Sunday, July 29, 2007

Smooshing Technique & A Simple Layout Card

Sometimes simple can be better as in this card layout. Not much to it... a card base, sentiment, a little ribbon and an accent flower. Okay, I did up the "wow" factor on the flower using the smooshing technique and glitter.

Ummm... So what is the the "smooshing" technique? It's actually pretty simple but does require a couple of items:
  • Clear plastic report cover (one of those cheap plastic ones that are kind of floppy)
  • Two different ink pad colors
  • Brayer
  • Glossy white cardstock
So here goes: Take the clear report cover and open it up. Smoosh your color A ink pad on one side and color B on the other side (in this case "A" is Pumpkin Pie and "B" is Rose Red). Close the report cover and run your brayer over the closed report cover, mixing the two colors together. Open the report cover again and place two pieces of back-to-back glossy cardstock inside the report cover (this way you can color two pieces at once). Close and brayer again. Remove the glossy cardstock and allow to dry. That's it... you've created an interesting background or accent cardstock! In my example I stamped a flower in Black StazOn on the glossy cardstock and cut it out. After which I added a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter using the 2-Way glue pen.

Quick card notes: Pumpkin Pie ink was sponged onto the edges of the Blush Blossum cardstock. I also added a little more color to the center of the stamped flower image with a Regal Rose marker.

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Supplies used: Doodle This stamp set; It's Your Birthday stamp set; Rose Red, Blush Blossum and glossy white cardstock; Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red and Black StazOn ink pads; Regal Rose marker; Dazzling Diamonds glitter and 2-Way Glue Pen; Lt. Pink Gingham and Narrow White Organdy (retired) ribbons; plastic report cover and brayer.

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