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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Technique Tuesday #11 Ink Smooshing


It's Tuesday again and time for another in my series of Technique Tuesdays and this time I'm showcasing a little ink 'smooshing'

I LOVE this technique! It's a great way to create backgrounds, you can go large or small, subtle or bold, depending on your choice of colours etc. and it works equally well for cards with an image or without. You will have seen a small example of this technique in one my shaker cards recently.

I love that it's fun and easy to do and feels so artistically creative and also that every result will be completely unique.

So how do we do it? Well there are a few different techniques and I would strongly suggest searching for ink or watercolour smooshing on YouTube as there are many videos on this. For my card today (and my favoured technique), I used a piece of acetate about 4'' by 3'' and used my mini distress ink pads directly onto it, then spritzed with a little water and then you turn it over and start dabbing it on your watercolour paper. If you want the colour to run and spread even more, you can wet your paper down with a brush first. Once you're happy with the first colour, clean your acetate and go in with another colour and then another. The number of colours is up to you, I used 3 here but you will end up with more shaded on you paper as they will mix and blend a little. If you are not happy with the intensity of a colour just repeat the step.

On the card below I used; Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch.
I trimmed the piece a little smaller than my card base and rounded 2 opposing corners with my corner chomper.

Once my paper was dry I added a few splatters of water, left for a minute or two and then blotted with some kitchen paper. When dry again I splattered a little Gansai Tambi watercolour paint in gold, flicking the paint off the end of the brush for some pretty gold spatters.

I dried thoroughly and then stamped my sentiment with black Versamark ink and cut out the word because with the die that comes in the same set as the sentiment (listed below).

I cut it 3 times in white cardstock and once in gold, gluing them all together for dimension and then adding it above my stamped sentiment.

I mounted onto some black cardstock a quarter of an inch bigger and trimmed to match and then stuck the whole thing on my card base with some foam tape.

I finished off with a few sequins.

I used the following:

Smooth white cardstock
Black cardstock
Watercolour paper
Distress Inks
Small Piece of Acetate
Gold watercolour Paint
MFT Because You - stamp and die set
MFT Because You set - UK
Little Things from Lucy - Champagne Sparkly Shaker Selection

I hope you enjoy my technique for today and thank you so much for taking the time to visit.


  1. What a brilliant card, fab colours and love the splatters x

  2. love the effect! thanks for sharing Linda

  3. Linda that's gorgeous!! I love the sentiment too, so fun. That ink work is gorgeous. I so want to get a bit more 'inky' this year. Love this to bits! Hugs, Wends xoxo

  4. Love this Technic especially the gold Splatters!


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