Monday, October 14, 2013

Merry Monday Smoosh Snowflakes

It's Merry Monday time again.  How are you coming on your Christmas cards?  Only about 8 more weeks before they need to be sent.

Here's Lesley's fun challenge for this week.

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Just look at those beautiful snowflakes.


I have tried and tried to get this photo to look as pretty as the actual card, but this is the best I can do.  Here's a close up that I think gives a better idea of the shine.


The 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is asking for a Christmas card without any red or green.


I saw this technique done on a video a couple of years ago but I can't find the video now.  It was done by Catherine Pooler. Edited to add the link to the tutorial here.

To do this technique take a cellophane bag (you can also use a plastic sandwich bag) and cut off 2 sides so that it opens up flat. Put a drop each of Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Island Indigo in the bag and a couple drops of Frost White Shimmer paint. Spritzed a couple times with water and foldthe bag closed letting all the colors smoosh together.  Open it back up and lay a piece of cardstock on one side. If you miss a spot, just lay it down again.  I colored another piece with the other side of the bag.

I got too much shimmer paint in this.  Instead of a drop or two, I had a glob. 

You can see another smoosh background on this card

Maybe my photo editing skills have improved.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Swirled (retired)
Ink:  Island Indigo
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Glimmer Paper
Other:   Re-inkers (Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Island Indigo), Frost White Shimmer Paint (available on the Clearance Rack), Snowflake die (Impression Obsession), Basic Rhinestones

I hope to see a snowy card from you in the Merry Monday gallery.  And treat yourself to a look at the Design Team's cards. They're awesome!

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy!





41 comments:

JoAnn said...

Gorgeous card. Love how you did the background with all that shimmer. I will have to give this technique a try.

Cynthia said...

"Too much shimmer paint"???? NEVER. Your card is simply gorgeous!!

Victoria said...

What a gorgeous shimmery background! I love it.

Wendy said...

This is gorgeous, Bonnie! I may have to try that background technique because your card has alot of shimmer to go along with your pretty sparkly snowflakes! Very nice!! :)

Benzi said...

Bonnie, this fabulous. I love blue for Christmas and this technique just sent it over the top. Good job!!!
You are right, your photos are super now. The old one was a bit harder to see all the details. :-)

Mrs A. said...

That's a really lovely background you have created with this technique. Love the finished card. Hugs Mrs A.

jimlynn said...

Cool technique and a gorgeous card! Love all the shine!!!
Lynn

nancy littrell said...

Wow Bonnie, absolutely stunning smooch background! Love your color choices and your beautiful snowflakes. I love making my own backgrounds, so can't wait to try your technique. TFS my friend.

Marie B. said...

Bonnie, my dear, this card is wonderful!! I love that technique with those colors for a wintery background! :)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Bonnie. That background is absolutely gorgeous. Sounds like it would be a fun technique ... will have to give it a try! Loll xx

Deborah Frings said...

This is gorgeous. I really like the blue and shimmer, and the pretty die cut snowflakes. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!!

Karren said...

Fabulous card, Bonnie! That background is stunning. I have done a variation of that technique called Fossil Stone - so fun and easy. I must try it with the shimmer paint.

Lesley said...

Absolutely stunning, Bonnie! Love the background you created!

Mynnette said...

That background is just fabulous! LOVE the shine--it's gorgeous! Thanks for joining our NO RED OR GREEN challenge at 52CCT! :)

Karen D said...

Hi Bonnie, that technique gives you such a gorgeous background, perfect for your wonderful snowflakes. A fabulous card, AND....I cannot believe we both 'smoosh' in the same week!!

Susan said...

Wow, Bonnie, that background is gorgeous. I've never tried the smoosh technique but will follow your instructions and do it soon. I love the colours you used. I don't think there is too much shimmer paint - it gives it a great frosty look. Wish I was at home to take part in this week's Merry Monday, but I'm back east for a week helping my mother after her hip replacement. I'll enjoy all the beautiful cards others post!

