Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Tea Party time - Salted Background

Welcome to the smARTworks design team Tea Party. Tea Parties are our version of challenges to each other, but you're welcome to join in the fun as well. Actually, this will be our last Tea Party for the summer, but we'll still be may see us using smARTworks stamps at a forum or blog challenge near you! Three cheers for the team, and a great DT year. Happy summer!

Our challenge hostess, Donelda, challenged us all to use a salted background technique on our cards. I decided I wanted the salted part of my card to be water, so I chose this duck image to work with. I stamped the image and masked off the ducks with a liquid frisket (masking fluid), created a wash with Twinkling H2Os, applied rock salt, and left the piece overnight. The result was...not what I expected. I actually was using the back side of the watercolor paper which tends to resist water a little bit more, so some color that would have normally soaked into the paper stayed on the top. The salt soaks up moisture, and there was therefore more moisture to soak up! So...even though my piece was a little more blotchy than I would have liked, I decided to use it anyway. Sorry for the horrible photo...... Stamp sets used:
Duck Paddle
Being There
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  1. This is GORGEOUS Dina! That salted background is just perfect for these ducks. Very nice!

  2. Awesome card! Love that male duck leading his family on their journey. The saying says it all... And I like what you did with the background. Soft and peaceful.

  3. I love how you used the salt technique for the water. How very very pretty and so creative too!

  4. This is gorgeous Dina!! Love your watercoloring!! Gorgeous background!! Great technique. Such a serene scene. Missing you on our blog hop today.

  5. I love your salty card! I really love how you watercolored your ducks, lifelike!

  6. Wow, I love the look of the salted background for the water!! I have a lighthouse stamp I might just have to use!! Great details, as always!! I really like the "framed" look you made by scoring!!