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Video: Watercolor and Salt Technique

Welcome back, stampers. Today’s video shares a technique that has been around for a long time, but is such fun to do – – adding salt to watercolor.

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Lately I have been having fun revisiting “older” techniques. This watercolor and salt technique is a great example that and one that gives fun and unexpected results. I actually find techniques like this very inspiring.

After applying blue and purple Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor to watercolor paper, I sprinkled on various types of salts that I coated in Perfect Pearls. The salt absorbs that water… drying with unique effects. And that added Perfect Pearl gives lovely shine.

After rubbing away the salt once it was dry, I white heat embossed the sweet Wplus9 Wishing You sentiment. I also stamped and cut out the adorable bunny, clouds and moon… and added fast coloring with Distress Inks, an Ink Blending Tool and a Fantastix. To “match” the sentiment, I added a silver string between the bunny and moon. Finally – tiny little star sequins from The Ton Stamps added just the right amount of shine.

Look closely – that background is both die cut and embossed with the Wplus9 Starry Night Background Die.

I really encourage you to try out this watercolor and salt technique. There are a billion different ways to get unique results… just vary the type of salts used, the amount of water used with the watercolor, etc. It is fun!

Oh, and I mentioned in the video our Watercolor for Card Makers class. You can take it anytime… and you can find more info HERE.

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77 thoughts on “Video: Watercolor and Salt Technique”

  1. Thanks for bringing back an oldie, but a goodie!! TOTALLY forgot about this technique. Can’t wait to try it again. LOVE the addition of perfect pearls!

  2. Such cute cards and a fun technique. I think you might have inspired me to try this technique a number of years ago. Now I’m feeling inspired to try it again! πŸ˜‰

  3. Gorgeous background! Great technique…I forgot how fabulous the result you get. I must try this technique again.

  4. I love watching your videos and can’t believe you don’t run out of ideas to teach us something new each time. Your videos always have the best cards but always teach us so much. You are superwoman card maker to me. I’m so envious of your creativity! Another adorable card as always. Thanks for all you do!

  5. Jennifer, this technique looks like it would be so fun!

    I have a question for you: is there a way to “erase” the Versamark before sprinkling on the embossing powder? I admit that I am a novice stamper, and, unfortunately, my “results may vary” from what I envisioned. I would be hesitant to spend all of that time creating the background only to mess it up with a less-than-stellar stamping.

    Thanks … I love all of your blog posts.

  6. Hi Jennifer, nice technique. I also have couple of ideas for you. You could try the saran wrap technique with watercolors. That’s cool too. And to extend the use of stamps and watercolor paints/markers/sprays/pencils you could use Staz-on for stamps and prep different surfaces with watercolor ground/absorbent ground.
    Thanks.

  7. I remember doing this a few years ago too Jennifer. Sometimes you just need to go back and look at some projects you’ve done so you can do them again. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I saw this set yesterday and I’m almost sad that you used it because now I’m sure it will go out of stock, hahahahaha! πŸ™‚

    But I love your cards and this one is cute and sweet and perfect. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  9. I love this design so much. I was( I know this is you business) wondering with all the crafting companies out there how would do you chose what to buy or not to buy, if you did not get these to try. I love everything you do or try, but I have a limited budget.

  10. Have heard about the salt technique many times but this one is a gorgeous example. Loved the blue of the sky πŸ™‚ this is going to be a definite try for me πŸ™‚

  11. A quick question – you have linked to the micropore tape and one link is for “surgical tape” and the other is for ” paper tape.” Does it make a difference which one to use for holding a die in place? Sometimes, a light tack tape will tear my paper and I am trying to locate a product that will not result in torn paper. Thank you.

  12. Thank you for sharing! I remember doing this as a kindergarten teacher years ago, and somehow forgot and never thought of doing it in smaller scale for card backgrounds. You have nice voice for the tutorial, too, that makes it really pleasant to follow the video. Thanks again for sharing!

  13. I really enjoyed watching your fun video, I’ve done salt techniques before but I really love your added effects, lately I’ve been thinking of trying my hand at it again so thanks for the push.
    I also love how you put together your quick card in a super cute design,
    Thanks for sharing and making this video,

  14. I absolutely LOVE the WILD HIBISCUS stamp. So many things we can do with that. Thank you for turning me on to these stamps & for all your tips & videos.

  15. My sister introduced you to me and what a find!! Thank you for all you do, I’m learning SO much and you have made my life easier!

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