Monday, October 12, 2015


As Stamper Extraordinaire Laura Bassen calls it, "Smooshing" remains one of my favorite ways to create a background.  It's easy, fun, and exciting because you never really know what you're going to get!  Watch out for complimentary colors as you'll risk getting a muddy look – other than that simple caveat, terrific results are practically guaranteed . . .

Go light and cover just a part of your background with this watercolored look, or go extreme as I did and cover the entire background, or color any amount in between:  your choice.  You can Google "Laura Bassen smooshing" and get several instructional samples to look at . . . here's one of them, complete with video.

For this card above, I white-embossed the background image before smooshing with two shades of brown.  The hanging grapes image was stamped and embossed in brown and watercolored with Peerless watercolors.
Cardstock:   Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Rubber Stampede Stained Glass Grapes, Stamp Zia Cheers!
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White, Distress Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder:  Judikins Opaque White, Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              Spellbinders Small Deckled Rectangles
Watercolors:     Peerless Ecru, Burnt Umber, Olive Green, Heliotrope, 
                                Warm Sepia
Doo Dads:    Viva Pearl Pen Cream, Perfect Pearls Mist Gold

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