Friday, 12 September 2014
Butterfly card with brusho & something special...
Today is a special day for me as today is all about my family. Not only that today was my due date last year (yes, my little one will be 1 this month! No, she did not make an appearance on that day...), but also today would have been my dear angel Grandma's birthday so I will be lighting a candle in her memory today. I miss her dearly, she was an angel on earth and now is an angel in Heavens.
I would also like to mention one more, very important person in my life and that is my dear Mum! And as we are having such a nice round up here I'd like to show you how beautifully talented my Mummy is. She loves crafting with Pergamano and makes the most amazing projects. From cards, to envelopes and tiny gift boxes... they are just amazing. Yesterday she sent me a bunch of photos taken with her phone and I asked if I could share them. The photos are not great but they will give you a good idea of what she does... so here they are, the tiny gift boxes she just made...
Aren't they just wonderful?
As per the title of this post I also promised you a card made with the Brusho crystals... I have been experimenting with them, made swatches and made two cards, well, three if I count my Speed Craft Challenge card in.
If you are, like me, new to this wonderful medium then you will find that there are only a few videos on the Brushos on youtube that actually give you somewhat insight of what they are all about, but not exactly how to start or some practical advice. So before I proceed to show you my card I'd like to make a few comments regarding my observations.
Here you can see my rough colour swatches...
... and a first few backgrounds I made the moment I got my hands on them...
1. don't open the seal or the lid, just poke a hole with a metal skewer or some sort of poking tool in the middle of the lid insead otherwise your risk your partner will be getting rainbow sandwiches if you, like me, have to craft on your kitchen counter. (Donna, you're so funny! :))
2. cover your entire work surface with a large plastic sheet to protect it. The specs of crystals are so tiny they get everywhere.
3. spray over the sprinkled Brusho with water from a high up 15 - 20cm to prevent the colour bouncing off of the card with the pressure of the water, you will minimise the mess....guess how I know?!
4. you can wet your cardstock or your watercolour paper first, then sprinkle and see the magic happen. Use more water for more coverage and blending, less water for more grungy speckled effect
5. you can sprinkle over your drawn design, spray water
6. you can use water to remove some of the colour afterwards.
7. you can use very diluted bleach for bleaching effect
8. you can stamp with Brushos, use them as normal watercolour if diluted with water on your palette, colour your modeling paste with them or even thicken them with a thickener and much more
9. once you have created your background and feel it is too blended, sprinkle some Brusho over your background and lightly spray some water on top which will give you the speckled effect instantly.
10. you must learn to leg of of perfection and let the magic just happen
Here is my Butterfly card I created using the lemon, yellow, orange, scarlet, brilliant red, purple & dark brown crystals...
The background is one of the above. I stamped the Jumbo Butterfly by Stampendous on top of my dry background, went over the entire butterfly with a wet brush and sprinkled the purple and a tiny bit of the brown on top of the wet area. When dry I went over some areas of the butterfly with a wet brush and removed the colour with a tissue paper. This created some highlights. I also flicked the brush below and above the butterfly to remove some colour from the background. I felt it needed more purple on the background so I flicked my wet brush under the butterfly which made tiny spec of water, sprinkled some purple over this area and dried it... the colour only appeared on the wet areas, the rest somehow disappeared. If you sprinkle using the tiny hole in your cap you have more control over it I guess. The sentiment is by Tim Holtz.
I made one more card that I will post later on today separately as this post is long enough... :) Sorry, just thought I had to share it all...
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
City Crafter Challenge Blog - Butterflies
The Artistic Stamper - Autumn colours
Stamping Sensations - Things with wings
Simon Says Stamp Wed Blog - Create your own background
Thank you for your visit! It would be nice if you could pop back to see the other card I made with the green background above. All the best!