Thursday, 8 February 2018

Techniques To Try - Brusho with Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid

Here we are again with another great technique for you to try - and lots of great ideas of how to use this fascinating medium.

If you are new to our Blog Hop you will see ideas from Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world. We all love to share ideas and different ways to explore all the wonderful techniques that are available via Stampin' Up! If you are starting at my blog - Ann Craig - welcome, and enjoy the other samples and ideas as you hop along.

This month we are using the magical Brusho Water-colour Crystals. The Stampin' Up! offering of Brusho comes in a pack of 5 colours, and you can mix just about any colour from these 5. The colours available in my store are Brilliant Red, Prussian Blue, Gamboge, (orange)  Moss Green and Yellow. You will find them on page 26 of the Occasions Catalogue.

I am doing the Glad Wrap Technique with Brusho and because it looks a lot like underwater to me, I've chosen to combine it with the lovely Magical Mermaid stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

I taped some Shimmery white card to a cutting mat and stamped the mermaid image in Archival Black to give me an idea of where I should aim my colour crystals. Then I liberally washed water over the page (except for the mermaid) and started sprinkling with Prussian Blue Brusho crystals on the lower half of the paper. Next I added some Moss Green and finally plenty of Yellow towards the top and throughout the taped area. Then to create some really interesting texture in your background, simply scrunch up some Cling Wrap and lay it on the card. Leave it for as long as you can to get more definite patterning (at least 30 minutes) but today I left mine for just a few minutes resulting in the patterning being quite subtle.

I stamped the mermaid again on another piece of Shimmery White and coloured her with the fabulous new Alcohol markers - Stampin' Blends, cut her out and adhered her with Fast Fuse. I love the way the background looks like coral and light filtering through the water. 

You can see some of the shimmer of the paper against the darker areas of colour. I added a greeting from the Magical Mermaid stamp set and attached it to the card using dimensionals.  The ribbon is the Whisper White Organza Ribbon that has been coloured with the Dark Night of Navy Blend. This is a simple and quick way to get  ribbon matching your project. 

Using the Brusho water colour crystals and colouring with the Stampin' Blends make a great combination as they both have quite intense colour. I can see all sorts of critters, coral, reeds etc in this background and hope that the technique excites you to try something similar. 

Thanks for joining me today ... I've added a list of products needed to complete this project.
Please select the next blog on the list below to see more ideas and inspiration using Brusho - it is fun !

Until Next Time
Stay Crafty!

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  1. oh my ... what a stunning background Ann! thank you!

  2. What an awesome way to make a background! Love it.

  3. wonderful 'watery' background! I needed plastic wrap on the cruise... this looks great! Off to try this.

  4. Oh my this is fantastic. I hadn't even thought about using cling wrap. Thanks so much for always being so inspiring

  5. Wow! I really like the effect you created. Awesome card!

  6. Great card Ann. I love the technique you shared. Definitely need to try that one. Your card is gorgeous.

  7. Wow Ann ! I love this idea of using cling film, I'm off to give it a go! Beautiful card!


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