Hello ‘Fetti Fans!



It’s not really about one thing in particular, but rather “the works” of a stamped card or project.  A variety of topics will be covered in this segment… from color combos to shaped cards to inspiration pieces to mixing and matching stamps and/or papers…and everything in between. Today, Confetti Crew member, Amy Sheffer, shows you how to create a “freestyle” project.  Check it out!

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Hi ‘Fetti Fans, it’s Amy here this week, with an eclectic, “messy” number and some ideas for how to create a more freestyle, artsy look with your cards. One of the easiest ways to add some artsy flair is with watercolor smooshing. I credit Laura Bassen and Betsy Veldman for this technique. If you haven’t seen this technique explained, basically, you smoosh or stamp your ink pads onto a craft sheet or a piece of acetate. Spritz the inks with water to blend, and then lay your card stock into the puddle. Lift and squeal over your results {wink}.


To build more interest, try adding extra splatter to your smooshed panel. I did this two ways on this card: first, AFTER the smooshed panel had dried, I dipped a brush into the smooshing ink puddle and flicked some of that extra ink onto my panel; and second, I flicked on some Studio Calico Mister Huey’s in opaque white. The easiest way to do this is to unscrew the mister from the bottle and tap it over your project so that the fluid that is clinging to the straw part of the mister splatters over your project.


I used a second smooshed panel to die-cut four STAR GARLAND Confetti Cuts, reversing so that some were yellow on the left with pink on the right, and others were pink on the left and yellow on the right. I layered these onto the first smooshed panel.

Bits of torn vellum are perfect for a more eclectic, collage-style look. Torn vellum (stitched vellum is great too!) adds just the right amount of subtle texture and interest. I have a torn layer offset behind my smooshed panel and another piece of torn vellum along the left side of the background panel.

On the background panel, I used an air art tool and a gray marker to add some fine spritz. The air tool is a super easy way to control where your speckle ends up and how dense it is.


I love the look of Dymo label tape for this type of design, and re-created that look here simply by white embossing two sentiments from FANCY WORD COORDINATES onto skinny black strips. To add balance to the black labels, I stamped the tiny diagonal stripe border from Fancy Word Coordinates in black along the left side of the smooshed panel.


Last tip for creating a more freestyle look is to incorporate something unexpected. Here, it’s the silver tissue paper tassel, created with the TASSEL Confetti Cuts die.

 I hope you’ve enjoyed a closer look at today’s card, and are inspired to create something “messy” of your own! Thanks for joining me today!

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