Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge - Use The Smooshing Technique

Hello, Crafty Makers!
This SOS Challenge features one of my favorite techniques: Smooshing!  
Of course, I had to create two cards for this challenge!

Smooshing is a  fun way to create a "faux" watercolor look especially for non-painters like me. The technique works with all ink types.
I admire the work of Tammy Tutterow and was so happy when she joined Spellbinders® Stamp Designers.  This is my favorite, I think!

Stash Items Used:
Bazzill Basics - Hummingbird
Neenah - Natural White
Tim Holtz™ - Water Color Paper
Tammy Tutterow™ (for Spellbinders®) Be Sunny
Ranger Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Scattered Straw, and Vintage Photo
Glossy Accents (just a drop)
I laminated a piece of cardstock and used that as a proof sheet for mixing my colors.   I applied the ink directly to my acetate sheet, spritzed it with water and then "smooshed" it on the cardstock.
 Smoosh, Splatter, Swipe and Emboss
Two years ago, I was a Guest Designer for ClearSnap®.  One of their partners at the time was Hot Off The Press™ and they sent this fabulous "Feathers" stamp set to all the designers.  I have provided the link to Paper Wishes which is the site for HOTP retail customers.

Stash Items Used:
Bazzill Basic - Wild Pansey
PaperTrey - White Cardstock
Paper Wishes™ "Feathers" Stamps w/Sentiments
Tim Holtz Rub On - Elements
ColorBox® - White Embossing Powder
 Distress Inks:  Milled Lavender, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Cracked Pistachio!
For this card front, I applied the ink to my laminated sheet, spritzed with water and then applied the diluted ink to the card front.  I wanted more control and I wanted to do more splashing, wiping and splattering than smooshing.  Some designers like to have a plan before they smoosh.  I just freestyle!

Happy Making!
Chana Malkah

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: Welcome Home - Peaches and Cream

Hello, Crafty Makers!
This week's theme at Shopping Our Stash challenges us to make a project that represents where we live or where we come from.  I was born in Pennsylvania, lived for nine years in Florida, and now call Georgia home.  I decided to go with Georgia because I have been in the Metro-Atlanta area since 1970. 
 It should be no surprise that I decided to embrace 
"The Georgia Peach and Cream"
I used one of my off-brand $2.99 dies to create this "Peaches and Cream" gatefold card.  I don't mind waiting for these dies to ship from China because the shipping is free and three dollars beats thirteen to fifteen dollars every time.  Actually, this set came with two dies this floral and a vintage lamp post die.
The vellum is such an elegant touch and I like the graphic tension that is created by using the rustic twine against the elegance of the rhinestone-bedecked floral and vellum gatefolds.   The Georgia Peach sentiment strip also brings another rustic element to the design. I think the project embodies the spirit of Metropolitan Atlanta a great mix of both rustic and elegant living!
I created my own peaches using a Ranger Blending Tool
 I simply could not represent Georgia without including a little "Pine Green" since we are also known for our Pine Trees.  I looked through my stash but did not have a single stamp or die of Dogwoods or of our fabulous Azaleas!
"The Official Georgia Peach"
These fun gatefold cards are easy to make and there is plenty of room to write long notes!
 Hello, from Decatur, Georgia!  We just love all y'all!
Chana Malkah