Happy Birthday Thinlits and a Smooshed Background

I adore the watercolor backgrounds on lots of great cards I’ve seen over the past couple of years.  Some are soft and sweet, while others are bold and beautiful.  I decided to roll up my sleeves and give the “smooshing technique” a try, but I didn’t stop there.  I decided to share this fun technique with my local stamp club – I picked three colors, and all of the results were so wonderfully different.  Here’s the 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card that I shared with the group:

Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Smooshing Technique.  I’ve seen this technique for applying ink in an artistic manner in several places.  My talented team member, Julie DiMatteo, inspired me to give this fun technique a try (you can see Julie’s card with this fun technique here).  Like Julie, I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits as a great sentiment over the watercolored splotches.  I watched Kristina Werner’s video (see it here), but I made some changes.  Here’s how I completed this:
    • I pressed some ink from a stamp pad onto a Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet.
    • I spritzed the ink with a Stampin’ Spritzer and water.
    • I picked up the ink with a little piece of a window sheet.
    • I spread the ink over the watercolor paper.
    • I dabbed the ink with a paper towel.
    • I spritzed some water into my hand and “flicked” it onto page for a effect.
  • Happy Birthday Thinlits.  My club members really had fun with this project.  Even though we all had the same colors, each project looks different.  Later this week, I’m going to share their projects (along with their big smiles) and show you how different each project was.  I’m also going to show you how I set up my inks and sheets to easily get through this project with the group.  What fun!  While they all loved the watercoloring, though, they really loved the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die – and why wouldn’t they?  This die is quite amazing and so easy to use.  The die is offered alone (and works perfectly with the Precision Base Plate) or as a bundle with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  The set might not jump off the page at you, but it’s filled with lots of sweetness and some really great sentiments.  Here’s a peak a this bundle:
    Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

    And here are some projects by Stampin’ Up! artists that beautifully showcase this incredible bundle:

  • Color Combination.  I wanted my card to feel like a celebration, so I chose three colors that would pop behind the Basic Black Happy Birthday Thinlits dies.  I started with Lemon Lime Twist (does it get any brighter and bolder than that?) and added Fresh Fig.  While a soft pink (like Blushing Bride or Powder Pink) would have looked great, I decided to go with a soft blue (Marina Mist).  I love how all three of these blended with each other.  If you like this combination, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Combination: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Marina Mist

Papers:  Watercolor Paper, Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist  Inks:  Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Marina Mist  Accessories:  Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Window Sheet, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Great card! I love the color combination!

  2. What an amazing technique, I will definitely try this. Love your color combination. And the Happy Birthday thinlitis surely a winner. I think I will wear mine out!

  3. Love your card and your color combo! And thank you for the shout-out! ❤️

  4. Love the colors in this card. AND that die is a “must have” for sure. Can’t wait to see what your groups cards look like………………

  5. I’ll have to give the 4×4 cards a try, the Happy Birthday thinlet is one of my favorites!

  6. Lovin’ your smooshes and take on Julie’s technique. So artful and cool!

  7. Bravo, Brian–you mastered another great technique! Love how it turned out!

  8. Robbye Hamilton

    It looks awesome, nicely done.

  9. Great card. I love the color combo and your smooshing turned out great.

  10. This isnt the first time youve combined fresh fig w lemon lime twist… I never thought i needed lemon lime twist in my collection but slowly you are drawing me to the lemon-lime side. I really like the fig & marina mist together.

  11. How colorful and fun ! I must get this Happy Birthday ! There are a jillion possibilities with it for a great card .
    I like Lemon Lime Twist ( I didn`t like it at first ) It is fresh and vibrant and trendy just like your card !!!

  12. Just bought both of these. I love them!

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