Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Krafty Art

Weeks ago, I experimented with Smooch to make backgrounds. Results were mixed, but some of the experiments yielded some very cool, rather artsy results. My favorites came from a subtle blend of moonlight (almost white) and snickerdoodle, with a bare hint of light blue (the sticker with the color name is missing).

To make these backgrounds, I painted rather thick layers of Smooch (cut with just a bit of water) onto a piece of transparency. I left thick lumps of the ink wherever they happened to be, and dropped in the blue. Then, I pressed the paper into the transparency and peeled it off.

Results were unpredictable, and a lot of pretty trash was made. Some pieces looked lovely, though, with sweeping movement from the peeling.

It's fascinating to me how bad these two Smooched panels looked against a white card base. Many of the abstract art pieces from which I drew inspiration were showcased on white walls, after all, and looked marvelous. I'd have thought my panels would look soft and fresh and lovely on white, but instead they looked washed out. The kraft bases gave just enough contrast for the pearlescent shimmer to stand out.

Pretty backgrounds like this are perfect to set off sentiments as focal points, so that's what I did. Their ethereal colors lent themselves to religious themes.

I hope to have some time to stamp tomorrow. Feeling so inspired!

stamps: Papertrey
ink: Memento Luxe rich cocoa
paper: Papertrey white, kraft
accessories: Smooch, transparency, paint brush, craft foam, glue


  1. Really lovely effect, and perfect for the sentiments.

  2. Susan. This card is so beautiful. Is the scripture stamped on the paper, a sticker, did you use a printer, or, or, or? Your simple cards are alway such a great reminder to me to not make everything so complicated. :) Thank you.

    1. These are stamps from Papertrey. I used Memento Luxe ink to stamp so there would be nice, dense coverage over the Smooch. Hope that helps!

    2. Thanks. Your answer was just what I needed to know.

  3. These cards are absolutely beautiful! I love the effect you got with the Smooch.


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