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



396 Responses

  1. Tracy F says:

    Beautiful card! I love the background and your video really helped me to understand how it was made. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful card.

  2. cindym says:

    love your idea for using watercolor for smooshing

  3. Ruth Meder says:

    Just gorgeous!

  4. Sabrina Radican says:

    Cute cards!!

  5. Melissa B. says:

    Great cards, awesome that you can do double duty with the card pieces! Oh, and the colors for the space is perfect! I love the purple instead of black.

  6. Super Stick Chick says:

    Wonderful cards, love all your fun details.

  7. Patricia Wilson says:

    I love that “smooshing”. When you first did it, I thought of marble. Very interesting and pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lisa Relova says:

    Thank you for sharing that technique! It is brilliant! Love your cards :D

  9. Mary Vela says:

    Sooo beautiful!

  10. Sophie F says:

    That watercolor background is stunning – thank you for sharing!!! :)

  11. Cindy says:

    Loving the star theme. I’ve recently made some as well. Yours looks great!!

  12. Lisa T says:

    Stunning background, the colours are so so vibrant and perfect for the galaxy. And that word die cut is so delicate you would think it would get lost, but it doesn’t! Beautiful !

  13. Ishani says:

    Wow.. out of the world it is.. lovely galaxy background..I am gonna try this!

  14. Patti Galmarini says:

    Love your cards and thank you for the video!!!

  15. Arianna Barbara says:

    “Encouraging Words”

    I’m in love for your adorable and stunning cards!!! <3

  16. Ann Eslinger says:

    BEAUTIFUL background! I love it

  17. Juni Nez says:

    What an awesome card. great techniques.

  18. Sheri K says:

    Great technique, smooshing with water color. Love it!

  19. Beautifully done. TFS!

  20. Lindsey-NY says:

    What wonderful ideas. Thanks for the video.

  21. lisa says:

    Wonderful video and beautiful card

  22. Heather Nelson says:

    Love the new “Encouraging Words” release! Your galaxy background is stunning! I love the way you used your extra pieces for a second card!

  23. Steffi H. says:

    This sky is just heaven to me. Thanks for showing the helpful Video. I really have to try more ot These Backgrounds. Maybe some day mine will look almost half as good as yours.

  24. This is so pretty. The sparkly letters really stand out.

  25. SQUEAL!! SUPER SUPER SUPER AWESOME Release and Inspiration!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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