Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh‘s 2nd birthday celebration blog hop! If you came from the talented Yuki’s blog, you are right on track. This is a three day event with tons of inspiration, and I’m so excited to be part of this special event. Without further ado, here is what I came up with:


Since Valentine’s Day is coming, I couldn’t resist making a shaker card using sweet, yummy sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I love the hand peeking out from the side and dropping hearts inside the box. Isn’t it so cute?


I just realized that I also made a valentine shaker card for their first birthday celebration last year. Hehe… I created a Love Potion shaker card using Pocket Border Die at that time. Which one do you like?


To create a colorful background, I used the ink smooshing technique for the first time. It was challenging because I couldn’t control the ink colors moving, but I’m happy with how it turned out(after a few tries.)

Here is a process video showing you how I created my card. You can watch it here or in HD on YouTube.

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Sequin Shaker Card 

  1. Create a background on watercolor cardstock using ink smooshing technique and Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers. Then add some white ink splatters.
  2. Stamp the hand from Hats Off with black ink, color it with Copic markers, cut it out with scissors.
  3. Die cut the frame out of red cardstock using Scallop Frames die from Pretty Pink Posh and the hearts using Mini Hearts die set.
  4. Adhere the hand and hearts on the ink smoothed background using foam tape. Then cut a piece of acetate and glut it to the back of the frame.
  5. Fill up the frame window with heart die-cuts and sequins: Sweetheart Mix and Sparkling Clear Mix.
  6. Place the scallop frame over the watercolor background using foam tape.
  7. Heat emboss the sentiment from On My Mark with white embossing powder and popped it up on the card front using foam tape.


What is the Ink Smooshing Technique? 

It is a fun inking technique that can be used to achieve a watercolor look on your project. Simply transfer ink from an ink pad onto a piece of acetate and smoosh the acetate on your paper to add color.

To learn more about this gorgeous technique, check out the following videos: Colorful Ink Smooshing by Kristina Werner and Watercolor Smooshing by Betsy Veldman.


How to Get the Best Blending? 

  1. Spray enough water on your ink before picking up the colors with a piece of acetate.
  2. Don’t use complementary colors next to each other otherwise you will get muddy results.
  3. Don’t hesitate to go over and over again, if you want more intense colors.
  4. Let the water do the work. (It wasn’t easy for me to watch the water do the work, though.)

I’m not an expert at ink smooshing, but these are what I’ve learned from a couple of failed attempts. If you have any tips, please share yours in the comment below. Thanks in advance.



  • Pretty Pink Posh is giving away a Big Shot machine, two MISTIs and more during the festivities, along with prizes for those who comment during the blog hop. Don’t forget to lave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of the prizes.

Now it’s time to head on over to the amazing Lisa’s blog to see what creation she has to inspire you all. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy hopping!

198 thoughts on “Video: DIY Valentine’s Day Shaker Card using Ink Smooshing Technique + Giveaway

  1. How fun to include the hand on the shaker card! So playful! Those sequins make your card so inviting. This is my favorite card on the hop so far.

  2. Both cards are great – but so different. I love the bold color in this year’s card, but really like the love potion card, too. Glad I don’t have to pick just one!

  3. Ink smooshing – wow, great results with a process that requires faith and courage. I can see how you might have trouble “letting go”. I probably will too, but your result is so amazing that I’ve decided to give it a whirl! Thanks for sharing something new! Lovely!

  4. Wow that tie-dye card is super vibrant and fun! It definitely catches my eye! I like how the hearts match the colors of the background.

  5. Both cards are great, but I love the colors in your smooshed one! It’s a technique I haven’t tried yet, but I think I’ll give it a shot now!

  6. Oh my goodness your card is fantastic! Such a creative Valentines / shaker idea and your smooching ink background is perfect! Awesome Inspiration!!

  7. Love both cards and am in awe of how you made the love potion shaker.. I would never have thought of that! Amazing….

  8. these are darling cards. Love all of the colors in the backgrounds of the first card. The hand peeking into the card with the heart is a fun idea.
    showing the liquid in the beaker as off-balance was a great idea too.
    thanks for sharing some fun cards.

