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January 31, 2019

A Salty Get Well

Hello Stamplings!

I have a very quick post toasty for you. I used the word "toasty" on porpoise to make those of you in the Polar Vortex feel warmer. I wish I could do more as records freeze, drop off the roof, and shatter. Thank goodness the temps will be warmer starting tomorrow for a lot of you.

I went all full-bodied and inkylicious today!
I saw Betsy Veldman's post about doing watercolor and salt backgrounds, with stunning results. I liked how she colored the salt using reinkers, so I did the same and made up four small containers of different colors. 

Using the wet-on-wet technique and my Gansai Tambi set, I laid down my watercolor paints. While the paint was still wet, Hammy and I sprinkled the colored salt over the wet watercolored panel and set it aside to dry. We then flipped to see who would go to the spa while we waited for the panel to dry and, of course, he won. Why do I keep falling for that time after time? The last time I successfully did a flip, I was in the womb for crying out loud!

Once the panel was dry, I white heat-embossed the pretty lily from Papertrey Ink's Botanical Blocks III stamp set. Then I stamped and die-cut the get well sediment from PTI's Bold & Beautiful Sentiments. To finish the design, I added three clear blinglets and, for exercise, I walked a white ink pad all along the outside of the plum card base.

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little red wagon

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Thank you!

Thank you for commenting on my last post and for playing in the Thank You Hop for Di, the beloved leader of Pixie's Snippets Playground! The Hop is open until the end of day February 10th for you to join in. 

Over the years, it's been wonderful to see many of my stateside friends join Pixie's and I have a feeling even more friends from around the world will be joining as a result of the Hop! 

The more the merrier, but ladies, it looks like we'll need to set up another moonshine distillery behind ol' man Jensen's raspberry bushes down the path from the bike shed. Or, if you're sober, that's fine, too. We'll set up a raspberry distillery behind his moonshine bushes. hic.

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56 comments:

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous card Darnell. I love the blues and the bit of lavender on your smooshing. The white flower is delicate and lovely. The blue panel on the lilac base with the white edging ties it all together nicely. It is supposed to warm up here come Sunday. Tuesday hubs and I have a field trip planned to the container store. Weather should be cooperative.

Jane Willis said...

Yay! You're playing with our salty challenge at Back to Basics and you've made a MUCH better job of your gorgeous salty background than I made of my shabby attempt! Thank you for joining in.
See you behind the bike sheds later, the gin's running low so I might have to pop out for supplies.

Aquarius said...

A wonderful effect here. I love the salt effect and have often used it but who would have thought of colouring the salt crystals before sprinkling, brilliant idea.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love the gorgeous colours on this fabulous background Darnell. I've never heard about colouring the salt crystals, but but a great idea.

Sue xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Lovely card.

Did chuckle at the 'You're never too old....':)

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

Sandra H said...

Beautiful card as always Darnell the colours used are gorgeous and the white flower is stunning as is the lilac this card would make me get well quickly...enjoy your weekend x

Lisa said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous!! The background looks absolutely amazing!! I love the colors and how the white flower looks so artistic!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Pollard Carole said...

Great technique and what a very pretty card its gorgeous Love an d hugs Carole x

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card and colors! Love the salt effect!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Lisa Elton said...

Wowza Darnell, this is beautiful! Your background turned out great and I like the elegant white flower. I just saw another card with this technique, might have to give it a whirl!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Darnell xoxo

Di said...

What a stunning card Darnell - and clever you to colour the salt first! It's yet another idea for the future to try. Ha! AND, I read about the moonshine - Dudley is going off into battle with Parsnip riding on his bag armed with a pea shooter to 'ping' anyone he finds lurking behind the raspberry bushes!

Huge hugs

Di xx

Bonnie said...

What a fun technique, Dolly! Another on my list to try. Love the blue and purple together and how the salted background colors the pretty framed lily!

stampwithsandy said...

Gorgeous background, Darnell! Could you provide the link with the how-to? It sounds like fun, I'd like to give it a try. I am in that polar vortex so thank you for your warm wishes!

Pat said...

What beautiful colours and a gorgeous salty watercolour look Darnell, and the white embossed framed lilies look great over the top, and this is a perfect 'get well' card. x

Loll said...

Beautiful card Dolly. What a great idea to create coloured salt to use. Adds another dimension to the pretty watercoloured background. Lovely white embossed image. Hope to play along with your Hop for Di! Lolly xx

Brenda said...

Darnell, this card is GORGEOUS! My visit is not "required", your card just really popped out at me. I am absolutely in love with that background and now feel the need to give it a try myself. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for joining us over at Little Red Wagon!

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Darnell, the background is fabulous, wonderful colours and design, love the white embossed panel, Kate x x

Bunny said...

Beautiful card. Love all the great colors. [Bunny]

conil said...

OOH, moody blues. Love the texture the salt added and that lovely lily. Gorgeous.

Brenda said...

Yes Auntie, the Polar Vortex leaves tomorrow! I am ready for it to leave too. lol We were fortunate that it only last a few days. It will be spring here the next week, crazy weather for sure. Then I'm sure we will got back to winter. OMGosh Auntie, your posts always crack me up! You and Hammy sure do see some great times together, but he sounds like stinker too. To bad you didn't get to use the spa, but you both have made a fabulous card together! I haven't tried this technique and I don't believe I've ever heard about dying the salt too but sure make a pretty background! Love the pretty framed flower you embossed on this background and a great get well die cut too! I guess we'd better watch the alcohol consumption across the pond! Hugs, Brenda

Jean said...

