Monday, 20 April 2015

Live Creatively with Brusho Colours

 
Good morning, happy Monday. Thanks to everyone who's told us they're enjoying the Brusho blog posts, I've got another of my class samples to show you today. I used just two Brusho Crystal colours - Sea Green & Turquoise - along with the Stampendous stamps Quill Feather & Live Creatively & the IndigoBlu Limor Webber stamps sets Ink Splats & Limor Circles.....
 

 
 
I sprinkled Sea Green Brusho onto watercolour card & spritzed the crystals with water......
 

 
 
 I used a piece of Cut & Dry foam & a patting motion to move the colour around & when it had dried I added splatters of Bronze Shimmer Spray..........
 

 
I coloured two pieces of scrap the same way, using Turquoise & Sea Green Brusho............

 
 
I stamped the Quill Feather onto each with Onyx Black Versafine, covered with
clear embossing powder & heat set, then cut them out. 
 
I added the Limor Webber images to the background with embossing ink & white embossing powder. The circles on the top right corner were made with Turquoise Versacolor ink.......

 
I used Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear glue to keep the Fran-tage Bronze Crushed Glass Glitter in place on the top feather.
 
Brusho Crystal Colours - Starter Pk 2 Pk of 24 Quill Feather Live Creatively Ink SplatsLimor Circles    Shimmering Bronze WL01 Bright White 160ml  WA01 Clear Gloss 160ml  Versacolor Turquoise Bronze Crushed Glass GlitterVersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black  Cut-n-Dry Foam
 
Thanks for visiting the blog today. I did a post on Saturday about a special workshop Lisa is doing in Maidstone in July. If you missed it, you can find it HERE.
 
Kirsten

Saturday, 18 April 2015

July Workshop - Inka Gold Paints

 
Good evening, I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend so far. I wanted to let you know about a workshop Lisa will be running on Friday, July 3 in Fant Hall, Maidstone.
 
As most of you know, Lisa runs two classes on the first Friday of the month in the same venue & every July she also holds the Crafting Extravaganza Event Day - this year's event day is only THREE months away!! Organising the two classes, the event day, followed by August's two classes two weeks later, is a huge amount of work, so this year, she has decided to hold ONE workshop on Friday, July 3, from 2pm to 7pm.
 
 You will learn to use the fantastic Inka Gold metallic paints from Viva Décor and decorate either a mirror...............



Or the covers of a mini journal....................


 
 
The cost of the workshop will be £25.00. This includes your choice of the mirror or journal, as well as tea/coffee & biscuits. The Inka Gold paints, as well as various cuttings dies & embossing folders will be provided, as will a tool kit, but if you have favourite cutting dies/embossing folders/chipboard pieces you are welcome to bring them with you to use.
 
The mobile shop will not be there, but products linked to the workshop will be available to buy.
 
Places for the July 3 workshop are limited to 30, so if you are interested in attending, please email Lisa on lisabaker1@btinternet.com
 
*If Friday is not suitable & there are enough people registering their interest in attending on a Saturday, Lisa will try to hold the workshop again at a future date - most likely in a different venue.*
 
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3 & please see the classes and workshops page for information on other classes.
 
Kirsten
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 17 April 2015

On The Wing

 
Good morning crafters, it's Friday and me again :o)  I hope you're all well and enjoyed the lovely weather we had this week.
 
Sorry but at the time of this post the Brusho's are sold out.....please pop back to the website for updates
 

 
 
Today's card is my first using Brusho's in earnest so you can see I've been very cautious not to overdo it, not quite at Lisa, Kirsten and Karen's level yet, but I'll get there :o)
 
 I started with a 6" x 6" card and matted it with black card from my stash.  I wanted to use the technique of putting the Brusho's onto the card before spritzing and used the Purple, Yellow and Aqua Marine, I then spritzed the card lightly to see the effect before spritzing again to increase the colour.
 
I then used the Imagination Craft Vine Trellis Stencil and watered down some yellow Brusho onto a tile and sponged through the stencil in various places onto the card.
 
