July 20, 2015

Ink Smooshing Butterflies

Good morning everyone! Jennifer here from Caffeinated Papercuts with FOUR cards to brighten your day. What can I say, once I got going with this technique I just couldn't stop. Today is all about the ink smooshing, where you use Distress Inks to create an artsy fartsy background on your cards. Had I known how cool it was going to turn out I would have grabbed my camera, but Kristina Werner has a fantastic video so you can see what the idea is.

Me, I grabbed the stunning Fancy Butterfly I haven't used anywhere near enough and my Misti to create four heat embossed card fronts on watercolor paper. I used the sparkling snowflake embossing powder from Ranger, and I think next time I'll go back to my Hero Arts White for a crisper image. Each card had three Distress Inks smooshed onto them, and at first I couldn't tell how I felt about them. Now I'm in love!

I had so much fun coming up with different color combinations.

Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon
Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed
Milled Lavender, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar 
Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed
I always started with my lightest color and added from there. Once I had the colors how I wanted them I dried the panels with my heat tool, then went back and added in my water droplets. Those are fun - spray water into your hand, then flick them at the panels. The water will react with the Distress Inks and lighten them. Wait about 30 seconds, then blot dry with a paper towel.

For the sentiments, I trimmed down my watercolor paper slightly to measure 4"x5.25" and then stamped with VersaFine Black ink for a dark, crisp finish. I used my Misti again in case I needed to restamp - the texture of the watercolor paper can wreak havoc on sentiments.

I created (4) top-folding, A2 cards out of coordinating cardstocks and attached my watercolor panels with fun foam for some height. A scattering of sequins and these cards were done!

My supply list is below - it's longer than most because, well, four cards! LOL Keep in mind that the So Suzy Stamps store will be closed from Friday, July 24th until Friday, July 31st because of the card retreat...which I will be attending!! Make sure you're following So Suzy Stamps on Facebook and Instagram  to see all of our shenanigans.

There's still time to enter our July Challenge as well - we only have one entry so far! Get those ink pads out, people - there's a $15 gift certificate up for grabs!

All right, Happy Crafting!

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  1. Oh wow! Four cards in one post! Definitely a treat! ^__^ Lovely color combinations and beautiful cards Jennifer, my favorite is the green-blue-yellow color combination one.

    1. This is what happens when I get hyped up on coffee and ink fumes...LOL Thanks Halak!

  2. Oooh, smooshing....I love the coral the best. So brilliant. Nice work, chickadoodle!

    1. Didn't it come out neat? Reminds me of a fire. Ooo, should have grabbed the 'fire' sentiment!

  3. Jen, I like all the cards, but my favorite is the first combo: Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon. And the last, too. Both are awesome!!!!!!

    1. Thanks Maria! Would you believe that those were the first and last ones I made? LOL


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