It’s that time again! I do love a CASE-ing the Catty challenge. And this week is quite a big one – CASE a colouring project. Oh my. How am I supposed to choose just one? There are so many beautiful examples in the catalogue and I am a big fan of colouring in.
This challenge is well timed for all those lucky people who already have their hot little hands on the new Stampin’ Blends. Since I’m wrapping these bad boys up and putting them under the Christmas tree for myself (“What a surprise! Just what I wanted!”) I had to bust out my beloved watercolour pencils and blending pens instead. I chose to CASE the beautiful butterfly card on p.155 which you can see below.
To make the background for this card I decided to try a technique that was demonstrated by Shannon West at On Stage Live (and for Stampin’ Up® demos this video is available to watch through the demonstrator portal) – the ‘Salt Technique’. This is fun. You add ink and water (lots of it) to either glossy white cardstock or watercolour paper, then sprinkle corse salt over the top and watch the magic happen. The salt absorbs some of the water leaving behind interesting colours and patterns.
The effect can be stong or subtle. I prefered the effect on the glossy white paper – I found the watercolour paper absorbed the water so quickly there wasn’t much left for the salt to work with. The butterfly card uses Daffodil Delight ink on glossy paper and the flower card uses Real Red on watercolour paper. The red ink totally transforms using this techinque – it takes on a much more pink/purple hue. It is beautiful.
The stamps I have used are from the Beautiful Day set in the upcoming Occasions Catalogue, which I was lucky enough to win in Prize Patrol at On Stage last week. They are beautiful big stamps which lend thmeselves to all sorts of colouring techniques (I can see them embossed and coloured in on vellum – gorgeous). The “always thinking of you” sentiment is lovely. For the inside I stamped off the image in the main colour several times and stamped is lightly onto vanilla cardstock. I figure it is feint enough to write over in black pen.
You see what I mean about the transformation of Real Red? This one was done on glossy cardstock and is a much stronger effect than on the watercolour paper. It’s a fun teachnique and I encourage you to play around with it. One tip – use HEAPS of water. I actually spritzed the paper first as well and foudn it worked best when you really soaked it in water and ink. This also meant the paper was quite crinkled once it had dried, so I pressed it with an iron under a cloth (yep, I used my iron! I’m much more motivated to use it for crafting than for clothes.)
From High Trees House,