Monday 28 September 2015

Brushos and Salt

Good morning all. I hope you have enjoyed or are enjoying your weekend.

Yesterday I played with watercolours and salt. I've been meaning to try this technique for a while now.

For my first attempt I used watercolours and rock salt. The background has turned out quite different and I will post what I make with that later. The next one I used normal table salt which gave a very different effect but I think I may have had the paper too wet. Back to the drawing board with that one.

Finally, I thought.. why not use salt ITSELF on my card. Here is what I came up with -

I started by creating my background using Brilliant Red, Orange and Black brushos. I LOVE these colours. For the large panel I combined the Red and Orange and then made a smaller panel with the black.

My next steps were -

* Once the panel was dry, I coated it with gloss gel
* I sprinkled the table salt all over the panel
* Sealed it all in with a gloss spray sealant
* Die cut the word Happy from my black panel
*Cut a small strip and embossed Birthday in white.

I adhered the Happy and Birthday strip with glossy accents. With everything on the bottom panel, this was the best way to get them to stick properly.

Here is a close up of the salt -

I have used one of the sentiments from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments set.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Just Add Ink - Add your 3 favourite colours
That Craft Place - Mixed Media Anything Goes

Thanks so much for looking xx


  1. This is absolutely stunning Kylie! Your background with the added effect of the salt and gloss is spectacular! And I love how you've paired it with the crisp black and white too. Thank you for joining us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

  2. What a stunning background and a fabulous technique Kylie! Love the card.. :)
    Suchi xx

  3. FAB make and a lovely choice of colours in perfect proportions


  4. I'd forgotten about using salt on w/c washes, thanks for the reminder Kylie. It's a fine line when adding it to the wash, as you've found too wet and the salt just dissolves instead of soaking up the liquid. I rather like sea salt as the granules are larger but you still have to wait until it dries completely.
    Your card looks fab, such a different way to use the salt! :)

  5. this looks amazing, love the texture this gives x

  6. Great make. Loving the affect xx

  7. Great, additional effect of using salt. Hot hugs as the hot colors of the card.

  8. Great experimenting! What a wonderful way to add texture to a project!

  9. Love the texture and pattern and that bold bright color with the black!

  10. Hi Kylie,
    what a great card.
    It's so vibrant, and I love that technique used.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  11. What an amazing effect, Kylie! I love all the texture with the salt and your choice of colors is fabulous! May I ask...Is the die cut sentiment also from your store?

  12. That looks really cool!!! Never thought to literally use salt on a card!!

    Thanks for playing at JAI this week.

    JAI Design Team

  13. LOVE the bright colours of your brushos background ... so pretty! And the texture from the salt is AMAZING!! Great idea to add it over some gel ... great way to get it to stick. I still have to get some sealant and then I can give this a try. xx

  14. I have never heard of Salt being used on a card before, its like a cool science experiment. And what a result, its amazing!! The effect looks so incredible and I'm dying to touch the card itself to feel the salt. What a brilliant idea and I'm so excited to see you at Just Add Ink!!!

  15. I love that you made all of your card using the salt technique Kylie, the patterns and subtle colours variations are lovely! Loved your close up shot of the sealed in salt it looks amazing - and just makes me want to run my finger over it to feel the texture. Delighted you could join us at Just Add Ink this week. x

  16. Love the texture, and spectacular intensity of colour, on your card Kylie! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  17. WOW WOW WOW! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  18. Hi Kylie, wow I love what you have done with the Brusho's!! I have yet to try mine out but they look so much fun! Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place. Good Luck and hope to see you back next time with your Brusho's creations.
    Hugs Amanda

  19. Super clever idea! I love the bright colours and lovely graphic card.Thanks for joining us over at That Craft Place. Mixed Media hugs, Erin xx


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