Good morning, friends. Today’s technique is one that never gets old: ink smooshing. Once in a while, I allow my craft mat to get messy. For today’s card, I decided to use the good ol’ distress inks in the following colors: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, and Mermaid Lagoon.. I inked up my craft mat directly with the ink pads and sprayed with some water. Then, I simply placed my watercolor cardstock in random areas to color them. I left part of the middle white since I was going to turn it into a shaker card. I also took some fern stamps from Mini Wild Florals and stamped them all around the edges using the same distress ink colors and Black Soot.
Once everything was dry, I cleaned up my mat and die-cut parts of the card with some leaf dies I had. Now I have to create the shaker sleeves — this is the first time I’ve used my Fuse tool since I bought it months ago. I get really excited about things, but then I either don’t have the motivation or time for it. I’m sure many of you can relate! Anyway, so I used a 4×4 sleeve that I bought with the tool and placed the three dies over it so I can trace the Fuse tool after heating it up for about 10 minutes. I made sure to leave some extra space around it and one side unsealed so I could insert sequins.
I created this mix of sequins on my own. I used Lemon Chiffon, Midnight Blue, Princess Pink, and Light Plum 4mm sequins. Once I had them in, I sealed all the sides and fussy cut the ‘pockets’. I added foam tape on the back of the watercolor paper and also used my Dotliner adhesive to glue down the pockets. Afterward, I attached the whole thing to a white card base. For the sentiment, I stamped ‘you’re the greatest’ from Panda Can’t Even with VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and heat embossed in white. I fussy cut around it and added it to the front of the card with foam tape. To finish it off, I added some black twine.