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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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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