Monday, August 7, 2017

CAS Salt Get Well

My 2nd card for this months CAS Watercolour Challenge: Salt Techniques

Watercoloring and different types of salt go so well together.  I used Himalayan Pink Salt (chunky), course Sea Salt and table salt on my card.  I loved the textured effect.

First I made a watercolor wash on my Arches Cold Press paper using Kuretake Gamsai Tambi Watercolor paints.  Wetting my paper with a flat wet paint brush then adding 1st the blue, then turquoise and then green paints.  I then sprinkled on my salts starting with the Himalayan, then sea salt and then table salt.  Set aside to dry completely.  Takes time so put in a safe place.  Brush off salt when completely dry.  Can use the edge of a plastic gift card to get off all the salt.

Next I found this Memory Box Dragonfly Stems Left Corner Die in my treasures from our May Retreat from sweet Loll.  I attached to my Dry watercolored salted background with my Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I then popped up my image using fun foam onto my die cut card front.  I felt my image needed something to bring it all together,  so doodled a black border.  I liked that effect.

I chose a sentiment from a favorite STAMPlorations set by Shirley Bee...Birds of Paradise.  Stamped and popped up with dimensions.  One more little touch..a few sequins for a bit of bling.

I was very happy with how my main image popped and the texture I achieved with the salt :-)

The evening I finished my card I found out about my dear forever girlfriend,  Anna being in a head on collision by an underage drinker.  It was a miracle no one was killed and Anna was taken by helicopter to an excellent hospital and Neuro Surgeon  for neck surgery.  She is home and starting the long healing process,  but should have a complete recovery.  Anna's Guardian Angel was certainly by her side along with "4" airbags!  Take care Anna and hope your card brings you a smile:-)  A big soft hug from Denny and I!  Anna I know would appreciate any of you adding her to your prayers.

My card is also for my dear friend Karen's (Snippets) Splitcoaststampers Technique Lovers' Challenge TLC649...Add a Pinch of Salt!

Also for STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

And STAMPlorations Stamps and Anything Goes Summer Vacation

STAMPlorations CAS Summer Vacation

Stamps: STAMPlorations Birds of Paradise.
Paper: Arches 140# Cold Press.  SU Thick and Regular Whisper White and Basic Black CS
Inks: Kuretake watercolor paints.  Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Memory Box Dragonfly Stems Left Corner Die (gifted by Loll), CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die,  Staedler black pen for doodling, sequins, SU Fine tip glue pen, fun foam.


  1. Beautiful card for your friend, Anna! I love that salty background, Nancy. So pretty with the dragonfly silhouette. I will keep Anna and her family in my thoughts. xx

  2. Fabulous card Nancy, love your salty effects and that dragonfly die is the coolest

  3. It's lovely!! I really like those die cuts with your BG.

  4. This is perfect for Anna! Love that sentiment! The doodled frame adds just the extra touch this beautiful piece needed!

  5. Such a soft and such an appropriate card with pretty colours and great texture. Prayers to Anna and so glad she will mend...given time x

  6. Beautiful background, Nancy! I smiled when I saw this since I purchased and just had to use this die today too. How sad for your friend too and sadder still that we need so many get well cards. This one is perfect!

  7. Love the bands of colour in the background panel! Perfect to set off the black corner die cut - and brilliant idea to doodle a border around the rest of it!!

  8. Lovely summer sky background panel, Nancy! Love the 3 kinds of salt effects and the shiny sequins, which look like chunky salt in the picture.
    I'm so sorry to hear about the accident of your friend, Anna. I hope she'll recover soon. I'm sure this beautiful card will help her ease her pain. Hideko

  9. perfect sentiment and card for Anna, she'l love the amazing salty background.

  10. Love those beautiful, vibrant colours Nancy and the added texture from the watercolour paper! The black die-cut really makes those colours sing! Have a great day! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
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  11. Hi Nancy! Beautiful salty background and I love it with the die, which I have and have only used once. I like the way you carried the border with your dots and dashes. What a perfect sentiment, too! I'm sorry to hear about Anna.

    1. Thank you Leslie. Anna is home and recovering. Her broken toe and collarbone hurt the most. She can start taking short walks:-) Any improvement is a big plus. She loves homemade cards. I can share her address if you would like to share one of your beauties:-) Hugs

  12. love this...that die is on my wishlist!!
    xx Karen

  13. Anna certainly knows that you are a great friend and feel your support. This card is so beautiful, its colors are so optimistic and hopeful. I love dark silhouettes on this wonderful background.


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