Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Splitcoast Product Review: Smooch Accent Ink

The Splitcoast Product Focus team has been playing with Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink this week - this is a fun and versatile product from our friends at Clearsnap! (By the way - if you represent a company and you have a craft product (anything!) that you'd like our team to test and review for the paper crafting community - let me know!)

There are several products in the Smooch line - these pearlized accent inks are designed to add shiny, shimmery accents to your paper projects. They're designed with an applicator in the cap, and that whimsical lid becomes a very effective handle when it's removed from the bottle. 

The applicator is a small pointed spongy nib, not a brush. The tip is great for dots and details, and you can see that it holds quite a bit of product! There are 32 colors in all.

I shared this project a couple of weeks ago - I dotted Moonlight Smooch around the sparklers, and also coated each of the frosting layers with it - I love that the white is transparent enough to see my watercolor shading underneath. Moonlight was my favorite of the colors I was sent!

I wanted to push the product beyond the obvious "accent ink" application, so I tried a few different things - some worked and some didn't. :) I used a marbling technique on the next background - that technique can be found here. I didn't get a very vibrant color on any of my marbled backgrounds - not sure if that's something that would be improved with different papers... anyway, this was my favorite.

I was also able to get a marbled effect by "floating" the inks on my Gelli Plate, so that's something to try too, if you're inspired. I used watercolors to paint the rainbow and unicorn, but also highlighted them with more Smooch to add a little sparkle. (This stamp set is from Butterfly Reflections Ink - it's one of their exclusive collab sets! So cute.)
This card is another combination of techniques - the background is one of my marbling experiments, and the die cut is covered with Moonlight Smooch, with a few gold accents.

Not sure if you can see the shimmer on the die cut here, but it's very fun in person!

Smooch is water-based, so my next experiment was to dilute it on a craft sheet to watercolor with it. The green layer of my background above is a pearlescent wash. When that was dry, I popped the ringed stamp onto my MISTI and applied Smooch directly to the stamp. I misted it and stamped a couple of impressions for a soft, shimmery look.

 I used Smooch to customize this metal charm, and was happy to see the product adhering well to the metal. There's a layer of Colorique Sealant on the charm to keep the color in place.

 Overall, this was a fun product that I'll be using again - come over to the Product Focus page to see more projects and read our team reviews!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I absolutely love the kids birthday border die can you share a link to it? Your creativity is amazing thanks for all the inspiration!

  2. Thanks so much! Here's that die: