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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Highlighting with Gouache on an Ink Smooshed Background

Updated: Jan 12

Hello everyone! I have had an interesting few days. I live on the edge of Penticton, part way up a mountain. Right across the street from my house is wilderness. A large black bear has been nosing around my neighbourhood and was recently seen behind my neighbour's house ... Yikes!!! We have snow but the weather is mild so the bears have yet to bed down for the winter. I have three dogs that I ferry in and out of the house to the front boulevard to do their 'thing'. Darkness falls upon us quite early at this time of year. To say I am on high alert is an understatement. My coonhound is always leashed when we go outside and my two little ones always stay close by me. My routine ... I step out the door first and look around, we all go together to the boulevard, I urge them repeatedly to hurry (they don't), we gather together as one, head back in, I breathe a sigh of relief and the pups wag their tails oblivious to my angst! I don't usually wish for colder weather but I am now!

Today's cards with Simon Says Stamp's Centre Cut Snowflake feature an ink smooshing technique with some highlighting. This two piece snowflake rubber stamp is gorgeous. The last card I posted was with the Centre Cut Holiday Floral and I borrowed the sentiment from that stamp to use on two of the cards. I love it when sets work well together!

The Background

Working on Bristol Smooth card stock, three backgrounds were created using an ink smooshing technique with Distress Oxide inks:

Purple: Black Soot, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers

Pink: Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple

Blue: Peackock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Lucky Clover

The panels were embossed:

Purple: stamped with Black Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing


Pink: stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing


Blue: stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing


The Elements

The snowflakes were painted with Winsor and Newton Gouache paint, an opaque, water based paint. I used a fine water colour liner to apply the paint. Just enough water was used to help the paint flow smoothly. I did not use too much water as I wanted to maintain the opagueness. When the painting was completed, the panels were spattered with the gouache, watered down, with the same brush used for painting. The round sentiment was embossed on the panel and cut with a die from Hero Arts' Infinity Circles. White sheet foam was also die cut and the two were stacked.

Putting It Together

The panel was mounted on an A2 sized card base and the foam backed sentiment attached. The cards were embellished with Nuvo drops:

Purple: Nuvo Dream Drops, Indigo Eclipse

Pink: Nuvo Dream Drops, Love Potion

Blue: Nuvo Crystal Drops, Caribbean Ocean

Video Tutorial, click HERE.

Thank you so much for your visit!


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