Friday, May 20, 2022


Happy Friday!  I have another card today made with the Sending Smiles Bundle.  This card was made with a Technique that guarantees it will never turn out the same twice.  The technique is called Smooshing.  It is a little messier than the two previous Techniques I used this week, but I love the outcome.  Jackie Bolhuis shared this technique at last month's Spring Creativate Retreat.  I've used this technique previously in my monthly Technique classes, but what I love most about it is that no two cards ever turn out the same!  Everyone's card is uniquely different.

This is technique where I recommend making the panel larger than the intended final size.   I make this recommendation for a couple of reasons: 1) you can choose your favorite area when you trim it to the final size, and 2) you can use the "scraps" to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.

The Smooshing Technique uses Reinkers, and the paper needs to be a type that tolerates getting wet.  For my card I used Shimmery White cardstock, but you could also use Watercolor Paper.  I do not recommend using regular cardstock as it doesn't really like to get wet.  Also, regular cardstock (like Basic White) absorbs the water/ink very quickly, so it doesn't "smoosh" around the surface.  It soaks in too quickly.

For my card I used Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, and Daffodil Delight Reinkers, but play with any combination of colors you like.  You will also want to experiment with the amount of ink you use.  

To use this technique, you will need something that is non-absorbent like an Acrylic Sheet or Wax Paper.  You will add drops of ink to the non-absorbent surface and then spritz with water.  The amount of water you use affects how much the ink runs, so play with some Shimmery White or Watercolor scraps to see what works best for you to achieve the look you desire.  Less water will create a pattern that is more spotted because the ink will flow less.  More water will make the colors run together more.  There is no right or wrong way.  It just depends on the look you want.  Play, experiment, and have fun!

To decorate the inside of my card I used one of the "scraps" that I trimmed off when I cut my oversized technique sheet to size.  I bordered it with Basic Black and then matted the assembly to a Basic Black mat.  

In the photos, you can also see little peaks of the envelope which I decorated with another "scrap".

I hope you have enjoyed this week's cards with the Sending Smiles Bundle.  If you love flowers and a lot of sentiment versatility, you will want this set.

If you would like a FREE TUTORIAL for today's card, you can download one by clicking on this link.

All products used for today's card are shown below.

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Download this flyer to learn more, but I'll give you a hint.  It is worth $66.50, so that means for $99 you will receive $191.50 worth of product.  Not only will you receive $191.50 worth of products for $99 (plus tax), but you will also get a 20% discount on future purchases!  This is an awesome deal!

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