Smooching time!

Hi everyone!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the smooching technique to create backgrounds. For me, this is one of the intersections where therapy and art meet. Smooching is a genuine exercise in letting go of control. You have to let the water do what it wants to do and have faith that the result will be beautiful, even though you may not think so at the beginning.

What do you need?

  • Watercolor paper of your choice (I have mostly worked with cold press 140 pounds), the important thing is that the paper can handle water and not come apart.
  • Distress inks or distress oxide inks (For the backgrounds shown here I used distress oxides because I love the chalky finish and because they allow you to layer colors).
  • Spray bottle with water.

How you do it?

First, pick your colors and apply the ink directly on an acetate sheet or a non-stick craft mat. Then spray the ink with water and you will see the ink bubbling up on the surface of the mat.

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I picked Shaded Lilac and Picked Raspberry to make two vibrant backgrounds and Shaded Lilac and Tattered Rose (not shown here) for two backgrounds with a pastel look.

Now you can smooch the paper on the ink. The water will move the ink in the paper creating interesting and beautiful patterns.

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Here are the four backgrounds I created.

You can also spray your backgrounds directly to get a distressed look.

To create complete cards from my four backgounds I heat embossed the sentiments and added stamped or die cutted creatures. Here are the cards I created with my backgrounds.

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The sentiments are from The Everything about you clear stamp set from Altenew and the cute fox is from the Sweet Stamp shop.

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The sentiments are from The Everything about you clear stamp set from Altenew and the butterfly die is from the Tim Holtz Sizzix collection.

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Here I mixed and matched my sentiments from Altenew and the Happiness stamp set from Neat and tangled. The lovely pigeon is from the Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set.

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The sentiments are from Altenew and the cute narwhal is from the Sweet Stamp Shop.

You can also spray your backgorund with Shimmer spray or add a little bit of Perfect Pearls powder to create a shiny background (see example below).

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Things to watch for:

  • Be careful when choosing the colors you want to mix. Mixing complementary colors because you can end up with a muddy brown color. You can layer complementary colors when using distress oxide but make sure each layer of color is dry before applying the next.
  • Make sure that the backgrounds are completely dry before you try to heat emboss because your embossing powder can stick to the ink used to create the background. It also helps to use an anti-static powder tool.
  • Once you start creating backgrounds with this technique you run the risk of going a little crazy and making a ton of backgrounds and only stop when you notice it is 3am (true story).

That is all for now…. But, be sure to give smooching a try!

The Journey Begins

Hi everyone and welcome to my Blog! 

This is my first ever blog post entry!

I want to use this space to share my journey while I reconnect with my artistic side. After more than five years of dormancy, my inner artist is asking (actually demanding) to be heard.  I believe that my journey properly started in March of 2017 when I discovered card making tutorials on Youtube. I, like everyone else that has kept on clicking on the related video suggested by Youtube, fell through a wonderful rabbit hole of card making tutorials hosted by women capable of making the most beautiful stuff with just paper, ink, scissors, and glue. I was hooked.

The first blogger and crafting genius that I binge-watched and followed was Jennifer Mcguire.  Her joy for creating is contagious and she truly inspires you to give crafting a try.  Yet, what really got me started was the fact that these would be short projects that wouldn’t consume me a lot of time, which allowed me to fit some card making hours into my busy weeks.

Here I include the result of my very first project. It is nothing fancy. A very simple card that I made for one of my best friends, someone who understands and shares my love for creating pretty things.

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This is the first card I made. Pretty simple and to tell the truth I just wanted an excuse to try heat embossing, which I was glad to discover is as exciting and rewarding as it seemed in YouTube cardmaking tutorials.

Once I started making cards I started to fall in love with the process. It is very relaxing to just color and fuzzy cut away all your anxiety and your stress. The act of creating something that you are proud of, no matter how small, is very rewarding, and if you have someone in mind when you are creating your card the process becomes even more exciting. The planning and designing of a card that could make someone smile and brighten their day just further improves the card making’s experience.

So there you have it, I am in love with card making and I plan to continue posting about my crafting projects as a learn new techniques along the way. Feel free to comment on your first time crafting and what makes it so rewarding for you.

Stay tuned because this journey just got started….

See you soon!

 

Supplies used in the card: 

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Mini Remix Happy Clear Stamps from The Greeting Farm

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Sweet Wishes from Penny Black

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Hero Arts White embossing powder

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Tombow BRIGHT Dual Brush Pens