A more summery theme to this post! A recent purchase is Stampin’ Up’s Garden in bloom set of stamps which I love – they are so versatile. Here are two cards using stamps from the set but completely different techniques.
On this card I have used heat embossing resist and Brusho. Started off by stamping the flowers, leaves and butterfly with VersaMark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I sprinkled ultramarine and emerald green Brusho crystals over and spritzed with water.
The background for the second card is a gelli print. I brayered ink from a Kaleidacolor inkpad over the gelli plate and pulled a print, then stamped the flowers over the plate using the same inkpad and printed for a second time.
I have used other stamps from the set to create the finished card, including the sentiments. The little bees were coloured with a Pro-Marker and I added some glitter to their wings.
I’ve just made this card for the husband of one of my friends, whose birthday is coming up this month. The background is a piece of card left over after some experiments with Brusho. I was inspired to try out this technique after seeing some of the fabulous work by Amanda Southern on her blog. I sprinkled some grey Brusho onto a craft mat and sprayed with water, then pressed a piece of watercolour paper into the wet ink. Deciding to go a little further, I used a ‘squares’ stencil which I dipped into the ink left on the craft mat and pressed that onto parts of the paper as well. I liked the effect this gave me especially where the two wet inks overlapped. When it was dry I cut off what I thought was the best part for another project. However, when I came to stamp on it I completely messed it up and sadly it had to be binned!! So I thought I’d better use this bit which was left over at least. I’ve kept it very simple and just used 3 stamps on the background (all from Tim Holtz’s Road Trip set). Mmmmm, just thinking this would make a good 66th birthday card!
I’ve just been away for a few days at the lovely Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire to do some calligraphy. I decided to take my Brusho crystals with me to try out. I had a short poem about the sea which I wanted to write out and had the idea of using Brusho at the bottom to resemble the sea. Well, I had a go and was quite pleased with the result – I used cold press watercolour paper which I stretched before adding the Brusho ‘sea’ at the bottom. The poem was written out using gouache paints.
I made a few other trials using the Brushos including writing over Brusho backgrounds using gouache. I was pleased to find that I could get crisp letters on the backgrounds. I used cling film on the ‘carpe diem’ background.
I also tried using rock salt on a Brusho background – this time I wrote the word ‘flowers’ onto the watercolour paper using art masking fluid before adding the Brusho colours and then sprinkling the salt over. Once completely dry I removed the masking fluid to reveal the letters.