Hey, glad you’re here! I’ve got a simple tutorial for you, using watercolor and salt. Come see how easy this is!
I’m working on watercolor paper today, because this technique uses quite a bit of water. I misted the paper front and back with water before I laid it on my Ranger craft mat. Then I pressed my Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink pad onto my craft mat, and misted it with water, as well. Instant paint! If you have watercolor, that would work great, too. I used a large paintbrush to cover the entire surface of my paper.
Before the water and paint dry, sprinkle the paper with salt. I used kosher salt, because the grains are larger, but table salt would work fine. Set the panel aside to dry, or use a heat tool if you’re impatient!
For the second panel, I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. It was too light, so I dropped a dot of reinker onto the craft mat, and added it to the paper with my paintbrush. Much better!
I sprinked it with salt, and misted the panel with water once more. This gives it a softer look.
After the panels dried, I die cut them both with Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp. I love the icy look of the panel on the left!
I placed the panel in my stamp positioner and reached for the Snowflakes stamp set by Inkadinkado. If you don’t have this stamp set, use any snowflake stamps you have. You can see I’m only stamping on the top left corner of the panel. I stamped it in Versamark ink, and heat embossed it in white. It’s important to stamp it twice on watercolor paper to get a crisp image, which makes a stamp positioner very handy.
Next I turned the paper 180 degrees, and now I can stamp the opposite corner with no extra work. If you’re making multiple cards, stamp positioners are your best friend!
I stamped a sentiment from the Thankful Heart stamp set by Simon Says Stamp, and heat embossed it in white. Then I attached the panels to my card bases with liquid glue. I added adhesive gems to the center of some of the snowflakes, and my cards are done!
Update: I’m having tons of fun making these backgrounds. I made a few before bed, and let them dry overnight. When I woke up, I was so excited about the gorgeous backgrounds – it felt like Christmas! So, I turned them into Christmas cards, using the same supplies as before. You can use whatever stamps you have.
For this card, I used the same idea as I did here, but I used the Winterhaven dies by Catherine Pooler.
And for this final card, I used the Joy Wreath die by Catherine Pooler. I die cut the wreath from the center of the panel, plus white cardstock and vellum. I inlaid the white wreath into the die cut, and glued the vellum wreath over the blue one. Then I offset the blue wreath over the white, and attached it with liquid glue. I added lots of adhesive gems over the berries for a final touch.