Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Hi and welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop!

It's so lovely to be here and I have to admit to being a bit nervous as this is the first CKC blog hop I've been involved in and you know the talent out there can be a little intimidating!

I'm the first stop on the hop (yet something else to be a little daunted by!) and next up is the ├╝ber-talented Melissa so make sure you pop over there as well as all the other Forgers on the hop - there's a whole lot of inspiration out there.

This month's challenge for the blog hop was to use a stamping technique for your project and this one was really a bit nerve-wracking for me. But my trusty Stamping Guru Deb advised I check out You Tube or just the internet in general and gave me a whole list of ideas as well. Ideas galore and certainly several of them have been squirreled away for the future.

After a little looking around, I settled on Jennifer Maguire's "Smooching" technique.

Her video (check it out here) was excellent and described how she starts off with a standard stamped image and then "kisses" the stamp onto a background stamp which removes some of the ink from the stamp. The "smooching" comes from the kissing technique but you just slightly move the stamp a little to sort of push the ink which makes the background texture more pronounced. The video makes it much clearer than this rather doubtful explanation!

To make this a bit clearer, let me share some photos.

I decided to use a Christmas bauble stamp as it had a nice flat surface and I've used black ink to show you the technique and difference between the methods.

This is the stamp just as it comes.

This is the background stamp I used for the kissing and smooching. I used Libby's  Stampin' Up "Sanded" stamp which is unfortunately now discontinued :-( 

This is the effect after "kissing" the image with the background stamp - you can see how the ink has been lifted by the rough lines of "Sanded"
And this is the effect after I "smooched" the bauble stamp on top of the "Sanded" stamp. You can see how much more pronounced the lifted lines are.

After practicing the technique in black ink for the photos, I moved onto this pale pink ink but the smooching effect can still be seen. I decided to stamp a whole sheet of the images so that I was flexible about what to do with them when it came to my layout.

Now that I had my stamped elements, I had the idea to cut them out to use as a banner - you know how I love banners! I knew I had another challenge on my hands as I had used a Christmas image for my stamp but was going to be using my Departing Summer CKC kit!

Selecting the Sketch Support sketch I'd printed out last month to use but hadn't got around to yet (single page sketch #8), I just got to work! I used my pink paper along with the music paper and added in some bling and the silver letters to make it a bit Christmassy. I even found a use for a few of my photo corners, the old journalling spots and the green paper trims!

If you've made it to the end of this mega-post, then congratulations!

Please leave me a comment to let me know you were here before heading over to Melissa and then onto the rest of the hoppers!

And don't forget to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Sponsor for this month:

The prize:  a stamp set of your choice from her online store!

How to get it:  comment on the CKC blog hop post (on their site) on the 28th....and if you are participating in the blog hop you get an extra chance to win!


  1. What a pretty LO and love those distressed baubles - great technique, thanks for sharing.

  2. Fabulous smooching (in both the photos and the stamping) - great technique that I have never tried, but am off to see what stamps I have to do this with! Love the bauble "bunting"!

  3. What a great technique, you've inspired me to have a go at 'smooching'. The baubles look perfect strung along your LO. Thanks for taking part in my little giveaway. Deb xxxx

  4. Anonymous11:04 am

    I'd heard of kissing but not smooching (!) - great explanation and a beautiful layout - really lovely!

  5. Anonymous11:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Lisa! I love this layout!

  6. Thanks for the wonderful step by steps for this technique. I love the pink Christmas - very elegant look!

  7. Love it! At first, when I saw the pink bulb paper, I thought...hmmmm...what could she do with that? LOL Your string of ornaments is perfect! That cross hatch pattern is such a fun touch.

  8. Only you could do Christmas in pink so stunningly. Kissing is technique that I always forget about - I'll have to keep that in mind. Well done post and layout!

  9. That's an awesome stamping technique! I will definitely give it a try! Your page is gorgeous!

  10. I love it - the kissing, the pink ink, the whole page. I haven't ever seen this technique, so I want to run home right now and try it!

  11. I love your choice of techniques. Pretty layout too!

  12. Thank you for sharing this technique

  13. A kiss and a smooch - lovely!

  14. I've seen this used before.. but not as cleverly as your "scratched glass ornaments" Fab work!

  15. I love the "smooching" - this is new to me! Very cool technique!

  16. Love this page and the "smooching" It's so pretty with all the pink. Great photos! You are absolutely worthy of being part of the blog hop and being first. Great job!


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