Welcome back 🙂
Today I’m going to be sharing some cards, that I hope are going to make you smile.
As a self confessed butterfly fan, I was pretty keen to create a project that would give me a chance, to use this lovely butterfly image from the new Beautiful Day stamp set.
I had a few ideas floating around in my head, the trouble was working out which one to make first….such a dilemma ;-)..
As I already had my Brusho’s out from an earlier project, it made sense to just go with the flow, & pair them up with the butterfly. You can find both the butterfly & the Brusho’s on page 26 of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalogue.
Knowing that I was going to be using Brusho’s & potentially quite a bit of water, I figured the safest bet was to use watercolour paper for my backgrounds.
After cutting the paper to size, I heat embossed a butterfly image onto each piece using some Versamark ink & Stampin’ Emboss powder in White.
Top Tip: It’s important to use white embossing powder & not clear if you want the your image to have a clean, crisp, opaque look to it. I’ve tried this same card using clear embossing powder & it wasn’t nearly as nice.
I made the backgrounds for the yellow & green cards first by simply sprinkling some Brusho’s onto the watercolour paper & then spritzing them with water, to activate the colours. For some reason I wasn’t totally happy with the distribution of the colours, so I used an Aqua Painter (filled with water) to push the colours around until I had something that I liked.
As this lovely blue butterfly was the last background that I knew I was going to make, I decided to take a little more time with it & try something different.
Instead of sprinkling the brusho’s & then spritzing with water, I took a more controlled approach. I used my Aqua Painter to place water inside the butterflies wings, before sprinkling on the Prussian blue Brusho colour crystals. By only placing water where I wanted it, I was able to better control the spread of colour & maintain more intensity within the butterfly. I then left it to dry for a while, before giving it a quick blast from my heat gun to speed up the process.
Once it was dry I created a colour wash using the Prussian Blue Brusho’s & a little bit of water in a dish. Using my Aqua Painter I then applied a light wash of plain water to the outside of the butterfly before adding the colour wash. It’s important to do this if you want a soft even look. Adding a colour wash to dry paper can result in the colours “grabbing” onto the paper & give you a dark patch that you can’t easily hide.
If like me, you want to add more colour, depth & shadow near the butterfly, you can do so by gently adding more colour to those areas. To get a seamless look, I recommend adding the extra colour, while the initial colour wash is still drying.
I hope I’ve inspired you with today’s projects….if you’ve got any questions or have a favourite card, I’d love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment.
Much Love, K xo
Want to try out the fun of Brusho’s for yourself? Then make sure you book into one of my Brusho’s card classes. Bookings are now open, the classes will be held in March.
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