Ink Smooshing Technique

Hi there, it’s Kelly here. Today I’m experimenting with a fun technique called “ink smooshing”. This technique is great for creating colorful backgrounds using supplies every stamper has on hand.

Sending You Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen for Hero Arts 1

First, tape a piece of watercolor cardstock down to a hard surface with painter’s tape — this will keep your paper from warping when adding the water. Then swipe various colors of Distress Inks on a slick protected surface and spritz them with water. Next, use a piece of acetate or any type of clear plastic to pick up the colors and smoosh them on the watercolor cardstock. To get the best blending, use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel — complementary colors won’t blend well and will create muddy results.

I wanted really vibrant colors for my background so I let the first layer of color dry completely and then came back and added another layer of “smooshing”. I also added some water droplets to add even more dimension!

Sending You Hugs by Kelly Rasmussen for Hero Arts 2

Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

After my background was dry I stamped and heat embossed the adorable envelope from the Love by Lia stamp set and a message from the Hello Stamp + Cut set. I think the simple black message really pops against this colorful background!

Have a great day!


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