Welcome to a new week! I hope that your weekend was a good one. I got some creating done, so that always makes it good, for me 🙂 If you’ve been following my blog posts, you know that I like to paint using Brusho as my watercolour medium. But did you know that you can also create Brusho backgrounds, and add stamped images on top? It’s a wonderful combination!
I had just received some new Lavinia stamps, and was dying to play! I had a few ideas in mind when I ordered them, so first I created my Brusho background. After letting it dry, I then stamped.
I just love the colours!
First, cut a piece of watercolour paper to 3 3/4″ x 5″. My favourite is Arches 140 lb. cold press. Wet the entire piece, using a 1″ or wider brush, and clean water. Next, sprinkle on the Brusho Crystals. From top to bottom, the colours are Sea Green, Turquoise and Ultramarine. Tilt the paper side to side and top to bottom, allowing the colours to run and blend. If you need more water, either spray on more clean water, or use a wet brush to spread the Brusho. Once you’re happy with your blending, set the piece aside to thoroughly dry. I was working on a second project at the same time, so I let mine sit overnight. Allowing it to air dry will result in less buckling of the paper, if you haven’t taped it down, than using a heat tool to dry it.
Once your background is dry, set it up in your MISTI stamp platform. Place the Lavinia Jalandhar jellyfish stamp, plus the small fish and seahorse from the Lavinia Sea Creatures stamp set, where you want them. Cover the stamps with Versamark ink, and stamp firmly. You should ink and stamp at least twice, to ensure good ink coverage. This is due to the textured nature of the watercolour paper.
Now, cover the images with white embossing powder, and heat set. I decided not to add a sentiment to the front yet, so that I can choose to add one later, depending on to whom, and for what reason, I send the card. Layer your card front onto a black cardstock panel, and then onto a blue/green card base.
The final touch is to add some clear domed embellishments, reminiscent of bubbles.
I decided to add a bit of sparkle to my images, afterwards. It’s a bit difficult to see, but I adding some Wink of Stella Gold to the small fish & seahorse, and some Wink of Stella clear to the jellyfish.
This is a pretty basic design, but if you have different colours of embossing powders, or even an iridescent powder, those would look great!
I hope that I’ve inspired you to try out this ‘easy’ way to use Brusho Crystal Colours, by creating a Brusho background. Once you start having fun with them, who knows what you’ll create next!
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