Recently, I needed a sympathy and decided to try ink smooshing for the background. I had seen this technique recently on this blog. I didn't remember exactly how it was done, so I just put distress ink on a piece of acetate, spritzed it with water and placed watercolor paper on top and peeled it off. In case you're tempted, don't use regular cardstock for this. I tried that first and had a big fail. After the background was dry, I stamped the image and sentiment onto background with Versafine Smokey Gray ink. I cut it out with a die and added a frame, then mounted it on white card base.