Salted Background

by Beth Warner

Raid your kitchen cupboard to create this unique background.


  • Glossy Cardstock

  • Dye Ink pads and/or Re-Inkers

  • Aqua Painter™ or wet watercolor brush

  • Spray bottle filled with water

  • Salt (coarse or kosher salt works best, but regular table salt will do just fine)

  • Heat tool (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Press the lid of your dye ink into the pad OR squirt a few drops of re-inker into the lids of your stamp pads.

    Spritz the glossy cardstock with water using your spray bottle.

    Using the Aqua Painter™, pick up some color and smear it on the cardstock. Repeat with other colors. You can do squiggles, lines, swirls, or spots of color.

  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle the cardstock with salt, then spritz again with water. The colors will blend a little more now.

  3. Step 3

    Allow your background to set up, either by air drying or by using a heat tool.

    Next, use your fingers or a paper towel to brush off the salt crystals. A slight haze of salty water will still remain on the cardstock, which you can now use as a fun background!

  4. Step 4

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Salted Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

At first glance--when I opened my weekly inkling and BEFORE I had my coffee this morning--I thought this was a piece of pizza!!! I was wondering--recipes on SCS? HUH?

But then I clicked and saw your beautiful this technique--I will try it! smile
Susanne  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 7:32 AM
Making my sister and b-I-l an anniversary card! Going to use this technique!! Thanks for the tutorial!!
Michela  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 9:17 AM
This technique is also great on watercolor paper.
Mary Lou Kemp  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM
I love this! I'm going to do a demo for my card friends. Thanks a bunch. Linda J
Linda F Jones  |  Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM
Why haven't I tried this yet, Beth?? Well, it's on my to-do list thanks to your inspiration!
Bev Gerard  |  Mon Oct 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM
thanks so much for the info.
Helen Jones  |  Fri May 1, 2015 at 8:28 AM

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