It is up to 3 today! Woo hoo!
Love your salty backgrounds. I have never tried coloring the salt. Very fun!

Mac Mable said...

Such an artsy, unique and fabulous salt background. The colours are so pretty and the white line stamping botanical flower looks wonderful x.

JD/ Jill said...

Great job with that technique! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

What pretty colours, perfect for the white embossed image xx

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous background which goes really well with the plumb card also love the stamp and the white embossing.

Kath x

Redanne said...

Now, that's my kind of background, the colours are gorgeous and I love how you created the 'texture' with the salt (with Hammy's assistance of course). The background makes the white embossing stand out beautifully!

I am thinking that I am just about ready to throw on the leopard skin, if only to keep warm with this unusual polar freeze we are experiencing - nothing like the States are experiencing but pretty cold and snowy for here! Hugs, Annie xx

Glittered Paws said...

Oh what a beautiful background - and then to white emboss the focal image. Love the blues, and lavender. So Hammy got the spa - you have to figure out how to be smarter than he is. Our polar vortex has lifted about 10 am this morning and we are currently up to 52 this afternoon. Higher temps tomorrow- must wash my dirty car. Have a great weekend.

Liz said...

Fabulous background for your beautiful card, Darnell. Love the heat embossed image too. xx

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous! Must add this to my list of my try techniques!

Christine Alexander said...

beautiful Dolly, salt technique is one of my Fav's :)

Leslie Miller said...

You always give me a giggle, Darnell! You also always blow me away with your cards, as in the awesome background on this one. This had to have taken some time, but between you and Hammy you got it done! I'll take raspberry moonshine, please, with sugar on the rim.

Helen F. said...

Oooohhhhm your card is beautiful, Darnell! Love that salty technique and just have to give it a try! The blues, greens and lavenders are a gorgeous background for the white embossed bloom!

Carol L said...

I've yet to try this technique and your card looks just stunning with all those colors in the background! The white flowers add such a lovely contrast too, while leaving the background in the spotlight! Thanks for the warm wishes - I think we're going to have a big meltdown quite suddenly as those temperatures rise 50 some degrees within the next day or two! Have a great weekend and take care!

Donna said...

Absolutely gorgeous Darnell!

JanR said...

Great card! Guaranteed to help someone feel better. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

Cheryl W. said...

I can see your bright card is full of sunny thoughts - perfect for get well wishes!

KandA said...

Gorgeous card Darnell, LOVE that salty background and the wonderful colours xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Love this technique, I have to try it on paper as I used it on silk years ago. Your background is amazing as well the whole design!!!

Maxine D said...

Yes, Darnell I am late commenting - I've been in a bit of a funk, partially 'cos I am tired as the world is spinning so fast I can hardly keep up...know the feeling???? and we have had some really high temperatures this week too.
Anyway, enough about me - love your gorgeously coloured card Darnell, and it was so 'right' to simply emboss the image in white.
Please don't go trying to outdo Hammy on the flips, he has the advantage of being lower to the ground as well as four legs... I would hate to have the Mr turn up on the blog saying that you were incapacitated due to flipping with Hammy........
Blessings
Maxine

Catie Cuddles said...

Superb idea on using coloured salt. I've never tried that.
Thanks for joining us at Back to Basics and Beyond challenge.
Happy crafting !
Catherine x DT

Ros Crawford said...

I've tried that technique and loved the results... Love your results too! What a lovely creation!

Kara Lynne said...

You Salty Dog, you! (That message was meant for Hammy for scamming you out of your spa time). Your salted panel is gorgeous! The lilies and scripty sentiment are perfect with it! I missed commenting on your Pixie post, so I had to go see what all the fuss was about - what a beautiful tribute! Gosh, now I hope to play too!

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely card Darnell and such pretty colours and a wonderful effect with the salt

Anne

Dawn Phillips said...

What a gorgeous background you have created. Such a lovely example of the salt technique. Thanks for joining us at Back to Basics and Beyond. Love Dawn x

Verna Angerhofer said...

A gorgeous card design and with so many wonderful colors. I love it.

Bobby said...

A technique I've been meaning to try but I haven't heard of dyeing the salt. The results are fantastic, Darnell.

Gerrina said...

It is cold, but the sun shines and that gives a good and positive fibe... just as your card does! going outside again; looking tom 'score' some vitamine D... Enjoy yout weekend!

oldpunca said...

I am thinking about this technique since I saw it on one of the blogs a few days ago. I haven't used it for ages. You achieved amazing effect. Heat embossed flower is nice and a wonderful choice for soft colours of background.
Have a great week!
Hugs, Sonja

Lin said...

Luscious background and card, Darnell! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Anita in France said...

What a delicious deep pool of wonderful colour, Darnell ... don't the salty grains add such a fabulous sense of texture ... it's almost velvety! Such a lovely place for that delicate white lily to grow! Sorry you missed out on the spa ... it'll be your turn next time ... Hammy can stay home! LYAMYMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Ruth said...

A technique I haven't used for ages, but one that always gives a fabulous result! Love the colours too xx

Craftychris said...

Ooh that background is divine! I never would have thought of colouring the salt, genius idea. xxx

Kathyk said...

Super and salty make Darnell ... just off to catch up with the rest of the entries for your Pixie's SNIPPETversary

Kathyk

Fikreta said...

Its so very beautiful card!

Greta said...

Oh wow--turned out great, Darnell! Love the colors!