Tag Archives: Brusho

Garden in bloom



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.


Route 66


route66I’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!

Calligraphy and Brusho


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. ???????????????????????????????