Salted Background Technique

Are you looking for a stunning new background technique to try?  Well, the designers at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKSpiration are showcasing the Salted Background Technique on the blog today.  Check it out, give it a try and share your creations in this week’s challenge.  It’s super easy! 


I followed the instructions except I substituted Watercolor Paper for the Glossy Cardstock.  I’m sure the colors would have been more vibrant on the glossy, but hey….you gotta use what you’ve got, right?  I used fine sea salt on this project.  On another “experiment”, I tried some rock salt (aka ice melt).  It was pretty cool, but unfortunately I didn’t use vibrant colors and it  bleached it to the point that it had very little color.  So, a little hint: use deep, darker colors for best results.

Salted Background Butterfly

 The colors I used may not sound familiar to you.  That’s because they are NEW!  Stampin’ UP! will be offering 5 new In Colors for 2017–2019.  I used Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Fresh Fig.  After spritzing my watercolor paper with water, I added color with an aquapainter and ink from the lid of the ink pads.  Squeezing the pad to the lid gently before opening it will give you a nice “pool” of ink to work with for this technique.

Sneak Peek at new In Colors

The card base is Tranquil Tide card stock and the butterfly was die-cut from Fresh Fig card stock.  Look closely and you’ll see a few more sneak peeks including the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.  All of these will be available for customers to purchase beginning May 1, 2017.  

I’ll have more sneak peeks at these new items on Friday, so be sure to check back.  And if you’d like to check out another great technique using a common household item, check out this blast from the past tutorial.  This one was actually my first ever blog post!  I’ve come a long way!

This is my first, official post on my newly relocated blog.  I’d love to hear your feedback!  Do you love it? hate it?  Something you’d like to see?  Leave me a comment-click on “comment” below the title, then scroll back down (this is a work-around until I get it fixed).

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  1. Melissa Stout | 25th Apr 17


  2. Rachel | 25th Apr 17

    Great job Melissa. I like the new look and so nice and easy to navigate. You have succeed in the challenge of modern technology. I still have trouble just turning on my laptop!!! Ha!! Have a good evening and thank you.

    • Melissa Stout | 26th Apr 17

      Thanks! I’m not going to get cocky with my “success” just yet. I’m still finding things to fix. LOL!

  3. Rosemarie C | 25th Apr 17

    Melissa might just be my phone but the right side is completely missing. I am on an Android device. Great projects! Good luck with the technology move.

    • Melissa Stout | 25th Apr 17

      I’m not sure about android, but on my iPhone the right column appears directly below the posts. I think it is done that way to make it easier to read. Thanks for the feedback!

  4. Carolee | 26th Apr 17

    Looks good! Love the card and the way you used the new in colors.

  5. Melissa Bright | 1st May 17

    Beautiful card! Will have to try this technique sometime.

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