Wednesday, August 02, 2017

CAS Watercolour August Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt.  Bonnie has come up with a great challenge.  There are a few different ways to use salt when watercolouring.  Check out the challenge blog post to find some video tutorials ... and then come play along.

For the card above, I used mixed media paper and brushos (orange, terracotta and rose red) for colouring my paper.  I sprinkled salt over top and let the card front air dry.  Then I brushed off the salt to reveal the artsy background above.

I die-cut these beautiful flower stems with a penny black die that I received as a gift from my dear friend, Bonnie!  This is called "Shall we dance" ... the flowers really do look like they are dancing.  I used Brushos again to colour the die-cuts (cut from more mixed media paper).  This time I used just a little Terracotta and lots of Rose Red so the colours are deeper than the background.

I popped up a simple white frame over my background and tucked the stems under the frame to secure them, along with a few small drops of glue.  I stamped my sentiment in Barn Door distress ink ... it matches pretty well, I think.  And for the final detail, I added some Crystal Clear YNS Gumdrops to the center of each flower. They are glittery, but it doesn't really show in the photos.

We are excited to have Ros (Mikey's Mom) as our Guest Designer this month. Please check out the challenge blog to see the CAS watercoloured salt cards from Ros and our amazing Design Team.

I hope you'll come play along!






Stamps:  Sentiment - Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); White (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Brushos:  orange, terracotta, rose red; Distress Ink:  Barn Door (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, kosher salt, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Shall we Dance die (Penny Black), Crystal Clear Gumdrops (Your Next Stamp)

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt

28 comments:

Liz said...

Brilliant card, super design. I love the effect of the salt on the background. xx

Mac Mable said...

Love that background with the salt, as it looks like more flowers have bloomed. Another great technique for me to learn. Great colours and love how you've stamped the sentiment in the barn door too. Gorgeous card x

nancy littrell said...

Loll, I Love your Gorgeous salt background using your Brushos and salt. I love the color. Adding your die cut and painted flowers with a deeper more red shade of ink is the perfect contrast. Your sentiment and gumdrops are a wonderful final addition. TFS my friend. Hugs

Daffodil Cards said...

How VERY VERY pretty, a beautiful background.
Faith
x

Susan said...

Loll, you achieved wonderful blooms of colour on your salted background! Perfect with the deeper red flowers over top - and yes, the Barn Door ink is a perfect match for the sentiment. A beautiful card!

Christine Alexander said...

OMG your salt crystal effect is gorgeous. I'll have to try with mixed media paper to see if there's a difference. Love the reds and pinks :)

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Your watercolor background with salt looks WOW! I love how the color has gathered around the crystals of salt creating these unique spots. Beautiful colors, adding flowers in the same tone makes the card very elegant!
Hugs, my Friend.
BożenA xoxo

Bonnie said...

What a fantastic background, my friend! I love the way the kosher salt reacted to the Brusho watercolor! And those flowers are so rich looking against the background and the white frame!

HJ said...

Stunning, Loll. I have been admiring your watercoloring, but using salt today's card is just stunning!! Love it. Enjoy your day!

Nancy Stislow said...

I love seeing your work with color and this is no exception. What a rich, saturated color you achieved and love that the blossoms are a shade deeper. I'm also amazed that you were able to stamp so perfectly with distress inks. I have not been able to get that clarity that you achieved on your sentiment Of course that could be because my pads are 6-7 years old.

Aquarius said...

This is gorgeous - love the unpredictability of the salt technique

akmoose said...

Loll, I love the red in your card. That is a color I have such a hard time working in. Yours is beautiful!

Maxine D said...

Oh Loll you never cease to amaze me with your eye for colour and detail - this is stunning with the red die cut over the 'artzy' background.
Blessings
Maxine

Linda said...

WOW! What a gorgeous effect from the salt and I love the colour. The flowers look pretty too xx

Ros Crawford said...

This is really gorgeous! Fabulous effect and superb colours! Thanks so much for having me with you this month!

Jeanne said...

Fascinating background, Loll. I love it! Amazing that it was created using salt. I adore the colors you chose for this card. Bright, bold and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

Karen D. said...

love the colour...love love your results with the salt...amazing looking card mf
xx Karen

Anita in France said...

What a beautiful background, Loll ... with such an awesome sense of depth ... those dancing blooms are gorgeous against it! Hugs, Anita :)

JosieD said...

Beautiful card, Loll. Love the colors, the salt effect and that die (which I have and enjoy using).

Trina P. said...

Another gorgeous Beaty. loll. Love your colours.

Susanne Vargas said...

Very cool effect you achieved with salt! Looks fabulous!

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous card, Loll! I love the effects of the Kosher salt with Brushos and your color palette is so pretty...Love your blooms, too! I can't wait to try it out and play along :)

Marcia HIll said...

Such a pretty background Loll and I love the colors too...oranges and reds really do mix well! Love the look salt gives too...can't wait to play around with this!! And of course the red flowers are absolutely GORGEOUS! Lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

Papercraft Boutique said...

Such a gorgeous card, Loll! Your salt effect is amazing!! I love how the shades of reds/oranges mix - so dreamy and beautiful. Hideko

Robyn Oliver said...

A fabulous card Loll, super cool the effects of the salt - love your vibrant colours and the dyed die cuts.

wienerhoneymooners said...

So fantastic Loll!!!! Your team has really brought the creativity and talent, as well as wonderfully stopping by to say hello!!! Just making my weekend!!

Julia Aston said...

I love the look of your background Loll! like little blossoms bursting forth!

Pat said...

The salt has left wonderful patterns here Loll and love the matching red die cut flowers and sentiment, so sweet and pretty. x