Top 8 Tips for Using Smooch Spritz

Here are my top 8 tips for using Smooch Spritz.  This can be a tricky product to use, so take advantage of my trials and errors!

Smooch Spritz before and after shaking1.  Before spraying, shake the Smooch Spritz well to distribute the sparkly stuff in the liquid.  You can see in the photo how the glittery pigment settles to the bottom. 

After shaking, you can get some foam on the top, but since the sprayer tube draws the liquid from the bottom, it doesn't try to spray the foam.  Some people like to roll the bottle of Smooch Spritz back and forth between their palms, which prevents the formation of foam.  I prefer shaking because it seems to distribute the sparkly stuff more quickly and efficiently.

Box for Spritzing

 

2.  Use Stampin' Up!'s Color Catcher or a cardboard box to keep the spray from getting all over everything!  Here's the setup I use.  I find I get the best results when I dotto the piece I'm going to spritz to the bottom of the box, then set the box on an angle so I am spraying straight at the card stock.

3.  When you are ready to spritz, make sure your finger is on top of the nozzle pointing in the same direction as the hole.  Then give a firm, quick push on the nozzle to get a fine spray.  If you are tentative, you get more splotches.

Smooch Spritz on White Card Stock4.  Realize the spritz technique is not something you can control!  It gives a somewhat casual look, with some splotches amidst the finer spray.  This is true with both Smooch Spritz and the Color Spritzer with Markers.

5.  I love the look of Smooch Spritz when it is sprayed lightly on a project, but it can be really frustrating when the nozzle clogs and won't spray.  It tends to be sticky and can gum up the nozzle very easily.  I always store mine upright so the liquid is down in the tube, not in the nozzle. 

6.  When the nozzle clogs, I unscrew it from the bottle and dip the plastic tube in a glass of water and spray water through the nozzle.

7.  If the outside of the nozzle is gummed up, I soak it in water, vinegar, or household cleaning solution.  This dissolves the gummy residue.

Smooch Spritz diluted in spray bottle
8.  When all else fails, I pour the Smooch Spritz into a small spray bottle and add a little alcohol (or water if you prefer).  It isn't as concentrated when you spray it, but when it is diluted like this it doesn't tend to gum things up so easliy.  I use alcohol because it dries faster than water after spraying.  You get a finer spray with fewer splotches, and some of my customers prefer to use Smooch Spritz diluted in a spray bottle instead of the way it comes. 

Diluted Smooch Spritz on Card Stock

 

 

 

Here's what the diluted spray looks like:

By now you might be wondering why go to all the trouble to use Smooch Spritz!!  My answer?  Because it gives great bling!  The casual spray pattern creates an awesome effect on backgrounds and stamped images. Here are a couple of examples.  Click on the images for a closer view.

Smooch Spritz with Fabulous FloretsGold Glow Smooch Spritz, First Edition DSP
and Fabulous Florets stamp set

 

Smooch Spritz and Happiness Shared
Smooch Spritz, Sahara Sand with Color Spritzer
and Happiness Shared Stamp Set

Now isn't that worth the small effort it takes to learn how to use Smooch Spritz?  I sure think it is!  I love this product, and hope this article has encouraged you to use it, too!  Stampin' Up! carries it in four colors:

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With these Top 8 Tips for using Smooch Spritz, you'll soon find yourself spritzing and blinging like crazy!

 

 

7 Responses to Top 8 Tips for Using Smooch Spritz

  1. Teresa December 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your insights in this concise summary. I’ve been hesitating but now I feel confident enought to order and try it!

  2. Camille March 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Thank you for the help! I love the smooch spritz but it drives me crazy! I wonder – why could you not just add some alcohol to the original tube?

  3. Sage Kimble March 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, Camille. You could sure try adding alcohol to the original tube, but there are a couple of issues to be aware of. 1) Theres not enough room in the original tube when you first open it, and 2) the nozzle is still smaller than the nozzle of a Smooch Spritz bottle. If youve got a bottle that has room for the alcohol, and the nozzle isnt hopelessly clogged already, try it and let me know how it works. Im always interested in other stampers strategies–both what works and what doesnt! Then I can pass it on to my readers.

    Sage Kimble
    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator
    sage@stampingmadly.com

    If your fingers arent inky yet, what are you waiting for?

  4. Melanie Vizenor January 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    I take the nozzle off, remove the tubing, and then I soak the nozzle in a small container of rubbing alcohol. I then push on the nozzle (without the tubing) in the container of alcohol. Eventually the dried-out ink that’s stuck in the spring section of the nozzle gives way and allows for spraying.

    Having read the other comments, I’m going to try a different mister. I do wonder if storing them upside down would prevent the ink in the spring from drying out. It seems to me this is where the biggest problem occurs. Glad to know I’m not alone in my thoughts on what a great product, but it’s too bad the mechanical side of it is so frustrating.

    • Sage January 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      You’re definitely not alone! I hope you find it works better with a different mister. That was the easiest choice for me!

  5. Hovawart May 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    When I unscrewed the spray top, I was quite surprised at what a small diameter the spray tube was. It’s quite like a capillary tube, for those of us in biochemistry.

    • Sage May 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      It sure is, and way to small for the gooey smooch liquid!

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