Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Salty Snow Makes Snowman Joy


It's time for another challenge at CAS Watercolour

When I first started card making, I saw an article about using salt on watercolor
and I was fascinated.  But I never got around to trying it.

So I chose it for this month's challenge at

The Design Team and Guest Designer, Ros have had a wonderful time 
playing with salt this past month so we would have lots to inspire you.

To do this card I first did a wash of Gansai Tambi Watercolor on a piece of watercolor paper.

With the paper still quite wet I sprinkled a mixture of Sea Salt and some 
Himalayan Fine Pink salt that DH thought looked interesting and had stashed.

Here's what the piece looked like after it had dried and I brushed the salt off.

I thought the piece looked like snow.

Here's another card I made with this background.

My dear friend and teammate, Susan, sent me this die cut a while back.

It's a perfect fit!

Oh, and I have a few more little pieces left.
You'll have to wait to see what I do with them.

We have lots of videos to help inspire you at the challenge site.

I hope you'll get out some water, color and salt and have a play with us.

It really is a lot of fun!

My good friend Karen is hosting the TLC Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers 
this week and the challenge is SALT.  So I can take these over there to share.

The Snowman Joy die is new.
It was a gift from my win from the Foiled Fox and Heather.

I hope you'll try this fun technique and share your creations with us at

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Holiday Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (Arches for the background, TH for the snowman)
Other:  Snowman Joy Die (PB), Stitched Snowdrifts Dies (MFT), Stitched Rectangles (LI), Gambi Tansai Watercolors (#61 Cornflower Blue, #64 Blue, #66 Menthol Violet), Sea Salt and Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

Card  Recipe (card 2)
Stamps: Mixed Christmas Messages (HLS)
Ink:  Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:  Neena, Watercolor (Arches)
Other:  Snowflake Block Die (SSS), Gambi Tansai Watercolors (#61 Cornflower Blue, #64 Blue, #66 Menthol Violet), Sea Salt and Himalayan Fine Pink Salt, Glue, Coarse Glitter (MS)


Liz said...

What fabulous backgrounds, Bonnie! The effect of the salt is so pretty. Two beautiful cards, I especially love the cute snowman. xx

Mac Mable said...

Your background looks like the perfect winter snowflake sky..absolutely love the effect of the different salts. Haven't tried this technique before so looking forward to giving it a go. Fun first card and classy second one Bonnie...Thank you for the inspiration x

nancy littrell said...

I love your salt and watercolour background using the Himalayan pink salt. Of all my backgrounds I made playing around with this technique my favorites were using the Himalayan salt along with sea salt. TFS your original uncut piece. It looks just like snow.

Your die cut was so perfect for your Wintery background, Bonnie:-) TFS and hosting such a fun challenge. Hugs...

Daffodil Cards said...

Gorgeous background is wonderful with the dies. Fabulous cards.

Nancy said...

Bonnie, These are great! you have got me itching to jump back into Christmas cards! Love your backgrounds a lot! They are perfectly snowy! Thanks for being in our gallery at Just Us Girls. We hope to see you again soon!

Christine Alexander said...

love the frosty look for both cards, isn't salt and watercolour amazing. Can't wait to see more :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Stunning effect with the salt on watercolor, Bonnie! Just love both cards and you've inspired me to try this!!

Susanne Vargas said...

The salt technique made the perfect background for your beautiful, wintry cards! It looks like ice crystals!

Maxine D said...

How wonderful Bonnie - love your snow theme that you have used on these two wonderful cards

Ros Crawford said...

Wonderful cards! I love the snowy look BG... Thanks so much for having me with you this month!

Linda said...

What a fabulous effect Bonnie ..... and gorgeous cards too. I love the little snowman .... he looks so happy. I must give this technique a go it looks like fun xx

JosieD said...

What an interesting look using the salts! Plus effect of snow look is good motivator to get cracking on Christmas card stash!

Nancy Stislow said...

I absolutely love that adorable snowman on your salted, blue background! He looks so joyful, Bonnie! Those snowflakes look equally beautiful on that background. what a wonderful start on your Christmas card stash.

Karen D. said...

amazing cards my...they really do look like you dropped little snowflakes onto the paper!! love it.
xx Karen

Loll said...

LOVE your snowy, winter backgrounds Bonnie. Great job with the salt technique. I'm thinking I need to break down and buy those Gambi Tansai watercolours! :) I LOVE that sweet, joyful snowman die - adorable! The snowflake die-cut looks perfect over that background too. Two wonderful designs, my friend! xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Ice crystals! I love how the salt made your background look like ice crystals. While I don't miss the cold I miss seeing ice crystals and delicate snowflakes. Gotta love that desert sun. I'll bet even Mr. snowman would agree.

Susan said...

Two beautiful cards, Bonnie! Love the frosty patterns you got on the watercolour from the salt - perfect for your winter / Christmas cards! And in blue and white too - my favourite colour combination!

Bożena Adamusińska said...

:-)) Cool! I love this winter scene and the way you created all the snowdrifts. This is a real revelation. I also love this beautiful "salted" background for all white items!!
Two beautiful cards, Bonnie!

Grá O'Neill said...

Beautiful card & a brilliant technique :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Great technique piece Bonnie! And I LOVE that joyful snowman! Have a wonderful day! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
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Barb Ghig said...

Really gorgeous panels, Bonnie! I love how you created a 'snowy' effect with your mix of salts and how perfectly it works with your beautiful Christmas cards! I can't wait to try this out...thanks for your inspiration :)

Papercraft Boutique said...

Thank you so much for choosing a fun technique and providing us the tutorial video links for this month's challenge, Bonnie! I started experimenting watercolour with salt few days ago, and enjoy learning a little by little. It's like a science experiment in school, and I love it! Your snowflake sky is so pretty, and the happy snowman makes me smile! Hideko

Marcia HIll said...

Absolutely LOVE both of these cards Bonnie! The backgrounds are FABULOUS and really do look like snow! And a perfect backdrop for both the adorable snowman and the beautiful snowflakes! :0)

Julia Aston said...

Two perfect backgrounds for your beautiful cards Bonnie! That snowman looks SO happy!