A fun filled Ink Smooshing Technique that you are sure to enjoy. Try this with the kids as they will love getting messy and seeing what they can create for themselves
If you like to create your own personalised backgrounds then you are going to love this simple and easy technique
Whenever you do this you will never get the same result twice as each time the ink will lie in a different position on the card.
The card to the left is created with a stamp set called Make A Splash from Clearly Besotted
And I have created the sea by Smooshing on Parchment as well as the card.
I have cut it out with dies to create the waves at varying levels
The things that you will need to create the Ink Smooshing are acetate, water colour card and some water reactive Inks
I have used are Distress Inks from Ranger as they will move in the water and yet blend together very easily
For the card to the right the inks I have used are Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean and these three colours played really well together.
The water colour card and the acetate I bought from
Crafters Companion If you don't have sheets of acetate then you could use up some of the clear acetate packaging that you may have lying around
The verse has been stamped in black and heat embossed in clear powder and I the one I have used is one of the sets by My Favorite Things from Sevenhills crafts
Just let the ink flow wherever it wishes to go in the water and dry it with your heat tool in between. This stops the inks reaction to the water and allows you to add another layer on the top if you wish.
Adding more colour while it is still wet means that the colours will run together and may become muddy on you project.
They can also change colours too for example adding blue next to yellow will give you a green that you may not have planned for in your design
But please remember that there are no mistakes in crafting ... simply happy accidents that you can turn to your advantage.
Have fun with all your cardmaking and let the kids join in with some of it. It is a good way to pass a wet afternoon in the school holidays and will get them hooked on crafting too
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