Saturday, 24 February 2018

A Magical Day with Watercolour backgrounds and Brusho.

This Magical Day stamp set is so cute, I can't stop playing with it. And, because the Brusho water colour powders give you such whimsical results, you'll find the results totally enchanting.

This card was made by creating the back ground first, using Brusho powder sprinkled onto Thick Whisper White A4 card that was then liberally spritzed with water. While still quite wet, crinkled cling wrap was laid over the wet surface and allowed to dry for about 1/2 and hour. The cling wrap will start to lift as it dries. It will be tempting to play and rearrange the wrap but try to desist as that will compromise the patterning that is being achieved.

I had some left over powder that had "escaped" from my card so I used up that pigment, making a palette on a clear block. I used the smaller Aqua Painter to paint the dragon and love how he turned out. The dragon was stamped with Archival Black ink onto Shimmery White card and as you can see in the next photo, he has a lovely shimmer to his scales. 

The Magical Day set comes with matching framelits, so cutting out the dragon was quite easy. I did need to do a little fussy cutting around the intricate bits, but it was really quick and easy after the shape had been cut. 

Finally I heat embossed one of the greetings from the Magical Day set directly onto the background.
The finished card looked a little dark so I matted the stamped area onto a thin white mat and then onto a thicker Gold Foil mat. The gold really lifts the card and shows up much better in real life. The card base is Night of Navy. 

I hope you like my little fire breathing dragon. All the images in this set are fun to use.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Watercolour Birthday Boy Epic Celebrations

I don't know about you but I find making cards for the boys in my family much harder than for the girls. This stamp set from Stampin' Up! - Epic Celebrations - is just perfect for teenagers or even "want to be" teenagers, so it was the obvious choice for my grandson who will turn 10 this week. 

I enjoyed water colouring the sneakers using my Stampin' Up! water color pencils and an Aqua Painter. 

This is such a quick and easy way to colour:
I have used 2 methods on the shoes. 
*The first is colouring with the pencil, directly onto the paper and just along one edge of the area to be coloured. Then use a clean Aqua Painter to blend the colour away from the edges and form some contours of the shoe. Add more colour as needed.
* the second is using the pencil as a palette. Touch the tip of the Aqua Painter directly onto the colour on the tip of the pencil and paint onto the desired area. The soft pigment in the pencil will transfer to the brush. This method is great for adding more depth to the areas already painted.
* Create shadow with a little grey and blue.

I combined the stamped image with some of the elements from the True Gentleman Suite. The colours in this suite are really awesome and the accessories like the Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon, add the finishing touch to the card. The background paper is from the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper pack. This has an abundance of beautiful masculine patterns that help create quick backgrounds for your stamping. 

And here is another card using some of the other images in Epic Celebrations.

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Techniques To Try - Brusho with Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid

Here we are again with another great technique for you to try - and lots of great ideas of how to use this fascinating medium.

If you are new to our Blog Hop you will see ideas from Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world. We all love to share ideas and different ways to explore all the wonderful techniques that are available via Stampin' Up! If you are starting at my blog - Ann Craig - welcome, and enjoy the other samples and ideas as you hop along.

This month we are using the magical Brusho Water-colour Crystals. The Stampin' Up! offering of Brusho comes in a pack of 5 colours, and you can mix just about any colour from these 5. The colours available in my store are Brilliant Red, Prussian Blue, Gamboge, (orange)  Moss Green and Yellow. You will find them on page 26 of the Occasions Catalogue.

I am doing the Glad Wrap Technique with Brusho and because it looks a lot like underwater to me, I've chosen to combine it with the lovely Magical Mermaid stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

I taped some Shimmery white card to a cutting mat and stamped the mermaid image in Archival Black to give me an idea of where I should aim my colour crystals. Then I liberally washed water over the page (except for the mermaid) and started sprinkling with Prussian Blue Brusho crystals on the lower half of the paper. Next I added some Moss Green and finally plenty of Yellow towards the top and throughout the taped area. Then to create some really interesting texture in your background, simply scrunch up some Cling Wrap and lay it on the card. Leave it for as long as you can to get more definite patterning (at least 30 minutes) but today I left mine for just a few minutes resulting in the patterning being quite subtle.

I stamped the mermaid again on another piece of Shimmery White and coloured her with the fabulous new Alcohol markers - Stampin' Blends, cut her out and adhered her with Fast Fuse. I love the way the background looks like coral and light filtering through the water. 

You can see some of the shimmer of the paper against the darker areas of colour. I added a greeting from the Magical Mermaid stamp set and attached it to the card using dimensionals.  The ribbon is the Whisper White Organza Ribbon that has been coloured with the Dark Night of Navy Blend. This is a simple and quick way to get  ribbon matching your project. 

Using the Brusho water colour crystals and colouring with the Stampin' Blends make a great combination as they both have quite intense colour. I can see all sorts of critters, coral, reeds etc in this background and hope that the technique excites you to try something similar. 

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