Distress Ink Smooshing – Merci Beaucoup!

Morning everyone! Its FRIDAY……Yay! Today I’m going to share with you a 6 x 6 card I made using the Ink Smooshing technique, its really easy and quick to do, the finished look is amazing, so effective and the thing I like about it most is that it’s LOADS of fun and the outcome is never the same!

I recently purchased a gorgeous stamp set from one of my favourite stamp companies, Clearly Besotted, called Merci Beaucoup, comes with two beautiful roses and has lots of thankful sentiments, can think of lots of ways to create some beautiful cards with this set.  I stamped the single rose onto a piece of watercolour paper with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with a dark bronze embossing powder and then coloured the rose with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers adding a little water to them to give a softer look.  The colours I used were Green (040), Light Green (041), Light Carmine (021), Carmine Red (022), Wine Red (024) and Yellow (050).  Once the rose was dry I went over it with a coat of Ranger Glossy Accents to give it a shiny look and sprinkled over some fine gold glitter then left it to air dry, once dried I decided to fussy cut it as I didn’t have the co-ordinating die cut.

Next was the fun part, Ink Smooshing……taking a piece of watercolour paper I decided on my Ranger Distress Ink colours, I wanted colours that blended well with my rose, I chose Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and a touch of Festive Berries.  You take one ink pad at a time and dab it onto a piece of acetate or plastic and then spritz with water, you simply take the acetate and place onto your paper and smoosh with your fingers, because it’s plastic you can see whereabouts your placing the ink and you can do this in a controlled manner placing the ink exactly where you want it to be.  Then do the same with the other colours so you get the desired look you’re after. You can dry using your heat tool or leave to dry.  I wanted to splash some gold colour onto the top of the ink so I took my Winsor & Newton watercolour paint and mixed a bit of the Ochre Yellow with a drizzle of Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium (gives a lovely shimmery gold colour) then I dipped a small paintbrush into the mixed colour and dropped / flicked little droplets over my paper.

I stamped two sentiments from the stamp set with Versamark Ink, ‘You’re too Kind’ and ‘Merci beaucoup’ using my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (this is a great positioning tool for getting stamps exactly where you want them) then heat embossed in gold, adhered the rose on top of the ‘smooshed’ background using my tombow glue then mounted the watercolour paper onto a 6 x 6 cream card base.  Oh I nearly forgot I added a border placing a piece of gold paper I had onto the 6 x 6 card before sticking down my watercolour paper.

And that is today’s card, I hope you like it.  If you have any questions or simply want to leave a comment I would love to hear what you think of this card.  Remember to subscribe to my blog, you will receive notification by email everytime I post, that way you’ll never miss out, just remember to reply to the confirmation email that will be sent to you.   Thanks so much, or should I say ‘Merci Beaucoup’ for popping by, until next time its…..

Hugs from me,

Karen x


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Zig Colouring – Watercolour / Embossed Card

Hello everyone!  I can’t quite believe that it’s nearly half way through September, so I wanted to share with you a card I made that is bright and cheerful, bringing some of the summertime back!  It was a really quick card to make, I decided to use my Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens on this card as they are a fab water-based marker, ideal for this watercolour embossed technique.  Everytime I mention Zig that Spice Girls song ‘Wannabe’ comes into my head, Zig a Zig ah…..lol!!!

First I trimmed down my watercolour paper to 17.2cm x 12cm and to prep for heat embossing I gave the paper a good rub with my Stampin’ Up Embossing Buddy.  Next I decided on the stamp I was going to use, I chose a beautiful dandelion stamp from Woodware Mini Flowers and using my Versamark Ink I randomly stamped the flower several times over the watercolour paper then sprinkled over my white embossing powder.  Taking my heat tool I heat embossed the flowers, its quite hard to see the flowers at this stage, but its a great technique with watercolour as it stops the markers/paint bleeding out too much.  This is the exciting part, adding colour!  Using my Zigs (there goes that song again!!) I added colour to the middle of the flower then using my Pental Aqua brush pen (its a clear brush pen that you put water into the barrel – can be used instead of paintbrush and water) I brushed the colour out towards the edge of each flower.  Wait until it dries then go back in with more colour in the middle to add a bit of depth to flower.  The colours I used here were Cobalt Blue (031), Yellow (050), Light Carmine (021), Light Green (041), Turquoise Green (042) and Light Violet (081).  I would highly recommend these Zig brush pens, the colours are so vibrant and so easy to use, you can colour without using water if you wanted.