The next step was to stamp my images which I used the Stampendous Butterflies and stamped them onto some watercolour card and dried with a heat gun before colouring in with Water Colour Markers. 
 
Here are the elements.
 
 
I cut out all the butterflies, and decided where they would go then stamped the images again over the background card.  At this stage I decided not to use the blue and red butterfly and instead stamped the yellow and purple butterfly again (see card above)  I then used Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to place the butterflies over the stamped images on the background.
 
Here's a close up:
 
 
 
It was then finished off with the lovely little sentiment from Cardio Combinations.  On reflection I think I should have added a little bit of sparkle to the card, maybe on the butterfly wings, you may see the updated card at the next class :o)
 
Once again I hope you've enjoyed my simple little card and look forward to another, perhaps more adventurous card next time :o)
 
Thanks for dropping by
Love Jan -x-
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Brusho'd Ink Splat Butterfly


 
Hello, happy Wednesday. Thank you for all the kind words on my butterfly canvas. Today's post is probably going to be another long one, but I will try to be as concise as possible. I used an assortment of the gorgeous, new, Limor Webber stamps for IndigoBlu along with Brusho crystals on today's card. But before I talk about that, I want to answer the questions I've been asked about storing Brusho pots, how to get the crystals out of the pots etc........
 
When I got my first few pots, I broke the seal on them, because one, I wanted to see what the crystals looked like & two, I just assumed that was what you had to do to get the crystals out..........
 

 
 
(I've had this pot for about two years now, you can see how much is still left)
 
Take it from me, you don't need to break the seals. Because you only need to use tiny amounts at a time, poking one small hole in the top is sufficient - use your poky tool. (You can poke as many holes in the top as you personally want, just be aware; the more holes the pot has, the more crystals are going to end up on your project) 
 
Once you've made a hole in the pots, store them upright. If they fall over, it's unlikely any of the crystals will fall out & if they do, it will be such a tiny amount that you probably won't even notice it......

 
 
I keep mine in a box, I write the name of the colour on the lid, so that I don't have to keep taking them out of the box until I find the colour I'm looking for. And if you're taking them to a workshop/class & you're worried there'll be crystals everywhere if they fall over in transit, stick a small piece of masking tape over the hole. Simples!
 
Okay, onto today's card. No step by step photos I'm afraid. I thought I had taken them, but this was obviously one of those projects where I got completely engrossed in what I was doing.
 
The background is Grey & Lemon Brusho on gloss card. I sprinkled on the crystals, then spritzed with water, repeating & moving the card until I liked what I saw. After the card dried - naturally, no heat tool - I flicked on drops of Shimmer Charcoal spray & left them to dry.........
 

 
 
I used Jet Black Stazon to stamp portions of the border stamps from the Limor Webber Rugged Edge stamp set & circle splats the Ink Splats set.
 
The Ink Splat Butterfly was stamped with Onyx Black Versafine, covered with
clear embossing powder & heat set. I stamped the butterfly again, three times onto white card, painted them with Lemon Brusho & water & cut them out..........
 
 
 
 
Before gluing on the butterflies I stamped the Limor Circles (back in stock very soon) with embossing ink, applied silver embossing powder & heat set.
 
I stamped the Follow Your Art stamp from Stampendous with Onyx Black Versafine onto a test piece of card that was on my desk, cut it out & edged with Black Soot distress ink.
 
And here's the finished card.........
 
(Black card & Citrine card for matting & layering onto a 7x7 white card blank)
 

 
 
Before I go, I will leave you with another Brusho tip.....
 
When you have finished using your Brusho pots, put them away & clean your work surface. Experience has taught me that even the tiniest crystal packs a lot of colour & white card blanks are too precious to be contaminated by escaped crystals. :-)
 
Thanks for visiting the blog today. I might be back over the weekend. Until then, take care & happy crafting.
 
Kirsten
 



 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Brusho Butterfly Canvas


 
Good morning, I hope you all had a nice weekend. Many thanks to Lisa for filling in for me last Monday. My laptop still isn't right, but at least it's working most of the time. My project today is a
 20 x 20cm canvas panel, I used Brusho Crystal colours, a Stampendous PenPattern Butterflies stamp & the coordinating die. There are a LOT of photos, so without further ado, let's begin......


