Using Brusho Powders

Good morning!  Today's card uses Brusho Crystal Colours.  These are intense powdered paints and are fun to use.  The results are always unique and beautiful while the colors are bright and translucent.
Brusho Crystal Colours
I first took a panel of watercolor paper that was slightly larger than an A2 card and sprinkled it with the Brusho powders.  Then I spritzed it with water and let the water run by tilting the paper.  The powders dissolve quickly but you can see in places where it still retains some of the look of being sprinkled and somewhat powder-like.

Because I tend to be impatient, I used a heat gun to dry the paper, leaving it just damp.  At this point I stamped the large butterfly and honeycomb images so the edges would soften due to the moisture.  For the images I wanted clearer, I waited until the panel was dry to stamp.  I tore the edges of the panel for a more organic feel and mounted it to an A2 card.  The small butterfly was punched out and I adhered just the body so I could fold up the wings slightly.

My cards are often very controlled and tight, so the Brushos are a fun medium for me to play with.  They take me out of my comfort zone.  I've posted other cards where I've used Distress inks to create loose backgrounds, but even those are a bit more controlled than the Brushos! 

Stamps - Stampin Up! Butterfly Basics
Inks - Brusho Crystal Colous; Stampin Up! Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Tangelo Twist 
Punch - Stampin Up! Bitty Butterfly punch

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Fairy Tale Wishes

This is a card created as a Guest Designer for Cottage Cutz dies.  I love the Wedding Horse & Carriage and Wedding Chapel dies - they remind me of Cinderella! So I wanted to create a birthday card for a girl who loves fairy tales or could be used as a wedding card (just change the "wish" to "celebrate"!)

I cut the cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scored it at the 4 1/4 mark to make a top folding A2 card.  All pieces except the word "Wish" are cut from the same vanilla cardstock and colored with Copic markers.

I used E37, E39, E47, E49 for the horse and cool greys - C00, C1, C4, C5 - to shade the carriage and wheels.
The chapel was colored with E50 and E 51 and warm greys - W3 and W5 - for the roof. The rose was colored in the same manner using R81, R83, R85 and G82, G94, G99.
To create the horizon line in the background I cut a free form mask using scissors. Then I used a sponge and a few shades of blue and green ink to create the grass and sky.  The white panel is slightly smaller than the front of the card.
I cut another panel out of vanilla cardstock the same size as the card front.  From this I cut an oval using the largest oval die from Basics Oval Set and embossed it to give it some additional interest.
 I played around with the arrangement within the frame and decided to have the steeple of the chapel outside the frame.
The last things added were the word "Wish" and the rose.  I did need to trim one set of leaves off the rose to fit the space.  I also added rhinestones to the center of the wheels.

Dies - Cottage Cutz

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Magical Dragon and More Color Matching!

Happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I know I am! Today's card features one of my favorite creatures - a dragon.  And this little guy is adorable.
The layout for this card comes from this week's sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and the colors are from Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge.  I colored the cake and dragon with Copic markers matching as closely as possible to the colors for the challenge.  (Challenge colors this week are So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz and Berry Burst - matches listed below.)

I didn't want a plain background and did not have any paper that really inspired me so I pulled out an old giraffe print stencil, ink and sponges.  For the stenciling, I did use the exact ink colors specified in the challnge.  I thought that the green and yellow gave it a "dragon scale" feel rather than "giraffe" feel.  I used a stitched frame to set it off.

The sentiment needed to be more than just ink stamped - it needed some glitz - so I got out my MISTI.  I first stamped it in the berry color then again using Versamark ink, but only over the word "Magical".  While the Versamark was wet I added Heat 'n Stick powder.  Using my heat gun, I melted it and added some iridescent glitter to "Magical".
It really does add some sparkle.  I added a few clear sequins and that was it.

Stamps - My Favorite Things BB Magical Dragons, My Favorite Things BB Happy Hippos (Both with matching dies), My Favorite Things Rainbows of Happiness (sentiment)

Copic Markers - So Saffron YR30, Y21, Y32;  Pear Pizzazz YG93, YG97, G94; Berry Burst RV69, RV63, RV55

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Adding Emphasis with a Die Cut

Today's card features a graphic image emphasized using a die cut.
die cut, bird, bloom art stamps
I created the background using distress oxide inks on craft mat and dipping the paper in them. I heat set the inks between layers. I stamped the bird in Chocolate Chip then inked the edges in Early Espresso and stamped again. To add some emphasis on the bird  I used a stitched circle die to cut out the bird's chest and head and a stack of circles in Early Espresso card stock.  This method of adding dimension does several things - it gives a bit of color to the edge of your piece that is popped up off the card, it adds stability to the card, and it emphasizes your focal point in very subtle way. 

I've started using this method recently and I love it!  The only caveat is that you need to be precise in lining up the die cuts so your stack is straight.  I normally use Tombow glue so I have a little time before it sets up and is permanent.

Stamps - Bloom Art Stamps Spring Bird

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Designing with Kraft Paper

Happy Monday!  I have two cards today.  Both were made for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week.  Really wonderful colors - green, kraft and white.  Both cards use beautiful stamps from Bloom Art Stamps.  
Colored pencils on kraft paper

Kraft paper gives a very rich look on projects but presents certain challenges with color. Since colored pencils are a more opaque medium, they sit on top of the kraft paper and retain much of their color.  But dye inks tend to soak into the paper so when using them on kraft they can lose some of their vibrancy.
Colored pencils on kraft paper
I used Prismacolor pencils for this card.  I love Prismacolors for their blending ability although on this card I really only had to blend the green shades - the white and brown background shading was created by using different pressures of the pencil. When coloring some of the smaller areas with the white pencil, I inadvertently colored over some of the lines.  To darken them and make them crisp, I drew over them with a multiliner. I also used it to color the edges of the top panel after fussy cutting it out.

Stamps - Bloom Art Stamps Peonies Garden Collection
Pencils used - Lime Peel, Chartreuse, Moss Green, Light Umber, White

For the second card I stamped all images on the kraft cardstock.
Ink on kraft paper
The background florals were second generation stamped in several shades of green.  Knowing that they would lose a bit of vibrancy on the kraft, I picked fairly bright greens.  The bird was stamped in the Baked Brown Sugar ink and I used a sponge dauber with Soft Suede to ink the top edges of the bird stamp to add a little depth.  I used the same technique of inking the stamp and sponging around the edges to create the two tone main flower.
Ink on kraft paper
I wanted to frame the bird and add some white to the card.  I decided to use a stacked die cut for the frame.  This technique gave me a subtle white border to the frame. The die I used is a My Favorite Things pierced rectangle. I cut the top out of kraft and six additional ones from white cardstock.
After gluing the stack together, I cut down the bird panel to fit the frame and adhered all to the card.  Finally, I fussy cut the flower and adhered it and sequins to the card.  I just felt it needed some bling!

Stamps - Bloom Art Stamps Spring Bird and Bird Paradise
Inks - Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Summer Starfruit, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede

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