Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

A Fun Way To Spark Your Cardmaking Mojo

Raise your hand if you’ve been struggling with your crafty, cardmaking mojo lately? Carly has but she’s found a fun way to conquer the creativity blahs and she’s here today to share her technique!


My crafty mojo has up & left me lately. I haven’t even had any “bad” cards to toss out, I’ve just had blank cardstock staring at me with no ideas where to start. It’s been like “cardmaker’s block”, haha!

So the other day I decided to issue myself a challenge to see if it helped spark some ideas. The challenge? Use the first neglected supply I found. What I found was an acrylic block. I’m always using my MISTI to stamp so my acrylic blocks are getting dusty. And the challenge worked!

Here’s what I came up with…

I used an ink smooshing technique to create a simple, colorful background that made a great canvas (in my opinion) for a glossy, sparkly snowflake.

Here’s a quick rundown…

  • I applied three colors of water based ink, lightest color first, to the side of my acrylic block with the grid etched on it.
  • I misted the block with water and placed it wet side down on my favorite watercolor cardstock.
  • I left the block in place and placed two more blocks on top to press the paper down while it dried.

I love how the etched grid let the color spread and left a subtle texture. And I love how the background turned out! So I made another and topped them both with three snowflake die cuts layered, coated with Glossy Accents and a little glitter.

So do you have a favorite way to jumpstart your cardmaking ideas? I would love to have more techniques in my pocket! And if you try this ink smooshing idea, I would LOVE to see your results! Tag me on Instagram if you share, @carlyteeminner.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy day!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Andrea H December 7, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Smooching technique is my favourite. Every single smooch is different even if the same colours are used.
    To get over card block I take a day or 2 out of my craft room. Then when I’m ready to get back in I either browse through my magazines (of which I have 100’s lol) or go through Facebook and Instagram for inspiration. It always works X X X

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