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Sunday, 5 December 2021

Smooshing technique - Christmas Card Club

hand made christmas card using stampin up stitched star dies and the smooshing technique

 Happy Sunday dear crafty friends.  Another Christmas  Card Club share today and our theme is Anything Goes which worked perfectly for me with this card I made this week to use the 'smooshing' technique and some fabulous star dies and I have been wanting to use this fun sentiment.  

So smooshing if you haven't tried it is fun and depending upon the colour or colours you use can create so many different backgrounds or papers for die cutting stars like this.  I used a combination of Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight re inkers and put drop over a new cutting plate from my die cutting machine, but you could use your Stamparatus plates, a glass matt or even a page protecter from a lever arch type folder.  

Drop ink drops onto your chosen base and then add some water using a spritzer.  Then take a piece of watercolour paper and pick up some of the ink with different places of the paper.  You can mop off any excess and use a heat tool to dry it.  Keep repeating this process until you've covered as much of your paper as you want to and of course repeat on some parts already done to get different amounts of colour.  

Leave the paper to dry while you do the same with a new piece of paper if ink remains or clean up before you do anything else or you'll find you get in a mess! 

Once your sheet is dry you can die cut whatever shapes you want.  I used the Stitched Star dies and as you can see they came out with a sort of denim look in various wash shades.  I also die cut some stars all from the same pack of dies using gold metallic specialty paper which I put double sided adhesive sheet on the back before die cutting.  You'll want to run these through your die cutting machine possibly a few times to be sure they are cut or add shims.  The adhesive sheets are great when you have narrow lines that you could get too much glue on with out them.  It makes for easy adhering.  

Enjoy your Sunday we are about to put up some lights and get the dec boxes out of the loft.  This is our last CCC for 2021.  We'll be back in the new year.  Be sure to visit the other lovely crafters in our club for more inspiration for your Christmas makes.  

Keep safe and keep stamping

Hugs Zoe x

Supplies Used

Stitched star dies from Stampin Up for paper crafting

Stitched Star Dies

stars are shining stamp set stampin up on sale

Stars Are Shining stamp set

now 50% off

gold and rose metallic specialty paper for craft

Gold & Rose Gold Metallic Specialty Paper

ink for papercraft over 50 colours stampin up with Zoe Tant uk demo shop

Re inkers  - lots of colours

fluid 100 watercolour paper zoe tant stampin up shop

Fluid 100 watercolour paper


dutchess said...

Gorgeous card Zoe…love a smooch with inks….and that’s a lovely sentiment…
Hope you are all well,we are bolstered up now but still don’t know what Christmas will bring…fingers crossed…take care xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I love this gorgeous design Zoe and your smooshed stars are fabulous.
Merry Christmas!

gwen70 said...

Absolutely love it xx

cuilliesocks said...

What a gorgeous card Zoe, I love the pretty stars and your design. So many details to see, lovely colours too, Kate x

Gibmiss said...

Gorgeous card Zoe ….love your background….
Happy Christmas xx Zoe …
Hugs Sylvie xx

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card, Zoe. The shades of denim are perfect for the stars. I've tried a smooshing technique before but it involved flower petals from my garden being passed through a die-cutting machine. Results were variable. Your Inky version looks much more satisfactory. Enjoy the festive season. Elizabeth x