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Salted Ink Emboss Background Card

Salted Ink Emboss Background Card

“If you want to try something new and want to make a unique mixed media style of background for a project, this tutorial could be just what you are looking for. Using plain old Rock Salt and watercolour ink as well as heat embossing powder, this idea will make your backgrounds into one-off pieces of art for your projects.” - Ann-marie Vaux

You will need:

  • 6x6inch Square Blank Card Base
  • Watercolour cardstock
  • Extra White cardstock
  • Complimenting coloured cardstock to create background layer
  • Circle Nesting dies – could be any
  • Small Tag die – could be any
  • Nested Flower die set – could be any
  • Punch or Die for the corners – could be any
  • Sentiment Rubber Stamp – could be any
  • Distress Ink selection of colours
  • Bottle Watercolour ink in contrast colour
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Natural Rock Salt
  • Water spray bottle with water in
  • Dry Paper Towel
  • Crystal Stickers
  • Tape Runner or Double sided adhesive tape
  • 3D foam
  • Scissors

Time to Make: Approx 45 – 1 hr (including a bit of drying time)

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced


  1. 1. Cut a layer of coloured cardstock approx ¼inch smaller than the base card and cut the white cardstock ½inch approx smaller than the base card, to create 2 layers. Die cut a small tag and a circle frame using nesting dies in white cardstock.

  2. Salted Ink Emboss Background Card

    2. Taking a piece of Watercolour cardstock with 3 different Distress ink colours

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    3. Add colour to the Watercolour cardstock in any method you like, I used direct to card with the ink pad to get the depth of colour, be random if you like with the colour

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    4. Using the Bottle of Watercolour add droplets of colour over the Watercolour cardstock, in a random pattern - a little will go a long way.
    TIP: If you do not have Watercolour Bottles of Ink, you could use normal watercolour paint, making sure it is a wet water mix with the colour.

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    5. Sprinkle the Rock Salt onto the Watercolour card, especially over the dropped wet Watercolour

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    6. Spray water all over the wet card, use a light spray, all the colours will mix and it will look wet and a bit odd – leave it to dry naturally or for quickness you could use a Heat Gun to dry it.
    TIP: If you leave to dry the colour will not move around the card however using a Heat Gun, the colour will spread more.

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    7. Once dry, sprinkle Gold Embossing powder over the cardstock, then heat emboss.
    TIP: Because the ink is dry and the Embossing Powder has nothing to attach to, when you start with the Heat Gun, start off quite a distance away from the card and bring the Gun down slowly until the Powder changes.

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    8. Taking a dry Kitchen towel, rub over the cardstock, this will remove the salt and leave a great coloured background ready to work with.

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    9. You can position the dies on the cardstock to pick the best colour and patterns, floral dies to build a flower, a circle of cardstock (the size of the large circle from the nesting circles that you used to make the circle frame) and corners etc

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    10. Once everything is die cut, build the flower layers to create a full flower and you can see how beautifully everything matches with the colour.

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    11. Attach the corners to the card corners and the circle to the middle of the card using flat tape or glue.

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    12. Add the white cardstock circle frame over the patterned circle using 3D foam, add the tag and the layered flower, then finish the card with a few crystals. 13. The finished card.