To finish off I added a touch of Kuretake Wink of Stella to each flower to give a bit of sparkle and I popped some coloured stickers onto some of flowers.  Now it was time to add the sentiment, I took a strip of vellum and wrapped around card and stamped the sentiment from Stampin’ Up Happy Scenes onto a piece of the yellow card that I was using for the card base.  Next I adhered my watercolour piece onto a 5 x 7 card base with some foam tape.  I thought yellow was the perfect colour and there you have it, I did say it was bright and cheery!  Hope its brightened up your day!

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Karen x

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Baby Stork Box Card



Happy Thursday guys! Well summer is officially over and all the kids are back to school….YAY!!  OMG, did I just say that out loud, lol!!   Anyway thanks for popping by to read my latest blog!

Scored and cut cardstock giving you box shape

See I told ya!  I can’t get enough joy out of making baby cards, they are just the cutest, especially this type of card.  I wanted to share this box card with you all as these cards are really something special, they have the extra WOW factor!  It’s quite simple to make and I’m going to show you how easy it is.  Firstly I trimmed an A4 piece of cardstock down to 18cm so you’re left with a piece of card measuring 29cm (length of A4) x 18cm.  I then took my Stampin’ Up Dots stencil from the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks set and taped it around my cardstock.  I use the blue painters masking tape as it doesn’t rip your paper when you take it off.  Using my Tim Holtz ink blender I blended Distress Ink (Broken China) onto the mask then moved as necessary to make sure the dotty pattern covered the length of the box.  Then I simply took the cardstock and placed it onto my scoring pad (landscape) and scored at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm, then I turned the card lengthways (portrait) and scored down my 3 columns at 7cm so you are leaving one panel unscored as this is the back panel.  Next using my scissors I cut down the score marks so you are left with 3 square flaps and cut down the thin piece with a diagonal cut (this is where you join the box). Using my bone folder I folded down the flaps, etc.

I now have a box shaped card when folded.  When I first trimmed down my A4 card I was left with a long strip, I trimmed it down to 11cm (2 off).  Score each piece at 2cm and 9cm, these are my two inserts to be adhered inside the box.  I wanted to make these eye catching so I trimmed down two pieces of card 3cm x 7cm and die cut them using the Starry Night Edger from Signature Dies by Joanna Sheen and then glued them on the top of the two inserts.

Choose what paper you want to use depending on what theme your box card will be, in my case it was for a baby boy. Here I have used two mats (layers on top of flaps), trim outer mat to 6.5cm x 6.5cm (3 off) and inset mat to 6cm x 6cm (3 off).  The back panel is slightly different size, outer 6.5cm x 8cm and inset mat 6cm x 7.5cm.  If you don’t want two mats then just use one paper at 6.5cm x 6.5cm etc.  Using my Tombow glue I glued on the mats to decorate the box, then folded the card to make a box shape and using my Ultra Clear Tape from Stix 2 Anything (this is very sticky tape!!) I put the box together.   Now it was time to stick my inserts to the inside of box, I used my ATG tape gun, but you can use any type of glue.  There you have your box, ready to decorate!

To decorate the flaps I used the Stork / Cloth Bag stamps (Special Delivery stamp set) and Babygro / Boat / Elephant stamps (Little Onsie stamp set) and their co-ordinating dies from Clearly Besotted.   I coloured the Stork using my Copic markers (C0, C2, Y08, Y17, R20).  I stamped ‘It’s a Boy’ stamp from the Stampin’ Up Any Occasion set onto the Babygro’s.  The ink I used was Stampin’ Up Marina Mist.









