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.

You make it look so easy Faith. Am going to give it a try today! I have LOTS of glossy cardstock that is VERY OLD
Granny  |  Fri Jan 9, 2009 at 6:51 AM
BEAUTIFUL Faith!! I just love this smile giggled when I saw your un-gloved hands.... I was very tempted at my last dentist visit to ask for a few gloves...LOL
I love all smoosh techniques, your backgrounds came out so beautiful, great color combo! I'll be sure to try this one, haven't used glossy card stock in a while, its getting dusty smile Thanks for the great tutorial!
Etha  |  Fri Jan 9, 2009 at 8:12 AM
beautiful card, but I would love to know how did you do the poppy? I have never written before, so I don't know how I get an answer
Joan  |  Fri Jan 9, 2009 at 11:49 AM
Wow, this is really pretty. Plus, you get two for the price of one.
Tami  |  Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 8:18 AM
Any more suggestions without the dye cut? I don't have those. and can I stamp on the inked paper?

Thanks, Mary Sue
Mary Sue Bartos  |  Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 9:40 AM
I would love to see a tutorial on how to make that entire card. It is beautiful!!
Meredith Schreiner  |  Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM
Very pretty.
Michelle  |  Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 7:14 PM
Great Technique
I did an Ink, Spray, Mash card for a swap at Convention. However, I did not use reinkers. I actually used ink pads. I used a protector sheet, slit up the side. I applied the light colors on one side and the darker colors on the other side, in a 'swish' motion (randomly over the protector sheet). I then spritzed the protector sheet....on ONE side, closed the sheet and moved my fingers around the sheet to spread the ink. Open the protector sheet and put two pieces of glossy paper back to back on the sheet and close it. You can either use your fingers again or a brayer to spread the ink on to your cardstock. This makes a beautiful background and not one is the same!
Jane M  |  Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM
Thanks Jane, that sounds like a GO of an idea!! I actually tried to join the Stamping Up site to see how much the reinkers are but it won't let me as I live in the UK and so don't have a USA address. But now I don't need them as ink pads I have in abundance!! Thanks. Avril.
Avril  |  Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 5:22 PM
I have no re-inkers, will alcohol ink work also?
birman lover  |  Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM
Thanks - what an awesome technique! I'm going to use this on my ATC cards!
jen  |  Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 5:57 AM
What a great tutorial Faith!! TFS!! wink
basement stamper  |  Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 7:45 AM
Faith, I have worked with this technique at least a dozen times. I'm using SU Glossy CS and I keep getting dark spots (pinhead size) all over. It's almost as if they are porous spots. I've tried looking at the samples in the gallery and I can faintly see some of the backgrounds may have the same. What kind of glossy cs are you using and if it's not SU are you experiencing the same problem?
Judy  |  Sun Feb 1, 2009 at 11:44 AM
What is the difference between this method and the one that uses shaving cream?
Mary R  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:04 AM
The written instructions say to spray both pieces of glossy card stock with water, but the video only indicates that one needs to spray the inked piece. Which is the correct way?
Jeanne Johannes  |  Thu Aug 10, 2017 at 8:58 PM
Jeanne, both ways work - the second addition of water doesn't seem necessary to me since the ink is already activated, but it obviously worked for Faith. Take time to play around with it both ways and see which you prefer.
dina  |  Fri Aug 11, 2017 at 4:48 AM
Oh wow! Thanks for the nearly immediate reply. You rock!!! I love this technique and have had such amazing results---often not what I expected, but very lovely.
Jeanne Johannes  |  Fri Aug 11, 2017 at 9:08 AM

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