Stamplorations Love Always Card with Salt Colored background

Hi there! Welcome back to another crafty whim! This time I’m experimenting with a ‘digi’ and watercoloring with salt. Because a printed ‘digi’ (digital image) from my printer often smears, I decided to do the background FIRST and then print on top of it. I really wanted to play with this nifty technique I’d seen on Betsy Veldman’s blog (HERE). She had a cool variation of the salt technique — where you sprinkle salt on your watercolor and let it dry for some interesting patterns. She COLORED her salt and sprinkled it around for some really cool effects! I especially liked her aqua border with flowers, so decided to try something similar. I guestimated where the orchid and lily would fall and tried to get the yellows and pinks more in those areas. Since I wasn’t going to do much until I was sure I could get similar results, I colored up 1/4-1/2 tsp of coarse salt.

The handiest colors I had on hand were distress inks and spray stains. It only took 2 drops of the ink, but about 6 of the spray stain to color up the salt. I didn’t have a purple, so mixed Mermaid Lagoon with Abandoned Coral until I got the color I wanted. By the time I sprinkled my salt down, the paper was dryer than I’d’ve liked, so I gently spritzed a bit of water across the top. Let dry and brushed off the salt:

Sherry Russ at Stamplorations kindly made available these lovely free digis over on their blog (HERE):

You know I rarely use digis, but I decided to give this lovely one a whirl. First, I had to size the digi. Another reminder of why I prefer stamps. Sure you can resize digis easier, but getting them exactly right is a bit of trial and error (for ME, at least!)

Not bad, but I thought it could use a little more. When Betsy was done with the salt, she went back and added some more watercolor. I was afraid to re-wet the surface as these were distress inks and would react with the water, so I chose to use some Copic markers to make the leaves and a few details stand out, then added a bit of sparkle…

In the end, it turned out nifty, but not near as cool as Betsy’s projects. Some day I will have to come back and revisit this, experimenting with different watercolors and inks.

Supplies used:

  • Stamplorations framed Love Always digi (Free HERE)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock
  • Yasutomo Metallic Watercolors
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – fossilized amber
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain – abandoned coral & mermaid lagoon
  • Costco Kirkland Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • Copic markers: C3; G24, 82; RV17; V6; YG17, 61; YR2, 4
  • Spectrum Noir by Crafter’s Companion Sparkle pen – clear
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

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Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your comments!

~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 4 – Speed Cardmaking: Fabulous Watercolor Card

Well, we’ve come to the final event of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics: Event 4 – Speed Cardmaking.

  

This one was the most challenging for me as it usually takes me half a day or more to make a card. I read in Stephanie’s interview that she recommended having all the supplies ready. Based on how I did, I reckon that must be more than half my time battle. I usually color backgrounds like this with great care, but chose watercolor since you can pretty much slap color anywhere and it’ll look cool. lol! The most time consuming part of this was getting the little bits of the negative die cut back in place. Still I slid in in record time (for me, anyway) at 19:13! You can just barely see the gold shimmer in the outlines.

The inside says: That’s what you are… no time left for a pic. lol!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Floral Fantasy Background & Simply Fabulous Sayings stamps (inside)
  • My Favorite Things Absolutely Fabulous dies
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail gold embossing powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Worn Lipstick & Wilted Violet
  • Coredinations white cardstock & Parisian nights pink card
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

 

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

I’m happy to have been able to participate in all the events in this fun Creative Olympics! Thanks for all of your kind comments and support! Until next time…

~D.Ann

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With a Friend In the Garden – Art Impressions Cat Card

Well, the Cat Lovers Hop is purring right along and today finds us reaching the half-way point already!

My first card for today happens to use the prize set that Art Impressions is offering some fortunate hopper over on HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com: With a Friend. You can see the details over on the main hop page HERE.

Isn’t that scene just DARLING?!! It goes well with the current Art Impressions challenge: Stamp a Scene!

I embossed the stamp on the sweet Spellbinders shaped card base, then, to make the scene stand out, I stamped it again onto white cardstock and watercolored the image. When done, I popped it up with a couple of foam sheets and ran a black Sharpie across the edges BEFORE taping it down to the base.

It looks really cool in real life popped up like that! The sweet words say: “In the Garden with a friend is the best Place to be.” Awww! I’m sure they would’ve said ‘snoozing with a friend’ if they’d’ve had room! : )

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions: With a Friend Window stamp
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels One
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – Black
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Marvy Uchida Le Plume II pens – 2,5,8,12,15,37,75,77,87,90,97
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Carnation Pink & Gloss Dandelion Yellos
  • Core’dinations 110# paper: White and Ballerina pink
  • Fibre Creaft Creative Hands Peel & Stick foam sheets
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on them for all the details.

~D.Ann

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