Dad is Rad Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rad Dad/Masculine Themed Blog Hop.

This hop I am following {Catherine Nowak's Blog.}   We have 11 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in our Picture My Life Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The Dad is Rad is a wonderful promotion that is discounted when you purchase it as a workshop bundle.  The products in this workshop kit include the stamp set and other items to create one 12″ × 12″ layout, one 12″ × 12″ page, and four cards that can be used both for Father's Day or to share with all the “rad” people you love!  Here is a link to the workshop guide.

As a Close to My Heart Consultant, I teach at least 2 card workshops a month.  To save time, I like to teach the cards I make for the blog hops.  I try to teach a couple of techniques to add to my customer's repertoire while helping them make cards that they will use.

I had been thinking of using the "salt technique" for awhile and we haven't made any male birthday cards in awhile so I went rogue and decided to follow the masculine theme.

My ragdoll assistant, Chloe, wanted to show you my card.

My moose in the front of the card (yes it's a moose) didn't photograph very well.  He's calling my name to go back and work with him a bit.

Below is my project when I started it.  I have taken a 5" x 6" piece of watercolor paper (Z3146) and using retired washi tape, have taped it to my All-Purpose Mat (Z2045).  Then I grabbed the largest brush from the Paintbrush Set (Z3188) and liberally applied water to the paper.

Next I added various blues from the Watercolor Paint Set (Z3132) to the top 2/3s of my paper.  I dabbed it onto the paper and even added a tiny bit of magenta.  I have read that if you add multiple colors, you will give your artwork more dimension.

Then I did the same with the bottom 1/3, adding different shades of brown for the ground.

Next I drop Fine Sea Salt onto the wet paper.  I added more water and a little paint here and there until I liked what I saw and I left it to dry.  This doesn't take very long.  I think I did the dishes while I waited.  This is what it looks like.

Once the paper was dry, I rubbed the salt off with my fingers.  If there were any "salt marks" on the paper, I took a damp paint brush and smoothed the mark away.  I added a little bit of paint as needed, but not much.  I didn't want to take away from how the paint moved with the salt.

The trees are stamped using the Fresh Air-Scrapbooking Stamp Set (D1783).  I only used the top of the trees, masking the bottom with a post it note, and inking with Charcoal Ink (Z2831).  I stamped the back set of trees with second generation stamping to give depth.

The moose is stamped using Memento Ink and is from the Nature's Wish Stamp Set (D1703). I colored him in with Shin Han Markers - Black, Bronze, and Clay.

I cut the card top to 4" x 5.25" so it would fit on one of our card bases from the White Daisy Value Pack.  The sentiment is from the Birthday Key (B1603) stamp set.  I love the font! Finally, the card top is matted with Charcoal Cardstock (X5953) and the card is finished!

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Gina Brandstetter's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp/thin cut set as well as any of the supplies listed above on my website. 


  1. Chloe was a sweet bonus to your great card with a fantastic background! Always, Alayne

  2. Thank you Alayne. Her blue eyes matched the sky on my card!

  3. Love the technique! Copy it I will!

  4. Love the technique you used to create your background. I totally need to try that! You card is fantastic!

  5. For not being an outdoorsy (that's a word, right? LOL) kinda gal, I love your card! The technique really lends itself to the theme!


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