Ink, Spray & Smash

by Faith Hofrichter

Create a unique and colorful background with re-inkers, water and glossy card stock.


  • Two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" pieces of glossy cardstock

  • Spray bottle of water

  • Dye reinkers (Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal, Baja Breeze)

  • Rubber gloves (Optional)


  1. Step 1

    Glossy side up, drip several drops of the lightest color re-inker onto one piece glossy card stock.

  2. Step 2

    Drip fewer drops of the medium color re-inker onto the same piece glossy card stock.

  3. Step 3

    Drip just a few drops of the darkest color re-inker onto the same piece glossy card stock.

  4. Step 4

    Spray both pieces of glossy card stock at least twice with water.

    Working quickly, SMASH the unlinked piece onto the inked piece of glossy card stock and rub gently. This is where rubber gloves are needed.

    Gently remove the top sheet by peeling it back off the bottom sheet.

  5. Step 5

    Let dry. Here, it is curled because it is not dry.

    As the glossy card stock dries, it will uncurl.

  6. Step 6

    Cut and use as background.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Ink, Spray & Smash. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

it always looks so much better when YOU do it wink thanks Faith
Dawn  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 11:46 AM
What a fun technique and gorgeous too!! Great job Faith, I love it!
Jessica  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 4:11 PM
Hmmm - now what can I use as a substitute, as I have no re-inkers.... yet!!
Maxine  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 6:15 PM
What a gorgeous card. Can't wait to try this technique. Would love to know how the flower was created. Is it a stamp or cut pp?
Leanne  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:16 PM
Loved the card! How did you color in the flower? What medium did you use? Thanks
Ann  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:27 PM
Looks like fun, and easy, too! Thanks for sharing - will have to give this a try!
ps: LOVE your card!
Karen  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:31 PM
Thank you for such a wonderful easy to follow and understand.. thank you so much Faith
eured99  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:31 PM
Please tell me how you made the flower. It's gorgeous.
Rita johnson  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:32 PM
I wonder if alcohol inks would work the same way. Beautiful card.
Michelle  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:33 PM
Isn't there a technique similar that used a plastic report cover? You put the drops on the plastic cover's inside page, close it and you can see where the colors go - thereby directing them a little when you smash it around. Then sandwich 2 glossy sheets, gloss sides out in the middle of the cover. It may even last more than one time or just keep re-misting with water and get on a roll. Fun!
Maus  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:35 PM
mine would never look that good - it would look like mud!
Beth Silaika  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:44 PM
wow this is awwsome card just love the color on it smile)
Roberta  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:44 PM
OMG Faith this is wonderful...just as I would expert from you. Love the entire card, but boy does this set off this Poppy Patch set. I have also done a technique using metallic paints (Deco Art) or a similar look. Thanks for sharing.
Jan Marie  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 7:48 PM
This is so great... What a neat idea! I really wanted to try this technique and now I am just waiting for my pieces to dry. I will upload tomorrow after I finish my cards.
Anavon Harris  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 8:06 PM
Faith, when you instruct us to spray both pieces of glossy paper at least twice with water, do you mean to cover the entire surface at least twice? Or do you mean to give each piece at least two spritzes? Silly question, but I'm not sure.
shellied  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 9:27 PM
Omigosh, Faith, you chose a wonderful color combination for your background. Thank you so much for devising and explaining this technique. I will definitely being trying it!!

Warm regards and a great 2009,
NancyS  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 9:34 PM
Great technique and tutorial Faith! I can't wait to try this technique on my next card!

Jennifer smile
Jennifer Meyer  |  Wed Jan 7, 2009 at 10:28 PM
Wonderful card!! Can any one suggest anythinig that would work instead of reinkers as I don't have any. (My new year's resolution was not to buy anything new until I REALLY have to. Too soon to break it yet!!) Don't suppose acrilic paints would work??
Avril  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 2:19 AM
WOW! You KNOW I just LOVE your work so a tutorial from you is fantastic! Like learning your wonderful secrets!

Thanks sooooo much for sharing this.

Stef H
Stef H  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 5:22 AM
Very beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to try it!
Angela  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 5:28 AM

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