FMS255 Finger Painting with Ink!

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I’m featuring a card that I designed for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Our beautiful and very talented Artisan, Amy O’Neill, created a wonderfully clean and simple sketch for us to start with.  I really enjoyed working with this sketch; it caused the ideas to really flow!

My card features a technique that I recently saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog… creating beautiful water color backgrounds by finger painting with ink (actually, it amounts to sponge daubing, but you use your fingertips).  This technique is WONDERFUL for those of use that have a difficult time with water coloring, and it’s so much fun.  Jennifer mentions the staining on fingers, but like she says, it eventually wears off.  I loved that, and I’m a get-your-fingers-inky person, but you could use gloves if you’re squeamish.  🙂


The process starts by heat embossing the flourish from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set with white embossing powder.  I thin used a gummy product (Rubber Cement works well, too, but use a finer brush than what comes with the product) to cover any areas that you want to remain white, as I did on the flowers and leaves. To prepared my ink colors (Pool Party, Marina Mist and Dapper Denim) I “stamped” my ink pad on a craft sheet and spritzed with water, stirred and began “daubing” the applied with fingers.  I found an old Smooch Spritz that looks like a pearlized gray and added more dabs, again with my fingers.


After rubbing off the gummy stuff, I colored the leaves and flower petals with water color pencils and added Wink of Stella.  The little dots are 1) White Gel Pen and 2) Black Glitter Embossing Powder.  The Thank You die is a clean and simple way to add a sentiment “banner”;  this was cut in Basic Black, and then well-coated with Wink of Stella.


I hope you enjoyed my card and that you’ll go visit Freshly Made Sketches to see what Amy and the rest of our “Clean Team” have designed to inspire you.  We invite you to play along with us this week!

Happy stamping!

P.S.  Less than 24 hours later and my fingers are ink-free!  😉

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  1. Kim S

    Such a stunning background. LOVE the way the image pops in white!

  2. Narelle Farrugia

    I need to learn this technique! It gives a totally wonderful effect Cindy (as it’s bound to look better than my normal pathetic attempts at water colouring!)

  3. Cécile R

    Wow, what an amazing technique ! The result is absolutely fabulous and so artsy !

  4. Barb

    Whoa Cindy, your background is spectacular and creative! Such depth and then the sparkly sentiment totally makes this a showcase card.

  5. Robin Feicht

    Beautiful watercolor background!

  6. Jen Brum

    Oh wow! This card is so beautiful and that background is amazing!!! Love that sparkly sentiment! So pretty! Glad the fingers are ink free! Caleb drew on his arm with something last week and we still can’t get it off!!!!

  7. KarrenJ

    This is so gorgeous and you’ve done a wonderful job with this technique! As an aside, I’ve found that shampooing my hair is really good at getting ink off my fingers!

  8. Jen Mitchell

    How very Van Gogh of you! This is absolutely amazing! The moody background, the embossed leafy flourish, and the glittery sentiment are all fabulous! Bravo!

  9. Linda Callahan

    Wow…..you are a true artist girl! This is gorgeous! Love that background! Grown up finger painting….love it!

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