Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Spot Challenge #145 - Splish Splash with Stampin' Up! Friends are Like Seashells Bundle and an Ink Smooshing Technique

 Hello my Friends!    I'm so excited to share my design team card for this week's challenge over at The Spot!  One of my all time's favorite techniques is Ink Smooshing and it was perfect for the Splish Splash Challenge #145!

So here's your change to smoosh, splatter, sprinkle or spritz your way to a fun card!

Here's my card featuring Stampin' Up!'s  Friends are Like Seashells Bundle from the Sand and Sea Suite in the brand new January - June 2021 Mini Catalog!

I loved the background so much!!  If you have never done ink smooshing, I hope you'll give it a try!  I used Stampin' Up!s Fluid 100 watercolor paper for my background.  Fluid 100 paper comes in 7" x 5" panels so I always cut them in half and use 3 1/2" x 5" panel for my card.  I start off by spritzing the watercolor panel with water so that the ink will move well once applied.  Next I pressed my Bermuda Bay Ink pad onto a piece of window sheet and spritzed it and then pressed onto the watercolor paper.

After I applied the Bermuda Bay Ink, I repeated the process with Shaded Spruce Ink focusing on the upper portion of the panel. 

After applying it to the panel I decided to add more texture by sprinkling some salt on it... 

Depending on the type of salt you use, you will get a different effect.  I usually use sea salt but I was out of it so I used table salt.  The salt will absorb some of the ink and create a speckled effect.  The larger the salt, the large the speckle.  Mine turned out to be pretty small since I used table salt.  I used my heat tool to dry the panel and then brushed the salt off with a paper towel.

I decided I wanted to add a little bit of yellow at the bottom so instead of using the acetate sheet, I just used a acrylic block to smoosh the So Saffron Ink onto the bottom..

I finished the bottom layer off with more salt and dried it but wait... there is more! lol

Next to add some shimmer... I mixed a dollop of  Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with 70% Isopropal Alcohol in a SU Spritzer and spritzed all over the panel!  So pretty.. the picture doesn't do it justice!

Before Adding my Sea Shells, I decided to use my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to spritz some black onto the panel.  The beautiful Seashells were stamped in Sahara Sand ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then colored in with Petal Pink Stampin' Blends.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to them as well.  The sand dollar was stamped in Sahara Sand Ink onto Whisper White but that one I left white but again added some Wink of Stella for shimmer.  I stamped the Starfish in So Saffron onto Whisper White and added some Wink of Stella to it as well.  After cutting everything out with the coordinating dies, I used the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder to add some dimension to the two Seashells.  I applied the Starfish and Sand Dollar with Multipurpose Adhesive and added the shells with Dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark Ink on a Strip of Basic Black Cardstock and then heat embossed in White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I added the strip with dimensionals just above the Seashells allowing them to overlap the strip just a bit.  I matted the panel on Basic Black Cardstock and then adhered it all to a top folding Shaded Spruce Cardbase. Last but not least I added three Shaded Spruce Gems to complete it.

For the inside...

I have several good friends that love the beach so I thought the love you to the beach and back were perfect for the inside of a birthday card for them.  I added some of the stamped images at the bottom of the inside panel in Bermuda Bay, Shaded Spruce, Sahara Sand, and Petal Pink. 

I really LOVE how this turned out and it was so much fun to make.  Card making is all about having fun, right?  If you haven't ink smooshed, please give it a try!  

Blessings, Tina

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