat on their side or with the brush tip pointing up in a container to avoid leaking.

Please note that on the back of the packaging there is a bright yellow sticker that says “Adult use only.  Not suitable for under 14’s”.  I am not exactly sure why this would be…but, it must be there for a reason.  The only thing I can think of is because the pigments are so rich they might stain!  So, if you are using with small children…use at your own risk!

My honest opinion is that I really enjoyed using these and I think if you are looking for alternative to tradition cake/pans of watercolour these might be fun for you to try.  Below is the finished card that I created.

I love how rich the colours are, not like your traditional watercolours which can be quite translucent.  That’s not to say that you can’t achieve that translucent look by adding more water.  Again, I encourage you to check out the YouTube video where I show how I used them.  I also will link all the materials I use below and in the YouTube video description.

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Brush

I hope that you found this blog and video helpful and it inspires you to try them out!  I would love  if you share your creations over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Have a creative week!!

~Chala

Materials List:

Nuvo Products:Nuvo Aqua Flow – Autumn Woodland, Nuvo Aqua Flow Festive Season, Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brushes ,Nuvo Gold Embossing Powder,Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder

Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink

Versamark Ink

Thermo Web Purple Tape

Heat Tool

Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser

Used Ranger Embossing Pen /Simillar pen: Lawn Fawn Embossing Pen

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies

Foam Squares

Cutter Bee Scissors

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock & Lawn Fawn Sunflower Cardstock

Distress Ink:  Chipped Sapphire