A few of my favorite challenges inspired this handcrafted thank you card. When I saw a challenge that was for Living Things with Wings, I knew I wanted to use this great stamp set. The dragonfly stamp I used on this card is made up of birds. What better stamp for a things with wings or things that fly challenge? Then, I came across a YouTube video for using salt with water coloring and the rest is history. Once I find the video again, I will add a link. It is a really great technique!
To begin, I taped some water color paper down to my craft mat. Next, I put green, teal and blue Distress Inks form Ranger onto an acrylic block. Then, I spritz the block with water using my Mister, also from Ranger, a few times. Next, I pressed the inked side of the block down onto some water color paper. I used a straw to blow the really wet areas around a bit more. Then, I sprinkled coarse salt onto the wet paper. Finally, once the ink had dried, I brushed the salt off into the trash. The salt absorbs some of the ink giving the background a really neat finish.
The Stamped Image
I used a stamp set that I absolutely love! All of the images in this stamp are collages of smaller images that make up a larger shape. It is from Inkadinkado. This dragonfly is made up three birds. I stamped the image using Black Staz On Ink. Then, I used Black Onyx and White Opal Liquid Pearls in a few places to add extra dimension. I just love how this turned out!
The Completed Card
To assemble the card, I started with a 6 1/2″ x 5″ black card blank. Then, I taped a piece of white shimmer card stock to piece of teal patterned paper. Next, I put a strip of green ribbon over where the two pieces meet. Then, I cropped the image and mounted it to a piece of black card stock, attaching it to the card with Scor-Tape. Finally, I stamped a Thank You Sentiment with Black ink. Tell me what you think in the comments below! I love to hear from fellow crafters. Have you tried the salt technique before? How?
I was inspired by the following challenges. Please take a moment to check out these awesome blogs and their great design teams.
Things that Fly or Winged Challenges
Challenge #90 – Living Things with Wings from the Kitty Bee Aloha Friday Challenge blog. The image used on this card is a dragonfly made up of birds.
Things with Wings from the Come and Get It Challenge blog. Once again, I used a dragonfly made up of birds for my main image.
Things That Fly from the Double D Challenge blog. I used a dragonfly made up of birds, all things that fly, for this challenge.
Thank You Card Challenges
Thank You Cards from the Incy Wincy Designs blog. For this challenge, I used a thank you sentiment on this beautiful card.
Challenge #234 – Thank You Cards from the QKR Stampede blog. Once again, for this challenge, I used a thank you sentiment.
Challenge #159 – Show Me the Green from the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog. For this challenge I used mostly greens and blue-greens on my card. I also used a green ribbon.
Challenge #361 Anything Goes with a Twist: Use Mostly Green from the Crafty Catz Challenge blog. For this challenge, I once again used mostly greens and blue-greens for this card with the added neutrals of black and white.
Challenge #294 – Luck ‘O the Irish: Green from the Shopping Our Stash Challenge Blog. I used greens and blue-greens for the most part on this card with the addition of black and white neutrals and a dash of blue. For this challenge, I also used only items I already had in my stash.
Simon Says – Bit ‘O Green from the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge blog. I used a green inks, ribbon and papers in this card for this challenge.
Any Shape from the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog. For this challenge I used all rectangles for my shape.
Anything Goes Challenges
Challenge #158 – Anything Goes from the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog. I just have to enter this challenge to see if I can get some of these cute images!
Challenge #337 – Anything Goes from the Crafty Creations Challenge blog. I love this blog and their design team rocks! I always get so much inspiration from them.
Challenge #38 – Anything Goes from the A Snowflakes Promise blog. This week is sponsored by SheepSki Designs and I love Andrea’s images. Also, I am on her design team and always want to support blogs that use her images. Not to mention, Fiona rocks!