A bit of Smooshing and Spritzing

Oh my goodness I love the finished result of this card!! I have been participating in Nicole Watt’s Stamp Focus Challenge this month. Well I have been watching and am now getting caught up on the Techniques she is showing each week. Let me just say I LOVE how the challenge is run! It really gets the creative juices flowing.

You can work with what you have or in my case, buy a few new things. I am building my supply of different brands as I learn all of these NEW to me techniques.

This card came from a lesson on saturation, now I know this background piece for this card does not look very saturated. That is because I got the bottom panel all nice and saturated and then started dabbing with my paper towel, I totally forgot to lay a clean piece of Mixed Media paper on top of it and then smoosh them together. When I remembered the pieces that I was saturating was pretty dry, and I quickly placed the clean pieces of paper I had cut and smooshed them together. I do have to say that it was a happy mistake, I adore adore how the ink was only picked up in some areas and splotchy. Here is what the two panels looked like when I was done,

I feel like the best part of this type of Technique is you will never get the same looking background, no matter how hard you try! The panel on the right is completely saturated with mix of gorgeous colors of Distressed Oxide Ink sprays and finished with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Mist.

I used the Happy Blooms stamp set by Pinkfresh Studio for my focal image. I heat embossed it with Eboy Regular WOW! embossing powder. I love how effortlessly the black embossing powder melts. I have yet to find gaps or breakage in any area of the stamped image. With a bit of practice I was able to use the Casual Greetings Hot foil stamp from Essentials by Ellen. I have only done a few hot foil pieces…yup another new technique I am learning. When I saw the stamp set Casual Greetings I was going to get it, then I saw that there had a Hot Foil stamp! So I got that instead, there is also a coordinating die to cut out the hot foiled and even the stamped images.

I fished the card on a layer of Basic Black cardstock, Vellum, and adhered to an Old Olive card base, each of these items are from Stampin’ Up. My sentiment is hot foiled on Hammermill 100 LBS copy paper. If you have not been to Nancy Stamps YouTube channel GO! Check the play list for Hot Foil, if you have a questions it will be answered there!

Card Cut List

Old Olive CS – Standard A2 Card Base

Vellum – 4″ x 5 3/8″

Basic Black CS – 3 5/8″ x 4 x 9/16″

Mixed Media Paper – 3 1/2″ x 4 11/16″

Hammermill 100 LBS Copy Paper for Hot Foil sentiment

I hope you enjoyed this bit of inspiration, if you create using this sketch tag me on social media and use #ldscs. I will add your project to my stories on social media! If you did Leave a comment and let me know! Until next time, Happy Crafting


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