#996 – Distress Oxide Ink Smooched Background

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. It’s always ‘Anything Goes‘ challenge!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made for this month –

The colorful splotchy background is my watercolor art work for this month! As I tend to do more floral watercolors, I thought of doing something different and went for backgrounds this time. This is, though, an old technique of using distress inks/distress oxide inks and ink smooching.

For making the background, I actually used normal cardstock. I then added layers of ink smooching, dipping the whole paper to grab the color the first time, and then selectively picking color on certain parts from then on. I used various shades of inks to make the background nice and colorful. In the end, I used Distress Micro Glaze to really bring out the colors and the layers. The Glaze really does make a difference!

Once done, I started die cutting for the front. I used My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle for the frame and Mesmerizing Mandala for the focal, die cutting several pieces of the mandala to get stabilize the intricate die cut. I then foam mounted both the pieces on the background.

For the sentiment, I die cut Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs from gold foil paper and a sentiment from Concord & 9th Lots to Say, which I stamped and trimmed. I added these two pieces on the card to complete the card.

Checkout what the rest of our incredible DT created at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge blog and join the fun with your own project with watercoloring.

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

13 thoughts on “#996 – Distress Oxide Ink Smooched Background

  1. I love that smooshed background, the colours are so pretty. I am sure if I had tried that I would have ended up with a muddy mess. It looks wonderful behind your mandala, clever idea to leave some of the pieces in place so you can mount it effectively. I hope they stayed in place from the cutting and you didn’t have to spend ages putting them back. Sods law says that if you want them to stay they won’t and if you don’t they will! Your finished card is stunning xx

    • I thought I would end up with a mess as well, but it’s actually easy – just let dry before each layer, and don’t disturb anything once the color is on the paper. But the real trick is the glaze – without it, it doesn’t look half as beautiful and the layers look muddled.
      My idea was to actually have the entire mandala die cut – Sods law actually worked and this is actually my improvisation since I got lemons. :’D
      Thank you for the compliments, Hilary!

  2. Loved your smooshed background, it looks so beautiful..i never step out of a colour family as my colour experiments end up MUDDY, the backgorund you created is so lovely.. each colour stands out so distinctly yet together,,

    • I expected a muddy panel as well, but thankfully, it didn’t – I was as shocked as you can believe! I think the essence is to let it dry completely, and use oxide inks, which work well with layers. But what made it stand out is really the glaze – it drew out the layers very well. 🙂

  3. What a fabulous card. I love your watercolour background the colours are beautiful and that gorgeous frame is a beautiful pop of colour. It really highlights the same colour in your water colour background.


  4. This is so very elegant Ashwini. I love that background but it is your design that makes the card shine-the colour you chose for the die compliments the background perfectly and the gold-well, just wow xx

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