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January Challenges

by | Jan 1, 2022 | Challenges, General

Welcome to our first set of challenges for the new year!

We’re starting the new year looking at our favourite techniques.  Do you have a fav that you always turn to?  or like me one you enjoy but have gotten out of the habit of doing?

Hi Julie here and welcome to 2022.

Let’s hope life will soon get back to “normal” and we will be able to get out and about as freely as we used to.

My challenge for you this month is to use the “smooshing” technique and incorporate a ribbon or twine bow on your project.

So what is the “smooshing” technique you might be wondering?

What it entails is adding your colour medium, whether it is inks, paints, sprays, gelatos, distress crayons or any other medium of your choice, to a piece of packaging or acetate, giving it a light spray with water and smooshing the colour onto your page. You can be heavy handed, applying lots of colour or perhaps you prefer a light touch.

I have used this technique on the background of this layout and I show how I have done it in my process video, which I will link at the end of my post.

Here is my layout
There are eight photos and they are each 3″ square.
I have used Distress and Distress Oxide inks for my smooching.
The paper I have used for my background is Bee Arty – Love & Grace – Adele
The inks I have used are
Distress Oxides Speckled Egg & Salty Ocean
I also added random stamping on my background using Versafine Onyx Black ink
I have used Bee Arty Love & Grace – Portia patterned paper and white cardstock
to die cut an assortment of flowers.
The dies I used are
Uniquely Creatives Little Leaves
Couture Creations CO724161
Cheery Lyn B311 Chrysanthimum Strip
and one other die that I do not know the name of.
I inked the edges of the flower layers, shaped them with my flower shaping tools
and assembled them using my Art Glitter Glue.
I filed around each of the photos with an emery board before attaching them to my background.
Next the flower embellishments were attached
A Bakers Twine bow sits amongst the left hand floral cluster
The title was cut from black cardstock using Kaisercraft’s DD700 Alphabet Upper Case Die,
attached to the right hand side of the layout and given a coat of Glossy Accents
To finish the layout off I added a scribbly boarder of slightly
watered down black acrylic paint in my
Here is my process video so you can see how I created this layout, including the “smooshing” on the background
I hope you enjoy this technique as much as I do
Can’t wait to see what you create
Happy crafting
Hello Mystical Fans
Louise here.
Heat embossing is a fun technique to add sparkle and texture to layout. Today I’ve teamed it with chipboard. As an added challenge I’d like you to feature the colour “Teal” on your layouts.
I’ve used the Distress Oxide Ink in “Cracked Pistachio” through a stencil for background.
The chipboard piece is by “Wow – Messy Triangle” and gave me the inspiration for my triangle background. I’ve treated it with “Embossing Powder”.
I chose a recent picture of Darling Hubby and I at a wedding were we took a “Selfie”
I’ve added a few floral stickers and some gold elements to finish this layout.
I look forward to seeing your challenges this month.
Happy Crafting!

Challenge Rules

Please upload your entries to the correct album in our Private Facebook Chat Group by 11.55 pm, 31st January 2022 to be eligible for the prize.

  • Facebook Albums – Here
  • Chat Page – Here

The prize is by random draw.  This month’s prize is an pack of Cocoa Vanilla Foam Titles.
International entries are welcome, however, due to international postage cost, the prize is a little surprise in the post.

Have fun
Mystical Team


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