Thursday, April 28, 2022

ink smooshing with essentials by ellen

Ink Smooshing is a really fun and easy technique for creating backgrounds for handmade cards! 

Haven't tried ink smooshing yet? Are you wondering what I'm talking about? Ink smooshing is a technique that uses water-reactive inks, water and a surface to "smoosh" the inks onto cardstock to create a background.

Today I've paired a little ink smooshing with the Essentials by Ellen Inner Mermaid stamps and a little simple coloring with Copic Markers.

I started by stamping the mermaid tail and sentiment on my favorite watercolor cardstock in black ink that is waterproof & alcohol ink friendly.

To create the ink smooshed background, I swiped the Distress Inks on a non-stick craft mat and misted with a little water. Then I used a piece of acetate to pick up the ink and smoosh it on to my watercolor cardstock.
A piece of acetate/plastic is the first way I learned to ink smoosh. Acetate is super flexible so it is easy to customize the shape of your "smoosh". 

When the ink was dry, I colored the mermaid tail very simply with Copic Markers. The markers don't blend like they would on more Copic-friendly paper but I still love the effect.
Want to see this technique in action? Check out my Instagram feed.

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