Masking and Smooshing Techniques


Did this title pique your interest?!  Today I’m sharing a card that is quick and easy, even though it includes both the masking and smooshing techniques! I’m carrying on with my fall/autumn theme, using the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers Thinlits.


I really do love fall colours! Maybe because I’m a ‘fall baby’, with my birthday generally being on the first day of fall. My early childhood was spent on the east coast of Canada, so my memories included crunchy leaves, gathering chestnuts, and forest walks.

Masking and Smooshing Techniques

I really got only 1 good photo of this card! With the Shimmery White cardstock and the Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint, I tried different backgrounds and lighting to get the shine to show. Seriously – with a white background and not ’tilting’ the card – it looked like I had thrown mud on it!


First, cut a panel of Shimmery White cardstock. The masking technique used for this card is easy; all you want to do is mask off the area outside of where you’re going to stamp/add colour. To do this, you can use either Post-it Notes, Washi Tape, or some type of re-positional tape that won’t tear your cardstock when you remove it. I found a Post-it Labeling & Cover-up Tape by 3M on Amazon. I went with the 1″ wide roll; I find it sticks down better than a regular Post-it Note, and you can use whatever length you need.

After masking off a 1 1/2″ wide strip down the left side of the cardstock, now you can move on to the ‘smooshing’ technique! Get ready for inky fun! Open up the Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron ink pads. Tear 2 strips of cling wrap, and scrunch them up. Doing one colour at a time, pick up ink from the ink pad with the scrunched cling wrap, and pounce it down onto the cardstock, inside the masked off area. Repeat this with the second colour. You can go back and add more of each colour, until you’re happy with how it looks.

Now remove your masking, and you’re ready to stamp your leaves. Stamp the detailed leaf image from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in Cajun Craze ink, and stamp on  top of the smooshed stamped area. Next, add a few of the smaller solid leaves in Real Red ink.

Stamp the sentiment, also from the Colorful Seasons set, onto a square of Whisper White cardstock. Cut another square of Cajun Craze cardstock to 1/4″ larger than the sentiment square. Use the 1″ Circle Punch to punch out the corners of each square.

To add the Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint, use another bit of scrunched cling wrap. With the container closed, shake it up well. Open it up, and pick up the paint from the lid with the cling wrap, and pounce it onto the card front and the sentiment.

Now you can layer the sentiment squares together with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and attach them to the card front. Add the card front to a Pumpkin Pie cardstock base, and you’re done!


Have fun with your inks and ink pads! You can try the smooshing technique with cling wrap, baby wipes, or whatever else strikes your fancy. The fun part is in trying – you never know what you may like.  To order the Stampin’ Up! supplies I used to create this card, click on the product images below. You’re on your own for cling wrap & masking material!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

7 thoughts on “Masking and Smooshing Techniques

  1. Deb, this is a great card. Love the smoosh technique and it looks great on the shimmery paper, with shimmer paint!

    1. All that shimmer is gorgeous, isn’t it Jackie?! I just had to capture it in the photo. Thanks for visiting today, and your lovely comment 🙂

    1. I almost shared the mud-looking photo, Susan, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it! I’m glad you like this shimmery look – and smooshing is such fun 🙂

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