Just trying to get back in the swing of card-making and decided to have a little fun smooshing ink on some watercolour paper for the background of my first cards for 2017.

I was inspired by the layout of an MFT card I found on Pinterest.

Here’s the paper with the smooshed inks:

watercolour-vday

…and here are the three cards I made with the backgrounds:

watercolour-dog

watercolour-cat-2

watercolour-cat-1

Coincidentally, the imagesI used today happen to be from two MFT stamp sets that I bought a couple of months ago.  I’d already cut them out using my Pixscan mat as I didn’t buy the matching dies (very expensive in CAD$$$) so I just had to colour them while waiting for the background to dry.  I used black pigment ink for the sentiments to ensure they would stand out on the distress ink.

Smooshing is a great way to control how your ink is laid down on the paper.  If I had to do this with a brush I don’t think it would be so “organic” looking.  Must remember to use this technique more often.