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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