It probably goes without saying at this point, that I enjoy creating backgrounds with which to build my card creations.
The "salt technique" is used in canvas painting and I thought I'd adopt it into card making.
You can use water color paper, but I'm not a fan of the texture of watercolor paper so I use regular card stock but "seal" it with watercolor primer (Cosmic Shimmer #CSWCPR01).
Using the Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor paints and a broad brush, I cover the paper as needed for my card project.
I spray a fine mist of water over the painted surface then I use large chunky salt and grind it to cover the surface. The more salt the more color is removed during the drying process. Interesting observation when I went about this technique, the regular grind table salt, which is a fine grind, is the image on the left and I have some big chunky kosher salt that I grind and that's on the right. For my purposes I like the chunky salt finished product.
You need to let this dry on its own overnight. I tried hurrying the process with a heat gun and it doesn't pull out enough color. So do your paper and give it at least 8 hours to finish it's process.
This was the first sheet I did. I didn't take a picture before I cut out my dies, and was just playing with it and really didn't expect it to turn into something I'd use. But as soon as I saw it, I knew what I could use it for.
We had this lilac (Dee's Distinctively IME 144) die at work and this purple shade and technique was the perfect fit for this die.
I had some left over from the purple and made this little bouquet for this other card
I like the green and saw a need for that for this card.
Of course, watercolor background sky on this card!! I used the same paints to do that sky but cut a stencil out of a "starry night" die from Sue Wilson (CED3084)
As always, if you have any questions on any of the card designs I use in this blog, please feel free to add a comment and I will get back to you with any information you desire.
- Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor Primer (CSWCPR01)
- Cosmic Shimmer Watercolor Pallet, Carnival Brights (CSWCP02)
- Dee's Distinctively Lilac (IME144)
- Joy! Crafts Lilac Bow (60020541)
- Creative Expressions Starry Nights (CED3084)
- Paper used for both the purple cards is Joy! Crafts Lavender (60110383)
Until next time,