Here’s the “Watercolor Smash” technique I tempted you with in this post. It’s really easy and fun, and makes lovely backgrounds. They’re all “one of a kind,” too!
Here’s how I did it. With classic ink pads, add ink to a Stampin’ Up! silicone craft sheet (Holiday catalog – #127853, $5.95), then spritz it with water so the colors run. Use colors that work well together. Sometimes they run together and look a little muddy. I used Perfect Plum and Pink Pirouette here. (Tip: Be sure to add your lighter ink first so you don’t mess up your ink pads!) Finally, just smash card stock into the ink/water mixture. Let it dry and you’re ready to use it.
You can use ink pads, markers or ink refills. I used ink pads for this card, but it wasn’t quite as dark as I wanted, to I added a few drops of refill in the same ink colors and spritzed. I love the way it turned out. I had a few drops that didn’t get spritzed well, so I used them as part of the flower color.
Isn’t it soft and pretty? You can either stamp on the background paper, or add a stamped/punched image on top (see this post). No two attempts are ever the same, so each piece is special.
Now -go get messy! And have fun!
Supplies – Stamps: Petite Pairs, Field Flowers; Ink: Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Elegant Eggplant, Gumball Green classic; Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Gumball Green card stock; Other: Silicone craft sheet, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon (FREE with $40 order in September!!), designer buttons – subtles, white baker’s twine