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Monday, 26 March 2012

H2O's & Salt

Good morning everyone - hope it's as beautiful where you are, as it is here. Am planning on sitting up the garden later, reading, maybe a spot of crafting, though that will depend on the breeze. Crafting outside is lovely only if there's no wind to blow your paper around!

Anyway those of you who visit me for WOYWW, will remember last week I was playing around with H2O's and salt to create backgrounds. Well here's what I did with them -

This first one I stamped a Creative Expressions stamp using Stazon, I used the secondary ink to stamp into the corners. I then matted it onto black before layering it onto the script paper which is from Papermania's Book print papers.

This second one, which I love, is again stamped with Stazon and Creative Expressions stamps, the paper is again from the Book print Papermania papers. Then I added my cute little buttons to the corners.

As you can see from this close up, there is still some salt on the surface. I rubbed off as much as would come away but didn't over scrub it. I like the texture the remaining salt creates.

This third card is made the same way as the others, using the same stamps and papers. However with this one I decided to spatter water onto the background before stamping.  I dabbed it off with a paper towel and must admit I love the effect it's created.

 This last one I kept simple. The butterfly is stamped with Dusty Concord Distress ink which I had to heat set, I then added the bug and bow.

Overall I'm really pleased with these cards, you'll notice there isn't a sentiment to categorise them, because I felt that these cards could be used for many occasions so I didn't want to restrict that by putting sentiments on to them. Hope you like them, let me know what you think of the effect, have you any ideas as how else I can use these wonderful paints?

Take care Zo xx


Suzanne said...

What a lovely effect, it looks very vintagey!
Not sure I'm up to that yet as I'm still learning the basics.
Hope you had fun in garden - beautiful weather, shame I'm at work!
Take care, Suzanne

Cards by Alison said...

Gorgeous cards love the effects you have created. Alison xxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

They are all gorgeous Zoe, but my fav has to be the first one with the poppy.
Kevin xx

sandee said...

I must play around with this salt technique for my AB, do you have a tutorial on it that you would recommend? Your cards turned out lovely and I like to make some without a sentiment too, for the same reason! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

coops said...

these are stunning zoe.really gorgeous images and i love the effect you have got with the salt ;D

xx coops xx

~ Ali ~ said...

Fabulous creations zoe, love the idea with the salt :O)

Ali x

sandee said...

hmmmm....I tried table salt and I don't think it worked very Oh well...;p waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie I absolutely love these creations fabulous colours to, big happy hugs love Pops x x x

Sandy said...

Well you are getting another comment from the hills of North Carolina. What I want to know is why am I taking this Creative Chemistry course when I just should have come to your blog. Zoe, it seems to me that you are a real artist. That's what artists do you know - they experiment around. All of your cards are so pretty - very original. Hmmmmm - salt!!!!!

Paula Gale said...

these are gorgeous cards - love the blending and the salt technique is really effective giving great results.

Paula x x x

May said...

Wow!!! what stunning cards just love that technique.... Hugs May x x x

Erika said...

Lovely cards and great techniques Zoe.

fairy thoughts said...

gorgeous cards , I think the red oner with butterflies is my favourite. I must try this technique at the weekend . . . tima allowing
janet #16

Angie said...

These are GORGEOUS ....all of them.xx

karen said...

These cards are beautiful! My favourite is the 2nd one. I thought all the salt would be rubbed away when you were mentioning them earlier but I love the texture it adds!
xoxo Karen

Shoregirl said...

Such pretty cards -- I think the second one is my favorite!

Alison said...

Gorgeous cards those backgrounds!
Alison x

Elaine said...

Fab cards Zoe great work Hugs Elaine

Ali Manning said...

Great cards and backgrounds :)