• Lisa

Watercolour Smooshing Technique



Hello there and Happy Wednesday! I am pretty excited to show you today's card and share a new technique with you. I just love how this card turned out, especially the PINK!


Today's card was made using the smoothing technique and I've included step-by-step instructions below. It is an easy technique, even for beginners, and the beautiful thing is that no two cards will ever be the same!


Before you get started making this background, you'll need a few supplies. They include:


- Clear Stamp Block - I used the 'D' block from Stampin' Up!

- Two Ink Pads of your choice (one dark and one light colour works best).

- Watercolour Paper

- Stampin' Spritzer

- Paper Towels - I'd have a whole roll handy :)

- Grid Paper or something to protect your surface area


For my card, I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out my watercolour paper as the stitched edging offers just that little extra detail that just works really well with the overall card design. You will be adding a lot of water to the ink colour so it's important to use Watercolour Paper here as it is designed to withstand the water that regular cardstock just won't hold.


Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Stamp your block in your dark ink colour. For this card I used Berry Burst.

  2. Using your Stampin' Spritzer, spray your inked block 5 - 6 times. You're ink may start running off the block, so just hold it steady! The more water you use, the more easily you can move the colour around on your paper.

  3. Press your block onto the centre of the watercolour paper and start moving the block around on the paper in different directions to spread the colour.

  4. Clean your block with paper towel or your Simply Shammy and stamp your block in the light ink colour (I used Powder Pink).

  5. Using your Stampin' Spritzer, spray your inked block 4 - 5 times and press your block onto the outer edges of the watercolour paper and start moving the block around on the paper in different directions to spread the colour around the side. This will create a nice accent to your card and really compliment the darker colour.

  6. If any water is pooling in one area, use a corner of your paper towel and dab it to pick up the excess water.

  7. Let your paper air dry for at least 5 minutes. You can can then finish the drying process by using your heat tool.


After completing the steps above, your then ready to make your card!


Here are the finer details for the card:


  • I adhered the watercolour background onto the Whisper White card base using the Foam Adhesive Strips for an extra pop!

  • The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set and is heat embossed using White Embossing Powder on Vellum Cardstock. TIP: When using Vellum Cardstock you need to make sure you don't put adhesive anywhere that will show through the paper. In this case, use your Fine Tip Glue Pen on the back side of the embossed sentiment in order to adhere the sentiment to the card. For this sentiment in particular, you'll notice the the letter have a thicker part to them, so the is where I put the glue.

  • The two die cut sprigs are from the Pretty Pines Thinly Dies and then I finished off the card with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.


I really hope you love today's card and find this info helpful. If you have any questions at all, pop them in the comments below.


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