I think you can tell I am having a lot of fun with Brusho. The card I would like to share with you today uses the One Wild Ride stamp from Stampin' Up! I had lots of fun this week experimenting with the Brusho Watercolour Crystals and I made this perfect background just mopping up some of the excess paint and water mix that was left when I had worked on my main project. Lesson learned...don't waste a drop!
Still using the Brusho Watercolour Crystals with a range of stamps from Stampin' Up!
This week at my class we have been using the embossed resist technique. An image is stamped using Versa mark ink, then heat embossed using embossing powders and a heat gun. Finally apply Brusho then spritz with water. The results...well see for yourself but I was amazed!
Had a great introduction class to share the new Brusho Watercolour Crystals with a range of stamp sets from Stampin' Up! It was messy but great fun learning techniques to get the best from the Brusho. We used Cling Film with Spray Starch on glossy card. Bubble wrap spritzed with water on watercolour card. Oh and then plain old water spritzed on as well!
So what is Brusho?
It is a unique, transparent, highly pigmented water colour ink powder available in a comprehensive range of brilliant colours. This versatile and intense paint powder can be applied to a variety of mediums including watercolour, mixing with acrylics, simple sprinkling techniques and even wood staining!
The Joy Of Sets Christmas 2017 Blog Hop Hosted by Fiona Whitehead
Welcome to the very first "The Joy of Sets" Christmas Blog Hop. I have just recently started a Card and Cuppa session at a local garden centre and this easel card using the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies (144671) from Stampin' Up! was one of the projects we made this month. This set is not just for Christmas as the dies could be used for new home or wedding projects. I used the dies along with the coordinating stamp set Hearts Come Home (clear mount 145416). Just by varying the shape of your base card you can create something special. When creasing and folding your card I would recommend you use a bone folder. To use you simply crease the card and then run the bone folder up and down the crease to create a lovely crisp finish.
Below is a printable instruction sheet with all the details if you would like to make this project.
Thanks for visiting me today and don't forget to visit all the other blogs taking part in today's hop.
JOY OF SETS CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP LINKS
1. Fiona Whitehead UK 6. Alejandra Gomez - USA
2. Pauline Barnefather 7. Susan Simpson - UK
3. Lea Denton - UK 8. Gemma Clarke
4. Sara Levin - USA 9. Jane Allmark UK
5. Andrea Parr UK
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I am just starting my Summer break and for my last craft class I made a waterfall album. Once you have made one and got the hang of it they are really easy to make. There is just a lot of cutting out to start as there are tabs and pockets inside as well as the layers on the front. I used the Beautiful You stamp set (143637) with Night of Navy ink (126970) and with an aqua painter brush (103954) I pulled the colour into the image. If you use Very Vanilla card stock (106550) you need to be careful not to add too much water and carefully paint the image as it can bleed and tear if you over work it. Alternatively you could use water colour paper (122959).
I enjoyed colouring the Birthday Blooms stamp (140658) for another album I made using some retired Watermelon Wonder card with Crumb Cake ink (126975) and card stock (121685).
This is one of the albums completed during the class using the Birthday Blooms and Vertical Greetings set. (141876)
Instructions are available here to download
At my class this week we revisited the Retiform technique to create cards using the High Tide photopolymer stamp set (143006) from Stampin' Up! a few of my creafting ladies went off piste and used the Dragonfly Dreams photopolymer set (142924).
Retiform literally means 'composed of crossing lines and interstices; netlike' so in card making we translate this and create grids with crossing lines on the card. To do this we mask off areas and use ink. This can be done with Post-it notes, masking tape or scrap pieces of paper to mask the area you wish to ink. Inking, using two strips of masking with a space between creates a very straight and defined edge. Using just one strip to mask an area creates a wider less fluid inked area. Both work well it just depends on what style of card you wish to create and who it is intended for as heavier and darker inking works well for masculine cards. I have made several cards using both techniques to show the variety of styles that can be achieved with this technique. I have also made a YouTube video tutorial which you can find below.
Today I have revisited a card style I have made in the past. This version uses the Happy Birthday Gorgeous photopolymer stamps (143662) from Stampin' Up! along with the Stitched Shaped framelits (145372) to create the aperture and surrounding frame. It is a box style, stand alone card, made using half a sheet of A4 card. The card is cut on the long side to create a strip that is then scored, folded and glued to create a card with accordion sides. I used Flirty Flamingo card (141416) as the base colour and paired it with So Saffron card (105118). I cut the largest circle framelit using Whisper White card (100730) and then decorated it, stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment and then flowers all around the edge. This was glued flat, inside the card, lined up with the aperture. The card front was embossed, using a favourite folder of mine that has been retired for many years now called Elegant Bouquet, it just embosses one side and the base. Then I stamped three flowers and fussy cut them, these were added to the card front on dimensional foam pads, these also had Wink of Stella added for extra sparkle (141897). Finally on the front I added some bling with sparkly gems. The back panel had a layer of So Saffron card and carrying on with the stamped theme a sentiment and flowers were added. Full instructions for this card can be found here
When I got the Daisy Punch (143713) from Stampin' Up! my first idea was to create a welly boot and make it as a flower pot, full of daisies. I haven't made that creation just yet, another for my ever expanding To Do List of projects! However I have created a welly boot template so I can now make shaped cards and use the beautiful range of Design Series Papers (DSP) and co-ordinating card stock from Stampin' Up!
I must say this template started out as a rough drawing on my grid paper and the Lemon Lime Twist (LLT) version was the prototype. I changed a few things for the Berry Burst version however as it is just a hand cut template I think every one will have slight variations and be unique. When you use the template to make a shaped card, it can be made with the main fold at the top or the side. With my examples the left version is mountain fold style opening upwards and the card on the right (LLT) is the standard book fold style opening.
So as I said it was a rough drawing on grid paper but I then cut it out on black card to create a template. I drew a sole with tread and a cuff for the top of the boot, these are optional and can be left off if you wanted to improvise and make a different style of boot. This idea can be used just to go on the card front, it does not have to be a shaped card.
I sized the welly down and made a card using the Lavender stamps in the Daisy Delight set (143669). It's a view from the garden shed and lovely it is too! I also used the new Pretty Label punch (143715) and the co-ordinating Label Me Pretty stamp set (143861)
When we used this at my class today there were lots of ideas of what you could use the template for such as Santa's boots, Hiking boots, Posh designer boots and even Glastonbury wellies! If you need any supplies to make this card please have a look at my online shop here. I have taken a picture of the template on grid paper in case you would like to have a go. Happy Crafting!
At my most recent class we made a twist and pop up card using the Birthday Memories suite from Stampin' Up! (145294) This set is great as you can die cut the Designer Series Paper (144118) and use the image on the card so you don't have to do any colouring if that's not your thing. The Twist and Pop Up style is a great wow card and shows off lots of the lovely images available in the set. I have die cut the Poodle, balloon, cake and present all from images on the DSP. The little girl is stamped using Dapper Denim ink and I then stamped and die cut the bouquet so it looks like she is hiding it behind her back. Instructions on how to make the base card and this design can be found in the PDF files below
Hi, my name is Pauline Barnfather and I am a Stampin Up! demonstrator in Basingstoke, UK. Welcome to my Blog!
I get excited about any style of paper crafting so enjoy having a look. I hope my projects inspire you to get crafting!