Ink Smooshing Technique

Hi readers! Please join me in welcoming back the fabulous Kelly Rasmussen as a guest on our blog today!
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Hi there! I’m thrilled to be back as a guest on the Simon Says Stamp blog. Today I’ve got a card to share using some Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp goodies.

I’ve a got a new little niece that should be arriving any day now, so I decided to make a card to have on hand when the big day arrives. My card is inspired by this amazing card by Kristina Werner. I love the ink “smooshing” technique with the simple white embossing over the top. (Thanks for the inspiration, Kristina!)

The animal images in the Simon Says Stamp Baby Party Animals stamp set are absolutely adorable and perfect for baby cards. And the hand drawn style coordinates perfectly with the messages in the Hero Arts Little One stamp set.

When creating a background like this, be sure choose inks colors that blend well. The pinks and oranges I used work great together and create new colors when they overlap. Also, I like to include a very light shade of ink, like Spun Sugar Distress Ink, to use around edges and create a faded out look.

As a final touch I die cut some Mini Hearts straight from the watercolored piece and popped the panel up on a white card base. I also added some Glossy Accents over the bunny to make her stand out a little bit more.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thanks for reading today, and thanks again to Kelly for being our fabulous guest!


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  1. Adorable card! The overall colors you used and the heart cutouts – simply lovely. Ink smooshing is the way to go with Distress Inks – looks so fun. Thanks.

  2. Oh I just love this! Gorgeous colours and I really like this smooshing technique with the white embossing!

  3. This is a really cute little card! I like the combination of colors, and the blending came together perfectly. The sentiment and critter work wonderfully even though they are from different sets. TFS

  4. Kathy is a bright star in the crafting world. Her inspiration gal is “starry” too. She does a great job creating for SSS.

  5. Kelly, your card is so cute and I love the colors you smooshed! I like how you raised the panel so the punched hearts show up.

  6. I’ve got to try this. This is such a cute card & I just happen to need a baby card. The only question is: pink or blue?

  7. What a sweet card for your new little niece. I’m a big fan of the smooshing technique myself as there really aren’t rigid rules for it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a great technique! The card turned out great! Love reading these posts that share different techniques…truly inspirational.

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