Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop

Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Happy Saturday crafters! Thanks for coming by my stop in the Simon Says Stamp Encouraging Words release blog hop! If you’ve already been hopping along with us, you should have arrived from Amanda Korotkova’s blog.

Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Today I wanted to do a variation on the ink smooshing technique, but do it with watercolors instead of ink pads. I found it easiest to recreate the technique by using the Art Impressions watercolor palette. But if you don’t have this palette, you could easily do this technique with a craft sheet, wax paper or other slick surfaces (basically something that isn’t going to absorb the watercolors).

Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop | Nina-Marie Design

The technique is very easy to recreate; I simply smooshed multiple layers of blue and purple watercolor onto my paper to create a textured, galaxy background.  The paper I used in this card was Canson XL paper.

Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop | Nina-Marie Design

The gorgeous, script “you are a star” sentiment and the cute stars around it are all from the new You Are a Star die set from Simon’s Encouraging Words release. I think the font of this die is so pretty and delicate and I loved how nicely it paired with the elegant colors of my starry, watercolored sky.

On one of the cards I in-lay die cut the stars and the sentiment…

Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop | Nina-Marie Design

And then on the other, I used the rest of the background and some of the leftover pieces to make a second card (this way nothing goes to waste)…

Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I really enjoyed creating the backgrounds on these cards! The layers and textures of the watercolor add so much interest to the card design. And the coolest part, is that you never know how exactly it is going turn out as you do the smooshing!

Watercolor Palette Smooshing + Galaxy Background + Simon Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I hope you will watch the video below to see these cards come to life! Thanks for visiting with me today… I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial to share with you!



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Your next stop in the hop is a very talented friend of mine: May Park! You can find the entire hop order below -or start at the beginning-  which is the Simon blog. There are also $25 gift cards up for grabs at every stop of the hop… so leave lots of comments along the way for your chance to win!

Also, did you know that this is day TWO of the release blog hop? YES! Yesterday there was another blog hop jam-packed with inspiration and ideas for the new release! If you missed it, head on over to THIS post on the Simon blog.


Simon Says Stamp Blog

Kristina Werner

Laura Bassen

Amanda Korotkova

Nina-Marie Trapani  – that’s me! :)

May Park

Heather Ruwe

Shari Carroll

Kelly Latevola

Lin Brandyberry

Lisa Addesa






  1. Barbara October 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    WOW – the blues and purples in this background are fabulous!

  2. Julie B August 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Very cool!

  3. geri S. August 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I love these! Great way to use everything, too! Thanks!

  4. Denise Gutshall August 9, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

    OOOH LA LA! The galaxy background is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  5. DC August 9, 2017 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Beautiful galaxy card!

  6. Julie B August 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Love this card! I can’t wait to make it for my son.

  7. Diana Johnson August 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Pretty card!

  8. Tara Prince August 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Very cool card!!

  9. Teresa Brock August 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I just love the galaxy effect done a different way than I have seen it before! Thanks for the idea!

  10. Jennifer Lee August 8, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Your backgrounds make me feel as if I truly am looking into a gorgeous galaxy! I am learning how to ink blend and “smoosh” so I am not very good yet however everytime I watch you great designers share your videos it truly helps me improve. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Emily g August 8, 2017 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Love the backgrounds, I don’t know if I can do it, I always use my inks but it just looks so beautiful

  12. Bonnie August 8, 2017 at 12:40 am - Reply

    I love this technique. Have to try it!

  13. Sheila Bacon August 7, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    I’m captivated by your backgrounds! Thank you for the video which is very helpful!

  14. KT Fit Kitty August 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    It’s always a joy to visit your blog and watch your videos, Nina-Marie! You are an inspiration! The galaxy background you made is gorgeous!

  15. D.Ann C August 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Your smooshed galaxy background is just perf for these Encouraging Words!

  16. JaneenK August 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    how to videos are always welcome

  17. Karen Rice August 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    What incredible colors used on these cards–I love how you made two from one!

  18. Crystal Burns August 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for all the videos you do!

  19. Mary-Anne V August 7, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Wow I just adore your galaxy look! Amazing.

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