Mixed Media Mother’s Day Card

May 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Hi there, friends! Vivian Keh here today to share with you a really fast technique that uses Core’dinations 110 lb cardstock to create dramatic backgrounds quickly and easily.


Let’s get started….

VivianKehMothersDayCard_1Step 1: Stamp a lined image using watermark ink. Sprinkle with clear or white embossing powder, and tap off the excess.

TIP: If your image is detailed like this one, I recommend using a “fine” or “super fine” embossing powder.

VivianKehMothersDayCard_2Step 2: Heat with a heat tool to set.


Step 3: Wet your surface with a light misting of water. Then spritz with your choice of mists. If you use primary colors, they will blend beautifully together to create secondary colors.

TIP: Use more intense hues where you want your heat embossed stamped images to really pop. You can see I used a bright red in the centers of these blossoms.

VivianKehMothersDayCard_4Step 4: Add a dash of salt! Then go have lunch while your dramatic background dries.

VivianKehMothersDayCard_5Step 5: Lightly rub with a finger to remove the salt. This will reveal the cool work that the grains of salt did for you, pulling in the pigment in natural, organic patterns.

VivianKehMothersDayCard_BStep 6: If you like, rim the edges with distress ink. For my card project, I kept embellishments to an absolute minimum so that my background could be the star of the show.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial today and that you’ll give salt a try during your next mixed media craft session.


Core’dinations – 110 lb Smooth Cardstock
Paper Source – Woodblock Stamp
Clearsnap – Watermark Ink
Ranger – Super Fine Embossing Powder, Distress Ink
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – mists
Coarse Kosher Salt
Hemp Twine


3 Responses to “Mixed Media Mother’s Day Card”
  1. TracyM #6773 says:

    STUNNING card Vivian – LOVE your BOLD & BEAUTIFUL stamping & colours, GORGEOUS effect with the embossing, mists & salt!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION … I’ve added this to my “techniques-to-try” list 🙂

  2. This is just gorgeous Vivian – going to have to try this! Any stamp would work too I bet!

  3. Ava Gavloski says:

    ladies, nice showcasing of the Coredinations cardstock and the 110 pound quality cardstock…. lovely art.

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