I die cut the word Love (light blue glitter paper) and the Heart (white cardstock) from Stampin’ Up Sunshine Wishes Die Set.  I glued on the word ‘Love’ onto the heart and stuck it onto the back ‘starry’ insert. I took two pieces of blue card and rubbed the card with my Stampin’ Up Embossing Buddy (this takes away any static and prevents your embossing powder from sticking everywhere you don’t want it!).  Using my Versamark Ink I stamped one with ‘Bundle Of’ saying from Stampin’ Up Sunshine Sayings and the other piece I stamped the name of the baby using Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABCs, then white embossed them.  I Stuck the ‘Bundle Of’ along with a silver heart onto the back panel and the name onto the front ‘starry’ insert.  All that was left to do to finish this adorable box card was to trim down a piece of white cardstock to 6.5 x 10cm and adhere it onto the back of the box, this is where I can write my message to the recipient.   Pretty neat, eh?  Now everyone go….Aww!


I have lots of images of other box cards I’ve made on my Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest, links at top of page. I love making them as they can all be so different depending on how you decorate each one.  I hope you enjoyed reading about how I made this card, if you haven’t already subscribed to my blog please do so as that way you will never miss a blog entry, you will get a email message delivered straight to your inbox!  Also feel free to leave a comment below, its always so nice to hear from you!  Thankyou for your continued support.



Karen x



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Embossed Baby Card

Happy Thursday folks!  Thanks for dropping by!  Today I made this quick and simple baby card.  Isn’t it just the sweetest?  I adore making baby cards, the colours, stamps, dies, I LOVE LOVE all things with a baby theme.  Anyway I started off with a 6 x 6 (14.8 x 14.8cm – metric size) card base, then trimmed down a front panel to 14.2cm x 14.2cm. You will see I used the polka dot embossing folder on this panel but thought it was best to die cut the card with the love heart first as sometimes die cuts can leave an embossed imprint all around the edge of your cardstock.  I then went ahead and die cut this cute little baby-gro from Clearly Besotted using my BigShot and white embossed it with the co-ordinating stamp outline for the baby-gro and a stamp from Stampin’ Up Made with Love set.

I then took a piece of pink twine and sellotaped it to the back of the heart space of the front panel so its left dangling at this stage.  Next I adhered the front panel to my main card base using double sided foam tape just to give the card a bit of dimension.  Now I could put foam pieces on the back of the the baby-gro so it was securely stuck down so it wouldn’t swing about anymore! Above the heart I adhered a pink glitter star with a glue dot…looks like a fairy wand, perfect for a girl!!!

All I had to do to finish off the front of the card was to put the name of the baby underneath the heart.  I always think it’s nice to put the name on baby cards as it’s such a gorgeous keepsake for the new parents as they could even place inside a frame and have it hanging in the nursery. Alternatively you could always put a different sentiment in place if you wish, such as ‘Congratulations’.  The alphabet dies I used here are the Quinn ABCs from Lawn Fawn.  But I wasn’t finished with it just yet….don’t you always think that something more could be added to the card to finish it off but you think what if I mess it all up and have to start again (nightmare!!).  Well I hummed and hayed…..so there it is, I added some Diamond Stickles to the white space around the baby-gro and I was pleased that I did because for me it finished it off perfectly.

Now to add a sentiment to the inside of the card.  Using my stamping platform from Tim Holtz (which I absolutely adore and woudn’t be without) I used these stamps from the Big News set from Stampin’ Up.  I always think the ‘your little baby is BIG NEWS’  cries out for a little colour so I went ahead and matched up the perfect shade of a Copic marker (R83).  Voila!


Hope you enjoyed learning how to put this card together, it really is a quick and simple card to make.  Please feel free to leave any comments, I would love to hear from you.


Hugs, Karen x

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