 
 
These canvas panels come ready primed, but I always like to add an extra coat of white gesso. I wanted lots of texture, so I glued on pieces of white card with Mod Podge, (adding more Mod Podge on top, so that the wet colour wouldn't seep into the die cut pieces), die cut with a
Cheery Lynn Chickenwire Frame die, scraped on Soft Form Relief Paste in white & painted another layer of gesso on top to achieve a uniform shade of white......
 

 
 
Time to start sprinkling on the Brusho Crystals....
 
I usually begin with spraying a little water onto the surface of my project, then adding the crystals, others add the water first. Experiment & find what works for you. The most important piece of advice I can give you is...........
 
Be Patient!
 
 
 
 
Wait for the crystals to start reacting with the water before adding more of either. Also, limit yourself to two colours - one light, one dark - then decide if you need a third. Here I began with Orange, then Turquoise & finished with a tiny amount of Ultramarine.....

 
 
Try to use a spray bottle that has a fine mist & vary the distance from where you spray. I moved the panel, tilting it this way & that to get drips of colours & if there was too much colour in places, or they ran into each other too much, I used a piece of clean paper towel to mop up the excess........
 

 
 
I set the panel aside to dry naturally & when it was I unscrewed the top of a bottle of
Shimmer Yellow spray & flicked drops of liquid here & there..........
 

 
 
I LOVE these shimmer sprays. They've got lots of mica powder in them & the colours are just gorgeous.
 
The bottles have got a ball bearing inside to mix the mica into the liquid.
 Make sure you give the bottle a good shake so that you can hear the ball bearing hitting the sides of the bottle. I hit the bottle against the side of my hand a few times before shaking it. I set the panel to one side to dry again........
 

 
 
Time for the butterfly. This is the largest of the three in the PenPattern Butterflies set. I stamped it onto Super Smooth white card with embossing ink, added Bright White embossing powder & heat set. Then I used the coordinating die & cut out the embossed shape......
 

 
 
On the smallest of my blending mats I mixed a tiny amount of Ultramarine crystals with a tiny amount of Shimmer Blue spray.........
 

 
 
Laid the die cut butterfly on top & pressed it gently into the liquid...........


 
 
I let the colour dry slightly, then repeated & set the butterfly aside........
 

 
 
Almost finished!
 
I stamped the Stampendous 'Live Creatively' stamp onto tissue paper with a Stazon Jet Black inkpad & gave it a quick blast with my heat tool - to prevent the ink bleeding into the tissue..........
 

 
 
I wanted the quote to look as if it were part of the canvas, not added on & the easiest way to do that is to tear the edges of the tissue paper - torn edges will 'disappear' into the background, whereas straight edges will draw the eye to them. And the easiest way to tear the edges of tissue paper? Water & a tapered paintbrush.
 
Paint a thin line of clean water along one side of the quote.........
 

 
 
Gently pull the fibres apart..........
 

 
 
Repeat until you've got a torn edge all the way round...........

 
 
(Don't use too much water, the tissue paper will dry in seconds)
 
Now you need to use a gel medium to adhere the tissue paper to the canvas. Usually I brush the gel medium - I used Mod Podge -  onto the canvas, but I wanted to ensure the Brusho colour didn't run, so I brushed it onto the back of the tissue first.........
 

 
 
I placed it carefully onto the canvas & brushed another coat of Mod Podge on top, going over the edges slightly & rubbing very gently with my fingers to make sure it was fully sealed. When it was dry, you could hardly tell where the edges of the tissue paper were...........
 

 
 
And at last, it was time to put everything together........
 

 
 
(I didn't want foam pads to be seen under the butterfly, so I used hot glue for a little dimension & a piece of black card to frame the canvas)
 
If you're still with me, THANK YOU! This is a long blog post. I hope you like my canvas & maybe it will inspire you to have a play with your Brusho colours & then you can enter the new blog challenge, hint, hint!
 
I'm filling in for Lisa on Wednesday, so I shall see you then with more Brusho projects & hints & tips.
 
Kirsten