Bister watercolor powders, Brusho Watercolor Powders, Emboss Resist Technique, Mini Weathered Winter, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Flurry of Thanks

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It’s been too long since I’ve posted on my blog but between craft shows and holiday preparations and activities, I haven’t made new cards until now!  Today’s project was to create Thank You cards and I was inspired by an incredibly beautiful card I received from Angelica Conrad of My Love For Paper blog!  Take a peek here!  She used Nuvo Shimmer powders but I don’t own that product so instead, I used my Bister and Brusho watercolor crystals which give the same effect.  
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The process was pretty much the same as Angelica’s;  I heat-embossed the snowflakes from Tim Holtz’ Mini Weathered Winter in white onto a piece of watercolor card stock then spritzed it with a heavy layer of water.  
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I sprinkled on several shades of Bister or Brusho crystals, then spritzed more water to make the color move and blend.  This one is my favorite with shades of purple and aqua!  
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When all my panels were completed, I added the multiple-Thank You stamp which I embossed with white ink and clear powder right over the background.  I like how subtle it is!  
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Wait.  Maybe this one is my favorite with it’s bright rainbow of colors!  😀  A dear stamping friend sent me a package filled with die-cut snowflakes and other goodies recently and I added one to each card, lifting it with a 3D Foam Square for a little added interest.  
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The final touch was to emboss “many thanks” from an old Stampin Up set onto a scrap of black paper with white embossing powder and attach that over the glittery snowflake.  I like the pop of black, don’t you?!  A base card of white completes my card!  These are the first four of a number of Thank You cards I’ll need, so I’ll be back with the next batch soon!  Thanks for visiting!  
Bister watercolor powders, Everything Flowers background stamp, Hero Arts, Water Colored Cards

Hero Arts Everything Flowers

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Here’s another card using Brusho watercolor powders on Hero Arts Everything Flowers background!  I began by heat-embossing the image with clear embossing powder onto Strathmore watercolor paper and then “painted” a wash of water over it all.  Simply shaking or sprinkling the powders onto the wet card stock causes them to bloom and spread, some being contained within the embossed lines of the image.  I cut the panel down in order to adhere it to a panel of blue card stock and attached it to a white card base.  I purchased the sentiment stamp from AC Moore, and heat-embossed it using green embossing powder onto a panel of the watercolor paper, trimmed it down and attached it to another layer of the blue card stock.  A few colorful sequins finished the card!  

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This card was made using the same technique but I used Bister watercolor powders instead; they’re more muted in tone and are sold by I Brake For Stamps.  I cut down my panel to fit my card base and then heat-embossed a sentiment bought from AC Moore with red embossing powder onto a piece of vellum card stock.  I hope you enjoy these “color explosions” as much as I do!