Pretty Pink Posh | Cheer Up Friend – Distress Ink Smooshing. Video

Hello all and thank you so much for stopping by today! I am excited to be joining Pretty Pink Posh for their March 2016 release blog hop (more on that below).

Today I’d like to share a fresh Spring card featuring ink smooshing and a bit of creative die cutting.

Pretty Pink Posh | Cheer Up Friend - Distress Ink Smooshing. Video

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I am explaining everything in detail on my video, you can watch it below or on my Youtube channel:


The idea was to create a card with a little chick sitting on a branch in a bird house. That took some trial an error, but I’m happy to say I love the way this turned out.

I started working by on my card by creating an ink smooshed watercolor background. I used Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Picked Raspberry) and Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper. I love using this particular paper for its high quality.

Pretty Pink Posh | Cheer Up Friend - Distress Ink Smooshing. Video

Once I was happy with my background I created my main characters – the chick, a branch and a few leaves. All of these were stamped in VersaFine Onyx Blank ink and watercolored with Distress (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Gathered Twigs and Crushed Olive). The images were fussy cut (although there are matching dies available) and adhered onto the background.

Pretty Pink Posh | Cheer Up Friend - Distress Ink Smooshing. Video

I also stamped a Cheer Up Friend sentiment and added several music notes to make it look like the bird is singing.

Pretty Pink Posh | Cheer Up Friend - Distress Ink Smooshing. Video

The create the bird house I used Scallop Squares Dies and die cut only a corner, I foam mounted that onto my panel and created an illusion of a bird house. Finally the panel was foam mounted onto a card base and embellished with a few clear sequins.

Pretty Pink Posh | Cheer Up Friend - Distress Ink Smooshing. Video


Pretty Pink Posh March 2016 Blog Hop

Hop along with Pretty Pink Posh and amazing designers for loads of creative inspiration. If you arrived from Amy Kolling the next stop on the hop is Joni Andaya.

If you get lost or encounter a broken link please start at the beginning at Pretty Pink Posh Blog.


There are two $25 gift certificates up for grabs. Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. (Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 3/14/2016. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog).


Pretty Pink Posh BIRDIE FRIENDS Clear Stamp Set
Arches COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAD 9x12 inches 012852
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad MUSTARD SEED Ranger TDP40040
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TDP40293
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY Ranger TDP40088
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad GATHERED TWIGS Ranger TDP40002
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad CRUSHED OLIVE Ranger TDP39914
Zig Watercolor BrusH2O DETAILER WSBR01
Pretty Pink Posh SPARKLING CLEAR MIX Cupped Sequins
Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue Adhesive Paint INK41511
Best Creation BIG SQUARES 3-D Foam Tape Adhesive FT004
Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82



    1. SUPER CUTE card Yana!!!
      LOVE your little bird on the branch with the stitched roof above it, ADORE your INKY background & colouring – WOW – your smooshing video tutorial has INSPIRED and EXCITED me, I NEED to give my distress inks a workout NOW 🙂
      THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing!!!

    1. I really like how you gave the illusion of a bird house! Such a cute card.

    1. Oh my goodness! Love this release and your cards are soooooooo cute!

    1. What a happy card. It certainly would cheer the recipient up. A cute idea for the die cut.

    1. Gorgeous ink smooching…love the little bird house roof you made with the die.

    1. Why did I never think of doing that for a roof – thank you! Gorgeous card…

    1. Spectacular card, Love the bird house illusion and your video.

    1. What a beautiful and bright card. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Creative way to build a bird house. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, very instructional.

    1. So creative the way you made the birdhouse. Very cute card.

    1. The Birdie Note Stamp set is so adorable. It’s a must have!

    1. The Birdie Note stamps are So sweet and cute, Thanks for sharing.

    1. The little bird friends stamp is so cute. You made a soft cute card with it. I love the look.

    1. I love this card! i would definitely smile if I received this in the mail.

    1. Hi, love this card with it’s beautiful water coloured background and cute little chic. Thanks for the helpful video. x

    1. Such a colorful backdrop to this darling little bird! She obviously likes it, too, because she is singing her song of happiness as she sits on her branch!
      Great design! Great release from PPP!

    1. Thank you for posting a video. The colorful back ground is just beautiful.

    1. So cute! I love the great video & your adorable card. The birdhouse “illusion” idea is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Love the card, the background is awesome and love the colors

    1. I love your birdhouse idea! Great use of the scalloped square die. This card is sweet and fun. TFS!

    1. Your card is precious! Thanks for taking the time to put together a tutorial. I’ve never tried the “smooshing” technique and am excited to give it a go! I love your birdhouse illusion too. So glad you finally came up with just the right idea!

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