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Ink Smooshing & No-Line Watercoloring with Distress Inks

Hi all! I asked on Facebook if there were cards that I’ve made in the past that you would like to see recreated and today’s card is based on one of those cards. A while back I created a fun ink smooshing card. It’s still one of my favorites, too! I decided to take the ink smooshing idea as a jumping off point to create a new card.

This time I used a more subdued color palette for the ink smooshing. I used four colors of Distress Ink: Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, and Pumice Stone.

For this card, I did no-line watercoloring with stamps from Waffle Flower’s Popping In stamp set. I thought the images were so cute and a soft color palette and no-line coloring would look really nice. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to stamp the images and then watercolored using the same Distress Ink colors I used for the ink smooshing. Once the images were dry, I cut them out using the coordinating die set.

I hope you enjoy today’s video!

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  • Reply Kristie Maynard March 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Adorable card. Thanks for sharing this with us and doing this series of “throw back” cards.

  • Reply Chris Jeffrey March 21, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Love this Kristina! You make it look so easy :D

  • Reply Gini K March 21, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Kristina – I adore the colors you chose for this card – and the ways you used the acrylic for “smooshing” – I hadn’t thought of spraying water directly onto it first – gotta go try that!

  • Reply Colleen Howell March 21, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Love this card, you make it look so easy. Thanks for all the tips in the video

  • Reply Cristina March 21, 2017 at 4:59 am

    This card is so soft and cute…

  • Reply Em March 21, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Sweet card with lovely storybook feel. I appreciate your reinforcing the shading lesson from the other day. I am becoming such a fan of the unique stamps created by Waffle Flower.

  • Reply Tracey Magner March 21, 2017 at 6:14 am

    This is one of the CUTEST cards I have seen, I so enjoyed learning how to do “smooshing”. What a cool technique, I can’t wait to try it. You now cost me money also, because I have to go buy that stamp lol, I am in LOVE with it. Thanks for sharing, I am pretty new to your blog so I am go to enjoy this feature of “looking back” Thank You.

  • Reply Donna K. March 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Can’t wait to try this!! The stamps are so cute! Thanks Kristina!

  • Reply Lagene March 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Awesome card, you make no-line water coloring look so easy! (Not so easy for me though, I must try try try again)

  • Reply Teresa Doyle March 21, 2017 at 8:02 am

    WOW Kristina, this is AWESOME! ♥ it!

  • Reply Debbie Fricke March 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This card has a sort of shabby chic look and I love it!!! Thanks for the video. I’ve been playing with watercolor smoothing lately and love the results. This gives me some help and some other things to try as I experiment with this technique. Have also been getting ready to try some no-line coloring with distress inks so your video is very timely for me! Thank you, Kristina, for the help, suggestions and guidance!

  • Reply Laura Greig March 21, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Just adorable! I could watch you paint all day!

  • Reply Jo March 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    This is gorgeous Kristina! I Love the soft colors, very beautiful. :)
    Have a great day!
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  • Reply Valerie DeWitt March 21, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    That card is just adorable! I love the soft tones you used. Very cute! Thanks!

  • Reply Hideko March 21, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    So so so adorable!!!! Love the color scheme!

  • Reply Sigma March 22, 2017 at 5:45 am

    it is soooo cute <3

  • Reply Marcie Lovett March 22, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Adorable! Great idea to use baby-themed stamps for another purpose.

  • Reply Julie March 22, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Sweet card. Great tips in the video. I love the color scheme of this card.

  • Reply Maureen Chandler March 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    What an adorable and sweet card – I love it and love watching you create!! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Linda K March 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Great card. I usually don’t warm to “cute” cards much but I do love your choice of colors and the composition on this card. It is very vintage and soft. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Charlotte C March 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I’m never disappointed when I come to your blog to see your newest creation, and this card is one of my favorites. Even though I’m not fond of the ink smooshing, I have to admit it looks awesome here. Mine have come out too muddy, but I’m sure it’s purely user error.

  • Reply Jamie March 23, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Beautiful card!!, love the softness of these colors!!

  • Reply Chrisann Majernik March 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    <3 this card. Your watercolor creations are so inspiring.

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