Brusho Watercolor Powders, Florals, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Brusho, Stampendous & Embossing Folders!

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After watching several youtube videos today on how to use Brusho watercolor crystals with embossing folders, I decided to give it a try!  I began by sprinkling blue and purple crystals onto the recessed side of my Sizzix Textured Impressions-Floral Tapestry folder, then spritzed them with water which made the color bloom and spread into the grooves.  I placed the Canvasette Paper Canvas card stock  onto the wet paint then closed the folder and pressed for a few seconds.  Look how beautifully it came out!  To make my card, I clear-embossed the roses and leaves from Stampendous’ Rose Garden stamp set, then painted them with more crystals which I dampened with water.  I let them air dry, added more paint and dried again.
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I trimmed down the embossed panel, adhered it to a layer of white card stock, then onto a card base of blue which I’d run through my Cuttlebug with another Elizabeth Craft Designs Spring Leaves folder for texture.  I mounted the roses and leaves using pieces of foam tape.  I really enjoyed trying out a new technique!
Altenew, Florals, Jumbo Dahlia, Jumbo Peony, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Label Love, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

More Stampendous Jumbo’s!

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I know!  I know!  All I do is gush over Stampendous!!  But look!!  These jumbo blossoms are to DIE for!!  This one is their retired Jumbo Peony which I found on ebay after months of searching!  SCORE!!  Heat-embossed in white onto Strathmore watercolor paper, I painted it with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints, then very faintly stamped one of my script-y stamps onto the background.  A strip of fun black and white patterned paper, a few sequins…
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…and Altenew’s Label Love sentiment embossed in black, all layered onto a white card base complete this beauty!  
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Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia is so striking!  Again, I heat-embossed in white on watercolor paper, painted with Gansai Tambi watercolors, layered it onto white then onto a white card base.  Easy-peasy!  I later added a sentiment like the one above.  
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Stampendous Jumbo Peony in Gansai Tambi shades of orange and blue~ spatters of white to accent the black heat-embossed image.  Watercolor paper on a white card base.  What’s not to love?!  😉  
Gina Marie Designs, Impression Obsession, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stitched Rectangle Dies, What's Brewing

Impression Obsession What’s Brewing?

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This is the second in my series of cards made for White Rose Crafts using Doodles Paper Playgrounds Sparkle Blends sequin mix!  This mix is called But First, Coffee and paired perfectly with Impression Obsession’s What’s Brewing? stamp set!  To create this card, I began with a base card of white card stock and stamped a coffee-related background (I don’t know who made it or where I got it!) plus the beans from IO’s set.  I then stamped out the coffee mugs, colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, fussy-cut and glazed with Versamark and clear embossing powder.  
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Setting those aside, I created the frame using dark brown card stock, cut with Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle dies dies and a panel of clear acetate upon which I’d stamped the sentiment using Timber Brown Stazon ink.  I adhered the frame to the base card after adding a small handful of But First, Coffee sequins to the center, sealing them in with a frame of foam tape.  This card was less challenging than my first shaker card!  It would have been fun to add a sprinkle of coffee grounds!  
Cuppa Cactus, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Newton's Nook, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Newton’s Nook Cuppa Cactus

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As I continue to add content to my blog, I chose this colorful card to share today!  It’s especially meaningful as I created it upon request from White Rose Crafts to feature Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends sequin mix!  What an honor it was to be asked to create for them!  It happens to be my very first shaker card too!  Let me see if I can recall how I made it!  To begin, I stamped out the images from Newton’s Nook Cuppa Cactus set and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I used the handy dies to cut them out, then coated with a glaze of Versamark and clear embossing powder. 
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Setting those aside, I cut a small panel of white card stock, sponged lightly with Broken China distress ink, then cut out a black frame of cardstock using two of my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies.  I cut strips of foam tape to adhere the two together with a panel of clear acetate in between.  I attached the sponged panel to the white card base, placed a small handful of Citrus Twist Sparkle Blends onto the base, and placed the black frame over it, pressing all around the edges to adhere it firmly.  I then added pieces of foam tape to the cactus pots and mounted them onto the base of the black frame.  
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Lastly, I stamped the Hello sentiment from the Cuppa Cactus set and breathed a sigh of relief!  I love how this turned out, but I definitely felt a little challenged!  The Sparkle Blend Citrus Twist sequins look GREAT, don’t you think?!  
Distress Oxides, Jane's Doodles, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Plants, Tim Holtz

Jane’s Doodles Plants

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I was so tickled to be the winner of an Instagram giveaway last week and received several stamp sets and two stencils from @linkcraftycards (Cheryl Espie)!  I especially love this particular set by Jane’s Doodles called Plants.  I chose two of the potted plants for my simple card.  Using Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink, I stamped the small pot in the foreground first, then masked it, and stamped the large plant behind it.  I colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, added a shadow of light gray all around the edges and spattered some wet ink over all.  
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Using a big soft makeup brush, I tapped it into Broken China Distress Oxide ink, then gently brushed the ink over the whole panel.  I really like how it softly highlights the images!  I love the sentiment that came with this set, and placed it at the top left.  I also spattered droplets of water over the plants which gave them nice texture but unfortunately, a larger drop made the ink on the red pot run, so I stamped out “friend” onto a tiny scrap and mounted it over the spot with a bit of foam tape.  Save!!  The panel was adhered to a bright aqua blue layer than onto a white card base.  This is not in my usual vibrantly colored, more complex style but I just love the clean simplicity of it!  
Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stampendous, Stitched Circle Dies, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards, Wisteria

Stampendous Wisteria

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It’s official; I’m in LOVE!  Stampendous has nailed it again with a gorgeous Wisteria stamp!  I spent a little time coloring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, adding layers of purples and a touch of aqua, then surrounded the flowers with shades of gray, softening with a water brush.  Once again, I used that beautiful script stamp from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals to lightly stamp over the image, then spattered droplets of water over it all. I sponged a little Peeled Paint distress ink then a layer of Iced Spruce oxide ink around the edges, after cutting the image with my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Circle dies.  
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The leafy background is cut from a notecard sent to me by a friend (it immediately went into my paper stash to recycle!) and I sponged a bit of the same distress inks around the edges to soften.  I punched a hole and inserted a pearl brad to anchor the little grosgrain ribbon tab; the round image is mounted on another circle of fun foam to lift it up.  I really enjoyed creating this beautiful card!