Salt Technique — Global Design Project 99

By | August 13, 2017

This week’s challenge for the Global Design Project is to create a wedding or anniversary card.  Click the photo below to go to that site and see the inspiring projects created by the designers, as well as the numerous entries so far.  You are sure to find lots of great ideas!

I just made a couple wedding and anniversary cards, so I decided to go a little non-traditional and make an anniversary card for my husband.  Our 27th anniversary is coming up in November.  We got married in Yosemite when the trees were turning gorgeous colors.  So, I immediately thought of the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies with all the beautiful leaf dies.

Update:  The design team pick my card as a Special Mention!!!

I kept this pretty simple (for me!!!  Ha!)  I cut out almost everything from watercolor paper, including the card front, which I adhered to a Thick Very Vanilla card base.  I used a technique I hadn’t used for a while, the salt technique.  It’s super easy and fun, and it comes out different every time.

The technique involves watercoloring your elements (in this case all the solid die cuts), and then while they are still nice a wet, sprinkle them with salt.  Then, put them aside and let them air dry.  The salt creates beautiful patterns in the watercoloring.

For the watercoloring, I used Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry inks.  I squeezed my ink pads to pool ink in the lids.  I painted one die cut at a time, by first covering the entire die with clear water from my Aqua Painter, and then I dipped my brush into two or three colors for each die.  For contrast, I used darker colors on the large leaves and lighter colors on the Stitched Shape Framelit and “love” sentiment.

When I initially placed the elements on the card, it looked like a big blob of color, so I added some Touches of Nature Elements to break it up.  I don’t know if you noticed this, but those elements are a natural wood on one side and white on the other.

To made the tag, I stamped the “you” from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set with Cajun Craze ink on watercolor paper.  Then, I used the Classic Label Punch to punch it out.  But, I wanted to make the label smaller, so I put it back into the punch as shown below to punch a “V” on each end.  Pretty cool!

Here’s a little closer view of the watercolored die cuts.  I love the variegated colors!!!!

My final addition was some 1/4″ Copper Trim.  I love, love, love this trim!!!  Because it’s metal, it’s easy to manipulate, and you can pull it apart for a cool tattered look.  It’s great for a masculine card.

Supplies used on my card:

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Have a wonderful and creative week!

2 thoughts on “Salt Technique — Global Design Project 99

  1. Fiona Siequien

    Such a beautiful card! In particular the autumnal colours. Well deserved of a special mention by GDP.


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