Customer Thanks…

Last week went by in a blur.  We traveled to Yorktown, VA, to pick up our daughter, Kelly, and help her get settled after 2-1/2 years in Seoul, South Korea.

Busy week, but she still hasn’t gotten her household goods shipment so it’s an air matterss and lawn chairs for now.  At least she did get her car!

Our drive home was eventful with traffic stop and go.  It seems the whole northeast was evacuating to parts of the south to view the total eclipse of the sun.  What a circus that was!

It’s good to be home and somewhat back in our groove.  Yesterday was really exciting viewing the eclipse here at 99%.  We witnessed the crickets and cicadas going nuts during the dark period and my two furbabies howling.  Just adding to the mystery…

Today I have the thank you notes that will be included in my order bags this month.  Thought it might be interesting to see how the process to create them began…

Here is one batch taped to a clip board.  Sea salt has been added just after dropping color on wet water color paper.  These need to dry normally before continuing.

and this is the final card.  Really simple.

In this close up you can see the salt technique and some splatters too.

I hope my customers will enjoy using this card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper

Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Mellow Mambo

Stamps:  Painted Harvest

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Aqua Painter, masking tape, sea salt


Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, burnished and folded at 5-1/2″

Tape a border on 4″ x 5-1/4″ water color paper on all sides.

Wet water color paper and begin dropping colors with a brush (Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo Reinker) on the wet water color paper.  Let the paper and water do its own magic.  It’s fun sometimes to leave some white spaces.  Once the color has “bloomed” scatter sea salt over the areas you’d like texture.  Let dry normally.

Stamp base sunflower stamp in Daffodil Delight.  Over stamp (don’t necessarily line up petals) with Pumpkin Pie.  With the detailed sunflower stamp add Cajun Craze inking just the petal tips.

Add center stamp with Soft Suede.  You may need to stamp a second time.

You can use your Aqua Painter and pull some of the colors (like the Cajun Craze) toward the center.

Add splatters with Aqua Painter and Early Espresso reinker.  Let dry.

Remove border tape.

Add sentiment with Archival Basic Black.

Add water color layer to card front with multipurpose glue.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “Bism”…

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!




  1. Dear Billy,
    Oh my, I had had to stop by and tell you that I think your card is GORGEOUS! So much so, I am going to try your “sea salt” technique. It really turned out stunning! Thank you for explaining the process and a list of all the stuff I will need. Thank you so much!

    • I’m so glad you stopped by today Rita. Hope you do give this technique a try…it’s lots of fun!…B!

  2. Love this technique and wow, what a beautiful card! Everyone I have seen you do using this technique speaks to my soul. This is a card I would love to receive, so it is also one I would love to give. They are so unique in their own way. I look forward to trying this out and I really appreciate you sharing the process. I never would’ve thought to do in mass. But it makes perfect sense. Thanks again for sharing.

  3. Awesome cards and love the recipe for this!
    So happy your daughter is back in the states! What a relief for you!

    • Thank you Paula…hope my customers like them too. Yes, it is a relief for Kelly to be home and hopefully our son-in-love will be home soon too!…B!

  4. I’m sure your customers will be thrilled with these cards, Billie. I am going to have to try the technique – love the colors you used, too. Is there a reason the WC paper has to dry naturally with this technique?

  5. Love this look! They are so beautiful. I am a BIG fan of yours! Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiring me! I do have a question though, when you drop the ink on the paper, is it diluted in water, or do you pick up the color directly full strength from the re-inkers with a wet paint brush? I am going to give this a try and hope they turn out as beautiful as yours!

    • Thank you Gail. I used an Aqua Painter and the stamp pad lid with reinker. Load your wet (make sure your brush and your watercolor paper are wet) Aqua Painter with Reinker and just touch the tip to the paper where you want the color. Add color(s), drop salt and let dry naturally. I’d love to see what you create!…B!