Autumn Birthday with Smooshed Background

Autumn Birthday with Smooshed Background

This card started with no plan at all! I figured I’d slop some ink down on the craft mat on my desk and see where that led me….

I ended up with several panels made by “smooshing” Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs Distress inks, Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink, and water on heavy weight white card stock panels. The key to layering colors (if you want to see all the individual colors) is to make sure the ink is dry before adding the next layer. (If you add wet ink to wet ink, it blends.) I used my Tim Holtz heat tool to speed the drying along before adding more layers of ink.

Once the ink was layered, I spritzed the panels with a Walnut Stain distress marker and Spritzer tool.

I used one of the panels for the background on this card and will share the cards I made with the other panels shortly.

The “happy” greeting was cut with the Walter & Winnie “In a Word: Happy Cutaway” die (no longer available) and was stamped with the Stampin’ Up “Cheese Cloth” background stamp (retired) and GKD Kraft ink to add some interest. On that, I layered the “birthday” panel from the Stampin’ Up “Label Me Bold” stamp set (retired) and GKD Chocolate Truffle Amalgam ink.

The 1 inch leaf and 5/8 inch leaf punches are by Recollections.

The card stock used is Papertrey Ink Fine Linen card stock, Gina K Designs Charcoal Brown, and heavy weight white (for the smooshing).

Thanks for checking out my card project!

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11 thoughts on “Autumn Birthday with Smooshed Background

  1. Love your inked background and that you created it with just slapping down colors….WOW….I would end up with mud 🙂 Love the CAS in fall colors for your birthday card. The cheese cloth stamping on the die cut makes you give it a second look. Love that idea and will have to remember it. Awesome card.


  2. Awesome background and thanks for the tip in creating it. I’ve never tried to do one colour at a time and then dry before the next one. Results are super and then adding the spattering makes it even better. Love the simplicity of the rest so it is the background that shines.


    • You actually can add more than one color to the mat at the same time, but swipe once. Then, if you need to add more ink after that, you should wait for each layer to dry before swiping again. If you just keep dipping into more and more ink (without drying between), you could end up with mud.


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