Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Salted Christmas

Hi everyone.  I'm having some more fun playing with watercolour and salt.  I used Brushos for this background, adding kosher salt and letting it air dry.  I love the bursts that the salt creates.

I'm adding these to the CAS Watercolour gallery.  The challenge this month is "salt".


I actually did two pieces, the one above with deep blues and purple, and another with turquoise and blue.  I cut both pieces in half to create four backgrounds and then made them into the same design.  Great way to create four quick and easy Christmas cards. :)

Here's a picture of the turquoise one ...

I hope you'll join us at CAS Watercolour for this fun challenge.







Stamps:  Season's Gifts (Penny Black)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed media panel (Strathmore 140 lb.); Silver foil (SU!)
Ink:  Brushos:  Turquoise, Purple, Ultra Marine; Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, kosher salt, Curves Border die (AliExpress), Holly Jolly (stitched tree) die (Lil' Inkers), Holiday Shapes (star) die (Simon Says Stamp), Silver embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour August Challenge - Salt

28 comments:

Sue said...

Gorgeous effect with the watercolour and salt, Loll!

Mac Mable said...

Gorgeous colours on both of your fabulous cards. The salt effect is so unique. Love the white die cuts against those glorious backgrounds x

JosieD said...

Love the look of these cards....plus they seem quick and easy to do and 4 at a time...purr-fect!

Linda said...

Gorgeous results again Loll .... love the colours of blue xx

HJ said...

Love this card with the beautiful background. The blue is perfect.

MaryH said...

Love both of these colorways. Think I might find the darker contrast my fav though! Beautiful TFS &Hugs

Nancy Stislow said...

The backgrounds turned out beautiful using the salt. Love the clean and crisp design with the white tree in contrast to your rich colors! Great idea for four quick cards too. Can't do Christmas cards fast enough.

nancy littrell said...

So sweet and beautiful with your Brushos and salt sky backgrounds, Loll. I may be CASE'ing your CAS design:-) TFS my friend. Hugs...

Darnell said...

Both of your salty backgrounds look stunning against all that snowy white, Lolly! I can't wait to try salting when we get home! I did that cut-into-fours approach when I did your tissue-paper technique and think I'll be doing it a lot in the future! Hope you're feeling better! Hugs, Dolly

Bonnie said...

My first thought was what a beautiful, rich blue! But then I saw the turquoise and that is equally as pretty! Beautifully thought out and put together!

Sheila H said...

Gorgeous!

Susan said...

Love both colour versions! Great layout too - love the stitched tree and snow!

Christine Alexander said...

Both colours are so pretty, I'm really making note of the multiple card tip. I need so many Christmas cards :)

Aquarius said...

The salt does create some beautiful results and all different of course. A great layout for Christmas cards most of which need to be fairly quick to produce if you need lots.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love that deep, rich blue Loll my friend! The salt has made it look like a snowy sky! The crisp white against it really pops! LOVE it! Have a great day! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Izzy Scrap said...

Absolutely stunning Loll! I really love the effect of the salt on your Brushos background! I have to try it ! And these blues are fantastic and so beautifully highlighted with your fabulous white design ! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring! x

Anita in France said...

Simply gorgeous, Loll ... the sense of dimension created in the background from the salt is brilliant ... and those rich blues are fabulous with the crisp frosty white! Hugs, Anita :)

Jeanne said...

The effect of the salt is so neat, Loll! You've created some beautiful cards. I just love the crispness of the white against that wonderful background. Thanks for the tip to get four cards! Awesome! Hugs!

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful cards Loll and now that I think I've got the hang of using salt, I will definitely be using this technique again and again...love the look!! :0)

Susanne Vargas said...

This technique makes great frosty backgrounds, perfect for your snow covered hills and trees! How awesome that you were able to make four cards at once because Christmas is coming closer (and I should get my act together...)!

Karen Knott said...

Absolutely stunning cards, the list of new techniques to try gets longer every time I visit your blog...not that I'm complaining they are wonderful. When I get my act together and actually try some of those on the list (planning the tissue one first) I will definitely be stealing your idea for cutting a background into 4 as I desperately need to up my christmas card production ;)
Keep the wonderful inspiration coming !
Hugs Kaz xx

Maxine D said...

Wonderful cards Loll - those salt backgrounds are fascinating - I must have another 'go' - it's years since I used that technique.
Blessings
Maxine

Ros Crawford said...

Oh my gosh it's beautiful! I'll definitely be doing this technique again

Cheryl S said...

Beautiful cards! Love the backgrounds and how they pop on all the white.

Gail Townsend said...

Beautiful card, love the salt background, think I need to get my inks out and get messy. Gail xx

Karen D. said...

very sweet card...love your salt results.
xx Karen

Bożena Adamusińska said...

I love the contrast between the white tree and the snow and this amazing color background on both cards. Salt did a great job of grouping the color. And I'm talking a tree of such soft shapes. Wonderful cards.
Hugs,
BożenA

Papercraft Boutique said...

Very sweet & uplifting snowy scenes, Loll! The salt effects really look like snowfall. I love both blue backgrounds! Hideko