Judy V said...

What a beautiful card! So glad I took a look. Must try that smooch technique!

LeAnne said...

How ever you did this, it's gorgeous! Love that shimmer & shine!

Margaret said...

Oh I love this the background looks like the side of an iceberg most effective.
Hugs
Margaret M

Susan Joyce said...

Love the technique Bonnie, thanks for the finer details, I will have to give it a try. Your card is gorgeous.

The Crafty Laydee said...

What a fun technique Bonnie-and what a gorgeous card!Love this look:)
Hugs,Nessa xx

Nicecrane Designs said...

Absolutely a Play of Art Bonnie,,,what a stunning snowflakes,,,OMG.Thanks for comment at Kylie`s blog about my little butterfly pict, feel free to choose your favo product from my stuff for free, e-mail me to nicecrane@yahoo.com

stampwithsandy said...

Love your smoosh technique Bonnie! What a pretty effect the shimmer paint has and I am sure it is so much lovelier in person.

Shelia said...

Bonnie, this is such a gorgeous card! I am loving the background you created!! Thanks for sharing the details. I'm going to have to try it myself!!

Kim S said...

Absolutely beautiful! And you made it sound like it wasn't too hard to do (although I am sure it was very messy!) I've filed it all away in my inspiration file!!

Patricia Hays said...

The frosty looking background is the perfect backdrop for those lovely snowflakes! Your card is simply amazing. I'm so glad you shared it with us at 52{C}CT, and I hope you'll join us again soon for another challenge! :)

Ruth M said...

Such a beautiful, wintery, frosty snowflakes card, I love it! Great technique, thanks for the how-to! Thanks so much for sharing your fab card with us at 52 C}CT! Ruth x

Louise van Vuren said...

What an amazing effect that technique created for your background.Love the colour choice and the snowflakes -so sparkly- very seasonal. Thanks for joining in at 52 CCT this week

Louise xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Gracious me, Bonnie, this is stupendous!! AND another NBUS technique that I've never tried. Your resulting card just rocked my world!! Hugs, Darnell

MaryH said...

Oh WOW! I'm so happy you explained the technique for this gor-jus card. It does shimmer so glamorously, and I'll be trying this technique for certain. (Going back to re-read to see if you used glossy c/s). It is just unbelieveably pretty. I'm off to check out your 'here' link to see that one too. Your photography looked fine to me! (I'm behind on checking blogs too. I can surf blogs or I can make cards & live life. Can't seem to manage all of it!) TFS & Hugs

Greta said...

Drop dead gorgeous!

Notes by Nina said...

Such a pretty card Bonnie, I love the background you have created.

Danielle Vincent said...

oh my Bonnie - this is just gorgeous! What an amazing background you've created (and yes, I do love the snowflakes too :o) ). I have been struggling with what technique to teach for a small class tomorrow - but I think I just found my answer. Thanks for the inspiration and for joining us this week at 52CCT!

Patti said...

Gorgeous card Bonnie. Your background looks like a snow storm. Great technique.

Mikki said...

I love how you created the background and created this beautiful Christmas card. Also, thanks for explaining how to do it...I'm going to give it a try.

Hettie said...

Love this Bonnie. The colours are stunning.
Hugs
x
PS will you please stop swearing - 8 weeks indeed! Tee Hee!

sarahstone said...

What a pretty technique you used! I love the glittery snowflakes! Thanks for playing at 52CCT this week!

Sarah

Lindsey said...

Fab card Bonnie - great technique

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous, love the shimmer and colour and the sparkly snowflakes. Love it! Shirleyx

Diane said...

Love the technique Bonnie, thanks for the detail and wonderful card idea.

Hugs Diane

Deb said...

Is this the video for this background? http://catherinepooler.com/2009/10/smoosh-technique-with-shimmer-paint-reinkers-and-the-autumn-splendor-stamp-set/