Hello there, Michelle here with another edition of Terrific Tags with Michelle!
Today, I have a tag and card to share with you using ink smooshing with Hawaiian Shores Brush & Fine Tip Pens. These pens are water-based, so they are perfect for this technique. I am just using the brush tip for my projects today, but there is also a fine tip, which is perfect for detailed work.
The ink smooshing technique is great if you want to add color to an image but do not want to spend the time coloring. It gives a nice splatter/organic look and I love that you can blend the colors too. It also works with lots of different stamped images, but you could even do this with die-cut images too!
Ink Smooshing with Hawaiian Shores Brush & Fine Tip Pens
I started off by stamping the larger of the two images from the Paint-A-Flower: Rose Outline Stamp Set onto watercolor paper using Obsidian Pigment Ink. Using a piece of stamp packaging, I scribbled Hawaiian Shores Brush & Fine Tip Pens onto it. I spritzed it with water using the Fine Mister. The packaging was turned over and pounced or ‘smooshed' onto the panel to create a splatter look.
You want to add enough water so that the colors blend together but not too much that it drips off the packaging. I used Crimson, Autumn Blaze, Maple Yellow, Firefly, Just Green, Turquoise, Persian Blue, and Ultraviolet, adding one color at a time, to complete the rainbow. Make sure to blend the colors together but also create some splatters.
You could use this technique with lots of different mediums – ink pads, watercolors, watercolor brush pens, or even ink sprays and refills. Sky's the limit! I love the organic look it gives!
Creating a Tag
The panel was die cut using the Terrific Tags Die Set. The sentiment, from the Sentiment Strips 3 Stamp Set, was stamped onto black cardstock with Embossing Ink. I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. Once it was cool to the touch, I removed any excess anti-static powder with a cloth and cut it into a strip.
It was adhered to the tag using Instant Dimension Foam Tape, adding the tape to the right-hand side and none on the left where it overhangs the tag. To finish off, I added twine through the top of the tag and tied in a bow at the front. To embellish, I added Essential Black & White Enamel Dots. I love the look of black and white and rainbow colors together!
Making Use of the Negative
I didn't want the negative panel where I die cut the tag from to go to waste, so I created a card with the eclipse technique. This is one of my favorite techniques and I shared how to create a card using the technique with embossing folders, which you can see here.
Creating a Card – Eclipse Technique
The panel was adhered to an A2 white card base with Glue Tape. I then die cut three more tags. One from watercolor paper and two from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock. They were adhered together with glue tape, one on top of another, for dimension.
They were placed inside the tag opening like a puzzle piece and then the stamped tag was added on top, lining up the stamped image with the panel. This creates the eclipse look and is a perfect way to use up the leftover piece if you didn't want a stand-alone tag.
You can watch the full process video below or on YouTube.