Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Salt and Ink Refills Tutorial!

Design team member Stephanie Severin shared this tutorial on her blog the other day using Spectrum Noir ink refills and Coarse Salt ~ TOTALLY BRILLIANT!

From Stephanie's blog...

I decided to see what would happen if I combined salt & Spectrum Noir Ink Refills.  I started with my favorite salt (love it on roasted veggies).

Next I chose four Spectrum Noir ink refill colors ... I went with two lighter shades, and two darker hues.

I started by squirting out bits of each ink onto my craft sheet.

Next, I starting painting from top to bottom on a thick piece of watercolor paper.  I started with a dark shade ... and then blended a bit of the next color into in it ... and just kep moving through my colors blending them together.  I ended-up with something that looked like this (pardon the variation in color throughout the post ... these were all photographed on my craft table with my point & shoot camera, which doesn't give the best true lighting).

I went ahead and painted a second one being a bit more haphazard with my colors ... and then poured on some salt.

After leaving it for several hours, I started to notice some reaction, but not as much as I'd hoped, so took off the salt, filled a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, sprayed each piece of paper, and then put the salt back on overnight.  Here's what the finished result looked like.

Love that cool effect.  Here's the second one.

I decided a wanted a bit more blended look with this one, so I gave one more spritz of alcohol, and used a bit more re-inker to blend ... I didn't lose the cool salty effect.

Next I stamped Sheena's big beautiful butterfly from Flying Colors in India Ink and clear embossed.  I detail cut around the butterfly, so it could fly off my card.

I positioned it where I thought I wanted it, and then stamped Flowing Happy Birthday in India Ink and embossed again.  I ended-up stamping the big flourish from Flying Colors to finish the design.  Here's the finished result ... love the dimension on the butterfly.  I attached my inky panel using foam tape, for a bit more dimension.

Love the fun salty inky effect.
I love playing with my rainbow of Spectrum Noir ink refills.

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Diana Rodriguez said...

It's exquisite. Love the colors and design. Those flourishes are just right.

Trena inNaperville said...

Lovely background Stephanie, for a beautiful card!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Trudy Harris Thomas said...

What a unique idea. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

They turned out so beautiful. Thank you for the great ideas. Beautiful card too.

on a good day said...

Amazing, good thing you went ahead with your what if...thanks for showing us.

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