14 August 2017

Dream - Single layer card with Distress smooshing and splatters

Let your imagination soar free, look up into the stars and dream.

This dreamy single layer card features a scripty stamp set by Kelly Creates and Distress smooshing with Perfect Pearls and splatter accents.


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Putting It Together

I started with the background and then let it speak to me for the perfect stamp set out of my stash.

For my some of my ink smooshing, I have a roll of the packing film from our last move. Getting inky doesn't need food safe film so this is cheaper for me. I dabbed ink and stain on to a bit of the cling film keeping them mostly to three areas without overlap: Broken China, Spun Sugar, and Milled Lavender. I used stain for the Spun Sugar since it's basically the same as the ink just more watery. I sprayed the inks with Perfect Pearls Confetti White mixed with water in a Mister.

I flipped the film on to the card base I had prepared. I made my card base from 140lb water colour paper. I masked off the back of the card using washi tape and printer paper.

I heat set the ink. If you heat from both the top and the bottom you can get the paper mostly unwarped. Lightly bending it against the warping after it's been heated can also bring it back mostly to flat. After the card is all done, putting it under something heavy also helps to flatten it.

The cloudy pastel of the inks made me think dreamy. I've had this stamp set in my stash a while looking for the perfect project. I stamped with a grey ink so it wouldn't be as stark as black. To further tone it down, I misted with Perfect Pearls.

For one last touch, I wanted to add some paint splatter. I put the card into a small box.

I dipped a brush into the Distress paint, Picket Fence, and tapped the brush handle with another brush to get a fine spray of droplets.


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  1. SO pretty! LOVE the soft watercolored background, and the shimmer and shine! Thanks for playing along with The Color Throwdown!

  2. Lovely work, thanks for sharing with Crafting from the Heart!

  3. Beautiful card, I love the splatters. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

  4. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely card… beautiful sentiment and lovely inking. Please join us again next time at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Good luck!

    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  5. Love this technique and the card too! Thank you for playing along with us at Emerald Creek Dares! Claudia x

  6. the perfect pearls mists glitters well over the card. A great card.Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps & More. Hope to see you again
    Shylaa DT@ATSM

  7. Beautiful job using Kellys Stamps. And I love the soft backgrounder compliment them.


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