Try a "Smooshing" Technique on a Mother's Day Card | Jenn Picard

Today I thought it would be fun to share with you an easy "acetate smooshing" technique to create a unique background for a "magical" Mother's day card.

Start of by picking several different colors of reinkers but be sure to choose colors that compliment each other as you do not want them to turn into a muddy mess. (don't ask me how I know:)You will also need a sheet of acetate/transparency paper, a mister bottle with water in it, a piece of watercolor paper and some paper towel.

Drop the desired colors on the transparency being careful not to have them too close together.

Mist water onto the acetate and move the colors around a little bit. Next mist a piece of watercolor paper then "smoosh" it down on top of the ink.

Peel the paper off carefully then blot of the excess moisture with a paper towel. I also like to use my heat tool to throughly dry it before I start any stamping. If you notice your paper starting to curl or warp, use the heat tool on the opposite side and it will help straighten it out.

I wanted to add a little gold so I used some mist. I like to take the top off the bottle and flick drops on to the paper.

Using one of the stamp images and Inky Black Color Theory Ink stamp repeatedly without reinking in some areas.

Embossing always gives such a nice added wow factor to a project and for this card the sentiment was stamped using Versamark then heat embossed with Black Glitter ZING. It really helps to make it stand out.

To finish the card off a sweet little stamped flower is cut out and popped up.

This technique is quick, easy and maybe a little messy but it is so fun to do. The best part is each time will always bring a unique result.

Supplies: Mother's Day Stamp Set, Color Theory Reinkers: Blush Crush, Sunny Day, Mint Hint, Coral Bay, Transparency Paper, Watercolor paper, Heidi Swapp Gold Shimmer Mist, Color Theory Ink: Inky Black and Purple Rain, Versamark Ink, Black ZING Glitter, Heat Tool, Water Bottle.

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  1. CristinaC says…

    What a fun background! I love it!

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    1. Roberta says…

      Crystalbella: pm me your addy and I will send you some cuts. Please note that it will probably be after the New Year when I can do it as I have not even opened my silhouette yet and am swamped with Christmas to do's. If there are any particular cuts you want (from this class or something else) let me know and I'll try to do those. I'll use supplies I already have so this is a freebie! If you see a svg or studio file that you want cut let me know or send it and I'll try to do it - there are lots of freebies online.

  2. toribissell says…

    so sweet.

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  3. CeliseMcL says…

    I absolutely love watercolor backgrounds. I assume the acetate is reusable. Is "smooshing" a technical term? I have done alcohol inks on acetate, but those are permanent. I don't care if I get messy, this looks like fun. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. artgirlbev says…

    Aawww. Your card is magical. :-)

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  5. juliee says…

    fun technique!

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  6. sideoats says…

    Okay gotta say it -- this is MAGICAL! love :)

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