I am trying to master the art of "ink smooshing" and decided that the new set by Tim Holtz that he designed for Simon Says Stamptember event would be a good one to practice with. I first saw this technique done by Laura Bassen on her you tube channel. I have linked her blog, but do yourself a favor and when you have some time to spare, grab your your favorite beverage and go watch some of her videos. She is so fun to watch.
This is the set I used. I love the blueprint sets that Tim designs and I look forward to creating some more cards with this set. As you see, he put a coordinating sentiment on each stamp.
And here is my monochromatic ink smooshing project. I first put some antique linen distress ink on my craft mat and spritzed it with water. I then picked some of it up on my transparency sheet and smooshed it on my watercolor cardstock. Once I felt I had enough of that, I did the exact same process using tea dye distress ink. I did dry my cardstock between each color, though you don't have to.
Here is a bit closer look at the background. Doesn't it look just like I was a total clutz and spilt my coffee all over my cardstock? I stamped the coffee cup image with rich cocoa memento ink. I had first thought that I would color the cup with copics, but when I saw the smooshed ink layered behind the cup, I chose to leave it as is. I also masked the sentiment off when inking up the cup, as I wanted it to be separate.
Next I masked the bottom of the cup and inked the sentiment with versamark ink. I stamped it on brown cardstock and embossed it using Simon Says white embossing powder. Now I have to admit that I first thought I had made a mess with the embossing powder, but then I took a closer look at the stamp. I was so happy to see that Tim had put all of those little lines and dots on the stamp and that I actually wasn't a sloppy embosser.
A few final notes. I used Simon Says stitched dies for the watercolor cardstock and then the next size up to die cut the kraft cardstock. The focal image was popped up on the kraft using fun foam. Both panels was then layered on to a brown card base. The sentiment strip was popped up, also using a small strip of fun foam. I then scattered a few doodle bug spinkles in the bon bon assortment for a bit of embellishment.
And with that, I called it done. I will definitely be using the smooshing technique in the future. Very fun and you get a different look every time.
I hope that you have had a great weekend. Yesterday was a bit of an ugly day, but today is a perfect fall day. I think that I am now going to settle in to watch the Bengals.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.