How To: An Easy Watercolor Look with Ink Smooshing

Sharing a watercolor look anniversary card featuring ink smoothing with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from Unity Stamp Company. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardinspiration #inksmooshing #unitystampco #watercolor #anniversarycard #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #cardsofinstagram

Watercoloring without a paintbrush…

Do you want to watercolor on your cards but find it difficult? Have you been hoping for an easy way to get that look so you can do it too? If so, you have to try ink smooching. It is such a great technique to get that watercolor look without a paintbrush. I pulled out a favorite Unity Stamp Company sentiment kit and some other fabulous stamp sets to make this anniversary card.

Sharing a watercolor look anniversary card featuring ink smoothing with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from Unity Stamp Company. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com.    #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardinspiration #inksmooshing #unitystampco #watercolor #anniversarycard #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #cardsofinstagram

Featured Stamp Sets

Hello Fresh Start
Hello Fresh Start

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A Faithful Letter
A Faithful Letter

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I did. I do. I Will.
I did. I do. I Will.

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I did. I do. I Will. Die
I did. I do. I Will. Die

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Scallops & Rectangles dies
Scallops & Rectangles dies

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The Card

Sharing a watercolor look anniversary card featuring ink smoothing with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from Unity Stamp Company. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardinspiration #inksmooshing #unitystampco #watercolor #anniversarycard #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #cardsofinstagram

The Details

Sometimes I feel like doing some quick and easy coloring. Ink smooching is a great way to achieve that watercolor look without having to work at it. All you need is a piece of acetate and some water-reactive inks. I tend to reach for Distress Inks first, but many die inks would work just as well. For this card, I used worn lipstick, abandoned coral, ripe persimmon, bundled sage, and iced spruce. I love the pretty color palette with the pop of gold. Make sure you check out the video below for all the details on how to use ink smooching for this watercolor effect.

Sharing a watercolor look anniversary card featuring ink smoothing with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from Unity Stamp Company. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardinspiration #inksmooshing #unitystampco #watercolor #anniversarycard #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #cardsofinstagram

I went with gold embossing and accents for this card but silver would look just as lovely. Just looked at that beautiful raise and melty texture of the embossing powder. Such a simple thing but it adds some texture to the card.

There are some hidden little elements that might not be noticed but do add a little something. The background is stamped with a pretty script. I know people say, “how can you cover that up?” For me, it is not meant to be center stage. It is a subtle element just to add some interest. The Nuvo drops tend to blend into the embossing powder, but they add an additional layer and movement to the card. They are there to give your eye a little direction since a lot seems to be going on.

Sharing a watercolor look anniversary card featuring ink smoothing with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from Unity Stamp Company. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardinspiration #inksmooshing #unitystampco #watercolor #anniversarycard #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #cardsofinstagram

Assemble This! Video

Watch along as I assemble this card sharing my process and tips on how this card was created. Watch here or in HD on Youtube.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you are inspired by today’s project. If you create something, I’d love to see it. Join us in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group to share your card and tag me.

Supplies

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Hello Fresh Start
Hello Fresh Start

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A Faithful Letter
A Faithful Letter

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I did. I do. I Will.
I did. I do. I Will.

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I did. I do. I Will. Die
I did. I do. I Will. Die

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Scallops & Rectangles dies
Scallops & Rectangles dies

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Distress Ink Set #7
Distress Ink Set #7

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Distress Ink Set #13
Distress Ink Set #13

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Distress Ink Set #10
Distress Ink Set #10

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Ripe Persimmon
Ripe Persimmon

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Soft Granite
Soft Granite

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Versamark ink
Versamark ink

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Fabriano Watercolor
Fabriano Watercolor

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Vellum
Vellum

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Acetate Sheets
Acetate Sheets

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Cutter Bee Scissors
Cutter Bee Scissors

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MISTI - Mini
MISTI – Mini

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MISTI - Original
MISTI – Original

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Foam Roll - 2 Inch
Foam Roll – 2 Inch

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Foam Roll Combo Pack
Foam Roll Combo Pack

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Big Shot
Big Shot

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Stamping Tool
Stamping Tool

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Media Mat Mini
Media Mat Mini

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Anti-Static Pouch
Anti-Static Pouch

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Gold Super Fine
Gold Super Fine

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Pale Gold
Pale Gold

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Sharing a watercolor look anniversary card featuring ink smoothing with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from Unity Stamp Company. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardinspiration #inksmooshing #unitystampco #watercolor #anniversarycard #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #cardsofinstagram

One Comment

  1. thereseislostinpaper

    Your choice of colours has taken this card to the next level my friend!

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