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

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Great tutorial Faith! I've done this technique many times and always love the results!
Nancy K  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 5:33 AM
This is a really neat technique. Can't wait to give it a try. I have been working on getting all the reinkers. Also, like everyone else, how did you do the flower, It's gorgeous!!!
sharon  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 6:04 AM
Hi Faith, I thought this card was just beautiful! The poppy is what really caught my did you exactly do that? I am a Stampin' Up consultant and I am trying to come up with new designs and ideas for my workshops and this one is just GREAT!!! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas....
Marg H  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 8:19 AM
Beautiful Faith! I can't wait to try this!! Hugs, Ash-
Ashley Bowen  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 10:16 AM
Would this same technique work with alcohol inks? I read the comments and noticed some people did not have any reinkers.
Judith Clark  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 10:26 AM
Fantastic technique. I love that both papers used are usable, no wasted piece. ThankU.
Char Dougherty  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 10:46 AM
Great tutorial. I was also wondering if this would work with alcohol inks.
June  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 1:13 PM
Here are a few answers to the questions:
You can substitute FOOD COLORING for the re-inkers.
markie's mom  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 2:21 PM
The flower is a stamp from Flourishes. It was stamped in Noir Black Hybrid Ink and colored with SU! markers
Markie's Mom  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM
This technique will NOT work with Alcohol re-inkers. You would have to use ALCOLOL to spray the glossy papers.
Markie's Mom  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 2:24 PM
By spraying the glossy pieces at least twice, I mean to make sure the inks are DILUTED enough to create the background. By spraying the papers, you created a medium for the ink to "travel."
markie's mom  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 2:26 PM
Here is a link to the card in the tutorial:
markie's mom  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 2:30 PM
This is beautiful! Thank you Faith for the inspiration!
Janet Davis  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 4:10 PM
I didn't have glossy cardstock. So, I improvised with glossy photo paper. If it turns out, I'll try to upload a card tomorrow.
Thanks for the great technique Faith.
Beth Van Dyke  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 4:31 PM
I loved it! Also, the card is beautiful !!!
Grasieli  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 6:23 PM
As soon as I saw the result, I knew it was yours, Faith! Can't wait to try it.
Evelyn  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM
Love this technique and I will have to try it. I hardly ever use my glossy paper anymore but I love the watercolored look this technique gives. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Lou Kemp  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 7:50 PM

I'm just waiting on my first order of all of the SU re inkers.. and so finally I can try your wonderful techique!! Now.. if my SU order would just get here!

Great tutorial Faith! Thanks!
debzi333 aka Deborah  |  Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 9:59 PM
Hi Faith,

Great tutorial!
My daughter has made some great bookmarks with this technique!

I am so thrilled to see you writing here!
You know I love your art!

Happy New Year!
Barb  |  Fri Jan 9, 2009 at 1:27 AM
This a beatiful, beautiful card. I love the colors and the lay out!

I am working on decorating a book as a gift and I believe I will try this idea for it. If it comes right, I will share it with you. Thank you.
Laura C.  |  Fri Jan 9, 2009 at 5:10 AM

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