3/7/20 Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create!
3/16/20 Winner at A Bit More Time To Craft!

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday and March 1st! Wow, we are rockin’ and rollin’ right through the months, aren’t we?! The new March challenge is live over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #35 – Anything Goes + Smooshing! I created a friendship card using the smooshing technique for my background, and what I call phantom die cutting, and I think it turned out pretty cool!

I grabbed the craft mat, Brushos, distress sprayer and a piece of cold press watercolor paper, and created my background. I started with yellow, then moved to orange, and then red, drying with my heat tool between smooshes. Using a fan brush, I splattered dark brown over the entire piece and when it was dry, trimmed it and matted it on dark brown cardstock. The great thing about watercolor backgrounds is there is no right or wrong, and every one you create looks different!


To create the raised inlaid die cut sentiment, I cut the ‘Smile’ sentiment into the background and into two scrap pieces of orange craft foam. I adhered the first foam die cut into the negative space, then adhered the second foam die cut on top of that one, and then adhered the background die cut on top of the foam. This is the second project I created using this technique and this time I used two foam die cuts instead of one, so it raised the sentiment up just a tad higher. I finished the front with English Mustard Crystal Drops.


I embellished the inside with leftover brown cardstock and a thin strip trimmed from the smooshed background, then I stamped a CAS-ual Fridays Stamp sentiment in brown ink.


Here’s one more look… totally happy with how this turned out! ;)


I’d love to enter this card into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create: #231 – Anything Goes with optional colored pencils
A Bit More Time To Craft: #111 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge: March Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: 3-2020 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge: #3 – March Anything Goes
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #161 – Anything Goes
The Crafter’s Cafe: #237 – Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters: #25 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #428/429 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: March Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD ivory cardstock, American Crafts coffee cardstock, Canson cold press watercolor paper
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Sassy Smiles stamp set
Ink: Brushos- yellow, orange, brilliant red, dark brown; Memento Espresso Truffle ink
Dies/Punches: The Cat’s Pajamas Smile die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz distress sprayer, fan brush, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, orange Darice craft foam, Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops, MISTI stamp tool

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! We always love seeing your ‘anything goes’ projects but really smile when you play the twist! Just remember, the twist is not necessary to play in our challenges! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

15 thoughts on “Smile”

  1. Hi, Leslie! Great tutorial and juicy good-looking card! Do you prefer two foam layers on the word die now that you’ve done it? I want to try the foam instead of card stock but wondering if regular craft tacky glue will work? The layers look really nice, XXO

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  2. Thank you, my friend! I think it would depend on how thick the foam is and the colors used as to whether one or two foam layers would look best. You definitely wouldn’t want to see ‘all foam’ if you know what I mean. Just experiment and see what looks good when you try it. You’ll fall in love – such a fun technique! ;)


  3. Simply wonderful card, beautifully created!!
    So glad you shared with us at Your Scrapbook Place for the challenge! Good Luck!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Hugs DT~Shell 💕

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  4. Congratulations! You have been chosen as a Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create for the week March 3 – March 7, 2020. Thanks for your awesome submission!
    The Resident Design Team

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