designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone! It’s Channin and today I’m making a fall themed thank you card using the smooshing technique.

[Video] Smooshing Pumpkins with Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. channin_110116_photo_1 First, I stamp the pumpkins from the Trick or Treat stamp set [] in embossing ink then emboss them in gold on a panel of watercolor paper. I then stamp the pumpkins on a sheet of copy paper and fussy cut them out to create a mask. I then position the mask over my embossed pumpkins and then stamp and emboss another set of pumpkins, this time slightly overlapping the first set of pumpkins. channin_110116_photo_2 Now it’s smooshing time! I start with my lightest color, which is Distressed Ink, scattered straw. I apply the ink directly onto a piece of actetate then spritz it with water. I then turn the acetate over and press it onto my panel. I then pick the acetate up and press it down in other areas to distribute the ink. I continue this process for 3 other ink colors (Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, & Evergreen Bough), stopping to dry with my heat gun every so often when the panel gets too wet. channin_110116_photo_3 After I have finished with the smooshing technique I move onto my sentiment. First, I stamp a thank you sentiment from the Balloon Messages stamp set [] in dark brown ink onto a scrap of kraft paper. I then thoroughly dry my sentiment and stamp and gold emboss the sentiment again but slightly off-set. Next, I create an accent strip using the striped bag image from the Little Gifts stamp set []. I repeatedly stamped the image to create a continuous pattern on a strip of kraft paper in dark brown ink. I then dried the strip and then repeatedly stamped the image again but this time slightly off-set and then embossed in gold. Next, I adhered my accent strip onto the left side of my kraft card base, then adhered my trimmed watercolored panel slightly over the accent strip and onto my card base. Lastly, I adhered my sentiment onto my card using foam tape. I hope you enjoyed and inspired you to give the smooshing technique a try! Have a wonderful week! Supplies: Trick or Treat Stamp Set Balloon Messages Stamp Set Little Gifts Stamp Set