Smooshed Inks Backgrounds

Welcome to #12 in the Background Noise Series, for this challenge you’ll be needing your inks to make lovely multicoloured inky backgrounds, for these backgrounds I used Posh Inks for this but dont panic if you dont have them as you can use dye reinkers instead.

I actually found these instructions on my computer which I wrote a couple of years ago along with the scans of the background art too! So I figured I might as well share them and use them for a challenge 🙂

Smooshed Inks Backgrounds

Posh Impressions Rainbow inks a favourite of mine, simply because the ranges of colours available are so vibrant and full of life!

I love making these backgrounds because they are so random and you never know how they are going to turn out, better still each background you create is totally unique and different! Heres how to do it…


  • Posh Impressions Rainbow Inks (I used Floral Brights Set)
  • Glossy Accents Medium (Ranger) –

If you don’t have glossy accents you can use the following alternatives:
Diamond Glaze or Dimensional Magic or Anitas Brand

  • 2 A4 sheets of Acetate (or plastic office folder, unprinted transparancy sheet etc)
  • A5 Sheets Glossy Card Stock
  • Clean Un-inked Rubber Brayer
  • Newspaper (to protect work surface)


  1. Place 1 sheet of A4 acetate onto your work surface, in the centre of the acetate place a pool of glossy accents medium approx the size of a 2 pence piece.

  1. Take approx 2-3 different colours rainbow inks, drop the inks randomly across the centre of the acetate near the pool of glossy accents glue, try and create small gaps between the different colours so that they don’t blend together (yet).

Examples of colour combinations which work well together: blue, purple and pink, – green, yellow and orange, – red, purple and pink, – red, yellow and purple.

  1. Place the other sheet of acetate on top of the acetate with the inks and glossy accents and press them both together.

  1. Use the rubber brayer to spread the inks and glossy accents the surface of the acetate.

The glossy accents acts as a binding medium which both waters down the inks and also helps them blend together more freely.

  1. Remove top piece of acetate from the bottom piece and set it aside for a second.

  1. Take 2 sheets of glossy card stock, and place them back to back so that the gloss surface of the card faces outwards.

  1. Place these 2 pieces of card onto the inky acetate sheet on the work surface, and then place the other top sheet of acetate over the top to make an inky ‘sandwich’.

  1. Pick up the brayer and rub it across the acetate, moving it in various directions, you cant see where the inks are at this point so go over the entire surface for good even coverage.

  1. Remove the top sheet of acetate, and then separate all the pieces of card and acetate from one another, you now have 2 sheets of glossy card with a lovely smooshed background and 2 sheets of smooshed acetate too!

Set all pieces aside to air dry naturally, once dry you will notice how the glossy accents medium has dried into a raised dimensional finish giving the posh impressions inks a lovely textural smoosh inked background effect.

You are now ready to use your background in your projects!

Background Samples Below: