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!
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.
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.
4. 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.
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.
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.
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:
With these Top 8 Tips for using Smooch Spritz, you'll soon find yourself spritzing and blinging like crazy!