A little note with Home to Roost

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun take on the rooster stamp from Home to Roost! I honestly never thought to use Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy to color a rooster! I’ve seen so many colorful roosters with this stamp set, that I thought “why not??”. Paired with the Bermuda Bay cardstock that I used the Crackle Paint Background stamp to emboss in silver, I thought would be perfect!

The base layer is Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed in Silver Embossing Powder with the Crackle Paint Background stamp:

For the rest of the card front, you will need from the Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP a piece of the white-washed design, cut at 2” x 5 ¼” and the gray-washed design to cut out a circle with the second largest Layering Circles Framelits, a 4” piece of the Whisper White Flax Ribbon, and on Thick Whisper White cardstock, stamp the rooster in Memento ink, color the head with the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends, color the neck in, Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends, color the wing in Light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends, color the underneath of the rooster in Light Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends, color the tailfeathers in Light and Dark Bermuda Bay and Light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends, and then used the Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends to color the ground underneath the rooster. This piece is then cut out with the second largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits:

Before adhering the Wood Textures DSP, stamp the sentiment from Butterfly Gala in Bermuda Bay ink:

Adhere the Flax Ribbon across the middle of the cardstock (Tear Tape works best), adhere the layered circles together, and then use dimensionals to adhere on top of the Flax Ribbon:

This completed piece is adhered to a Bermuda Bay cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

The inside is a 4” x 5 ¼” of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment from Butterfly Gala and the wheat stamp are stamped in Bermuda Bay ink. To fill in the background of the wheat, second generation stamp:

Wasn’t that a quick and easy thank you card?? Don’t be afraid to use colors outside of your norm and you can always use a piece of printer paper to practice! That’s what I did with the rooster because I wasn’t quite sure how or which colors to use.

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Watercolor wash with Twinkle Twinkle Suite

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a soft and subtle card made with the Twinkle Twinkle Suite! Why not make a card to let someone know that you love them? Family, friend, birthday, or whatever reason, let them know you are thinking about them! I thought this would be a great card to create with the Twinkle Twinkle Suite.

The base layer is this design from the Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

For the front of the card, I first used a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I heat embossed part of the sentiment in Silver Emboss Powder and then did a watercolor wash in Soft Sea Foam ink. Before inking the stamp in Versamark Ink, I masked the rest of the sentiment, inked, and then removed the mask to stamp. I used my Aqua Painter with some Soft Sea Foam ink and just did a light wash over the embossed sentiment. I then cut out the sentiment with one of the Stitched Labels Framelits. You will also need the silver Twinkle Adhesive -Backed Sequins and some Gray Granite Textured Weave Ribbon:

I first adhered a piece of the ribbon around the middle of the DSP, adhered the sentiment with dimensionals, and then used 5 small and 4 large adhesive-backed sequins:

This is then adhered to a Gray Granite cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, heat emboss the bottom of the stamp in Silver Emboss Powder (you will mask the top sentiment that you used for the front), do another watercolor wash with Soft Sea Foam ink, and then use 2 large and 1 small adhesive-backed sequin:

Quick and easy card that you can give to anyone for any reason! One of the fun things about doing a background watercolor wash is that you can create your own background! Light, dark, one color, or multiple colors, the creativity is all yours!

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Color me Beach Happy!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which features the new stamp set Beach Happy! The beach really is my happy place, so another beach stamp set? Yes, please! Lol Would you believe that the coloring was done totally with Brusho?? That’s right, just mix the powders until you achieve the color you want! 

The idea for this actually came to me to create a “post card” like card. Remember back in the day when friends and family would go on vacation and they would find cute and funny post cards to send? (Think of “wish you were here”) So, I thought I would give it a try and see how it turned out! 

I first started out with a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”. The palm tree trunk is heat embossed, first stamping in VersaMark ink, then stamping in Crumb Cake ink, and Clear Embossing Powder is used. For the rest of the stamps, I heat embossed Gold Embossing Powder:

I picked up this muffin style palette a while back from one of the big box craft stores for just a couple of dollars. I like to use this when I use Brusho, whether it’s for single colors or mixing the colors. For the sand, I mixed Yellow, Gamboge, and a little bit of Brilliant Red. The chair is colored in Yellow, the bag is colored in Moss Green, and the hat and umbrella are colored in Brilliant Red, with some Yellow added to the umbrella to give kind of a “weathered” look. The sky is colored using Prussian Blue, I made sure to use it lightly by not getting too much of the ink on my Aqua Painter. To create the water, I mixed Prussian Blue and Moss Green until I achieved my desired color:

After I finished “painting” and letting the cardstock dry, I wanted to add some more depth to the card by using some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to create the “waves crashing on the shore”. The best way I have found to apply a minimal amount of embossing paste is to cut a Q-Tip in half and use the stick end. I also wanted to add some “waves” out in the water and since using the wave stamp that is in this set was not really going to work, I got out this small lined stamp from High Tide and stamped that in Whisper White Craft ink:

Once this piece is completely dried, I adhered it with a strong adhesive (the paper warps some with the heat embossing and water coloring), either Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, or even Fast Fuse if you have some of this left, onto this design of DSP from Tranquil Textures, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. This piece is then adhered to a Tranquil Tide card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

The inside is a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, with the sentiment from the stamp set, palm tree, and bag all heat embossed:

So, are you dreaming of the beach right now? Or maybe just somewhere warmer! Lol If you’ve thought about Brusho Crystal Colour or maybe you have it and are a little intimidated about how to use it, just experiment! This was actually my second go at this card, the first one I did not like the sky at all and so I started over! Also, having something to mix the colors in helps as well and you can control the depth of the color by how much water you add, which I just squeeze water from my Aqua Painter.

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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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