Friday, March 14, 2014

Saltwater Ink Technique

Hello ~ I'm happy to report we didn't get anymore snow... but it is super windy here, but it's better than snow!

I have a lovely card technique for you today. It's called 'Saltwater Ink' technique, well that's what I call it anyways. You will need a piece of watercolour paper, using an aquapainter or paintbrush wet your paper considerably, add several drops of re-inker (I used Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit and Coastal Cabana) around you paper.

Next, use your brush to move the ink where you'd like the coverage... I wanted the whole piece covered. I like how the yellow and blue made a nice green. You then add salt (I used sea salt) to the wet areas - allow to dry and the like magic the salt will absorb the wetness and take some of the colour away and create a cool pattern for your background.

I was having so much fun with the re-inkers, I added some Island Indigo randomly to my Whisper White Baker's Twine too tie in the Island Indigo a bit more! My hands were covered in ink once I was finished playing with my re-inkers... at least people know what I've been up to! I used a mat of Coastal Cabana and layered it onto my Summer Starfruit card base. This technique is easy and gives a stunning final result and the best part is that no two cards or projects will be exactly alike. I purposely kept my card embellishments on the simpler side to showcase the nice colours in from the Salt-water technique!

For this card I used Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie ink refills, I cut one of the Hexagon Hive diecuts in Crushed Curry and matted overtop of my watercolour paper. I used the same 3 colours and stamped and punched 9 Petite Petals flowers and attached to the solid spaces on the Hexagon Hive. The bold colours are really quite striking!
This next card uses a different take on the Saltwater ink technique. I still did the same technique, but this time I punched out the flower images from the watercolour paper with the Salt technique applied.
 Here is yet another way to use this fun and easy technique... I randomly added drops of re-inker (in Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding), layered onto Basic Black, diecut a frame with the 'On Film' framelits, and added a cute fox from the 'Life in the Forest' set just because he's so stinkin' cute!! It adds a fun background, with some nice pops of colour!!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Just Sayin' [wood: 133200 - $32.95; clear: 133203 - $22.95]
Word Bubble Framelits [132968 - $30.95]
Life in the Forest [wood: 133848 - $25.95; clear: 133851 - $19.95]
Petite Petals [wood: 133152 - $19.95; clear: 133155 - $14.95]
Petite Petals Punch [133322 - $15.95]
Sassy Salutations [wood:
Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die [132965 - $30.95]
Banners Framelits Dies [132173 - $32.95]
Perfect Pennants [wood: 133227 - $36.95; clear: 133230 - $26.95]
Yippee Skippee! [wood: 131341 - $22.95; clear: 131344 - $17.95]
Watercolour Paper [122959 - $5.95]
Starburse Framelits Dies [132967 - $32.95]
1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon [Summer Starfruit: 132980 - $12.50]
Baker's Twine [Whisper White: 124262 - $3.95]

There are many more ways in which you can use this effect for your paper crafting projects. I hope you try this fun technique for yourself - happy stamping :)

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