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Video Series: Homemade Techniques – Card #2

Homemade Techniques

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Welcome back for the second card in my Homemade Techniques series! I decided to study my pantry for possible items to use. As I stood there examining the contents, I saw the rice. I buy A LOT of rice. I used to buy all that whole grain brown stuff but then decided to live life to the fullest and go with white. 🙂 Anyway… I remembered that you’re supposed to submerge your iPhone in rice if it gets wet. Apparently the rice will suck all the water out of your phone. I wondered what effect it would have on watercolor, so I brought it to my craft room and was pleasantly surprised by the results:

Homemade Techniques

I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors, which go on quite thick. Here is a close-up of the design left by the rice:

Homemade Techniques

I decided to also try the rice with Peerless watercolor (Alizarine Red, Orange Yellow, and Brilliant Yellow). The effect was a lot softer:

Homemade Techniques

Here is a close-up of this one:

Homemade Techniques

To finish off this Peerless card, I just white embossed one of the sentiments from I Love You More on black cardstock, cut it up, and popped it onto the center of the card.

Anyway, I hope you’ll try this technique at home – it very exciting to see the results!

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Gansai Tambi colors used: #52, 64, and 139

Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Technique Tuesday Birthday Die
Technique Tuesday Birthday Die
Summber Greetings
Summer Greetings
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Size 12 Round Brush
Size 12 Round Brush
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on April 13th, 2016 at 7:58 am


    Hi Darlene, Aha! I looked at your card before watching the video and wondered if that was rice in the background. Sure enough it was. Of course, you’d never guess that it was rice unless you were looking for something around the house that you were going to use. And the rice is so effective too. I can hardly wait to try this one. I plan to do this technique tomorrow for another birthday card. I might even throw in a butterfly for good measure and enter it for the Challenge. Would that be cheating?! LOL

  2. wrote on April 13th, 2016 at 3:21 pm


    Your rice cards turned out great, Darlene! I tried the foil card placing the bakers twine just as you did in the video and one on an angle. I liked them both ways but your way shows more dimension to the card. Now, I wonder how the cards will mail. 🙂

    • wrote on April 13th, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Carol Mac

      Jan, when I mail cards with something on the front that I am worried about crushing, I turn my card inside out and put it in the envelope like that. I know the recipient will wonder that the heck you did, but it really protects it from the postage machines. Hope that helps!?

      • wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 8:39 am


        Thanks Carol

  3. wrote on April 13th, 2016 at 10:14 pm


    Boy that rice really works wonders. It reminds me of something you would see under a microscope in a way, but that is just the science nerd in my speaking. The colors are gorgeous though!

  4. wrote on April 13th, 2016 at 10:37 pm


    Darlene…..What fun!! Thank you for sharing.

  5. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 12:20 am


    Looks like fun! I am going to try using my Color Burst on my card…hopefully my “experiment” will work.

  6. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 5:19 am


    Darlene, I love both cards. You WOW me every time. Who else would think of using rice. I am in Sydney at the moment but I can’t wait to get home and try this “rice treatment”. Thanks so much.

  7. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 7:37 am


    Fun way to put a special effect Onto your background.. I still haven’t tried salt on my watercoloring…. Guess I better start playing!

  8. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 9:19 am


    Stunning! So excited to try these techniques! Never would I have dreamed using these items to make such gorgeous cards!

  9. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 1:13 pm


    Pretty card, Darlene! How fun to be able to think of things to use from around the house!! Supplies are soooo spendy in the stores!! Thank you for sharing-I love everything you show us!!

  10. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 2:25 pm


    Jasmine Rice are good for a lot of receipes and on cards 🙂 just amazing it reminded me at the salt technique as well.

  11. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 5:40 pm


    Love the card and technique. Who would have thought of rice. You did. You are amazing.

  12. wrote on April 22nd, 2016 at 9:58 pm


    Another great card Darlene. Have to give this a go Great effect with the rice
    Thanks for sharing

  13. wrote on April 27th, 2016 at 1:52 pm


    love this!

  14. wrote on June 21st, 2016 at 2:24 pm


    Another fabulous idea… thank you!

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