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Good Morning Crafty Friends, and thanks for stopping by. As you can see, I have been getting inky with the  awesome Special Delivery stamp set!

For today’s card, I wanted to incorporate some ink smooshing with some of the images in the stamp set. To get lots of texture, I used watercolour cardstock – I find that it works really well for ink smooshing as it is so absorbent.

First off, I stamped the mailbox with some Memento Tuxedo Black ink – this is my go-to ink because it doesn’t smudge. 🙂 I pressed my distress ink against an acrylic block and using a water brush added colour to the image, then fussy cut it out leaving a nice border. I also added a few details using a white gel pen.

Once I had the mailbox, I positioned it onto a piece of A2 watercolour cardstock that I had die cut using a stitched rectangle die. With a pencil, I lightly drew a wavy V shape, starting at the open mailbox, winding its way up to the top of the cardstock. Then, I used a craft knife to remove this entire section.

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Using the cut edge as a guide, I used a pencil to mark this area onto a second piece of die cut cardstock, so I knew where to do my stamping.  There are three different kinds of envelope images in this stamp set – I love the variety! I stamped them randomly within the pencil lines using Versamark ink, and then embossed them using white embossing powder. Don’t forget to use your anti-static embossing buddy to get the best impressions when embossing! 🙂

Once all the embossing was done, I brought out my distress inks! I decided to create an ombre effect so I used two pink tones and a purple. I simply pressed the ink pad onto my acrylic block, then used a small piece of acetate to pick up the ink and transfer it to my project.

I love the way the embossed images pop against the ink! So pretty!
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To finish the card, I used a die to cut the word ‘sending’ from cardstock that I inked using the same dark pink distress ink. To create dimension, I also cut the word out of craft foam, and layered the cardstock on top, using some tombow mono adhesive to stick it together. The bottom part of the greeting, I made using stamps from the Honey Bee Stamps Special Delivery Stamp set, once again embossed in white, and then I added colour on top. It fits perfectly in between the loopy bits of my die cut!

To finish the card, I flicked a few droplets of ink onto the card and added some small gems. I just love the soft colours!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at today’s project! Now, grab those inks and get smooshin’! 🙂

Have a crafty kinda day!

Lesley

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2 responses to “Sending You Hugs And Smiles – Ink Smooshing Fun!”

  1. laurajane says:

    So whimsically unique Lesley!! LOVE the soft coloring:)

  2. Eileen says:

    Very clever, I just love this card!