Emboss resist & Brusho!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my little experiment with emboss resist on watercolor paper and Brusho. If you don’t know what Brusho is, it is watercolor ink crystals that are highly pigmented and Stampin’ Up! offers them in 5 colors that come in small pots. These crystals are more like a fine dust, which makes it easy to get everywhere, and I recommend that you only poke one small hole in the top and keep a thumb tack in the hole until ready for use. There are different ways to create watercolor washes with Brusho, but today I am showing you how I created this watercolor wash by sprinkling the Brusho color onto Watercolor Paper and spritzing with water and I love the end result!

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To start, I use a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut at 3” x 5”, and heat emboss the flower and leaf from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set in Clear Embossing Powder:

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I gently sprinkled the Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow over the flowers and then sprinkled Yellow and Moss Green over the leaves:

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Next, I used my Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and spritzed until I achieved the desired result. If you missed a spot or want to add more of a color, you can sprinkle more on as well:

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I used a paper towel to soak up some of the excess water and also lightly dried the embossed edges of the flowers and leaves. If you notice, there is a slight blue color, which is from the Prussian Blue pot, and I didn’t even take this pot out of the box! LOL:

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After comparing different color cardstock for the base, I decided to use Mossy Meadow, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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I really liked how the watercolor paper design looked on my bamboo cutting board (this was just a random one I had and decided to use this for any Brusho projects. This especially helps protect my work space when I’m spritzing water), so I found this design from the Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP and trimmed it to 4” x 5 ¼”. I used this edgelit die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies along the top and bottom of the DSP:

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Adding a bit of ribbon wouldn’t be too much, so I used the Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon. I thought this coordinated nicely with the colors:

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To assemble the card front, I tied the ribbon around the DSP and then adhered the watercolor paper to the DSP. (Note-make sure that the watercolor paper is completely dried and use a strong adhesive, like Tear & Tape, Liquid Glue, or Fast Fuse) I then used dimensionals to adhere the base layer to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock, the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink, and the leaves from Beautiful Promenade are stamped in Mossy Meadow. The first stamp is in full ink and then immediate stamp again, which is also referred to second generation stamping:

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Brusho is really a great medium to play with! If you want to apply the color directly to the paper, simply mix a little bit of Brusho with water (on a clear block or small container) and then use a paintbrush to apply. Try experimenting with the colors by combining them to create a totally different color! Using watercolor paper or thick cardstock works best, especially if you are spritzing water on and protect your work space by either using a cutting board or having something else underneath for excess water and any runaway color crystals!!

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Words of encouragement

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a stunning card featuring the Beautiful Promenade Bundle and the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper! The Petal Promenade DSP was a must on my list from the Annual Catalog and I recently decided to purchase the coordinating stamp set and dies bundle. I was really on the fence for a while about this bundle, but after really looking at all the creativity with it and really seeing the sentiments, I caved in! lol The card I am featuring today is one that I made for someone very special to me because having a beautiful card to express your love and support during a difficult time can mean the world to them.

The card base is Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is from the Petal Promenade DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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For the card front, you will need enough Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon to go around the DSP, Gold Metallic Pearls, use Gold Foil Sheets to cut out the detailed thinlit from the Beautiful Layers Thinlits Dies, and stamp the sentiment from Beautiful Promenade stamp set in Versamark and emboss in Gold Emboss Powder on Petal Pink cardstock, then cutting out with the circle thinlit from the Stitched Labels Thinlits Dies:

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To assemble the card front, adhere the ribbon around the base layer and adhere this to the card base. Next, adhere the sentiment to the foil sheet, adhere this piece to the DSP with dimensionals, and then place the Gold Metallic Pearls in the center of the flowers on the DSP:

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The inside sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder. The hearts along the bottom are from the Stitched Labels Framelits, cut out from Gold Foil Sheet:

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This is such a beautiful suite and I am so happy that I decided to purchase the stamp set and coordinating thinlits! Much to my surprise and goes to show you that I was not paying attention when I placed my order, but one of the thinlits actually cuts the DSP so you can layer on the inside of your cards! I always kick myself when I think back on how I missed out on the thinlits SU! sold so you could insert DSP to the inside of your card and even though I figured out a template that works for our envelopes, this was an even bigger win for me! I love to decorate the outside of envelopes and now I can make the inside pretty too!!

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Quick and easy card with Happy Birthday Thinlits

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a quick and easy birthday card made with the Happy Birthday Thinlits! This card is quick and easy to make, whether you are pressed for time and need to make a card or are replenishing your birthday card stock! After realizing that I really only have two birthday stamp sets (that are current), it was time to take a look at what I wanted to purchase. I really wanted a stamp set that was versatile, had some fun sentiments, and was easy to create with. After what seemed like hours of agonizing search (total exaggeration, but when you are trying to decide and narrow sets down it does seem like it, lol), I decided on Happy Birthday Gorgeous, the coordinating Happy Birthday Thinlit, and Birthday Backgrounds. If you missed this stamp set, like I did, you should really take a second look! I’ve made several cards with this set now and I just love it! Since I already have the Balloon Bouquet and Classic Label punches, that just made this stamp set even better in my book because the punches also coordinate with the stamp set. More bang for your buck, right??

When creating today’s card, I decided to use the Petal Promenade DSP because of all the beautiful flowers and when you combine this with the Tufted Dynamic TIEF, and rose-colored bling, you get a stunning card!!

The card base is Petal Pink cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. The base layer is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Tufted Dynamic TIEF:

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For the front of the card, I cut a piece of the Petal Promenade DSP at 2” x 4”, some Rose Metallic Thread, and used the Happy Birthday Thinlit to cut out of the Rose Glimmer Paper. TIP-I cut a piece of the Sizzix Adhesive sheet and adhered to the back of the glimmer paper before cutting out with the thinlit. This makes it much easier to adhere, unless you are using dimensionals:

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To put the front of the card together, I adhered the base layer to the card base, put some adhesive on the back of the DSP for the Rose Metallic Thread and then adhered this to the embossed base layer. I adhered the glimmer paper sentiment on top of the DSP (just peeled the backing off and voila!) and then added a couple of the Petal Pink Rhinestone Jewels:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock, the sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous is stamped in Blushing Bride ink and the flower from Beautiful Promenade stamp sets are stamped in Petal Pink ink:

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So simple and easy, yet a stunning birthday card that your recipient will surely enjoy!

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