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Smooch Spritz Pearlized Accent Spray

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

I received a Smooch Spritz as a gift a couple months ago and just recently started using it. I’ll admit that my style is usually “stay inside the lines” and sprays intimidated me. I finally got brave enough to make lots of shiny red embellishments for Valentine’s Day cards. Then I came across a class sample in my local scrapbook store that used a few different colors of Smooch Spritz to make flowers. I was intrigued and bought two more colors so I could try to recreate the flowers. I also read the Smooch Spritz tip sheet since I am fairly new to pigment sprays.

Colors shown above and used in this review (from left to right): Cherry Ice, Wine Berry, and Grape Burst

One of the first things I noticed when using Smooch Spritz is that you need to protect your work space. The spray nozzle gives you a fine mist of pigment, but the downside of that is that you’ll get tiny sparkle spots all over if you’re not careful. I started using a cardboard box with my craft sheet lining the bottom. This kept all “flyaways” contained, and didn’t cost a thing!

I’ll mention now that even after using these sprays a number of times I still haven’t mastered the aim on them – it’s not super easy to spray exactly where you want. But when I was making these flowers, aim wasn’t very important. I just tried to get a bit of each of the three colors on each piece of paper, and then moved them all around to soak up the extra pigment on the craft sheet.
I did a comparison of what the Smooch Spritz looks like on two different paper types – one sheet of standard white cardstock and one sheet of antique book paper . You’ll notice below that the “Cherry Ice” color has a hint of gold that is pretty easy to see on the white cardstock.

On the antique book paper the color is still very rich, but the shimmer is not as apparent. One other note about the book paper – after spraying Smooch Spritz on this thin book paper there was some curling. It is easy to flatten out after drying though.

You can also see that the colors are very rich, but still transparent enough to see the text underneath. You can layer the sprays to make them darker, but I would say that after 1 or 2 sprays they about 50% opaque.
Pros:
  • Only takes about 10 seconds of shaking to completely mix liquid and pigment together (much easier than some other shimmer sprays)
  • Washes off hands and a craft sheet very easily
  • Drying time is really quick on standard cardstock
  • Wide variety of rich colors, each with varying degrees of shimmer
  • Color and sparkle don’t transfer off a finished product (those flowers were handled a lot after they dried)
Cons:
  • Hard to aim in precisely one location
  • Some curling after spraying on thin book paper
  • Although I haven’t had any problems with the tubes being glass, I’m always worried about breaking them and pigment going everywhere (I’m a worrier!)


Smooch Spritz
is made by Clearsnap and retails for about $4.50 – each spray bottle has 0.37 fl. oz. It is widely available at scrapbook and local craft stores, but I have not seen it at the larger chains. And a recommendation when purchasing the Smooch Spritz – ask your local store to see samples of all the colors (mine had one next to the display). When the pigment is sprayed it looks very different than the color in the bottle or the indicator on the cap.

Smooch Spritz is available here at Amazon.com

Have you used Smooch Spritz? Love it or hate it? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Cassandra has been scrapbooking and stamping for more than 15 years. Paper is her passion, and she says that she grew up wanting to own a stationery shop. She describes herself as "crafty" and enjoys projects ranging from card making and photography to quilting and crafts for kids. She was previously in corporate marketing but now spends her days at home with her young daughter. You can read more about Cassandra's adventures in crafting at the fresh crafts blog.

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5 Responses to Smooch Spritz Pearlized Accent Spray

  1. lavendarrose29 April 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    I have used the smooch spray. The first one I got I used the whole thing spraying flowers with it. I have some other shimmers spray and I dont like them as well. I made a box to spray them in with higher sides and then held the Smooch higher and that seems to give me more control over the spray.

  2. Jennifer April 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I bought some at AC Moore.. so you can get some at a big box store

  3. Janine April 18, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    I don’t have any of this product yet, although I do plan on it. I didn’t know the Spritz came in glass bottles—gads, what a mess that would be if the bottle broke…lol Thanks for the review!!

  4. billiejo April 19, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I love the richness of the new Smooch Colors and just want to remind everyone to always store metalic, pigment, and shakable items laying down (be sure the cap is on good)so the pigments are spread out. Also, mark your calendar for one date each month to shake everything. Items that have sat in a store for a while will need a lot of shaking to blend (yes, even the Smooch will, eventually). Shaking every month can extend the shelf life up to three times. This includes metallic alcohol inks and metallic pens too. Have fun!

  5. Hovawart May 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    billijo’s suggestion, “mark your calendar for one date each month to shake everything,” might be a real turning point to saving my craft supplies! I hate it when life gets too busy and I come back and craft supplies have died.