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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Ink Smooshing with Digital Stamps featuring Graciellie Design ‘Hey Beautiful’

Updated: Jan 12

Hello everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start! Today’s card features a gorgeous, old-fashioned Gallic rose from Graciellie Design's new release, Hey Beautiful, on an 'ink smooshed' background.

I began this card by ’ink smooshing’ Neenah Solar White 80 lb paper. To maintain some control over the distribution of the colours, I like to lay down and apply one ink colour at a time, spritzing water and picking it up here and there with the paper. I chose three Distress Oxide Inks for this background; Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry. Because this paper will be fed through a printer, I used my water spritzer sparingly to minimize warping. After it was dry, I stacked a couple of heavy books on it and took Coonhound Annie for her walk! After I returned, the card stock was fairly flat and I printed the image on the ‘ink smooshed‘ paper and cut it down to 4 1/8” by 5 3/8”.

The flower was Copic coloured with RV17, 13, 11 and YR 30. I began with the darkest tone at the base of each petal and worked towards the tip with the lighter tones using a flicking technique. There are lots of overlapping petals and creases and furls on the petal edges in this image. I worked in the darker tones in these areas as well to try to create a dimensional look. These colours blended easily and the colouring went fairly quickly. For the flower centre, I used Y06 and then went in with E57 to colour the nooks and crannies around the stamens.

The panel was mounted on 4 1/4” by 5 1/2” black card stock before it was adhered to the same sized card base. A few Buttermilk and Shimmering Rose Crystal Nuvo Drops finished this card.

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  1. Graciellie Design - Beautiful Day

  2. Neenah Solar White Card Stock - 80lb for the panel, 110lb for the card base

  3. Distress Oxide Inks - Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry

  4. Copic Markers - Flower Petals - RV17, 13, 11, YR 30 Flower Centre - Y06, E57

  5. Crystal Nuvo Drops - Buttermilk, Shimmering Rose

Thank you so much for visiting today!


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