Video: DIY Valentine’s Day Shaker Card using Ink Smooshing Technique + Giveaway

by May Park-


Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh‘s 2nd birthday celebration blog hop! If you came from the talented Yuki’s blog, you are right on track. This is a three day event with tons of inspiration, and I’m so excited to be part of this special event. Without further ado, here is what I came up with:


Since Valentine’s Day is coming, I couldn’t resist making a shaker card using sweet, yummy sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I love the hand peeking out from the side and dropping hearts inside the box. Isn’t it so cute?


I just realized that I also made a valentine shaker card for their first birthday celebration last year. Hehe… I created a Love Potion shaker card using Pocket Border Die at that time. Which one do you like?


To create a colorful background, I used the ink smooshing technique for the first time. It was challenging because I couldn’t control the ink colors moving, but I’m happy with how it turned out(after a few tries.)

Here is a process video showing you how I created my card. You can watch it here or in HD on YouTube.

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Sequin Shaker Card 

  1. Create a background on watercolor cardstock using ink smooshing technique and Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers. Then add some white ink splatters.
  2. Stamp the hand from Hats Off with black ink, color it with Copic markers, cut it out with scissors.
  3. Die cut the frame out of red cardstock using Scallop Frames die from Pretty Pink Posh and the hearts using Mini Hearts die set.
  4. Adhere the hand and hearts on the ink smoothed background using foam tape. Then cut a piece of acetate and glut it to the back of the frame.
  5. Fill up the frame window with heart die-cuts and sequins: Sweetheart Mix and Sparkling Clear Mix.
  6. Place the scallop frame over the watercolor background using foam tape.
  7. Heat emboss the sentiment from On My Mark with white embossing powder and popped it up on the card front using foam tape.


What is the Ink Smooshing Technique? 

It is a fun inking technique that can be used to achieve a watercolor look on your project. Simply transfer ink from an ink pad onto a piece of acetate and smoosh the acetate on your paper to add color.

To learn more about this gorgeous technique, check out the following videos: Colorful Ink Smooshing by Kristina Werner and Watercolor Smooshing by Betsy Veldman.


How to Get the Best Blending? 

  1. Spray enough water on your ink before picking up the colors with a piece of acetate.
  2. Don’t use complementary colors next to each other otherwise you will get muddy results.
  3. Don’t hesitate to go over and over again, if you want more intense colors.
  4. Let the water do the work. (It wasn’t easy for me to watch the water do the work, though.)

I’m not an expert at ink smooshing, but these are what I’ve learned from a couple of failed attempts. If you have any tips, please share yours in the comment below. Thanks in advance.



  • Pretty Pink Posh is giving away a Big Shot machine, two MISTIs and more during the festivities, along with prizes for those who comment during the blog hop. Don’t forget to lave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of the prizes.

Now it’s time to head on over to the amazing Lisa’s blog to see what creation she has to inspire you all. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy hopping!


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  3. Katy

    This might be one of my favorite shaker cards yet!

    02 . Feb . 2016
  4. Elif

    OMG so awesome ! I’ll definitely do this !:)

    27 . Jan . 2016
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  6. Kathy W

    Both of your shaker cards are wonderful!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  7. Ericka Strange

    I love this card and all the bright colors. Thanks for sharing!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  8. Pon Malar

    This is awesome, love that gorgeous color burst 🙂

    19 . Jan . 2016
  9. Sally

    Both cards are so creative! Love the ink smooshing tips and the bright colors!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  10. Alexandra Madison

    Your shaker cards are different and great 🙂

    19 . Jan . 2016
  11. Laura Cox

    Such cute shaker cards!!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  12. Lucy E.

    Wow! Awesome background!
    What a fun shaker!
    I remember your love potion shaker from last year-very creative 🙂

    19 . Jan . 2016
  13. Andrea La Vigne

    May, I LOVE your quirky Valentine’s Day card! That hand dropping the hearts is just so funny. 🙂 Great job on the ink smooshing, and thank you for the tips. I’m no expert, either, but from the perspective of a former artist (painter-type), your tips are spot-on. Tfs! ~ Andrea

    19 . Jan . 2016
  14. karenajo

    I think your ‘ink smooshing’ turned out super – fantastic card !!!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  15. Lucinde | Lucilight

    Great cards! Love the bright colors of the first shaker 🙂

    19 . Jan . 2016
  16. Denise Bryant

    Awesome shaker cards! Love the blending tips! Great details on your cards!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  17. Shona Chambers

    I had to laugh when you mentioned about not being able to control the colour with the Ink Smooshing. I had the same problem too but once I let go and let the process just happen, it was so much more fun!! An amazing card May, those colours are so bright! And I do remember your shaker card from last year, PPP sequins just call out to be made into shakers I think!

    19 . Jan . 2016
  18. CraftedBySteph

    This card is genious and so much fun!! Love the idea and also how you’ve set the scene with all that color smooshing – well done!! Thanks a lot for the great inspiration! Yours, Steph

    19 . Jan . 2016
  19. Kathy Mc

    Your hand dropping a heart in the box adds do much to your shaker card. Very clever, May!

    18 . Jan . 2016
  20. Jean Bullock

    Pretty and fun. What a creative way to use the sequins.

    18 . Jan . 2016
  21. Debbie Peysen

    The hand makes the cad. I love it. Both cards are awesome. The colors are so cheerful. Thanks for sharing your talent.

    18 . Jan . 2016
  22. Amy Williams

    Wow! Gorgeous cards! I am loving that colorful background you created!

    18 . Jan . 2016

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