  9. I think your two cards have been my favorite yet!!!! I LOVE the first card, very clever. The second one I like a lot too, interested in purchasing that die set!

  10. Great cards but I think the Love Potion card is my favorite. I’m always looking for different ways to use my dies. Thanks for the idea! 😀

  11. I want to try this smooshing technique, too. Yours came out so nice! Love the hand peeking in to drop in some hearts, cute!

  12. Wow! What a fabulous card with that ink smooshed background! I so appreciated your tips on how to achieve that look and just “let the water work.” I will have to give that a try as that has truly been one of the hardest things for me to achieve.

  13. Two delightful shaker cards! I’ve had no success with smooshing, but your video has given me incentive to try yet one more time. Fingers crossed. Your creativity and PPP products: magic!

  14. Two wonderful shaker cards! I love the results of the ink smooshing. So bright and vibrant! Your instructions and tips are a helpful addition. Thank you!

  15. continue on with the smooshing, it works great for you!!! I just wanted you to know that I really appreciate that you make the videos! I know it takes a lot of time, but seriously, I totally appreciate it, just like I know how much other’s appreciate it too!! Just a really CUUUUUUUUUUTE card!

  16. Wow, wow, wow! Such great ideas and techniques, May! I will have to try the smooshing technique. And great choice of sequins. Thanks so much for participating in this great event! So fun! Keep up the good work!

  17. I love love love these shaker cards, I’ve always wanted to try them so maybe I’ll try to make some valentine shakers as well 🙂

  18. Your background is wonderful! Love the bright and vivid colors you used. Both shaker cards are so nice, but I think the 1st card with the ink smooshed background is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I’m just in love with the shaker card with the hand dropping the hearts. I have to try the smooching technique. Thank you so much for the video. Just the sweetest!!!

  20. Fantastic cards! I really love the bold colors in the first one and the creative shaker on the second. Thanks for the inspiration.

  21. Cute, cute Valentine Cards. I especially liked how you incorporated sequins and cardstock hearts to your shaker card.

  22. The multicolored hearts in the shaker are so fun! I really like the idea of adding something other than sequins to add more texture and break it up a bit…although I LOVE sequins and glitter 🙂

  23. Amazing colors on your smooshed background! I have not tried this technique yet, but I really want to. Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Wow! You are so creative when it comes to card making! I love what you did with the sequins in such a creative way!

  25. Adorable shakers! Love the background coloring on the first one. The second has such a fun design. Love them both ♥

  26. Love your cards, totally fun! That is a cool technique and I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing it and great cards! TFS!

  27. Fabtabulous card… love the bright colours… hand dropping and all Thanks for sharing on PPPBirthday Hop

  28. Both are wonderful but I just adore the first – everything about that completely appeals to me. The colours and awesome background is perfection. Thank you for sharing your beautiful inspiration with us and for the blog hop Karen x

  29. Your smoothing looks terrific. You’re already a pro! Love your bold, vibrant colors on this shaker card!

  30. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS tutorial and SERIOUSLY AWESOME {{{new}}} card May!!!
    LOVE the scalloped frame, LOVE the vibrant colours, LOVE the CUTE hand holding the heart, LOVE the mix of die cut hearts & sequins … YES, I LOVE IT ALL – THANK YOU for sharing and INSPIRING me – I’ve got lot’s I NEED to try now 🙂
    PS – LOVE last year’s shaker too … you can’t fight chemistry when it comes to love!!!

  31. This card was so out of the box with the neon colors in the background and the vibrant sequins. It just popped off the page. Great job.

  32. I had to laugh when you mentioned about not being able to control the colour with the Ink Smooshing. I had the same problem too but once I let go and let the process just happen, it was so much more fun!! An amazing card May, those colours are so bright! And I do remember your shaker card from last year, PPP sequins just call out to be made into shakers I think!

  33. May, I LOVE your quirky Valentine’s Day card! That hand dropping the hearts is just so funny. 🙂 Great job on the ink smooshing, and thank you for the tips. I’m no expert, either, but from the perspective of a former artist (painter-type), your tips are spot-on. Tfs! ~ Andrea

  34. Wow! Awesome background!
    What a fun shaker!
    I remember your love potion shaker from last year-very creative 🙂

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