Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sending smiles

Hello there! For today's card, I used the smooshing technique. After seeing Heather Hoffman's card for Winnie & Walter's 3rd Birthday Bash challenge, where she used the ink smooshing with acetate technique to create bands of colour on her card, I was determined to give this a go as well. My bands did not turn out as subtle as Heather's did, probably because my water colour cardstock wasn't wet enough and I had used more ink on my acetate, but I'm quite happy with how my card is evoking a sense of spring.

Before I did my smooshing (using cracked pistachio, fossilized amber & abandoned coral DIs), I had stamped an arrangement of flowers from In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers (Winnie & Walter) across my panel using Archival jet black ink. After drying my panel with a heat tool, I flicked a little water onto my panel, let it sit on my panel for a few seconds and then dabbed up the remaining water with a paper towel. Next, I die cut my panel using the smaller scalloped rectangle dies from the Essentials: Noelle Cutaways die set (Winnie & Walter). I placed my panel in my Misti together with a sheet of vellum to determine the placement of the two outer flower shapes and stamped them using Archival jet black ink. After stamping my sentiment and the smallest of hearts from the Sending You set (Winnie & Walter), I foam-mounted my panel onto the vellum and then adhered this to my red card base (SSS lipstick red cardstock). To finish off, I added a few clear sequins.

W&W 3rd Birthday Bash - Ink smooshing challenge with Heather H.

W&W 3rd Birthday Bash - Three challenge with Shay
(3 layers, 3 W&W products, 3 word sentiment, 3 colours, 3 sequins)

HLS March Watercolour Challenge - Anything goes (optional: smoosh)

CAS Mix Up March - Stamping & smooshing + die-cutting & vellum

Time Out's 3rd Birthday party - Love/friendship (optional: spotlight stamping)

Penny Black and More - March Anything goes

Stamping Sensations - March - Close to Nature

ATSM - #231 Anything goes


  1. Love that acetate smooshed background Marianne. I look like spring has sprung! :) So pretty with the diagonal row of stamped flowers. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix Up! xx

  2. Very pretty smooshed and stamped main image, Marianne. I love your choice of colors and all your flowers. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix UP. Hugs.

  3. I love your bands of smooshed colors, Marianne, and the way you've stamped the flowers across the card! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

  4. A really pretty creation Marianne, beautifully stamped and love the background - cracked pistachio is one of my favs, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  5. Your black stampings look wonderful against your pretty smooshed background! Thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up Challenge Marianne! Julia xx

  6. What a great design and I love your colourful smooshing!
    Thank you for sharing with us at ATSM.
    Carol x

  7. Lovely! Interesting background but I have to say the flowers stretching across the vellum and background make for the best effect.

  8. This is so pretty, Marianne. I love the die cut panel and I love the black stamped flowers. The smooshing is lovely too. Thanks for playing along at HLS Watercolor Challenge.

  9. The background is gorgeous. And I love the way the stamped blooms pop against it! Thank you for joining us at the ATSM challenges. All the best. Nandini, DT

  10. The outline blooms are just lovely against that soft smooshing, Marianne ... the vellum overlay is such a perfect, subtle addition! Thanks so much for coming along to our 3rd birthday party at Time Out! Hugs, Anita :)

  11. Fab creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations and Penny Black & More, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  12. Lovely smooshing, and I really like how your simple stamping covers both layers of your card. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  13. Superleuke kaart! Ineke☀️

  14. Gorgeous smooosh colours, and can i just say that the way you have the stamping going off the edge is so cool! Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers. Jenny x

  15. Lovely card, bright and cheerful.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More 'Anything Goes' challenge and good luck x Susan x