I had another go at smooshing today, and it was a lot more fun this time as I wasn’t trying to control it at all. I just let it do its thing! I used the resulting paper in two different ways – as a simple as-is panel, and to make some pretty butterflies.
I started by creating my smooshed paper. I used a piece of watercolour paper, and various inks in shades of blue as well as one purple. I kept layering the colour until I was happy with it. I was going for a slate blue look.
Once I was happy with the paper I cut out a strip to be the panel on my card. I then used some Sizzix butterfly dies to create butterflies from the same paper. I coated each butterfly with glossy accents and left them to dry.
Whilst they were drying I cut a frame from some blue mirrored card. I don’t yet own any frame dies so I just used my paper trimmer for this.
At this point I began assembly. I used double-sided tape to attach the smooshed panel to a white, side-fold card base. I then applied foam tape to the back of my frame and stuck that in place (slightly wonky… oops.) I put glossy accents on the back of the butterflies’ bodies and pressed them into position.
I wanted to add a sentiment on a banner but wasn’t sure what colour paper to use. In the end I decided to use vellum. I heat embossed a sentiment from CAS-ual Friday’s Calm and Loving stamp set. I used the midtone blue ink that I had used for the smooshing, and added a touch of the purple ink along the top of the lettering, then embossed it with clear embossing powder, then attached the banner across the front of the card.
I really like the softness and looseness of this card. I like the way the butterflies are almost escaping from within the frame. And as I said I’m really pleased with how the smooshing turned out this time. The technique was certainly a lot more fun when doing it as intended!
Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes
Butterfly Challenge – Butterflies, Glossy Accents, and Slate Blue
CAS Mix Up – Stamping, Smooshing and Your Choice (My choice is die cutting – the butterflies)
MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch/Layout
Sweet Stampin’ – No Designer Paper