Smoosh Resist

by Ana Reese

Combine familiar techniques for a unique background every time.


  • Clear embossing powder (Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder used here)
  • Embossing ink (Fun Stampers Journey Clear Pigment used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Watercolor paper
  • Small paint brush
  • Ink blending tool
  • Acetate Sheet
  • Water soluble medium (Aqua Inks by Graphix in Roseda & Petrol used here)
  • Black ink (Nuvo Hybrid Black Shadow used here)
  • Stamps(Stitches by Tim Holtz, Wordfetti Best Day Ever by used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: foam squares, Outrageous Pink cardstock and Silk by FSJ, scissors, Perfect Card Adhesive, , Purple tape, Mini Guillotine cutter)


  1. Step 1

    On a piece of watercolor paper, stamp images using a clear pigment ink. Make sure you cover a large portion of the background area.

  2. Step 2

    Promptly cover the stamped area with clear embossing powder. Use your heat gun to melt the powder.

  3. Step 3

    Tape watercolor paper panel to secure it to your work surface.

    Add a couple of drops of watercolor onto an acetate sheet (some recycled packaging was used here). Wet your watercolor paper with water and bring the acetate sheet with watercolor to it, smooshing color onto paper. Add the first color to just one half of the panel, reserve the other half for the second color. You can drag the acetate sheet across to disperse the watercolor, keep moving it until you are satisfied with color placement. Dry the first color by using your heat tool. Repeat this step with the second color

  4. Dry the first color by using your heat tool.

    Repeat with the second color ink.

  5. Step 4

    Make sure your embossed images are very visible. If they need to be accentuated, wet a clean brush with water and run it across edges of image. This will make the ink behind the image to move and create a shadow around the image. If you need even more contrast you can use a little more of the watercolor ink to emphasize the edges. Heat dry.

  6. Step 5

    Embellish the panel as desired.

    For a tutorial on the Eclipse technique used on this project, click HERE.

  7. Step 6

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Smoosh Resist. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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I ❤❤❤ this tutorial!! Thank you for sharing!
puddgyballerina  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 7:32 AM
What a great tutorial!! I loved not only how you smooshed the background colors on with a piece of plastic, but how you cut out and popped up the BDAY for dimension. I will definitely try this even though I've never had much luck with water coloring! Thank you for sharing!!
Desert Stamper  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 11:09 AM
Thank you PUDDGYBALLERINA! I am glad you enjoyed the tutorial!
The smooshed technique is an easy way to play with watercolors and you can create color patterns that are delightful!
I love dies, and this is a fun way to incorporate them to work with a fun background!
Thanks for watching the video tutorial!
anareese  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 11:44 AM
Love this take on emboss resist!
gg nurse  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 12:33 PM
anareese  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 1:19 PM
Thank you GG Nurse smile
anareese  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 2:14 PM
I love this technique! A fun way to push the envelope with smooshing!
DELFINA  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 3:13 PM
thank you Delfina!
anareese  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 4:20 PM
I really love this technique...and that stitches stamp set! Thanks for sharing........I am hooked! smile
Susanne527  |  Wed Mar 4, 2020 at 10:10 PM
Love smooshing! This was fun!
muscrat  |  Thu Mar 5, 2020 at 8:40 PM
thank you ladies!
anareese  |  Sun Mar 8, 2020 at 2:10 PM
Thank you so much. I love the technique. This would be fun for Christmas cards.
Diane M G  |  Sun Mar 29, 2020 at 9:50 AM

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