Friday, August 11, 2023


The card today features both the Seaside Bay and Waves of Inspiration stamp sets and dies.

I first shared this card yesterday on my YouTube video series Learning with Friends.  The technique is the Spray and Smash Technique.  If you are not familiar with this technique and missed the video yesterday, you can watch the replay below.

For clarity, let me just explain that I call the backgrounds that I make using the Spray & Splash technique my "technique sheet".  I typically make these technique sheets larger than my desired finished size and then cut them to size afterwards.  This gives me scraps to decorate the inside of the card or the envelop if that is what I decide to do.  Plus, it gives me wiggle room for trimming if I like one area of the technique sheet better than others.

The technique sheet for this card was made with Glossy Card stock and three ink colors, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon and Highland Heather.  The fun thing about the Spray and Smash Technique is that you never know how the completed technique sheet is going to turn out.  I also mention in the video that depending on the type of Glossy Paper you use the intensity of the colors may vary. 

When I made the technique sheet for this particular card, the ink didn't flow as much as I would have liked to the top of the sheet, so I dipped just the top portion of the sheet back on to the initial inked and spritzed layer.  If you look closely, this resulted in a bit of a horizon line.  That was totally unplanned, but I like my happy "accident" because it gives the illusion of separation between water and sky.   If I'd known it would do that, I would have "smashed" the card a bit straighter, as I had to trim my technique sheet so that the horizon was level and not running uphill, but that is what is fun with techniques like this.  There is a lot of trial and error, and you learn something for next time.

Once you have your completed technique sheet, then it is all about decorating it.  I used various dies cuts from Seaside Bay and Waves of Inspiration to decorate my card.

For additional information on any of the Stampin' Up! products I used, click on the images below.  I did use Stampin' Up! Glossy cardstock for this card, but that product is no longer available.  I just happen to have a little leftover in my stash!  Any glossy cardstock or photo paper will work.  I provide some pros and cons of each in my Learning with Friends Spray & Splash Technique video.

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