COMBINING SMOOSH AND RESIST TECHNIQUES
Hello stamping friend! I’m here today to show you two cards I made when combining smoosh and resist techniques. The smoosh technique can be done in a couple of different ways. One way is when you put some ink drops onto a slick surface, like your craft mat, or piece of acetate. Then, you pick up the ink with a scrunched up piece of cling wrap, and then apply the ink to your paper by ‘smooshing’ it down. You keep doing this until you’re happy with the coverage. The resist technique is when you apply ink over an embossed image. Because the image is embossed, the embossed area ‘resists’ picking up the ink that is applied over it.
Today,my projects show combining the smoosh technique (in a different way) along with the resist technique.
SMOOSH ONCE, FIRST
This is a second way of doing the smoosh technique. First, cut a panel of watercolour cardstock. You’ll be using lots of water, so you want it to be absorbed by your paper. Next, on a piece of acetate or other slick, non-porous surface, press your ink pad facing down, transferring ink onto the acetate. Now you want to spray water onto the ink on the acetate, getting it quite wet – not just little sprinkles.
Turn your acetate over, and ‘smoosh’ the ink onto your panel of watercolour paper. The idea is to apply it not just in one big smoosh, but rather in random spots, leaving some spaces in between. That’s because you’re going to be adding another colour. Once you’re happy with your panel, either set it aside to dry, or use a heat tool to dry it. You want to make sure the panel is dry before applying the second colour, because you don’t want to create muddy colours.
Now that your panel is dry, wipe clean your piece of acetate, and repeat the process with a second colour. I’m sorry, but I forgot to take pictures during these steps – I just wanted to carry on! Once again, when you’re happy with the second colour application, allow the panel to dry, or dry it with the heat tool. It must be completely dry before you move on!
NOW CREATE THE RESIST
Now that your panel is dry, choose your stamp image. I used a line image, but the impact of the resist will be more if your image is more solid. (that will be my next project!). Use Versamark ink to stamp your image onto your smooshed panel, cover it with clear embossing powder, and set with the heat tool. Repeat this process until you have as many images stamped onto your panel as you want.
Now for more fun – you’re going to choose a 3rd ink colour, and repeat the smooshing process! Then, if you want, you can choose a 4th colour, and smoosh for a 4th time. The most important thing to remember after applying your 3rd ink colour is to allow it to dry naturally – don’t use a heat tool, or you could affect your embossed images. Once your 3rd ink has dried, you can go in and add a 4th colour, if you want.
FLORAL SMOOSHED IMAGES
I used the floral line image in the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew. I created 2 cards, because I wanted to try different colour combinations.
For the card on the left, the base colours are Mustard Seed (yellow) and Shabby Shutters (green) Distress Inks. After embossing the floral image, I applied Peacock Feathers (blue) and Mowed Lawn (darker green) Distress inks. While you can still see the Mustard Seed ink ‘trapped’ below the embossing, it’s not as dramatic as if it would be, if I had used a more solid image.
The same applies to the card on the right; you can see the colours below the embossing. I chose Mustard Seed and Abandoned Coral for the first 2 layers, and then applied Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks.
GREEN, BLUE AND YELLOW
I quite like this combination of colours; it’s very soothing I think. After the panel was dry, I attached it to a panel of black cardstock with foam tape, and then onto a dark green/blue card base. The sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink onto black cardstock, and heat embossed in white embossing powder. After attaching it with more foam tape, I added a few brushed droplets from my stash.
ORANGE, PINK & YELLOW
This is a bit of a brighter colour combination, I quite like as well. The sentiment again is embossed in white powder, with clear droplets added to the card front this time. On both cards, the sentiments are from the Beautiful Day stamp set.
TRY YOUR OWN TECHNIQUE COMBINATION
Playing with ink and paper is fun! Try creating your own combinations, or give this combining smoosh and resist techniques a try. Use line images like I did, or try larger, more solid images, to ‘trap’ more of the base colours under the clear embossing. If you do give it a try, or plan to, leave a comment, and let me know how you got on!
If you’d like to purchase some supplies to try this technique, I’ve included some links where possible, below.
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