It's Tuesday so I'm playing along with the Global Design Project again! This week's challenge is a color combination:
I've been really attracted to cards done with a technique called "smooshing", so I thought I'd give it a try! I watched a video and thought, "Wow, that looks easy"! It wasn't...and I tried it several times! She used wax paper and reinkers. I kept getting really dark blotches that bled through the paper. So I thought, "Maybe I'm doing it wrong?" I watched another video and she did it differently and I thought, "Ok, I'll give that a try." Nope. This video involved stamp pads and acrylic blocks and ended up just being a big mess for me. So I watched a THIRD video and tried her technique and was finally happy with the results. She used markers to color onto a piece of plastic, spritzed it with water then layed the watercolor paper over the top and gently rubbed. I had a piece of paper towel handy to wipe off the excess when I pulled the paper away from the plastic.
I tell you all this because I almost gave up. Sometimes things don't work out quite the way we think they will (or the way they work for somebody else!). Don't be afraid to keep experimenting until you find something that works for you!
To create the smooshed background, I started by coloring with Night of Navy and Bermuda Bay markers on to a piece of window sheet:
Next, I spritzed the ink with water:
Finally, I layed a piece of watercolor paper over the ink and pressed gently to "smoosh" the ink onto the paper.
The rest of the card came together easily! I stamped the sentiment on to Watercolor paper with Night of Navy ink and cut it out with the Layering Circles framelits, then cut the coordinating scalloped layer from Flirty Flamingo cardstock. The mermaid is also stamped in Night of Navy, then fussy cut and layered with a couple of mini dimensionals. I added a small twist of silver metallic thread and glued on a few sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment to finish it up.
If you haven't tried the smooch technique yet, I hope you will soon!
I used the following products on this project:
Until next time...happy stampin'!