Monday, 8 February 2021

Izink Smooshed Heart

     Another technique using the Izink liquid pigment inks, I have used this before at Keep On Crafting, when the inks came in a dropper bottle. It's my favourite way to use them because they work so well on non porous surfaces.
     Using two pieces of heat resistant acetate I dropped inks on to one of them, then I put the other piece on top of the inks and smooshed them together, it's like making the ink blot pictures many of us made at school.
     If you work quickly you can smoosh the inks around to cover the whole surface, some may come out on your craft mat so mop it up with a spare piece of card, you can use this for another project.
     Once smooshed pull the two pieces of acetate apart, you will get some interesting patterns, every time you do this it comes out with a different look. Set them aside to dry, which doesn't take very long hence the need to work quickly when smooshing and separating.
     These inks can also be added to water to make a co-ordinating spray for your project, even the pearl ones work well, leaving a faint sheen to the droplets.
     The spray pattern will depend on the nozzle of your bottle and the height from which you spray. Mop up any overspray from your mat with the same piece of card, building up a rather nice background.....waste nothing.
     All these mop up pieces make really pretty die cut flowers and you make sure you get full value from your inks.
     For a mat layer I tried various shades of pink pen, card and ink pad, finally settling on a Distress Oxide. I cut the mat and coloured around the edge, no need to colour the middle as it will never be seen.
     What is the best way to glue acetate without it showing?...... For this I used a sheet of DS sticky film, laying the acetate, ink side down, onto the sheet slowly rolling it on to avoid air bubbles, then die cut the heart shape. With sticky all over it has an even cover and nothing appears to stand out.
     The heart was then stamped and embossed in gold. I did try this on an offcut of the acetate to see if the sticky was affected by the heat, it wasn't.
     All that remained was to assemble the layers and add the heart to the centre, again rolling the acetate shape onto the card to avoid air bubbles.

Materials used 
I-Zink Pigment Ink - Orchid (pearlescent)
S57107 - A4 Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet - Stix2
S57262 - 3D PVA glue
Distress Oxide Inkpad, White card, White card blank 6x6, heart shaped die (3.5")
Versamark Ink, Antistatic pad, Gold embossing Powder

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts - Love Is....
Just Us Girls - #570 Valentine


  1. Hi Rocky this is a gorgeous card. That heart is just amazing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. This is just fabulous, love the CAS design and the beautifully crisp embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

  3. A really pretty and romantic creation, thanks so much for sharing and joining in with our 'Love is....' theme at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  4. The gold looks awesome on the red smooshed bg - Thanks for joining in at JUGS

  5. A beautifully elegant card.

    Thanks for joining us at International Art and Soul!

  6. These paint effects are gorgeous!Thanks for joining in at Inkspirational Challenges.

  7. Beautiful card! thanks for playing along with challenge up your life!
    Denise DT


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