Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Smooshing with Cling Wrap - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  This month Group of Seven Cardmakers is Smooshing with Cling Wrap.  This is an older technique that most of us have tried.  But fast forward several years and there are so many new products on the market that would work with this easy technique that gives amazing results.  I hope you'll give it a try using a variety of substraits and mediums from your stash.  :)

Please check out the details for the technique and link to video on the blog ...
Here's what I learned when I experimented with this technique with different substraits and mediums ...
  • The card used made the most difference.  Mixed media paper, coated card stock or Bristol worked the best for me, giving me the most "cells" that really make this technique special.  Watercolour paper came in next with mixed results.  Regular card stock gave the least amount of "cells" and is better suited for just smooshing, in my opinion.
  • When smooshing with powdered inks, the easiest way to get the card wet with colour is to let the misted powdered inks sit on your work mat for a couple of minutes so the crystals start to dissolve before smooshing with card and then adding cling wrap.  Brushos and Bister powdered inks gave me the most beautiful backgrounds.  Powdered inks with mica powders (shine) like Magicals and Perfect Pearls, usually let the shine ingredient show in the creases, which in most cases, resulted in a subtler look which is so pretty!  Everyone will have different results depending on their method of adding water and how much water ... so experiment to find what works best for you! :)  
For the card above, I used Bister powders (powdered inks with walnut stain).  Because of the walnut stain added to the colours, they all have a warmth about them.  I used Bister Blue, Bister Green, and Bister Dark Brown for my card above.  I sprinkled them onto my work mat, misted with water and let the crystals activate before smooshing with mixed media paper.  I flipped the card over and placed a piece of cling wrap over the wet ink, scrunching up the cling wrap to create lots of creases.  I left it to dry for a couple of hours before removing the cling wrap and then left the card to completely dry before finishing.

I stamped with a silhouette stamp I received from Maureen through the Rudolph Days Challenge --- isn't it fabulous??!!  I stamped in Black Memento ink and added a torn snowhill at the bottom before splattering with white acrylic paint for snow.  LOVE IT!

Close-up ...
I'm sending the above card to the Rudolph Days November challenge.  Thanks again Maureen!

... and here's more cards I made using this awesome technique.  Again I used mixed media card with Bisters (Red, Yellow, Natural).  I LOVE the natural colours of these powders.  I got two cards from the one panel. :)

I hope you'll check out the Group of Seven Cardmaker's blog to see the other beautiful cards from our group.  Come join us!

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Stamp #391 (Studio Light Essentials)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Bister Powders:  Bister Blue, Bister Green, Bister Dark Brown; Versamark; Black (Memento) 
Accessories:   Water mister, cling wrap, clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, diluted white and black acrylic paint, splatter brush

Card #2 & #3:
Stamps:  Birthday Blowout (Poppy Stamps - retired); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Bister Powders:  Bister Red, Bister Yellow, Bister Natural; Versamark; Black (Memento) 
Accessories:   Water mister, Cling Wrap, Freida Curve Die (Poppy Stamps), Black acrylic paint (diluted), Flower Frolic die (Penny Black), diluted black acrylic paint, splatter brush


Carole said...

Love this technique, just want to be sure I understand first and last steps.

Where you say smoosh the card, do you blot it in puddles before
flipping over?


Do you flatten out clingwrap or leave scrunched while drying?

nancy littrell said...

Wow!!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous Brushos and Bisters powders for your Smooshing Cling Wrap cards, Lolly:-) I now see why I did not get the cells, etc on my backgrounds..I spritzed water directly onto my MM paper and then sprinkled on the powders and then added more spritzing. Now I can't wait to try the technique again the correct way:-) I still liked my cards, so that is good:-) TFS your beauties, my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

I Card Everyone said...

Not only do I love the technique, and your backgrounds - I LOVE that gorgeous stag!!
So lovely, Loll - can't wait to clear the decks and give it a go!

Julie B said...

I do love a cling film background Loll, great idea!

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful warm colours from the Bisters Loll, this has to be one of my all time favourite technques ♥

Loll said...

This message is for Carole (from 1st comment on this post). Hi Carole, you don't have your email address attached to your comments, so there was no way to respond directly to you. I hope you see this reply. :)

Smooshing is placing your card panel into wet ink and twisting / pushing your card until it is covered with colour. Do not blot or you will loose a lot of the colour.

