Monday, June 07, 2010

Smooch Card – Water Mark Background

by Anne Harada

Smooch Card – Water Mark Background


  • A shallow container with a small amount of water – about 1/4 inch deep
  • Glossy cardstock – 4-1/2” x 3-1/4”
  • StazOn Jet Black Solvent Ink     ( TSU-SZP-Jet   $8.49)
  • Inkadinkado Florishes Clear Stamps     ( INK-CSL-97724   $9.99)
  • Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks


    • Card Base:
      • White cardstock
    • Layers:
      • Bazzill Singles
      • SEI Jocelyn - Pink Riot, Textured double-sided cardstock     ( SEI-8-5210   $0.69)
    • Basic Grey Sugar Rush - Stitched brads     ( BG-BR-2221   $4.99)
    • Magenta with White Dots/Edge Ribbon, 1/2" Printed Satin     ( CR-SAT-DOT-MGWH   $0.75/yard)


  • Select the Smooch Ink colors that you want to use. (Remember to always shake the bottles well before using.)

  • Begin with one color and barely dip the brush tip into the water. The color will spread instantly and look very very pale. Dip the tip a few more times around the container so color is arranged through out the water.

  • Add additional colors into the water in the same way.

  • Don’t over do it, you don’t want a “muddy” result due to too many colors but don’t be afraid to experiment with color combinations!

  • Using a tooth pick, piercer or similar tool, draw through the colors to create swirls of color in the water.

  • Do it slowly so the colors stay somewhat independent.

  • Take your glossy cardstock piece and drop it gently on top of the water, so the entire side comes in contact with the water. The cardstock picks up the color instantly like a photograph, you do not need (or want!) to let it “soak” in the water at all!

  • Pull your cardstock up out of the water letting the excess water drip off the card.

  • Lay it on towels to dry, watermark side up. (You can use a heat gun to facilitate the drying if desired, but this can cause your paper to curl if you’re not careful.)

  • Once dry, use solvent ink to stamp your image onto your watermarked background. Allow the ink to dry before proceeding.

  • Using your Smooch ink, you can color the images if you desire. Allow the Smooch ink to dry before proceeding.

  • Add embellishments and layer your watermark background to complete your card.



  1. Thanks for the idea!! Bought a half dozen of Smooch inks this weekend because I liked the colors... had NO idea what to do with them.... Martha

  2. that's great! I never really liked what I did with Smooch at demos, but this is cool!

  3. Really love the look of this technique. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration!

  4. Waouw, so beautyfull job.
    It's so so so nice.
    Great. Tks

  5. Finally I find some great use of this kind of ink. I had seen the strange looking bottels before, but never thought it may be something I would desire. You have given me a tool for a technique I love so much. Marbelizing paper with out a big hazle and then to be able to use this as matching paint is the hit!

    BTW I am a happy repeat customer of Frantic Stamper even so I do live in Germany and very glad to have gone to your web page in order to see some of your crafts.
    The next order will come soon......