More Smooshing and the Happy Birthday Thinlits

On Sunday, I shared a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ birthday cards that showcases the Smooshing Technique and the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  We made this project with my local club on Friday night.  If you missed the original post, you can see it here.  What fun!

As I mentioned in my original post, this process for creating a watercolored background on a card is really fun.  This technique works as well with a soft, sweet background as it does with a bold, graphic one.  We had a lot of fun with it.

First I want to show you how I had this set up so that we could all take our turns with the colors around the table.

My Setup for a Smooshing Technique Class, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

  • I taped a 12″ x 12″ piece of white board (backing from Designer Series Paper) to a 12″ x 12″ thick cardboard (backing from Specialty Designer Series Paper).  I made one for each of the three colors we were using.  That gave me a place to play and the sturdiness we needed to pass the boards around the table.
  • I taped a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig imaging sheet to the top corner of the board.  That’s where we added an ink color (directly stamping the ink pad onto the glossier side of the sheet) and spritzed with water in a Stampin’ Spritzer.
  • We used Post-it Notes to stick our Watercolor Paper to the board in the lower, left corner.
  • Fun ensued.

I started by showing the group my finished card:

Smooshing Technique, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Then I shared how to swipe the ink onto the watercolor paper for the best effect:

Smooshing Technique, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingSmooshing Technique, Stampin' Up!, Brian King What great form, Brian!  You’ve mastered this.  🙂  And then the group got to work on their own projects.  Aunt Deb was just starting to apply the Marina Mist to her project:

Smooshing Technique, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

While Melanie was preparing to add the Fresh Fig:

Smooshing Technique, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAs I mentioned in Sunday’s post, this is such a fun technique because you always get something a little different if you allow yourself to really have fun with it.  I wanted to show you each person’s project – look how each one is uniquely wonderful:

Smooshing Technique - Selina, Stampin' Up!, Brian King


Smooshing Technique - Rene, Stampin' Up!, Brian King


Smooshing Technique - Melanie, Stampin' Up!, Brian King


Smooshing Technique - Deb, Stampin' Up!, Brian King


Smooshing Technique - Maw Maw, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Melanie’s Maw Maw

How fun are those?!  I think their smiling faces say everything that needs to be said.  🙂

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

I hope you’ll give this super-fun technique a try.  These ladies sure had fun with it, don’t you think?  Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. The different results are perfect for showing this technique! Thanks.

  2. Smooches for smooshes. This post and all the artwork warm my heart! Love seeing the peeps create!

  3. Just look at those smiles! Love it!! You’ve pulled out all of their inner artists, Brian!

  4. I would love to see a video of this.

  5. Obviously everyone had a fabulous time – great smiles and great results. The cards were all fabulous! What a great instructor you are Brian.

  6. Such a fun project ! Kinda reminds me of a first time shaving cream and ink refill experience I had years ago ! This leads to all sorts of creative coloring ideas. Thank you for all those cute pictures !!!
    As I said before >>>>gotta get that Happy Birthday Thinlit !!

  7. So many great projects. It looks like everyone had fun while learning a new technique.

  8. Looks like a really good time – I will have to try this with my ‘gals’. Think it would be fun. As usual – terrific ideas from you.

  9. Love the pics, thanks for the details, must try!

  10. I love that techinque and need to do it again soon. Great cards and happy faces! You rock!

  11. This was such a fun card to make! Thanks Brian!?

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