I have a short smooshing video if you are interested. Copy and paste this url to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1ZFotE_JKk

You leave the scrunched cling wrap until you card is fairly dry, then remove the cling wrap and let dry completely before making your card. The scrunched cling wrap is what gives the creases (or cells) design.

Loll xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Loll,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Another beautiful technique to make this fabulous cards.
Love the scene you have created on the Christmas one.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

Julia Aston said...

I just LOVE your beautiful backgrounds using the Bisters - especially the blue/green - also love that wonderful texted deer and your pretty die cuts in black! Beautiful samples using this technique Loll! Julia xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Fabulous cards Loll, they're all so different with the different mediums used, a great and fun technique... looks like I'll have to make sure I've enough cling wrap... hugs Robyn

Lisa Elton said...

This looks like such a fun technique and, boy oh boy, did you ever get some PRETTY results! What makes them even prettier are the wonderful silhouettes you put in front of them. That deer is incredible!

TK said...

LOVE your beautiful results, Loll! These cards are really amazing!

Darnell said...

The bright reds and oranges of your second and third cards are beautifully made into these designs, Lolly, but my fave is the wonderful icy sky you achieved for that sensational first card! It would be on the cover of a stamping magazine! Hugs, Dolly

Brenda in IN said...

Thanks for sharing all the tips you learned. I want to try Brusho's and hope I get great results like you did. All of your cards are stunning.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

All three are gorgeous, Loll, but my fave is the reindeer. That texty silhouette is perfect for that crystal background you achieved!!

Bobby said...

I don't use my Brushos enough so I appreciate all your tips and tricks, Loll. When I'm out of my brace so I can wash the ink off my hands I'll give it a go. I love the results you got using powders.

Bonnie said...

You got awesome results with this technique, Lolly! The cells on both pieces are fantastic! Love the piece with the re-inkers and the rustic look of the Bister backgrounds gives a very different look! This is such a fun technique!

Linda said...

Ooooh ..... I haven't used clingwrap in such a long time, I'd forgotten how amazing it looks.
Love the colour combos and the black images look so striking. Such a fab technique xx

Sue N said...

All of your cards are beautiful, Loll! I love the look of the creases from the cling wrap technique! Sue N

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous collection Loll...I'll have to check out the videos.

HilaryJane said...

All three of these are wonderful. What great backgrounds and an excellent idea to put silhouettes over them xx

Nstiz said...

These turned out GORGEOUS, Loll! All of them are fantastic. I do have that deer stamp and it's one of my favorites. Never thought to use it on such a magnificent background. That technique is wonderful and time for me to try again after being inspired by these.

Pat said...

These are all fabulous cards using this technique Loll, and I love the stag looking wonderful with the blue, green and brown. I also have that stamp which hasn't seen the light of day for a long time, so maybe time to get it out again. I love the different leaves on both the second and third card which have great impact against the fiery background colours. x

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards Loll! It's been quite awhile since I've done this technique, but will definitely have to play with it again! Your results were all so pretty but your 1st card has me saying WOW, WOW, WOW!!! LOVE the colors of your background and that stamp is just AWESOME!! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Tina Z. said...

wow, absolutely stunning.

Barbara said...

I am so intrigued by these amazing backgrounds. What fun and unusual designs and can be used for many different cards. So glad that you joined us at Seize the Birthday.

Susan said...

You got wonderful results with your cling wrap - fabulous texture. I especially love the one with the reindeer - a great look of a chilly icy winter sky!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous backgrounds with this technique Loll, love the look of the bistre powders, Cathy x

Papercraft Boutique said...

All three cards are fantastic, Loll! You've got great results with this technique, getting clear and beautiful cells! The colors of Bisters are gorgeous and making the black silhouettes look strikingly beautiful!
Thanks so much for sharing your learnings!
Hideko xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Another wonderful collection of cards! I will have to try this technique over the holidays!

Megan J said...

Hi Loll, a lovely set of cards, apparently a 30C+ day is not the day to try this with Watercolour card stock, nothing happened! Store those for later... try again with other inks and papers. Thank you for the inspiration... Megan

Trina P. said...

Wow! Terrific trio. You can really see the cling wrap texture/patterns on these.

BożenA said...

Both the foil background and this beautiful stamp created an amazing set in the first card. The second and third cards are in your favorite color duo and create a beautiful contrast with the black silhouettes of plants.