The Hot Tip Queen and Smooch Spritzes

If you get frustrated when your Smooch Spritzes get clogged, The Hot Tip Queen has some Hot Tip Queentips for you. 

The nozzle on the tube get clogged easily because the hole is really tiny and the Smooch Spritz liquid is a bit thick and gummy.  They usually work well the first few times you use them, but eventually they tend to make big splotches or not spray at all.  Yuck!

Spritzing gives a casual bit of texture to your projects, whether you use the Color Spritzer and Markers, or Smooch Spritz.  It is always an imprecise technique, so you'll have to tame any perfectionist tendencies.  With the Smooches you also get shimmer, which I especially like, so I had to find a way to use them without the frustration.

Cleaning the Smooch Spritz NozzleSometimes all you need to do is remove the cap, unscrew the nozzle from the glass tube, and rinse it with warm water.  Just put the water in a jar (you can add a little Windex or a mild cleaning liquid if you like) and swirl the nozzle around in it to dissolve the dried Smooch from the outside of the nozzle.  Then put the end of the little plastic tube (don't disconnect it from the nozzle) in the water and spray a few times so the water rinses the inside of the nozzle.

Here's what you can do when the nozzle gets hopelessly clogged, and all the rinsing doesn't work:

  1. IMG_6123Buy 2 ounce spray bottles (I find them with the empty travel-size bottles and other containers at places like WalMart)
  2. Unscrew the nozzle from a Smooch Spritz, then pour the liquid in the empty spray bottle.
  3. Thin down the Smooch liquid with a small amount of water or alcohol.  I prefer alcohol because it dries faster.

That's it.  You'll have to experiment because the nozzle hole is quite a bit larger, and the Smooch liquid will spray much heavier than with the little Smooch Spritz bottles.  I find that pressing the nozzle all the way down sprays the Smooch on too thick, so pressing part way works best.

Here are samples of Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz mixed with a small amount of alcohol.

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If you want it really light, you can thin it down even further for a subtler effect. Always do a practice spray on something other than your project first so you can be sure you're getting the kind of spray you want.

The Hot Tip Queen says:  Be sure to avoid Smooch Spritz frustration or you'll get those unattractive little lines in your brow!

6 Responses to The Hot Tip Queen and Smooch Spritzes

  1. Terry Molineux May 18, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    What a great tip I have not been using it because of this frustration thanks for sharing!

  2. Sage Kimble May 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Thanks Terry, youre a great fan! Im glad you find the Hot Tips helpful!

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

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

  3. ruthi May 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Thanks….it is frustrating when they get clogged!

  4. Sage Kimble May 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    It sure is! And theyre too much fun to ignore just because they get clogged.

    Sage Kimble
    aka The Mad Stamper

    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator
    sage@stampingmadly.com

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

  5. Janet Swofford May 19, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    Thanks for the wonderful tips! I love the result I get from Smooch Spritz but I hate the delivery system. Your tips will hopefully help with that ­čÖé I also have leakage problems where the cap screws on to the vial when i spray it and it makes a huge mess. Any ideas on how to solve this problem?
    Inky hugs,
    Janet

  6. Laurie June 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Just found you via a search for cleaning the Smooch Spritz nozzles. My problem is different though…it was hopelessy clogged & the spray was pooling in the cap part where the nozzle hole is & the cap wasn’t pushing all the way down. I did clean the nozzle & tube & even the mechanism inbetween..I did LOTS of hot water cleaning & felt that the push part of the nozzle moved easier! So I put everything back together & it did push much easier but still pooled….not sure what’s going on! Any ideas or thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Laurie

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