Friday, November 17, 2017

"Smooshed" Thanksgiving

Hello again and welcome back!  I needed 2 more Thanksgiving cards to send and I received a new garland die from Altenew that I wanted to play with, so I decided to use the "smooshed ink" technique to color the paper from which the garland and some leaves were cut.  I saw the current color challenge of yellow, rust and dark brown at Stamp Ink Paper and knew it would work perfectly for my cards.

I rolled out my craft mat, "smooshed" distress ink pads in Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain onto the mat, sprayed with clear water from a mister, then laid a 6 x 6 piece of watercolor paper onto the inks.  I pressed and held the paper onto the ink, then when I felt the paper had absorbed enough ink, I quickly pulled it up out of the ink so the colors wouldn't get too mixed.  After drying with a heat tool, it was die cut with the garland die and one of the leaves. I repeated the process to get enough inked paper for both cards, including leaves.  I did do some additional sponging to enhance the colors on the leaves after using the Vintage Leaves to stamp the images and die cutting them.

To build the card I started with an Early Espresso card base, layered on a smaller panel of Cajun Craze, and finally the die cut Very Vanilla panel.  I had to cut the garland in half then arrange it on the card in order to retain the A2 card size.  Next I tied the two leaves with Linen Thread and adhered them on top of the garland with glue dots at the corner, then a couple of Dimensionals to give the bottom leaf some lift.  I used the sentiment from the handy, dandy Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped it on a banner, adhered it to the card, then glued on the cute wood acorn. 

Thanks for visiting and commenting, it's always sooo appreciated!  For those visitors in the US celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday.  I've added a link above to the challenge, so please be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration!


Product details
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze; Distress Ink:  Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain
Other:  Wonky Rectangle die (SSS), Leaflets Framelits, Circle Card Element Framelit (banner), Leafy Garland die (Altenew), wood acorn, linen thread


Amber said...

Gorgeous! Those leaves are stunning - thanks for joining our challenge this week at Stamp Ink Paper!!

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

That is beautiful Stef, I love your leaves. Thanks so much for joining us here at the Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge. Carolyn xx

Tina's Crop Shop said...

Absolutely stunning card Stef! Those leaves are gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper for our color challenge this week!

LeAnne said...

Beautiful! That smooshing technique works beautifully with these colors...Vintage Leaves never looked so good! Thanks for playing with our SIP color challenge this week!

Nora Noll said...

This is so pretty!! I LOVE your smooshing, the colors you used and how you inked around the sentiment!! Great design!