Colors really can make the card and we now have a new to us medium that is so much fun to play with – Brusho Crystal Colour! Similar to watercolor but way more versatile. There are multiple techniques you can use to apply Brusho and some great YouTube videos out there that explain how.
I started with Shimmery White cardstock. It stands up to water much better than regular Whisper White. I then used our Stampin’ Spritzer and liberally applied water to the surface. I then tapped on a little of each of the Brusho colors (Brilliant Red, Gamboge, Yellow, Moss Green and Prussian Blue). It was like mini fireworks when the crystals hit the water! Areas where I wanted the colors to “run” a bit, I simply spritzed on more water holding the spritzer about 4-6″ away from the paper for a finer mist and better control. I then heat set it but if you have the patience you could just let it air dry.
Now, let’s talk about how I got two cards made from this one background.
I die cut the butterfly out using one of the Lots of Labels dies. I then cut the same size die from our Basic Black cardstock, cut it in half vertically and then glued each piece to the end of the butterfly focal. This was then mounted onto one of the premade cards in the Tutti Frutti Cards and Envelopes pack (which happens to be a free item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog) using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then glued a 1/2″ strip of Basic Black cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the bottom leaving a small border. I stamped the sentiment from Dragonfly Dream with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I cut this down to fit and adhered it with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Easy, breezy!
I then took the leftover Brusho background and used it for the card below. I stamped the floral image from the Petal Palette stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then using my Blender Pens and several inks (Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral and So Saffron) colored in the leaves and petals. I then used a blender pen and Soft Sky ink to do a light wash around the image to ground it. Once my focal image was complete, I used one of the Lots of Labels dies to cut it out. I also cut out the same die in Basic Black cardstock, cut it in half and glued each piece to the top and bottom of the focal piece. The Brusho background was adhered to another of the Tutti Frutti Cards and Envelopes card base using multipurpose glue. The focal piece was then glued in the center of that leaving a nice border of the card base showing through. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut it down and flagged the end, and adhered it to the lower left using multipurpose glue. Another pretty card!
If you have been thinking about getting the Brusho Crystal Colour set, I hope this gives you some inspiration. You can find all of the products used in my store – just click the Shop Now button in the upper right corner or click here. Drop me a comment if you have any questions.
Ta for now!