Plastic Bag Smooshing

Recently, I have been taking it back with my videos and sharing some (new to me) but older techniques! I have been so happy to hear that I am not the only one living under a rock, lol. So many of you have shared that these are new to you, also, so I’m going to keep sharing some of these techniques and hopefully give you some new ideas to add to your projects!

Today, I want to share a technique that I have shared before which is smooshing – BUT – I’m switching it up. I’m using a baggie to smoosh and instead of just ink I’m switching up the mediums! Watch the video tutorial down below for all the details on this fun plastic bag smooshing technique!

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Ok, first thing – I seen technique done with plastic wrap, HOWEVER, I didn’t have any plastic wrap. I use Press ‘N Seal because I can’t stand plastic wrap. It drives me nuts. In it’s place I used a baggie and to give it some bulk I stuffed the baggie with tissue paper. If you have plastic wrap, you can use it but the baggies are another option and what I used today!

Ink Smooshing with Plastic Baggie Technique

I wanted to share different ways to use what you already have on hand and do this techniqe, so my first medium is liquid watercolors. You could also use pan or tube watercolors, just be sure to have them on a palette and thinned down. I smooshed on watercolor paper with this medium, because of the water. This medium definitely is vibrant and blends the most!

Smooshing with Liquid Watercolor

To finish this card I used the new Gather Together stamp set on the outside and finished the inside with Chain Breaker! I love mixing and matching all of my stamps sets to create a fun card!

Smooshed background with the Gather Together Stamp Set
Inside of card using the Chain Breaker Stamp Set

For the second medium, I’m using the typical dye inks. Any water based ink will work here, even reinkers or water based markers. I smooshed my inks pads onto the palette and added water to make them a bit more fluid and easier to pick up. I smooshed the inks, with my plastic bag, onto plain 110 lb. cardstock. This method definitely gives a lighter result and there isn’t as much blending as the watercolor!

Smooshed background using dye ink pads

To finish this card I used the new Wish Big Stamp Set from Joy Clair Stamps. I stamped and colored a few flowers and butterflies onto an oval die cut. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink, so I could color the images with my alcohol markers. After matting the oval with a larger one, I adhered it onto the smooshed panel with dimensional adhesive. Everything was then adhered to an A2 top folding card base to finish it!

Finished card using the dye ink background and the Wish Big Stamp Set

My third and final medium is probably my favorite! I used acrylic paints, just the cheap ones, but you can easily use heavy body paints, just thin them down with water. I also added a bit of water to my acrylic paints just to make them a bit more watery. I smooshed onto 110 lb white cardstock. This medium definitely gives the most opaque results and the most technique!

Smooshed background with acrylic paints

Again, I used a new stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps, called Fall Family Football. This is definitely a new favorite for masculine and teenage boy cards! Here in Iowa, football season is in full swing and it’s perfect for those birthdays, hello, etc cards for men and boys!

Finished card with acrylic paint smooshed background and the Fall Family Football stamp set.

This technique is so fun and versatile and can be used on any number of cards! Whether it’s birthday, thinking of you, hello, even seasonal cards this technique works! And you can use all kinds of different mediums you have on hand.

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


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